What are the best ways to diet? Are there many natural diet plans available? Some of the best are just simply a change in lifestyle. Some of the best successful diet plans include a natural treatment plan that contains natural wholesome foods and supplements. A diet doesn’t have to be a complete overhaul, but can be as natural as just adding one simple ingredient to one of your best or favorite recipes, or eliminating one or two ingredients from your daily diet. Here’s how you can diet successfully using some of the best natural ingredients available.
Oatmeal is one of the best natural ingredients you can add to your diet and it can actually help keep your body from storing fat. Oatmeal is high in fiber and is best if eaten for breakfast by adding mixed fruit (no sugar). Wholesome natural oatmeal can also be added to your diet by mixing into meatloaf or other dishes that call for bread crumbs. Natural oatmeal is more filling than bread crumbs and will help you lose weight. The best type of oatmeal to buy is natural whole rolled oats that have nothing added. Remember, natural is the best.
Believe it or not, eggs are also one of the best natural ingredients to add to your natural diet. Eggs are one of the best sources for protein and because they are naturally high in protein, they take longer to digest and help you feel fuller for longer. In the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (2008), a study showed that participants who ate two natural eggs for breakfast at least five times per week and ate a low carb diet lost more weight than those who did not. The study also showed that cholesterol levels did not differ from these two groups, indicating that the added eggs to their diet did not raise cholesterol. Are you not much for breakfast? It is best if you try adding them to your diet by eating your egg meal for brunch or lunch then. Not changing your natural routine too much is best when trying to stick to a new diet.
Natural spices such as cinnamon are best for breakfast or any time of day because it helps control insulin spikes after meals. A study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (2010) explained that insulin activity spikes after eating cinnamon. Insulin is the hormone that manages how our body’s blood sugar is controlled. A spike in your insulin level can make you feel hungry and for anyone on a diet, this is not the best thing. You can add cinnamon to your diet when you feel like you need that afternoon candy bar for a quick picker-upper, try sprinkling natural cinnamon on a piece of whole grain toast, sprinkle in a bowl of natural oatmeal for a snack, or sprinkle some in an afternoon cup of decaffeinated coffee or latte`. Cinnamon is considered one of the best all around natural spices for a natural diet.
Hot Red Pepper
If cinnamon isn’t the best spice for you, try adding natural spices to your diet that are hotter. Hot spices added to your diet are best known for increasing your metabolism. Try adding hot spices to your diet by sprinkling hot spices like hot pepper, cayenne pepper, hot mustard or even garlic on your eggs or omelet at the start of your day. According to WebMD, a study on 13 Japanese women revealed that these women ate less at lunch because the capsaicin in red pepper helps to suppress your appetite. If eggs aren’t your thing, hot spices can be added to your diet by adding red pepper or a little more chili powder to your chili. It’s best to include chili, with all natural ingredients, in your diet at least once a week.
One of the best natural foods to boost your metabolism is natural olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is best. It is a great natural way to boost your metabolism and help burn calories when on a diet. Olive oil can be added to your diet by using olive oil and vinegar in your natural homemade salad dressing on your salad or use for sautéing. I’ve added natural olive oil to my diet by using it to cook popcorn, but no butter though!
Pears are one of the best snacks you can add to your natural diet and can usually be bought year round. This is the best fruit to eat because the natural pectin fiber helps decrease blood sugar levels and makes you feel less hungry. Pectin is also a strong natural appetite suppressant. If you don’t like pears, try apples. Apples are another natural ingredient to add to your diet. Apples can also be found year round, but they just have a little less natural fiber than pears. It is best to alternate between the two to introduce variety into your diet. Adding pears and apples to your diet is one the best things you can do for your diet plan.
Last but not least, beans are one of the best natural foods for anyone on a diet. Beans are low in fat, are high in protein and fiber and can lower your cholesterol. By adding beans to your diet, your body releases cholecystokinins, a natural digestive hormone that helps reduce your appetite. There are so many ways to add beans to your diet. For those who do not like beans, try eating refried beans in Mexican dishes (you can add those hot spices while you’re at it) or maybe it’s best to just hide them in sauces such as spaghetti sauce or chili.
Just by adding a few natural ingredients into your usual diet, you can help create the best natural diet plan for yourself. Of course cutting down on things like sugar, salt, processed foods, and unhealthy desserts will also help create a natural diet plan that will bring out the best in you. But don’t forget to indulge in your favorites once in awhile too! After all, it’s only natural to include the best comfort foods in your new diet.
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Authors’ Disclaimer: While every caution has been taken to provide my readers with the most accurate information, please use your discretion before making any decisions based on the information in this article. Always seek the medical advice of a professional when confronted with any medical concern.
U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (2008). Egg breakfast enhances weight loss. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18679412
U.S. Department of Agriculture (2010). Cinnamon, glucose tolerance and diabetes.