When Low Calorie Foods Actually Screw Your Diet

“Low calorie” foods are all the rage these days. Sure, they may seem like a good idea on the surface, but sometimes they’re as silly as thinking “if I cut this cake in half, I can eat twice the amount.” Here’s how to tell when the lower-calorie option is the right decision.

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Yes, the old trick of “I can eat more because of lower impact”… And remember that you can’t always trust food marketing – they are not nutritionists.

The article mentions high protein, low carb as a means to addressing satiety in a healthy fashion, but fat content will do the same.  Consult this post for how to incorporate more protein into common recipes.  As we see in the Mediterranean Diet, we can tolerate more fat than we’ve been led to believe in the past few decades.  Avocados are high in calories and fat, but are incredibly healthy.  You can loose weight without counting calories.

Create Higher Protein Versions of Common Foods For More Diet Success

Sometimes, it’s hard to get enough protein without feeling like you need to eat an entire antelope. Instead of raiding the fridge and eating 10 meals a day, try creating higher-protein versions of the meals you already love.

The amount of protein that you need per day depends on your goals. While the FDA’s daily recommendation is relatively low at about 50 grams a day, this may be insufficient for those on a weight loss program.

…Increased protein intake has been shown to increase satiety, increase the thermic effect of food (the amount of calories from food that’s “wasted” through heat), and reduce the amount of calories consumed even when you’re not counting.

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There have been warnings that eating that much protein and spinach would cause kidney stones. Unless you have underlying kidney issues or are in renal failure, your kidneys should be able to handle the suggested amount of protein in the article.  You pose more risk to your kidneys eating tons of sodium.

The article focuses on protein, but healthy fats (like what you find in an avocado) are also good for satiety.

How to Lose Weight Without Counting Calories

Fat loss relies on one thing: eating fewer calories than you expend. But nobody wants to sit and count calories all day. Most people can learn to track them successfully, but some might need a different strategy altogether. If tracking has given you a headache in the past, consider giving this a try.

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Worth a read – the author responded in the comments about “intermittent fasting also as a non-calorie-counting dieting method… particularly for women”.