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8 Nutrition Hacks to Lose Weight Fast While Dieting
As a Certified Nutrition Consultant, I am always trying to figure out ways to help my clients find nutrition hacks to lose weight fast while dieting. Here is what I have found. Ready?
Use smaller plates
This is somewhat a psychological thing, but using a smaller plate is a great way to limit your calories. In America especially, we are given huge portions at each meal when dining out.
And when I was growing up, my parents encouraged me to eat “bean and pea on my plate” before I could get dessert. Old habits die hard I suppose…
Just don’t ruin the benefit of using a smaller plate by going for seconds!
Drink a glass of water before your meal
Drinking a big glass of water is a great way to feel fuller before you eat your meal. Studies show that even humans may not be able to tell the difference between hunger and thirst sensations. (1)
While you may think you are hungry, you might be dehydrated. Drink a big glass of water before your meals and see the benefit!
Replace pasta with spaghetti squash
This is a great hack that helps you get the sensation of eating pasta, without most of the calories. 1 cup of pasta has 220 calories and 42 grams of carbohydrates, while one cup of spaghetti squash has 42 calories and 10 grams of carbohydrates.
Just make sure to use a tomato-based sauce with no sugar or fat added to keep the calories low. Bon Appetite!
Use intermittent fasting
I have been using intermittent fasting for years with great results. It is not for everyone, but you do get used to being a little bit hungry in the morning for the first few hours. You essentially skip breakfast.
But if you are hungry, it means your body has no choice but to use its own body fat for energy.
To find out more information about intermittent fasting, read our article here
Eat more fiber
Eating more fiber will help you feel fuller for longer. Fibrous foods have little to no calories, so you can essentially eat as much as you want. I generally like to eat my vegetables or salad first, so I eat less of the more calorie-dense foods at my meals.
Try Cauliflower instead
Speaking of eating more fiber, Cauliflower is packed with it! We like cauliflower because it can be used for a few replacement starchy meals. We use it to replace rice, mashed potatoes, and even pizza crust. Cauliflower is even great as just a steamed vegetable!
1 cup of potatoes has 114 calories and 26 grams of carbohydrates, while Cauliflower has 256 calories and 5 grams of carbohydrates (which is mostly fiber anyway)
Do your meal prep in advance
I have been an advocate of meal prepping for years. I generally do it just for convenience but there are many other reasons to do it. First, you can portion your food correctly, so you do not overeat and get weight.
Second, you know exactly what ingredients you are putting into your meals
Third, by having your meals prepped for the week, you are less likely to eat out at restaurants. This is great for your belly and great for your wallet!
Related Article: Meal Prep for Fast and Easy Weight Loss
Get Expert Help
Losing weight can be challenging if you don’t have the right tools. Using these nutrition hacks to lose weight fast is great, but it takes more than just reading a helpful article to be successful in your weight loss journey.
Most people have the best intentions when trying to lose weight, but tend to fall short of their goals when they don’t have a proper plan in place.