6 low-calorie food options - JUST THE TIP TUESDAY!

If you are having a through a tough time trying to find some low-calorie food options to match your daily limited calorie intake, then don’t worry. Here is a list of food options that you can include in your diet that don’t taste like cardboard and that you won’t get bored with easily.

WHY LOW-CALORIE FOODS?

What you eat determines how full you feel.

This is because foods affect fullness differently.

For example, you need fewer calories to feel full from boiled potatoes or oatmeal than from ice cream or a croissant.

Foods that are filling can ward off hunger and help you eat less at the next meal.

So, if one of your goals is to lose weight, these types of foods should help you in the long run.

These food options are super-healthy and do not contain too many calories (100 calories to be exact).


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LOW-CALORIE FOOD OPTIONS:

  1. Beef (50 grams Beef = 100 Calories)

For all the meat lovers who find it hard to maintain their calorie intake, your search is over. Beef is a food option which will suit your fitness needs and will also satisfy your taste buds and cravings. 50 grams of beef contains just 100 calories and is known for its nutritious properties. Beef is a great source of iron and Vitamin B12.

  1. Avocado (1/4 Avocado = 100 Calories)

Avocado is yet another food option which is nutritious and does not contain too many calories. One-fourth part of an avocado is sure to cater to your daily nutrition needs and contain just 100 calories. The avocado fruit makes up for a great breakfast and is known to be good for your heart's health as it decreases the levels of bad cholesterol. Here are 10 other benefits that avocados provide to you.

  1. Blueberries (129 Blueberries = 100 Calories)

Blueberries offer a great kickstart towards the day. 129 Blueberries only offer 100-calories, which means you can savour on blueberries without worrying too much about your calorie intake. They are a source of Vitamin C and also act as a dietary fibre. The perfect breakfast item!

  1. Pear (1 Pear = 100 Calories)

Pears are healthy and at the same time quite filling. Eating a pair post work out to cater to the sudden hunger that hits is the best way to fill your stomach and yet not take in too many calories. One pear is just 100 calories and is a good source of Potassium, and Vitamin C. Read my recent article and learn more about what to eat pre and post workout to get the most out of your workout routine.

  1. Strawberries (25 Strawberries = 100 Calories)

Strawberries are not just tasty but healthy too. With taking in just 100 calories by eating 25 strawberries, there is no better food than this to take care of that sweet tooth (especially when they are in season). Strawberries are a great way to start the day and form an equally good evening snack. They are rich in fibre, Vitamin C and anti-oxidants. Here are some low-calorie recipes for Strawberries.

  1. Walnuts (5 Walnuts = 100 Calories)

Is there anything better than a handful of woody walnuts? Especially when you are following a healthy diet. Walnuts are the best source of Vitamin E folate and are also a source of a number of neuroprotective compounds. They are good for the brain health and do not contain too many calories.

CALORIE INTAKE

So what is all the fuss about calories and calorie intake anyway? Calories aren't bad for you. Your body needs calories for energy. But eating too many calories — and not burning enough of them off through activity — can lead to weight gain. Simply put, calories in vs. calories out.

Our bodies use up energy (calories) as we move or exercise. To maintain a healthy and stable weight, the energy we put into our bodies must equal the amount of energy we use up. This is called energy balance.

There are a number of ways to track calories and there are some useful apps such as MyFitnessPal which tracks your calorific and nutritional intake. For your own customized macronutrient plan (carbs, protein, fats and calories) you can check out my online personal training programs.

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