Firstly I would recommend downloading My Fitness Pal. A lot of people I know have had successful weight loss with this. It's free & you can scan the barcode of the products you eat to see the values.
Frozen yogurt: Substitute this for ice cream and top with nuts or fruit and enjoy :). Low fat or fat free fro-yo. You will be eating half of the calories just by making this switch per portion.
Here are the cals, fat, chol and salt (sodium) levels of Ben & jerrys vanilla ice cream (top) and frozen yogurt (bottom), both 150ml. See the huge difference? Don't believe me? Download the app ;)
Sorbet, another scrummy desert. You can sub this for ice cream too, it is even lower in calories than fro-yo however watch the sugar content in the product you're buying.
Up your water intake, it is so good for you in SO many ways. It flushes out the impurities in your body, clears your skin & keeps you hydrated. Sometimes a hunger pain might just be thirst, drink up!
Bored of the taste? Chuck a slice of lemon, lime or strawberries in your glass. A cup of hot water with a slice of lemon in it is a great refreshing start to the day, filled with antioxidants.
Snack on raw veg instead of crisps/ chips. Pick something crunchy and you can pretty much have as much as you want of the above. Pick a low fat yogurt dip like tzaziki or reduced fat humous. Yum! :)
Fancy something sweet? Snack on dried fruit. Packed with vitamins it is a good source of natural nutrients and is a much healthier alternative to sweets.
If you want something even sweeter or more for a dessert then pick tropical fruits. These are lovely and sweet and so so good for you. Tinned pineapple is good too but in juices not syrup.
Switch to dark chocolate, something above 70% cocoa. This is better for you than milk or white chocolates due to the sugar content.
Craving cookies? Snack on unsalted nuts. I would recommend walnuts & pecan nuts only as they have less fat (good fat). Mix with raisins or if you've been good a few dark choc chips. Eat wisely!
Popcorn lightly sweetened or salted is a great low cal snack. Rice cakes are also super low cal & fat. You can also get chocolate covered rice cakes at just 82 calories! Eat the choc ones wisely ;)
Switch to a natural sweetener or honey instead of white sugar. Honey is a lot sweeter and therefore you would use less to gain the sweetness desired. Brown sugar is good too.
Sweet potatoes; not only are these delicious but they're super healthy and easier for your body to digest than normal potatoes. Make a healthy mash, roast or jacket. You won't feel like you're dieting
Switch from white rice to brown rice. This is also easier for the body to digest as it has more fibre than white rice. 1/2 a cup serving is just 110 calories.
Whole wheat pasta is less processed than white pasta and therefore has more bran and fibre. This is again easier for your body to digest and its packed with vitamins and nutrients. Definitely worth it
Couscous and quinoa are a super healthy alternative to rice and pasta and they're very versatile. They have less calories, gluten and more vitamins and nutrients than pasta and rice do.
Oat bread is not only delicious but it is much easier for your body to digest than white processed wheat breads. It is packed with bran and fibre and has more nutrients than a white loaf.
Rye bread is also another alternative to white bread. It too is less processed, which means it contains more fibre, antioxidants and vitamins. It also helps improve digestion & body fat distribution.
Crisp bread is versatile and yummy. It is easily available and you can make some healthy sandwich alternatives to these with less than half the calories of bread per slice. Also high in fibre :).
Lets take a look at a slice of hovis white breakfast bread (top) and breakfast crisp bread (bottom). Not only is there a big calorie difference but there's a lot more salt (sodium) in the bread.
Up your intake of beans, yes this can mean baked beans (low sugar). Beans are filling, low cal & are great for weight loss as you are less tempted to snack. They are also packed with vits & nutrients.
Olive oil is what I would recommend for cooking with. It is a lot healthier than butter for the calories. Those 1 calorie sprays are also super low but this is all natural and you know what's in it :)
Salads are healthy, right? Not if you have a super heavy dressing on them! Don't make the mistake of getting a Cesar salad. Use olive oil and balsamic vinegar for your greens, tasty and low cal.
Up your oily fish intake; salmon, mackerel, trout and sardines are packed with omega 3 which is GOOD fat that breaks down the bad fat. Eating smoked salmon & mackerel is really healthy too.
Turkey, pork and beef minced meat, yum! Buy only lean mince and the calories are already reduced (especially turkey mince). Why switch to lean mince, what's the difference? I'll show you :)
This is the nutritional values for 100g normal beef mince, check out the calories and fat content.
Now check out 100g lean turkey mince, look at the difference! Make some healthy meatballs, I have a guide for that too ;), or serve with brown rice or whole wheat pasta.
Curry paste! Ditch those creamy calorific pre made curry sauces and make your own healthier version. Using just a tsp of paste in your dish is really flavoursome.
Stick to low fat or fat free cream cheese & cottage cheese for regular use. With hard cheeses chose a pinch of Parmesan or low fat mature cheese as they have a strong taste so you won't need as much.
That's all for now, just remember moderation and portion size and you will see results and look and feel great! Please share any suggestions or ideas in the comments. Thanks for reading :)!