Write out what you eat in a normal day. Think about what you snack on and the side dishes you eat. It is common to indulge in sweet snacks in the afternoon or French fries with lunch, but these are the types of foods you will want to replace with healthy vegetable snacks. Try to come up with at least two foods that you eat on a daily basis to replace with healthier choices. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Nutrient Database, a medium-sized cucumber contains only 24 calories — while a normal serving of French fries could contain up to 607.
Eat celery, carrots and cucumbers raw as crunchy, healthy snacks at least twice a day. Pack two small sandwich bags full of cut-up, snack-size pieces. Fill the bags as full as you want — these vegetables are low in calories and full of healthy nutrients. Pack yourself a small side of low-calorie ranch or blue cheese dressing and lightly dip your veggies to add some flavor. If you are craving something sweet, spread a small amount of natural peanut butter on your celery stalks.
Establish a way to incorporate celery, carrots and cucumber into your cooked meals. By adding vegetables and reducing the amount of meat and starch in each meal, you will be eating fewer calories, less fat and more essential nutrients. Onions can add a lot of flavor to most meals and can be eaten in large amounts without the concern of excessive calories. Adding celery, carrots and cucumber to a meal can make it much more filling and healthy at the same time. Try a healthy stir-fry made with lean chicken and lots of carrots and celery over a bed of brown rice. Top with a small amount of teriyaki sauce.
Stick to the plan. Losing body fat by eating more celery, carrots, cucumbers and onions will not happen overnight. Stock up on these vegetables each time you go to the store and make a daily commitment to replace unhealthy foods with these inexpensive, healthy vegetables.
Protein and carbohydrates are still important components of your diet, and celery, carrots, cucumber and onion should not be your only food sources. Try eating these vegetables with lean meats like chicken breast or turkey. Your carbohydrate intake should consist of whole grains and fruit. Always remember that the quality of food you eat outweighs the quantity; never starve yourself to lose weight.
Consult your doctor before beginning any new weight-loss regimen.
Replacing the unhealthy foods in your diet with vegetables will help you lose body fat; however, adding exercise to your daily routine will also greatly contribute to the process. By incorporating just 30 minutes of exercise four or five times per week, the body fat will eventually come off. Be patient: Changing your eating habits and activity level is hard, but this type of lifestyle change will result in long-term weight loss and improved overall health.
Things You'll Need
- Celery stalks
- Carrots, whole or baby
- All-natural peanut butter
- Low-calorie ranch or blue cheese dressing
- Seasoned salt
- Small sandwich bags