(NaturalNews) Dieting can be quite the challenge in this day and age. The human race seems to be moving faster and faster with every passing day, increasing the value of convenient, if unhealthy, alternatives to a decent meal. With such a culture, it's no surprise that obesity rates are at such high levels.
Even so, there are a number of foods out there that are no more difficult to prepare and eat than the staples consumed every day.
The fibrous celery stalk is both rather nutrient-poor and more difficult to digest than most plants, thus granting it the distinction of requiring more calories to digest than the celery stalk itself actually contains. As such, a winning strategy for any dieter is to eat celery between meals to stave off hunger. Not only does this help to prevent impulse eating, but the celery itself also actively reduces the effective calories consumed by the dieter.
The complex molecular structure of proteins and fiber makes them much more difficult to digest than flour, sugar, and other, simple foodstuffs. When something takes longer to digest, the eater tends to feel full for a longer period of time. Though typically found alongside moderate to large quantities of fat, protein is also found in abundance in a nearly fat-free environment: the humble bean. Also containing a modest portion of fiber, the bean is one of the healthiest staple foods on the planet and is an excellent choice for those who need a simple and inexpensive option to eat healthfully and not feel hungry in an hour.
Full to bursting with slow-to-digest fiber, oatmeal is an excellent breakfast choice. Given that the body's metabolism increases markedly after its first meal of the day, any dieter can simply rearrange calories eaten over the course of the day so that a modest quantity is taken just after waking. This increases the amount of calories passively burned by the body without any other effort on the dieter's part. Oatmeal offers both the fiber to feel full longer and the classic breakfast association to make it a sensible food with which to start the day and claim this passive metabolism boost.
Celery, beans, and oatmeal are, of course, not the only foods of their kind out there. High quantities of fiber and protein with a low to moderate calorie count per unit weight heralds an excellent, satisfying food that is appropriate for consumption in a sensible diet. Legumes, lean fowl, pork tenderloin, and others all fall under this banner. With some investigation at the local grocer, anyone can learn to identify foods that make eating its own winning strategy. Sources for this article include:
About the author: Yanjun is a health and nutrition writer with over 3 years of professional experience in the health and fitness industry. He''s a contributor to many premier source for health advice, fitness tips, and consumer reviews of nutritional supplements.
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