(HealthyResearch.com) – For anyone who wants to lose weight, there may be a way to do that and actually eat more than they were before. It’s all about the number of calories we take in vs. the number of calories we use in a day — and some foods have a lot more calories per serving than others.
There’s a weight loss trick that you might be able to utilize: eating foods that are low in calorie density. Here’s why this may be an ideal weight loss strategy.
Eating Low-Calorie Dense Foods to Lose Weight
According to a 2014 article from Advances in Nutrition, by focusing on foods that are low in calorie density, someone who wants to lose weight can have a larger volume of food, feel fuller longer, and still have the opportunity to lose weight. That’s like getting the best of both worlds, and it may also help to improve overall health at the same time.
How Does This Help With Weight Loss?
Choosing foods with a low-calorie density means larger portions of food that don’t add up to a lot of calories. Sometimes referred to as “volume eating,” this method can help people feel full and satisfied while keeping their calories low enough for weight loss.
High-volume foods with low calories include options like salad greens, broccoli, celery and nearly any vegetable. These lower-calorie options are planned to be the bulk of a meal and are combined with smaller portions of higher-calorie foods like meats or starches to provide a full dining experience with a lower number of overall calories.
How Can Low-Calorie Dense Foods Improve Overall Health?
One main reason that low-calorie dense foods might be better for overall health is that most are plant-based, whole food items like vegetables and some fruits. In general, plant-based whole food options are generally considered to be far healthier than calorie-dense processed foods, desserts, meats and other options, according to a 2007 study performed by Pennsylvania State University.
While eating a lot of vegetables doesn’t guarantee that someone will be healthy or lose weight, veggies can provide a full feeling for a low number of calories. They may also replace some of the foods that are not as healthy, potentially reducing frequency and portion sizes of those foods in diets.
For many people, choosing foods with a lower calorie density is a habit that may be well worth developing. Developing that habit might mean help with weight loss and improve overall health. Always check with your health provider before starting a new dietary regimen to be sure that it’s right for you. It may take time to adjust to a new habit, but with some patience and perseverance, this regimen might help provide an opportunity for those who want to both lose weight and be healthier overall.
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