Diet the DIY Way: Make It A Mission To Get Healthy By Creating A Plan That Works For You
The D word. At the beginning of every year, we’re guilty of committing to new diets and fitness programs that we usually abandon before we could even begin. The reasons are usually the same—it’s too hard, there’s no time, it’s too complicated—the list goes on. While specific diets like the low carb-high protein diet or the calorie-counting diet have their strengths and are effective in their own ways, one specific program technically does not fit all.
At the end of the day, it all boils down to what works for you. In this sense, it seems reasonable enough to try to create a diet catered to your specific needs in terms of nutrition and lifestyle. When a diet makes you feel good and healthy overall, and shows an impressive change in your outward appearance, one can say that it’s an effective diet.
Different diets have specific goals. Some aim to help build muscle, some are meant to detox your system, while some are meant to slim you down a couple of pounds. Our common goal is to help lose the bad fat that’s been stored in the body due to lack of exercise and lackluster eating habits. With this, we let you in on our top ten favorite foods that fight fat. Mix and match these ingredients to come up with a diet plan tailor-fit for you!
FAT-FIGHTING POWER FOODS
- OLD-FASHIONED OATMEAL. This breakfast staple is usually deemed boring and bland, but with the right mix like chocolate almond milk and chia seeds, it becomes pretty tasty! A cup of slow-cook oatmeal is filling and has fiber you need to lose fat!
- CAULIFLOWER. It’s pretty easy to find at the grocery, and it’s also super easy to cook a number of ways. Swap white rice with finely chopped cauliflower to make cauli rice, a favorite among fitness buffs who want the same texture of rice minus the fattening effect.
- BERRIES (LIKE STRAWBERRIES AND BLUEBERRIES). These antioxidant superstars don’t just help ward off disease, they’re pretty great as ingredients for smoothies, desserts, and snacks! Get them frozen from your local health store or supermarket.
- ASPARAGUS. This veggie is morethan just a sad piece of plate décor for steak in fine dining restaurants. It is abundant with nutrients such as vitamins A, C, and K, and has loads of fiber to help flatten the tummy. Try mixing it in stir-fry dishes or your breakfast omelet to power up your meal!
- GREEN TEA. By now, you’ve probably heard about the many wonders of green tea. Aside from its cancer-fighting properties and high antioxidant content, green tea is known to boost your metabolism (a.k.a. fat burning) while you drink!
- GREEK YOGURT. This isn’t your ordinary yogurt (no sweet, flavored, dessert-like types here). Greek yogurt is basically a superstar in the diet world, as a single serving can provide you with essential protein, probiotics for gut health, and is low in sodium and lactose content (yay for lactose intolerant people!).
- LEAN MEAT (CHICKEN BREAST, BEEF, PORK). When you’re trying to shed some pounds and get healthier overall, opt for lean cuts of chicken, beef, or pork (avoid the fatty parts) as this satisfies your need for protein and other essential nutrients only animal meat can provide, minus the saturated fat.
- FATTY FISH (SALMON, TUNA). These types of fish are relatively easy to look for in the market, and are pretty tasty, too! These Omega-3 powerhouses are great for heart health, and are known to fill you up so you don’t go hungry after just a few hours. Opt to have your fish with some veggies for a complete meal!
- OLIVE OIL. Speaking of heart health, high quality olive oil is a great addition to your diet if you are looking to boost your healthy fats. This type of oil is a monosaturated fat, otherwise known for fighting chronic diseases affecting the heart and cancer.
- EGGS. Eggs are probably one of the easiest and healthiest additions to your diet. Every kitchen has it, and it can be cooked or added to plenty of dishes a great number of ways. A single egg has vitamin A, folate, vitamin B2, B5, B6, B12, D, E, K, phosphorus, and selenium, calcium, and zinc.
This article was first published in Working Mom August-September 2017 issue