Even when you spend hours in the gym, it will be difficult to get the results you want without incorporating a healthy diet into your lifestyle. Although exercise works wonders for your body, eating the right foods can help blast fat and aid in weight loss.
You may have heard to avoid sugar if you are trying to lose weight, but natural sugar from nutrient-dense foods (such as apples) will help you to lose weight. This is because apples are low in calories and full of fiber. To take your snack up a notch, you can spread two tablespoons of almond butter across the slices to help you stay fuller longer.
Whether or not you are looking for a vegetarian or vegan protein source, beans are a great source of fiber and protein. Make a delicious meatless chili or make your own hummus using garbanzo beans, tahini, olive oil, and garlic.
Another meatless health-food that makes for a great beef substitute is mushrooms. Mushrooms will make you feel satisfied with less fat and fewer calories.
Despite the high cholesterol content of eggs, the benefits of eggs are enough to incorporate them in your diet. Eggs are a great source of protein and healthy fats. If you are watching your cholesterol, you can even combine one egg with egg whites for a healthy alternative.
The accompanying slideshow is provided by special contributor Kristie Collado.