There are many weight loss myths out there. People are misled by the promise of 'instant' results by following fad diets and/or bizarre workouts. When it comes to food, it can get especially tricky. This is because not everyone reacts uniformly to the same ingredients and dishes. You have to figure out what works for you and what doesn't. But one myth that we want to bust right away is that you need to sacrifice all delicious foods on a weight-loss diet. This is far from true. By being strategic, you can ensure that you enjoy your food without compromising on your fitness goals. Find out more below.
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Here Are 6 Foods You Didn't Know Can Be Eaten On A Weight Loss Diet
We tend to think that any street food is bad for our health. However, if you make certain street food items at home and control the ingredient quantities, they can actually be good for you! Dhokla is one such wholesome option. This Gujarati delicacy is healthier than most other snacks because it is steamed rather than deep-fried. Furthermore, it is typically made using besan, which is rich in fibre as well as protein. Click here for a healthy dhokla recipe.
Bhel is another street food item that we may assume is unhealthy. But the truth is, as long as you control the amount of sev used, you can relish homemade bhel without any guilt. There are many versions of bhel out there. If we're talking about classic bhel puri, it is made using murmura, onions, potatoes, spices and chutneys. Each of these can actually help with weight management. Click here to know more. If you're looking for other nutritious bhel options, here are a few recipes to try.
Many of us enjoy the flavourful and spicy indulgence of a chaat. But did you know it could help with weight loss too? Of course, it depends on the ingredients you choose. For instance, you can make a delicious chana-sprouts chaat that is not only nutritious but also yummy. Find the recipe here. Spices are what give chaat its irresistible edge - and most everyday Indian spices are known to aid with weight management. Click here for more recipes for chaats you can enjoy on your diet.
Popcorn in its unseasoned form is high in fibre and low in calories. It can help promote satiety and thus help with weight loss. However, the addition of salt, butter, caramel and/or artificial flavourings greatly reduces its nutritional value. Packaged popcorn tends to contain trans fats that are bad for your health. Hence, stick to homemade popcorn and season it with a reasonable amount of dried herbs/ spices.
One of the most common misconceptions is that potatoes are inherently fattening. However, potatoes are full of benefits that can not only help you lose weight but also boost your overall health. This doesn't mean you can start gorging on French fries. You need to pay attention to moderation and cooking methods. Boiled potatoes are high in resistant starch (once they are cooled) and can make you feel full for longer. This can help curb your appetite and prevent untimely cravings. Here are some healthy potato-based recipes you must check out.
6. Paneer (Cottage cheese)
Another myth is that all kinds of cheese will lead to weight gain. But that is not the case with paneer. Cottage cheese is rich in protein while being low in fats and calories. It can make you feel satiated while giving you a sustained energy boost. Paneer is also a great vegetarian source of calcium and can be savoured in a variety of ways. One of the simplest ways to consume it is by adding it to salads. Click here for a few recipe ideas.
Make these yummy additions to your diet as they will cheer you up while keeping you fit.
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