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Healthy Alternatives Create Weight Loss

girl contemplating a cake or an apple One of the main challenges of losing weight is having to give things up. You’re told to not eat this and not eat that and it often seems like you’re giving things up without having anything else to enjoy.

Well, I’d rather think in terms of alternatives than to think in terms of restrictions and prohibitions. Let’s see if I can’t help you cut down “undietary food” in a more positive way by suggesting tasty and healthy alternatives to what you’re used to today.

1. Replace Candy With Fruit

I don’t care whether your weakness is cookies or candy bars, you can easily satisfy your sweet tooth with a variety of tasty fruit. If eating apples or oranges is not something that makes you excited, you should consider other, less common alternatives.

Some of my favorite fruit include dates (the big and juicy ones), pineapples, and passion fruit. You can’t tell me that these aren’t tasty and sweet just as any candy should be. They are also much healthier than any processed desert you can find. You can count on that.

2. Replace Sugar With honey

This may be easier for me to do because I drink tea and not coffee. It’s true, I don’t know how well honey goes with coffee but I have a feeling it might do quite well.

What I do know is that you can and should give up processed refined sugar and use raw honey instead. Although it is not too low in calories, raw honey has a variety of health benefits that your body will be grateful for.

3. Replace Milk Choclate with Dark Chocolate

You don’t have to give up choclate in order to lose weight. You do need to be smart about the type of chocolate that you eat. The quality of chocolate is determined by the percentage of cocoa it contains. The higher it is, the richer (and more bitter) the chocolate becomes.

Dark chocolate (70% cocoa content or higher) is actually quite healthy being a source of antioxidants (among other benefits). A lower cocoa content means that you’re consuming more unhealthy sugar.

The great thing is that you can quickly get used to dark chocolate. When I eat 70% chocolate these days, it tastes quite sweet. I prefer even richer chocolate with 86% of cocoa. You can find some with walnuts and almonds which are also quite good.

4. Replace soda with ice tea

I realize that you may be used to a cup of sparking soda (you choose the brand). However, I suggest switching over to ice green tea. Full of antioxidants and not as processed. Better for your teeth and your waistline.

5. Replace potato chips with nuts and pistachios

If you need something to eat while watching TV or a ball game, I recommend staying as natural as possible. You can easily replace pretzels and potato chips with some nuts and pistachios. They contain good fats, protein, and other healthy substances. Don’t overeat nuts as they are calorie dense, but you can still enjoy them on a regular basis.

6. Replace Cereal With Oatmeal

Not only did my breakfast change for the better once I gave up cereals and started to eat oatmeal, but my entire day felt different. There’s no reason to start your day with a refined sugar rush of processed cereals. It’s easy and quick to prepare a bowl of oatmeal, add some raisins, raw honey, and crushed nuts to eat and enjoy a healthy and balanced meal that will set you up for a great day.

7. Jam For Organic Peanut Butter

Most jams (and chocolade spreads) come with added sugar. You don’t want that. Ever since I discovered organic peanut butter (the crunchy kind), this has become my regular spread. Now I’m getting my dose of healthy fats and protein whenever I have a piece of bread. No added sugar, 100% taste.

In Conclusion

Going on a diet is not the end of the world and it doesn’t mean that food has stopped being something you can and should enjoy.

It’s all a matter of finding healthy alternatives to the food which you already know is bad for you. I’m talking about alternatives that you can enjoy. I’ve given you 7 examples. You can easily find more that you can use in your life.

Date published: March 3, 2011. Last modified: December 1, 2011


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