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Foods That Work With Weight Loss Resolutions

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When the clock struck midnight to herald the arrival of 2008, thousands of people all over the world made the decision to lose weight and eat healthier in the new year. Are you one of them? I, for one, renewed my 10-year resolution to lose weight. In fact, I started working out each morning, alternating upper and lower body workouts.

Alas, many of us will stray from their resolutions almost as quickly as they made them. Can you believe I forgot to do my workout this morning? I was so focused on coming to my computer to write this blog entry! Now, how’s that for an excuse?

Anyway, with temptations all around us, and fast food joints often making eating unhealthy seem like the easier choice, the odds just aren’t in our favor.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

If you want to stick to that resolution and lose weight this year, there are some excellent choices you can make in regards to diet. If these choices happen to be combined with exercise and an overall healthier lifestyle, you’ll be all the better for it.

So, to help out, I’ve dedicated the next three blog entries to help you keep that weight loss resolution.

First, let’s talk about food choice. Sometimes just choosing the right thing from the menu can make a big difference. Here are some things to keep an eye out for:

Grains

Try to select whole grains and non-processed flour whenever possible. Food such as whole wheat bread and long-grain rice tend to be more flavorful than their processed counterparts anyway, and they typically are much better for you. Plus, in many cases, they come with fewer calories attached. Reserve the slice of white flour cake for special occasions.

Fruits and Vegetables

It can be difficult to go wrong with almost anything in this particular group. Just try to avoid frying vegetables and focus a little more on raw or steamed to keep mineral and vitamin content high. Fruits can serve as excellent substitutes for sweets, too.

Meats and Legumes

Select lean, skinless meats and try to add some more fish and shellfish into your diet. Certain legumes are also incredibly flavorful and meet the muster in regard to protein requirements. When eating meats, leave the greasy cheeseburger for a once in a while treat, and opt for baked, boiled, broiled or broth sauteed instead.

Dairy

Beyond low-fat milk, choose other low-fat, low-cholesterol dairy products. Although, it is important to keep a sufficient amount of fat in your diet, so splurging on reduced-fat milk isn’t so bad. Cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, and other items can stay in a healthy diet. I’m particularly fond of 4% Fat Cottage Cheese! So, too, can ice cream as an occasional treat. Have you tried Breyer’s Slow Churned yet? It tastes better than — and has fewer calories than — their Low-Fat line!

Fats

As I mentioned before, these actually are an important part of a healthy diet — but not in the way most people take them in. When adding fat or using it in cooking, select oils that are low or have no cholesterol and are healthier in composition. Olive, peanut, canola and other similar oils are excellent choices when oil must be used. However, I have read that canola oil is closely related to rapeseed, and therefore may cause some people to develop allergies.

Eating healthy in the New Year is not as difficult as many people think. Choose foods wisely and pay attention to preparations and portion sizes. If you do this, you’ll stick to that resolution and enjoy it, too.

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.