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by Hannah Whittenly, The Health Advocate

 
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If you’ve been trying to lose weight, then you’ve probably also been avoiding some of your favorite foods. Slimming down can feel like an up-hill battle; the more you sacrifice, the more you want to eat delicious, high-calorie comfort food.


While you should cut back on fat and calories to drop unwanted weight, you don’t have to resign yourself to a life of carrot and celery sticks. Read on to learn how you can drop weight and still enjoy your favorite foods.


Bring on the Bacon


Bacon, along with other fatty meats, is one of the first things people usually eliminate from their diets. However, completely excluding foods you enjoy tends to lead to overeating. Also, some dietitians actually say that you need and should eat bacon and similar foods. You just need to be conscious of serving sizes and not eat them too often.


You can buy a lean cut of bacon, which will make your meals both satisfying and guilt free. You could also choose a vegan brand and have a few extra slices.


Pass the Bread


Cutting carbs can help you lose weight. However, you don’t have to avoid carbs entirely. In fact, even when you’re dieting, you still needs carbs in your diet. Carbs are the most vital because they are what give your body the energy it needs, though not all carbs are equal. One of the most villainized forms of carbs is bread, though that’s not always fair.


Some dieters swear off bread entirely, but if you love bread and can’t imagine not having not eating, it, you can indulge with a French baguette loaf. These are very versatile and you can make a variety of dishes that are both low-fat and tasty. For instance, you can create a veggie sub on a crisp loaf or even a veggie French bread pizza.


Pasta


Just like bread, a lot of dieters say it’s impossible to lose weight if they eat pasta. Eating pasta when dieting is possible, though, it takes a little imagination to make it healthier. Instead of using white pasta that’s high in carbs, you can turn your favorite veggies into the noodle base for pasta night. There are plenty of tools that can cut veggies into spaghetti noodle shapes. Zucchini, carrots and sweet potatoes usually work best and also taste great with a tomato-based sauce.


Chocolate


Instead of saying you’ll never eat chocolate again, you can opt for a healthier version. Dark chocolate is packed full of antioxidants that are good for you and has significantly less unhealthy sugar. If you don’t like dark chocolate, you still indulge by only eating a few pieces of your favorite chocolate. Many popular brands of chocolate also come in bite-size pieces, which lets even the strictest of dieters enjoy sweets.


Losing weight is a process. It’s about finding the right balance between exercise and choosing the right food to fuel your body and taste delicious too. By minding your portion sizes and the ingredients in your meals, you can lose weight while keeping your favorite foods.





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