More Bang for Your Buck

November 9, 2011 No Comments by Sara

One of the easiest things to do is eat. The action of eating is really not that hard, but finding the right foods to eat is a bit harder. I always inform all of my clients to find foods that give them “more bang for their buck”. What does this mean you ask? It means look for foods that give you more volume for less calorie. In order to feel full and satisfied we need volume. The volume of food is what is going to fill our bellies and keep us happy especially if you like to eat.

Sometimes when we are trying to lose weight and we are getting accustomed to eating the appropriate amount of calories to fuel our bodies and achieve our goal weights we find that we are hungry or not satisfied because the volume of food is significantly less then what we are used to. In order to overcome the mental struggle that you may be having with the decreased portions look for foods that will give you the volume without all the calories.

For example, non-starchy vegetables (carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, kale, etc.) are the ideal food because you get a lot of volume for very little calorie. As long as you don’t coat your veggies in salad dressing, oil, or butter then you can eat a very large portion without having to worry about the calories.

If you compare the calorie content of a sweet potato to whole wheat pasta. An 8 oz. baked sweet potato will give you approximately 200 calories and 45 g of carbohydrate and 1.5 c. (7.35 oz.) of cooked whole wheat pasta will give you 260 calories and 56 g of carbohydrate. As you can see the better option would be the baked sweet potato- you will get more bang for your buck (a larger portion for less calories).

The next time you are planning your meals or shopping in the grocery store read the nutrition labels and see what will give you the most bang for your buck. Your waist line will thank me.

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