WHAT ARE FREE FOODS?
We all have heard about the cabbage soup diet, the grapefruit diet and the sacred heart diet among many other fads. These are quick fixes to lose some water weight but they are not structured for an actual sustained fat loss. They also have another fact in common; they all contain foods that are known as “free” foods. Foods are considered “free” because they are super low in calories and when you factor in the amount of calories it takes to digest them; their total calorie count ends up technically negative.
THE HARSH REALITY
Eating “free” foods does not mean that you can JUST eat these foods and lose weight. Our bodies need a balanced diet and physical activity to effectively lose weight and maintain the loss. If we are not getting the essential nutrients regularly, your success will be short lived. There are six essential nutrients that the body needs to function properly:
These nutrients provide vital keys to health for us from energy sources, health benefits, immune system support, growth and development processes.
HOW TO USE 5 OF THE BEST FREE FOODS
There are many foods on this “free” list but here are five popular choices:
Free foods should be used as fillers and snack attack options. For example, when you first begin you lifestyle changes and are really paying attention to your portions, you might still be hungry in between your small meals that you are eating 5-6 times per day and especially at dinnertime. So, on your dinner plate you should have vegetables filling half of your plate, the other half should contain one-third of a protein and one-third complex carbohydrates. These foods can be a life saver during a snack attack as well! In those times when you KNOW you are not hungry but you still want to eat or if you are an emotional eater having a bad day and struggling to fight the urge to eat, free foods are totally a great option for you. They will satisfy your urge to eat WITHOUT derailing your day and causing the after-urge guilty feeling that you failed. In moments like these you grow and learn how to manage your thoughts, feeling and behaviors in healthy ways.
THE BOTTOM LINE
So many people really want to live a healthy lifestyle and enjoy their journey! The awesome reality is that you can do it! It takes hard work, commitment and dedication to achieve long-term success and results. That’s what we bring to the table along with so much more. We want to build a community of strong, independent, passionate and focused women who encourage and support each other in this health movement. We look forward to your comments and questions! Like us on Facebook, Living With a Purpose Consulting, LLC., for updates and new offers.
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