The Best Low Calorie Foods
For Weight Loss

People automatically think that consuming low calorie foods will assist their weight-loss efforts. As a general rule this is correct, however, there are some foods, like diet drinks, that actually promote fat storage in the body and stop fat burning in its tracks! Plus, there are other foods that are definitely not low fat foods, like fish oils, that can actually assist your weight-loss efforts!

Therefore, it is important to know what foods you should consume and what foods you should avoid. In this article we will cover exactly how to know the difference.

Low Calorie Foods

There is no doubt that if you want to lose weight you must create a calorie deficit. This means that each day you must consume less calories than your body uses up. By doing so you can then force your body to mobilise and utilise stored body fat as a fuel source, which will result in you losing weight.

Of course, one of the easiest ways to achieve this is by consuming a significant amount of your overall food intake from low calorie foods. The best foods to consume are natural foods, foods that have been made by nature and that have had virtually no processing at all. These include fruits and vegetables.

Foods that are low calorie foods but have experienced a significant amount of processing tend to contain artificial sweeteners in order to improve their taste. Diet drinks are a good example.

The main problem with foods that contain artificial sweeteners, from a weight-loss/ fat-burning perspective, is that they tend to stimulate insulin release from the pancreas.

You see, artificial sweeteners are generally over a thousand times sweeter than sugar and when they hit the taste receptors in the mouth they stimulates insulin release because the body is expecting to have a big surge of sugar into the blood stream. Then, when it doesn't come the sugar that is in the blood stream gets stored and this results in a low blood sugar level, which results in an increase in hunger.

Also, there are many low fat foods on the market that have had a large portion of their fat removed and as a result the manufacturers have added either more sugar or artificial sweeteners to improve their taste.

Alternatively, some low calorie foods may contain other chemicals that are foreign to the body and may actually be harmful. For example, monosodium glutamate (MSG) is an excitotoxin that leads to a whole range of health problems in susceptible people and therefore should be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately though, it is contained in a whole range of processed foods and food additives! For more information on this topic I highly recommend reading Elaine Hollingsworth's fantastic book, Take Control of Your Health and Escape the Sickness Industry.

The fact is that even though consuming low calorie foods is beneficial for weight loss, having a small amount of high fat foods is essential in your diet. Foods like fish oil, nuts, seeds, avocado, etc. must be included in your diet if you want the best possible results from a health and weight-loss perspective.

Not only does fat improve overall body functioning but it also assists your weight-loss efforts because it helps promote satiety (feelings of satisfaction) from a meal as well as slowing down the absorption rate of carbohydrates.

It is interesting to note that most people believe that they need to eat as much low fat foods as possible if they want to lose weight and that it is the fat in their diet that is the main culprit for their overweight condition. This belief has been fuelled by the food industry, which has provided people with a massive array of low fat foods.

Low Calorie Foods

If you want to burn fat, lose weight and achieve a great-looking body, then eating low calorie foods is certainly a great way to go. However, make sure you carefully select the best foods to have because the calories in food are not the only criteria that needs to be taken into consideration. This means you should also include a portion of high calories foods for the health and weight-loss benefits they offer.

Remember that natural foods like, fruits and vegetables are your best choice and that consuming highly processed foods, even though they are considered to be low fat foods and low calorie foods, are not the way to go.

If you would like to read a book that covers this topic in more detail, then please get a copy of Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health.

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