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Eat Well The Lazy Way
Updated: Tuesday, August 20 2013, 10:07 AM EDT
If you want to drop a few pounds and eat better, without expending a lot of effort, maybe you need to follow the best diet for lazy people.
Medical Reporter Liz Bonis tells us about it in today's Medical Edge. As a registered dietitian, Nancy Wilson often gets asked about easy ways to eat better or lose weight.
For example, the celery question, do you burn more calories chewing it than you take in?
Nancy Wilson, TriHealth:
"That's not really going to be any significant calorie savings. It really does come down to calories in vs Calories out."
That means you have to burn off more than you take in with exercise.
She says she also finds that a few basic principles would help a lot of people who want to make small changes and get big results.
"Eating breakfast is a big one for a lot of people. Increasing fruits and vegetable intake is another big one that I'm always telling people, because so many people just don't get very many over the course of the day."
But that doesn't mean that if you are a person that doesn't want to spend a lot time making meals, or maybe you don't like to get off the couch a lot, that there aren't a few foods that are good if you are a lazy person so to speak. What these foods give you is the highest amount of nutritional value, for the fewest amount of calories. In other words, if I only want to add six healthy foods to my diet, what should those foods be?
Something with soy, such as burgers or edamame top the list, according to a recent summary report in Prevention.
These have natural plant proteins.
Avocado makes the list, along with salmon and legumes, such as black beans or walnuts.
Spinach or any leafy green is also a good pick.
So is Greek yogurt.
Keep serving sizes smaller for these foods, and bigger for the fruits and veggies, Nancy Wilson recommends, and you have a pretty good lazy way to eat well.
By the way, if you are wondering about the best exercise for lazy people, most trainers suggest you start with walking.