The moment you decide to go on a diet to lose weight you are bombarded with a list of food items that are banned to be eaten. This certainly demotivates you to delay your dieting plan. But here is the good news, despite these food being considered to play havoc with your weight, you can consume a few of the banned foods in appropriate proportions. The reason is that they are rich source of essential minerals and vitamins which our body needs to stay energetic and fit. You can now indulge in the once forbidden foods like pastas,eggs,breads,nuts, potatoes and chocolates. All you have to control is the intake amount to maintain a slender body and remain fit. Here goes the list of the once forbidden foods which you can now consume keeping in mind the portions:
Breads and pastas
A 100% whole grain bread and pasta can be consumed during dieting. The grain as such is not altered in anyway and is thus a very healthy source of vitamins, proteins and fiber. The other kind of bread and pasta that are made up of enriched, bleached semolina or rice flour contains a very high amount of carbohydrates that get converted into sugar instantly. Wholegrain versions of both bread and pasta can also be consumed as they are high in fiber and will keep you full for longer, keeping hunger pangs at bay.
Potatoes have been the most disgraced foods when it comes to dieting, even thought they are an extremely good source of vitamin C, iron, potassium, copper, etc. Besides, they also help in loosening cholesterol as it contains half soluble and half insoluble fiber. They also let you stay fuller for longer and are moderate in calories. The number of calories depends on the way you cook. Deep-fried potatoes are a no-no when you plan to lose weight. You could boil or bake them and consume in proper portions. Do not consume potatoes in the form of chips or wafers as they would hold you back from losing the kilos.
Eggs are said to contain high amount of cholestrol, but if you go by the expert opinion the situation is totally opposite where eggs are poor in saturated fats and do not increase the level of cholestrol. A large egg contains about 70 calories and is a great source of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, lutein and proteins. Eggs also comprises of choline which helps in controlling the cardiovascular and nervous system along with being responsible for breaking down fats. They make you stay full for long. Optimally, you can consume one or two eggs a day. You can avoid eating the yellow part as it is slightly rich in fats, the white part is an excellent source of proteins.
Nuts are a rich source of fiber, proteins and antioxidants. They make for a very tasty and healthy snack. making you stay full for long. If you wish to lose or maintain weight, then nuts are an amazing option. You could consume almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts,etc without being concerned about gaining weight. Nuts also help you in decreasing bad cholesterol. Nuts contains healthy fats that do not harm the heart and also control the blood pressure levels. You can consume a handful of nuts during breakfast or at lunch. Remember not to binge on them.
Chocolates are simply irresistible, they are a pure indulgence. But when it comes to dieting, you just might have to control your cravings as it has a high calorie content which might just add a few extra pounds to your weight. Dark chocolates can be consumed in decent quantity as it contains a number of health benefits. It prevents heart problems and many other diseases. It is a great food as it helps in reducing stress levels. It also prevents the risks of high blood pressure thereby taking care of your brain and nervous system. You can consume suitable portions of dark chocolates. It will not only make you feel fuller for long but will also prevent you from hunger pangs. Make sure you do not indulge in milk or white chocolates as they have more negatives than positives.