well, you can eat fruit that has sugar too, i just dont know how to eat right. i want to fit into clothes that i use to look good in ,i try them on now and they look terrible , can someone give me some edvice on what to eat?
Believe me, I feel your pain. I have been a physically active person my whole life and I have always been rather slender. But last year I started taking Gabapentin for nerve damage and that drug totally trashed my body in every way possible. Aside from other horrible side effects, I gained 75lbs while I was on it. I'm 5'2, so that took my normal weight, 120lbs, dangerously close to 200lbs. Out of all the side effects, it was the worst of all. (And that is saying a lot, because this drug made so sleepy I had to stop driving, made it difficult to urinate, made me have subtle but trippy visual hallucinations whenever I woke up in the middle of the night, and more... ) So now that I have been off the drug for a few months I have been desperately struggling to shed the weight. This has been very difficult though, because I am on other drugs that slow down my metabolism. So I'm just biding my time, trying to slowly whittle away at the weight until I can get off all of the meds. It has been an extremely difficult exercise in self control, as anybody who has tried to loose weight will tell you. To make matters worse, the internet is inundated with information, fads, scams, and opinions about the best way to eat right and loose weight. There are so many contrary ideas about the subject, that it is difficult to know where to start.
So to answer your question directly; Yes, there are healthy snacks that you can eat. I have done a lot of research and I have come to the conclusion that there are two good things I can do to loose weight: eat less calories than my body will burn in one day, and eat a balanced diet low in sugars, fats, and processed food. I have also chosen to stop eating anything that contains high-fructose corn syrup. Most of all, when you are trying to loose weight, you have to commit yourself to eating snacks ONLYwhen you are truly hungry. A lot of people (especially in first world countries like America and England) will eat when they are bored. When we live in a place where there is always a little bit of food in the fridge or snacks in the cupboard, so it is easy to just grab a little something to eat when we have idle time. Also, a lot of people are emotional eaters and use food as a means of comfort. So if you really want to loose weight, you have to commit yourself to only eating when your stomach tells you that you are hungry. Also, start to SLOW DOWN your eating process. So many people eat so quickly that by the time their body sends the signal saying, "I'm full!" the person has already over eaten. If you eat slowly, you will have time to get that signal and stop eating before you gorge yourself with excess food. With all of that in mind, here are some snack suggestions for healthy, balanced, low fat eating:
A glass of water and/or an apple: Ok, you're probably thinking this doesn't sound very filling... but looks can be deceiving. A lot of times when you feel like you are hungry, you are really just thirsty. The signals that get sent to your brain when you are thirsty are almost to identical to the signals that get sent when you are hungry. So if you have that hungry feeling in between meals, drink a glass of water (at least 12oz), before you consume anything else. If you are still hungry after that, then you will know for sure that your body is indeed sending hunger signals to your brain. So next, try eating an apple. Yes, it is true that fruits do have natural sugars, but the sugar content in one apple will cause less damage than any processed snack food. And if you are still worried about the sugars in fruit, eat a tartly flavored apple like a Granny Smith. I had a doctor recently tell me that snacking on fruit is fine, so long as you are only snacking on the tart fruits, like Granny Smith apples, oranges, and pomegranates. It is actually a good idea to eat an apple before every meal if you are trying to loose weight as well. The apple will fill up a lot of space in your stomach, so you won't need to eat as much food afterward to feel full.
Tea and a digestive biscuit: Drinking a cup of tea follows the same idea as drinking the glass of water, but it is also satisfyingly tasty. Eating a digestive biscuit will aid your body in the digestive process and help keep your metabolism running at a steady pace. Digestive biscuits can be found at health food stores, but you can also find good alternatives at a normal grocery store. Any cookie or cracker that is low in sugar and fat, but high in fiber is a good choice. Also, check out the digestive section on the health aisle. There often times are fiber cookies, which personally, I find tasty and satisfying.
Almonds and honey: Almonds are one of those power house foods. They are rich in nutrients, protien and MUFAs. Studies show that people who are trying to loose weight that eat almonds as a snack loose 50% more weight than people who opt for other snack options. Honey is one of the best sweet things that you can eat for many reasons. Most of the sweeteners that we are offer nowadays are highly processed and bleached or full of chemicals. If you are looking to sweeten up a drink or want something to sprinkle over your fruit, opt for sugar in the raw or honey. Honey is also pre-metabolized by the bees that made it, so when you eat honey you get an instant shot of energy.
Chicken apple sausage with mustard (no bun): If you have a Costco or health-food co-op like Trader Joes or Whole Foods, go to the meat section and grab some chicken sausages. You can often get delicious mixes like chicken-apple, chicken-basil-sun dried tomatoes, chicken-peppers, and more! Cook one of those sausages up on the grill or in the oven and eat it with some tangy mustard. Plain mustard is extremely low in calories, and the protien will help to give you an extra boost in energy. When you are trying to loose weight, it is important not to rely on carbs, sugars, or caffeine to give you energy.
Raw veggies and humus or steamed veggies with olive oil: Veggies are good almost all of the time. (Except for veggies that are high in carbs, like potatoes and yuca.) However, if are eating raw veggies, be sure to skip the ranch dip. Try dipping your veggies in humus instead. As for the steamed veggies, you can drizzle a little bit of olive oil. When you are eating veggies, it is a good idea to eat the rainbow. By this I mean eat all different colors of veggies, because each different color group offers a different set of health benefits and vitamins.
Rice cake with a Tbl spoon of peanut butter and sliced banana: This tasty trio is low in calories and a healthy source of fuel. The protien from the peanut butter will help power you through the day, while the banana slice deliver a nice boost of potassium and vitamin B6.
So there are just a few different snack choices. For the healthiest diet, make sure you vary you snacks. And remember, diet is just one component to loosing weight. Getting to a healthy weight doesn't take a diet, it takes a life style.
Best wishes and all the luck on your goal!
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