How to Lose Weight When You Hate Healthy Foods

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Even if you are not a fan of collard greens, sprouts or salads, it is still possible to lose weight and stay fit. The best weight loss plan is a healthy balance of daily exercise and a diet consisting of a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean protein and whole grains. But even if you don't like traditionally healthy foods, you can still lose weight by limiting your portion size and increasing how often you exercise every week.

Step 1

Make a list of fruits and vegetables you do like. These fruits and veggies may include strawberries, grapes, avocado, broccoli and bell peppers. Include at least one of these healthy foods into each meal you eat per day.

Step 2

Switch from full-fat dairy products to low-fat cheeses, yogurt and milk. Full-fat dairy products are high in saturated fat and calories, which can cause weight gain. By switching to low-fat dairy, you can lower the amount of calories you consume per day.

Step 3

Hide fruits and veggies in your favorite foods. If you love macaroni and cheese, for instance, use low-fat cheese and whole wheat pasta, then mix a handful of spinach into the dish about 30 seconds before it is finished cooking. This way, you can eat a healthier and lower-fat version of your favorite food without feeling deprived.

Step 4

Exercise every day for at least 30 minutes. Ideally, you should not be able to talk while exercising, except to say short, one-word answers. If you are exercising at this intensity, you are in your target heart rate.

Step 5

Remove one high-fat item from your favorite restaurant dishes. If you're ordering Mexican food, for example, skip the sour cream and cheese. This way, you can still eat a meal you enjoy without packing on the pounds.

Things You'll Need

  • Strawberries

  • Grapes

  • Avocado

  • Broccoli

  • Bell peppers

  • Low-fat dairy products

  • Whole-wheat pasta

  • Spinach

Tip

Opt for lean protein such as skinless chicken breast instead of fatty meats, like ground beef.

Warning

Consult a doctor before starting any restrictive diet plan.

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