Though every meal plays an important role in how you go about losing weight, dinner can be the most challenging.
When it’s the end of the day and you’re tired and hungry, it’s hard to keep in mind what to eat for dinner to lose weight. Especially when you’re impatient and just want something easy.
We have the tips and tricks that will help you eat a healthy, weight-loss friendly dinner!
No Empty Calories during Dinner
You don’t need that slice of garlic bread, it just looks and smells delicious. Ultimately, however, it won’t keep you satisfied much longer than it takes to eat it.
Empty calories function in a way that tempts you but ultimately leaves you unsatisfied. Empty calories like carbohydrates and starches are tasty at the time, but don’t contribute to your overall nutrition and DEFINITELY don’t ease your appetite which ends up hurting you if you’re trying to lose weight.
Stay away from bread, soda, alcohol, and creamy sauces or dressings during dinner if you want to lose weight.
Perfect Portions make Dinner Better for Your Weight Loss Goals
Ideally, your meals throughout the day should look something like this:
Breakfast should be the largest meal packed with hearty nutrients and protein to kick start the day and keep you satisfied until lunch.
Lunch should be a somewhat of a smaller meal down from breakfast.
Dinner should be the smallest meal you eat all day but should be enough to keep you feeling satisfied through the night to help you avoid late-night snacking.
Keep your serving sizes small but nutrient rich. In other words, make sure you’re getting the most nutrients and goods out of each serving. For example, even though your serving of protein is only 3 ounces, make sure it’s lean protein like fish or chicken.
Soup And Salad
When you’re choosing soup and salad there are some key considerations to keep in mind. Broth-based soups will help fill you up and give you calories without providing a staggering amount of calories.
Leafy greens such as romaine lettuce, spinach, and kale can help fill you up without adding significantly to your calorie goals for the day.
Don’t forget to stay away from starchy, creamy soups and creamy salad dressings if you’re striving to lose weight.
Protein is considered a macro nutrient, which means our bodies need consistent, significant amounts to stay healthy.
Protein should be part of every meal, since it’s important for muscle health, sustained energy, skin, blood and bone health, and so much more.
Your daily serving of protein should equal about 7 ounces, so 3 ounces of lean protein should be the perfect way to end the day.
Choose from lean ground beef, ground turkey, chicken breasts, salmon, tilapia, or shellfish as healthy sources of protein.
If you aren’t a big meat-eater, protein can be found in Greek yogurt, nuts, and beans.
Don’t Forget Fiber
Found in whole grains and leafy greens, fiber will help fill you up, balance your blood sugar levels, and leave you satisfied before you head to bed for the long, sleepy fast before your morning meal.
Fruit is Your Friend
Can you always count on having a post-supper sweet tooth? Keep your favorite fruit on hand as a healthy “dessert”.
We also realize that there are some cravings only chocolate can cure. If this is the case for you, nibble on dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa) for your chocolate fix.
The Devil Is In The Details
• Making pasta? Awesome. Shoot for whole-wheat noodles and pesto or tomato sauce instead of cream sauces.
• Choose quinoa or wild rice over white rice.
• Try toasted walnuts instead of croutons on that salad.
• Nothing screams comfort food like mashed potatoes. Instead of choosing yellow or russet potatoes, try sweet potatoes instead for added vitamins and nutrients.
For more great weight loss advice, read Easy Weight Loss Tips