What if I told you a calorie is not a calorie? In a way, it is; but really it isn’t. Losing weight long term isn’t the principle of cutting out foods as much as it discovering foods high in nutrients and low in overall calories. Just think about it.
Foods aren’t all made alike. Processed foods usually have ingredients you can’t read and are stripped of nutrients, but still have a lot of calories. If you want to lose weight eating oils, processed foods, meats, and dairy products, you will have to restrict your calorie intake. But eating whole foods such as fruits and vegetables—which are packed with water, fiber, and nutrients—will leave you satisfied and full of energy. To get a better idea of what kind of foods keep you satisfied and full of energy, take a look at this image from Forks Over Knives:
As you can see, the two sections to the right are packed with nutrients, fiber, and water, which will keep you hydrated, satiated, and energized, all while still losing weight. Don’t believe me? Try it. Eat whole, plant foods such as whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetable, and nuts and seeds. I promise you’ll feel and see a difference.