When trying to lose weight or build muscle, many people believe that if they follow “points” and “count the carbs” of some of the most well-known diet labels, the pounds will fall off. While it does seem as if most of the hard work has already been done, most people do not realize that they can prepare that same frozen meal at home. Not only would it taste just as good, if not better, but it would actually be healthier.
Cooking at home has its benefits. People can adjust the flavors of the food and omit certain foods that they do not like. There are also healthier alternatives to certain starchy foods such as rice, mashed potatoes and pasta that can not be bought in those frozen pre-packaged meals. These types of meals also contain certain preservatives to keep them fresh which most dieters could do without as well.
Below is a video with 10 simple tips that you can use in the kitchen to make more healthy foods; lose the calories and fat, not the taste. By replacing unhealthy foods with healthy alternatives in a recipe, you can cook healthy food, reduce fat, increase nutrients, lower calories and improve your diet.
One of the biggest changes that people implement with their own cooking is to limit the amount of oil that they use. Olive oil is a great alternative to traditional vegetable oils but it still contains at least 100 calories in just one tablespoon. by limiting the number of tablespoons of oil that a person uses when cooking, they can automatically eliminate up to 300 extra calories. If frying is something that a dieter wants to steer clear from as much as possible, they can also try to bake more foods. Baking foods is great because the oil is eliminated altogether and only the natural juices are left to cook with.
Grilling is another great alternative to frying. Again, the oil is eliminated but one must be cautious of the sauces and marinades that are too often used when grilling. Sometimes the extra flavors that are added can defeat the purpose of not frying the foods altogether. If the weather outside is not in favor of outside grilling, one can always opt for one of the popularly branded small indoor grills. This type of grill is great for reducing fat and grease because it is slanted, allowing fat to fall away. As the food cooks, all of the natural greases and fats slide down and away from the food.
Baking and grilling foods should not be the only answer. When cooking any type of food in any manner, the amount of salt and sugar should be monitored as well. Salt is something that everyone’s body needs but only in moderation. By simply cutting the amount of salt needed in a recipe in half, the risk of high blood pressure can be reduced. The same concept can be applied to sugar. It can also be taken a step further because there are many drinks that contain large amounts of unnecessary sugar. People should try to replace just one carbonated beverage with a bottled water per day.
Fruits and vegetables are something that a person can add to their diet that will not wreak havoc on their bodies. Both fruits and vegetables contain very few calories and can be added to meals or eaten as a snack anytime through out the day as a way of staying full without overdoing it. Vegetables can also be hidden in certain foods if there are picky eaters in the house. Just by eating more vegetables a person will feel better and not as dragged down because their body is able to use what is being taken in and convert it to energy.
Spices are another great additive. Certain spices such as black pepper and coriander have great health benefits for those wanting to lose weight. Hotter spices like chili flakes and cayenne are great for repairing sore muscles and increase metabolism. There are so many subtle things that a person can do at home in their own kitchen to keep their calorific content down to a minimum. These small changes will have drastic yet positive effect on healthy eaters’ daily lives.