Essentials of an effective weight loss plan – Part II – Eat Real Food

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Our second tip for effective weight loss is to eat real food.  So what is real food?  Real food consists of unprocessed or minimally processed food items such as vegetables, fruit, meats, fish, poultry, whole grain, and fats.  Items that existed 10,000 years ago and don’t have ingredient labels that list numerous items you don’t recognize or can even pronounce. To implement a healthy and sustainable plan I find this to be imperative.  Sure you can lose weight eating very low nutrient dense foods but you will feel generally miserable and constantly deprived with less overall energy. Nutritionally dense whole foods are generally lower in caloric density relative to their processed counterparts, as well as higher in volume.  

This is a win-win situation as you get so much more volume of food along with the nutritional benefits without excessive calorie consumption.  This means you eat more for less! The more you fill your cabinets and refrigerator with long shelf life processed foods the crappier you shall feel!  In my experience, most people eat far too few vegetables as well as whole fruits and often go to processed grains or packaged snack foods as their main source of carbohydrate. This isn’t difficult for people to comprehend but due to preexisting habits of gathering food many often struggle with this.  Which brings us to our third key for weight loss …