Good health is a combination of healthy eating and exercising. No one can ever build a lean muscular body by eating junk. You have to feed the right kind of food in right quantity to sculpt and strengthen your body inside out. So to lose weight it is crucial that you stick to a healthy eating plan that takes care of your body’s essential nutrient requirement and calorie intake.
Healthy Eating Plan to Lose Weight
The good news is you don’t have to starve to keep your weight in control or keep hopping on the treadmill all the time. If you stick to options from following healthy eating plan, you can lose a good amount of fat.
- Importance: If you kick start your day with a lukewarm glass of honey lemon water, half of your job is already done. It is trusted to boost your metabolism and trigger fat burning mechanism. Never skip breakfast. If someday you fall short of time for a full breakfast meal, go for a glass of juice and handful of nuts or a handy sandwich.
- Calorie intake: Ideal calories in a breakfast should be anywhere from 300 to 350.
- Tip: Your breakfast should be rich in protein and fiber. It should include carbs and healthy fats in decent quantity. It keeps you satiated and increases your BMR. Also it boosts your metabolism and allows you to spend more energy during the day.
- 2 Hard boiled eggs / scrambled with whole grain toast
- A bowl of oatmeal with freshly sliced fruits
- Apple-almond pancakes
- Stuffed Avocado
- Quinoa porridge
- Cheddar and spinach quiche
- Sweet potatoes and cheese muffin
- A bowl of sprouts with fruits
- Multi grain toast with peanut butter and banana
- Smoothies or juices
Mid Morning Fruit/ Salad
Importance: The best part about fruits is that they are consumed raw which keeps its nutritional value intact. However you can experiment with your favorite leafy veggies and fruits and make healthy salads.
Calorie intake: Fruits have very low calorie content. When consumed in form of salad with cheese, its calories spikes up, but still much lower than other junk snacks you might have had.
Tip: Fruits are rich in fiber, vitamins, potassium, iron etc. They have low sodium and calorie content. The sugar in fruits called fructose is low on glycemic index. Consuming fruits also keeps the risk of many diseases like heart diseases or blood pressure at bay.
- Fruits: avocados/ apple/ berries/ oranges/ pineapple/ grapefruit/ watermelon/bananas………and the list goes on
- Beetroot, kale and pomegranate salad
- Fresh tomato and zucchini salad
- Strawberry-spinach salad
- Watermelon feta mint salad
- Mango avocado salad
- Lettuce-tomato-cheese salad
Importance: Eating at regular intervals is essential as it provides energy for daily activities. It supplies tired brain with some time and fuel for revival.
Calorie intake: Your lunch should supply you with 350 to 400 calories.
Tip: Don’t bargain lunch time for working in the office. Lunch break allows you to relax and go back to work with more concentration. It should be a mix of vitamins and minerals and should not be high in carbs to avoid any sluggishness.
- A cup of Brown rice with fish curry
- Grilled / barbeque Chicken with mushroom
- Chickpea stuffed pita
- Bean and spinach burger
- Lentils with baked potatoes
- Vegetables: Include vegetables like broccoli, peppers, carrots, onion in your sandwich/burger/sub/pizza.
- Turkey-lettuce wrap
- Sauté vegetables
Importance: Munch on a light evening or pre dinner snack to satisfy your appetite and have a light dinner.
Calorie intake: Evening snacks should not exceed than 150 calories.
Tip: Make sure that your snacks do not serve empty calories and have some nutritional content to offer.
- Green tea
- Banana-nutella muffin
- Apple-peanut butter
Importance: Skipping dinner may let you wake up hungry in the middle of night. Therefore rather than skipping, have a light dinner to ensure sound sleep.
Calorie intake: 350 calories at dinner time should be sufficient for weight watchers.
Tip: Dinner should be taken a couple of hours before you sleep. It allows better digestion of food. Pick food that is low in carbs, lean protein and whole grains. A glass of skimmed milk afterwards will complete your daily intake of food.
- Roasted chicken with rice
- Sauté beans
- Pork lettuce wraps
- Mac and cheese
- Beef and lemon rice
- Grilled fish tacos
- Whole wheat spaghetti
- Shrimp Pasta