Going on a diet is one thing… But sticking it out over the long haul is another! The important thing to stay on track is to plan your diet menu in advance and to make sure it meets all of your nutritional needs. How do you know if you are in the right place? Grazia tells you everything!
A diet menu rich in vegetables
You know it: when putting together a balanced menu, whether it is a diet menu or not, it is essential to give pride of place to vegetables. These can be eaten raw or cooked , to vary flavors and textures. Try to diversify as much as possible the vegetables you eat and the way you prepare and season them, so as not to tire of your diet too quickly.. Also, don’t forget that for a truly balanced meal, at least a third of your plate should be spent on vegetables (or possibly fruit). If you are not tempted by vegetables, be cunning with yourself and place a generous portion of vegetables as a starter, in the form of a nice salad or a soup. Thus, you kill two birds with one stone: you got rid of it before moving on to the main course, and you are already well established when you tackle higher calorie foods.
The importance of protein in a balanced diet
We often hear about the famous high protein diet , which allows you to lose a lot of weight quickly. This one is unbalanced, since it largely ignores vegetables and grains, but it is not all wrong: protein helps to lose weight. However, avoid the famous powdered meal replacements, which are unappetizing and unattractive from a nutritional point of view. For an effective diet , instead incorporate animal or plant proteins into your diet menu. In terms of animal proteins, we no longer recall the merits of fish, but poultry, white meat and eggs (in reasonable quantities) are also of interest. When it comes to vegetable proteins, you can turn to tofu or legumes (lentils, chickpeas, beans, etc.). Here too, vary the pleasures in order to have the most diverse diet possible.
Cereals for your diet menu
The third essential ingredient in your meal should be cereal. Indeed, if cereals are often criticized in diets because of their caloric intake, they also contain fibers that facilitate digestion. Above all, they are essential in order not to be hungry and therefore they allow you to avoid cravings outside meal times… So which ones to choose? In this area as in others, diversity is essential, but we will in any case always choose whole grains (for bread as for rice and pasta). Include quinoa in your diet menu, too.: low in calories, it quickly leads to satiety. But that’s not all: you can also try less well-known cereals, such as millet, teff, amaranth, buckwheat… Let your imagination run wild!