Monday, August 27, 2012

Your Dinner Made Healthy in 5 Steps

Your Dinner Made Healthy in 5 Steps you think you're eating healthy meals, but aren't sure?

If your weight loss has slowed, or even stopped, then there's a good chance that you haven't been eating as healthy as you should be.

I'm going to end the guesswork for you, once and for all, with my 5 steps to a healthy meal.

By following these 5 guidelines you'll know that your meals are healthy and fitness friendly. And as a result you'll experience healthy weight loss.

Here are the 5 Steps to a Healthy Meal:



Step #1: Quality Ingredients
These are the building blocks to a healthy meal. While you certainly don't need to dine in gourmet restaurants in order to ensure quality ingredients, you should pay attention to the quality of the foods you eat.

Choose foods that are:

Fresh and organic
Pronounceable ingredients
Whole foods
Step #2: Cooking Method
The way a meal is cooked determines how many calories, how much added fat, and the number of nutrients that survive. This simple factor will make or break your weight loss goal.

Avoid foods prepared like this:

Fried and battered
Processed and packaged
Doused with cream sauce
Sautéed
Choose foods that are prepared like this:

Grilled
Baked
Broiled
Steamed
Step #3: Mostly Protein
The bulk of your calories should be coming from a quality source of protein. With the first 2 guidelines in mind, these will be high quality, healthfully prepared.

Good choices of protein include:

Fish
Chicken
Turkey
Egg
Lean red meat
Beans
Step #4: Lots of Fiber
Fiber is a huge part of eating healthy and being lean. Fibrous foods will fill you up while delivering vitamins and nutrient in low-calorie packages. Fill at least two thirds of your plate with fibrous vegetables.

Try these forms of fiber:

Salad
Seasonal vegetables
Fruit
Legumes
Step #5: Lay Off the Starches
Here's where many well-meaning dieters lose it. The facts are simple, in order to maintain the low-carb, high protein diet required for healthy weight loss, there is no room for starchy foods.

Starches to Avoid:

Potatoes
Pasta
Rice and cereal
Bread and crackers
For faster results, pair your clean eating with a challenging exercise routine.