Foods to Eat on A Diet

Foods-to-eat-on-a-dietFoods to eat on a diet. No diet will be successful if you are not eating the correct foods. No matter how far you run on your treadmill or long you pedal on your stationary bike, you really can’t outrun a bad diet.

Foods to eat on a diet should fall into the following categories:

  • ProteinProtein supports your basic metabolism and repairs and builds lean muscle. Protein sources should come from lean meats, turkey, all white chicken breast, almonds and fish.
  • Complex Carbohydrates – Whole grains, fruits and vegetables provide the fuel your body needs to make it through the day while providing beneficial dietary fiber for digestive health. Avoid the simple carbs and added sugars.
  • Healthy Fats – Monounsaturated and Omega 3 fatty acids from fish, nuts, avocados and olive oil are your best choices.
  • Water – Water should always be your beverage of choice. Staying hydrated with 6-8 full glasses throughout the day will keep you hydrated and healthy.

These ten foods to  eat on a diet should be part of your healthy diet:

1. Cherries – Cherries are a rich source of anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants that protect your cells against the damage of free radicals and may prevent premature aging.

2. Blueberries – Berries, and especially blueberries contain antioxidants that promote a healthy heart, promote the loss of belly fat and reduce your risk for diabetes and heart disease.

3. Grass Fed Beef – Grass-fed farm animals have fewer hormones, steroids and antibiotics and are a much healthier source of lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids that are essential to good health.

4. Wild Salmon – Salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that promote heart and brain health as well as reducing your blood pressure and triglycerides.

5. Coconut – Coconut is relatively high in calories, but also a natural source of Medium Chain Triglycerides or MCT. Coconut is also high in lauric acid, a fatty acid with antimicrobial properties.

6. Kiwi – Just one small kiwi can provide 100% of your daily vitamin C.

7. Whey – Whey powder is a byproduct of cheese making and a low-fat source of protein that can be added to healthy smoothies, soups or baked products.

8. FlaxseedFlax seeds or oil are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids and lignans, powerful anti-cancer nutrients. Flax is high in fiber to support healthy digestion and can be added to salads, smoothies and any dish you prepare.

9. Kale – Kale is a dark leafy vegetable rich in antioxidants, calcium, iron and vitamins A, C and K. Kale provides fiber and sulforaphane, a cancer-fighting agent. Start every salad with kale.

10. Dark Chocolate – If you need something sweet, or bittersweet in this case, try a few squares of DARK chocolate, 70% cacao or higher. Dark chocolate contains a phytochemical known as flavanol that improves cardiovascular health and satisfies your sweet tooth without destroying your diet.

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