Making the right food choices can help you lose weight. Here are five simple food swaps that you must try for effective results.
1. Replace diet soda with Aam Panna
Sodas are loaded with added sugar and empty calories. According to Batra, “Artificially sweetened drinks interfere with weight regulation mechanisms, disturb gut bacteria balance, and alter blood sugar regulation.” While a cool glass of aam Panna helps in electrolyte deficiency and keeps heat stroke at bay. You can prepare Aam Panna with some simple ingredients at home.
2. Lauki nutty kheer over kheer
Pastries are great in refined flour, sugar, and trans fat. So, to beat those cravings for something sweet, grab a bowl of kheer. Bottle gourd is rich in dietary fiber, both soluble and insoluble. The nutritionist adds that lauki, when combined with milk, provides protein, making it a low glycemic index food for people with diabetes. Add some nuts on the top and dig in!
3. Homemade chutneys over readymade sauces
Sauces are a hidden source of salt or sugar and sometimes unhealthy fats as well. Hence, it is time to make some delicious chutney with all-natural ingredients. Homemade chutneys are full of micronutrients that are beneficial for gut health and can help digestion. As a result, you will notice better metabolism.
4. Steel-cut oats over instant oats
When going late, ready-to-eat oats might be your prime choice. But are these healthful? Instant oats contain added sugar or salt and some chemicals as well. On the other hand, steel-cut oats are full of soluble fiber, which keeps you fuller for longer. High fiber foods keep hunger pangs at bay and make you lose weight.
5. Homemade butter over readymade butter
Till now, you might be aware of the significance of healthy fats. “Market-made butter contains trans fats and is high in sodium content, while homemade butter contains healthy fats, which help mobilize stubborn body fat. Still, should eat it in moderate quantities,” Batra adds.