What’s the secret to slimming down?

What’s the secret to slimming down?

‘Tis the season. It seems everywhere we turn, holiday treats are tempting us. But even when we are super disciplined and committed to our weight-loss plan, it can be difficult to actually slim down, and the end goal of fitting into our favorite clothes again can be a long, hard uphill battle.

So what’s the secret to really slimming down?

“Slimming down requires, first and foremost, high quality lean protein,” says Bob Carrara, a diabetes educator at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Ill.

Carrara offers 10 go-to foods to help you stay on track and meet your goals:

  1. Egg whites
  2. Low-fat cheese
  3. Plain Greek yogurt 
  4. Kefir (a cultured milk product that has more probiotics than yogurt)
  5. Fat-free milk
  6. Plain soy milk
  7. Skinless chicken
  8. Fish
  9. Pork tenderloin
  10. Beans and lentils.

“Beans and lentils are excellent sources of fiber, iron and potassium,” Carrara explains. “They also contain carbohydrates, but have a very low glycemic index, which can produce a more gradual rise and fall in blood glucose levels.”

Tweaking your diet and adding these 10 protein power foods will help you reach your end goal of a leaner and healthier you.

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  1. Rosemary Mueller

    The list of lean protein foods is certainly helpful as protein assists with satiety. Still, it needs to be in the proper dietary proportions to the other macronutrients. If patients are interested in more help with weight management in the form of a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary program, they can contact us at Advocate Weight Management at 847 990-5770 or visit us at advocateweightmanagement@advocatehealth.com.

  2. Concerned Consumer November 29, 2016 at 12:30 pm · Reply

    I think many people will consider this link to be misleading information based on first hand experience. Please reconsider any of this to be a “secret” for a healthy lifestyle. The foods listed show 2 protein sources from plants out of 10. I do not see how any reader will take an understanding of moderation, balance, or nutrition from this list.

    During our time as one of the most obese countries in the world, the United States has found no better method for “slimming down” than a whole foods, plant based diet coupled with exercise. See: The China Study, Forks Over Knives, Dr. Joel Furhman’s: The End of Dieting, etc. for just a small sample of past & recent understanding of a human’s inability to digest animal protein.

    Animal proteins have been linked-to and/or known to be the direct causes of chronic inflammation, cancers, heart disease, diabetes, etc for decades. Just over 1 year ago, the World Health Organization published statistics overwhelmingly demonstrating processed meats are a carcinogen.

    I hope “healthe news” might consider producing an article to promote the facts about animal protein and the benefits of plant-based nutrition for their readers in the very near future. Sincerely,
    Concerned Consumer

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