I like to focus first on getting more of the “good stuff” in and not on removing all of the “bad stuff”. Once people are eating more nutrient dense meals, cravings abate, blood sugar stabilizes and they end up cutting the bad stuff (processed foods, refined sugars, sugared drinks) out on their own. They realize how much better they feel when the good stuff (whole foods – veggies, fruit, raw nuts, whole grains) goes in!
Yes, they're technically a fruit, but we think olives deserve a shout-out all of their own, since they're also a great source of healthy fats and are one of a few keto-approved packaged foods. Plus, they're a great source of antioxidants, will satisfy your craving for something salty, and are blissfully low-carb. “About a palm's worth only has 3 grams of net carbs,” Sarah Jadin, RD, told Health in a previous interview.
As far as fruit goes, frozen berries are best as they are low on the glycemic index. Sometimes I will add a half of a banana or a few frozen peach slices. Use organic fruit when available. Add a tablespoon of chia seeds – they are chock full of Omegas and swell in liquid, allowing you to stay fuller for a longer period of time. Finally. throw in a big old handful of baby kale or spinach – or a cap full of greens powder.
Eating salads can be helpful when trying to lose weight. A salad consisting of a ton of fresh vegetables and a few of your favourite fixings on top (bacon, cheese, dried cranberries, fresh fruit, cold cuts, chicken, or nuts) could be your favourite meal of the day. Top it with your favourite low-fat or fat-free dressing, and you have a fabulous low-fat, nutrient dense meal.
It’s not always about how much you eat, but the nutritional balance of carbohydrates, fats, and protein in what you’re eating. Endurance athletes need extra carbs to fuel their rides, fat to feel satiated, and protein to repair your muscles post-workout. It usually isn’t necessary to make radical adjustments to achieve this balance—small changes work best. For instance, don’t eat a whole bowl of chili with meat. Instead, fill half the bowl with brown rice, then ladle a small amount of chili on top. You can also try substituting fat-free yogurt for sour cream and fruit for sweets.