Everyone begins a weight loss journey feeling a little lost, and that’s totally normal. With countless diet plans and passing fads all promising quick effortless weight loss, it can be difficult to figure out what works and what doesn’t. That’s where our Registered Dietitians (RDs) come in! ShapePro’s highly-trained dieticians have developed this simple guide to help you understand which foods to eat to lose weight fast.
What foods can aid in weight loss?
Anti-inflammatory foods, such as lean proteins, non-starchy vegetables and healthy, plant-based fats, can all promote a healthy metabolism while quenching inflammation. ShapePro RDs encourage eating these healthy foods on any weight loss plan:
- Organic or grass-fed meats, poultry or wild-caught fish
- Organic, non-starchy vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, leafy greens, and asparagus
- Complex carbohydrates, such as sweet potatoes, winter squash, and whole grains
- Healthy fats, such as olive oil, avocado oil, full-fat coconut products, avocados, olives, nuts and seeds
- Fiber to manage blood sugar and assist in weight loss
Does portion control matter if I’m eating healthy?
While eating healthy foods is important, the amount you consume still matters. When it comes to weight loss, it can be essential to focus on portion control. Controlling portion sizes creates a caloric deficit, which leads to weight loss.
Portion Control Guide:
½ Plate: Non-starchy vegetables
¼ Plate: High-quality, lean proteins
⅛ Plate: Healthy fats
⅛ Plate: Complex carbohydrates
What foods should I avoid to try and lose weight?
The following foods can contribute to increased inflammation, hormonal imbalances, digestive problems and weight gain.
- Inflammatory foods, such as gluten and dairy
- Processed foods and sugar, such as bread, chips, pretzels, and candy
- Empty, liquid calories, such as soda, sweet tea, lemonade, and alcoholic beverages
Do I have to avoid these unhealthy foods forever?
It is unrealistic to say you will never eat these foods again. You will certainly want to indulge in some cake on your birthday or your favorite dish during the holidays — and we encourage that! You are more likely to stick to your weight loss plan if you adopt these recommendations as sustainable lifestyle habits instead of thinking of them as strict rules. Generally, you’re expected to follow these recommendations 80-90% of the time, while occasionally enjoying more indulgent foods during the remaining 10-20%.
Does drinking water enhance weight loss?
Staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water is especially important for weight loss. Water can help curb hunger and cravings. If you find yourself feeling hungry outside of regular mealtimes, it can often be linked to dehydration. Try drinking a glass of water and waiting a few minutes. If you are still hungry, eating a light snack is okay.
Generally, it is recommended to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water daily. For example, a 200 lb person would consume 100 oz of water daily.
Getting started with weight loss
Changing your diet can be one of the best ways to focus on weight loss and achieve an overall healthy lifestyle. We’ve partnered with ShapePro RDs to help you commit to a healthier lifestyle.
Ready to get started on your weight loss journey? Call 888-279-0099 today.
*Always consult with your practitioner or other qualified healthcare specialists when considering changes to your health, diet or exercise routine. This information is not intended to substitute professional medical advice.