1. Eat fiber-rich foods first. The great thing about fiber rich foods is that they help you fill up quicker so you end up eating less of the calorie dense foods. Eat them first and you’ll notice a difference in your belt size quicker.
2. Be mindful of what you dress your fiber in. If your ½ plate of steamed vegetables is covered in cheese or if your salad is smothered in a creamy dressing, it is no longer a weight loss foods. For weight loss Superfoods to work for you, find healthier alternatives to serve them with.
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3. Minimize drinking your calories. Here’s the tricky thing about the brain: in order for it to register that you are full, you have to chew your food. Think of all the calories coming from pop, juice, shakes, specialty coffees, alcohol and vegetable drinks as extra credit – in Weight Gain 101! To maintain a healthy weight, depend on water to quench your thirst and stay hydrated. If you'd like more info, check out Dr. Fleming's video on liquid calories.
4. Depend on fiber from unprocessed foods. Here’s the deal with processed foods. Even if they have a high amount of fiber, they lack water, which is the second crucial ingredient in a food to be a weight loss Superfood. If your goal is to lose weight, don’t rely on fiber found in processed foods (cereals, fiber bars, pastas, breads), which is often very calorie dense.
5. Stop eating when you are no longer hungry. Eating when you’re not hungry is a bit like turning on your house heater when it’s warm outside: not only unnecessary but also miserable. To feel energized after your meal, stop eating when you are no longer hungry.