Do I have to eat salads to lose weight?
I’m going to go straight to the point – NO. In fact, if you ONLY eat salads all the time, you may find yourself gaining some weight.
Picture credits: http://www.rd.com/health/diet-weight-loss/6-surprising-salad-tricks-to-help-you-lose-more-weight/
Are you thinking of going on a ‘diet’? I know how that feels.
I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve told my friends, ‘My diet starts tomorrow!’ while I enjoy my cake. Sometimes it really did start tomorrow, and I go on a depressing, restrictive diet for 2 weeks, only to gain back what I lost a month later.
And eating salad only did not do anything for me. Why?
Unhealthy food is addictive
Picture credits: http://www.wpharmacy.com.au/australian-study-links-junk-food-to-smaller-brains/
Most of the time eating salad don’t help us lose weight because it’s simply impossible to stay away from all that junk food temptation! If you’re snacking on the bag of chips right after your salad, of course it’s going to do you no good. Moreover, eating salad can also make you crave for junk food even more!
Why exactly do we crave all things nasty for our bodies? Here’s why: when you take a bite, the ‘reward centers’ of your brain gets activated to release a lot of feel good chemicals such as dopamine. It works the same way as drugs, the more you have the more you need it to keep yourself ‘happy’.
And even if you keep from temptation, you’re not losing weight on salads
Picture credits: http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2016/02/12/news-feed-organic-food-mcds-kale-salad-vacation-weight-gain/
Let’s say you were to have salads and drastically drop your calorie intake every day by a lot (any lower than 1200 calories is a dangerous amount), it will work for awhile until your body recognises the need to survive with the little food it has. This promotes fat storage and reduces the amount of energy you burn.
In other words, you gain more weight from eating lesser! *Gasp*
Make really small changes over time
If you’re looking for a change that lasts, then this works the best. Start by introducing simple good habits instead of cutting out the bad ones.
1. Drink 2 glasses of water before eating
Water will keep you a little fuller before food so you’ll tend to eat a little lesser
2. Eat slowly and enjoy
Eating slowly is better for digestion, reduces the bloat, and gives yourself time to digest the food so you won’t tend to overeat.
3. Add brown rice or mix it with white rice
Fiber fills you up and it’s better for a workday to prevent that slump and sluggish feeling you get around 3 – 4pm.
4. Add an extra scoop of vegetables
You’re not just adding fiber, but good vitamins and minerals that will help reduce your risk of diseases.
5. Don’t forget the protein
Contrary to popular belief, protein is extremely important when it comes to losing weight. That’s right, we are asking you to eat your meats!
Protein has been shown to boost metabolism by 80 to 100 calories per day. Studies are also claiming that high protein diets can reduce food desire by 60%, reduce late-night snacking by half, and make you feel full so that you automatically eat 441 fewer calories per day.
6. Share the calories
Sharing’s the best! It saves money and calories.
7. Have healthier snacks
I’m not saying this just because we’re from boxgreen. They are REALLY good for you! Nuts like almonds keep you fuller for longer, and it’s packed with fiber, protein, and vitamins.
8. Have small portions of your favourite food
Portion controlling your snacks and lunch beforehand is a great habit to have! Simply prepare your food the day before by portioning them in separate ziplock bags and bring them with you!