When I first decided to follow a weight-loss diet, my meals were a disaster, didn't have any flavor and the taste was null. Recently, I started to search again for recipes that have this feature, and getting slimmer is more than going to the gym. Searching on the internet, I found the best weight-loss recipes on cookafterme.com, a food blog that adds taste even for slimming meals (that's a big plus).
What is the difference between weight-loss meals and low-calorie recipes?
Somebody told me to search for low-calorie instead of weight-loss recipes, but this is not enough (at least for me). Weight-loss recipes have a lot more features that include, besides low-calorie feature, low carbs, greater protein and fiber intake, and most of them are very healthy. So, why choose only one feature and not choose all of them?
Tips to lose belly fat faster
Some of use are not ready to follow a full weight-loss diet, and just want to lose the belly fat. Therefore, here are some tips to burn fat faster:
- Eat a lot of soluble fiber (seeds, noodles, avocados).
- Foods containing trans fats or saturated fats should be minimized or avoided.
- Minimize the alcohol or don't drink at all!
- Search for recipes and ingredients with high protein intake.
- Reduce your stress levels – very important!
- Aerobic exercise (cardio) is the best option to burn your belly fat.
- Avoid sugar-sweetened beverages (or at least avoid soda at all cost).
- Sleeping is one of the most important aspects – I know, wow – make your night sleep as comfortable as you can.
- Eat Fatty fishes, rich in high-quality protein and omega-3 fats (these fats help reduce visceral fat).
- Drink green tea to boost your metabolism and lose belly fat faster.
Weight Loss Recipes for a slimmer, healthy and shaped body
As I told you above, getting slimmer with traditional recipes isn't a great way to follow. It has results, yes, but the taste is worst than a pig's meal. I took my chance with a modern style of cooking, recipes found on cookafterme.com, tasty, full of flavor, yet, great for slimming purposes. It is a great food blog made by Susan Dale (owner of a few restaurants in America). What I liked about her is the open-minded style… But let's get to the best part of the article: The weight-loss recipes!
1. Vegan Thai Bok Choy Noodles & Mushrooms
The healthy Vegan Thai Bok Choy Noodles & Mushrooms is a recipe with a lot of features like weight-loss, detox, great health benefits, and more. The flavor is incredible and can have ingredients changed after your taste. If you searched for a healthy meal or side dish, the Vegan Thai Bok Choy Noodles & Mushrooms is what you need.
2. Fresh Summer Salad with Chicken Breast
Belly fat is a problem? Summer is the best season to take care of it and make use of healthy salads, especially with fresh ingredients. The Fresh Summer Salad with Chicken Breast is a recipe that can be prepared quickly, has a great flavor, and contains the exact nutrients to burn that ugly belly fat.
3. Japanese Sushi Noodles & Chicken
You want to change the cuisine for a while and don't know what to cook? Try Susan's simple, yet tasty recipe for Sushi Noodles and Chicken. Losing weight was never so easy! The cooking style is important, but from time to time the cuisine must be changed to avoid monotony and, why not, changing the meal taste. One of the simplest recipes Susan has in her cookbook is this Sushi Noodles & Chicken, and besides the great taste, it has great health benefits and weight-loss properties.
4. Tuscan Bean Stew
If you search for a stew with many properties besides health benefits, the Vegan Tuscan Bean Stew has it all, and it is used even for detox. Apart from the fact it is healthy, the Tuscan Bean Stew is also gluten-free and can be eaten by anyone. Sometimes simple is better, especially when you want to lose weight and don’t know how to start, or you do not find tasty recipes to add in your meal plan for this particular diet. Trust me, this is the best dish that has it all!
5. Vegetarian Frittata
Did you know that instead of a simple omelet you can level up your breakfast and make this vegetarian Frittata with a lot more health benefits? Try Susan's special recipe from Italian cuisine and you'll lick your fingers. When searching for a Frittata recipe, make sure you’ll have all the health benefits included and also, like this one, having properties for losing weight. This Frittata recipe is using light ingredients to be prepared for breakfast and not for lunch, but can be also added in your meal plan as a brunch dish.
6. Italian Rice with Mushrooms & Pistachios
Italian Rice with Mushrooms & Pistachios is a recipe from Italian cuisine, great for weight loss purposes, and a healthy lifestyle. Italian cooks have the simplest recipes ever, but how can they reach to great flavors every time, with every dish? Well, if they have simple recipes doesn’t mean the dishes will lack flavors. Moreover, they have great ingredients that balance the flavor so that it reaches the highest taste notes. The Italian Rice with Mushrooms & Pistachios is a recipe that respects all of that!
7. Oriental Stir-Fried Zucchini
Oriental recipes have special flavors, diverse from our American taste. But we all know them, and like or crave from time to time for a great Asian dish. I recommend you to try this recipe for Vegan Stir-Fried Zucchini, an oriental greatness. Susan likes Asian food, no matter from which part (she said). Asians have a great sense of healthy food, therefore, the zucchini is one of the best options to proceed with your slimming diet in a healthy way.
8. Lentil Soup Recipe
Have you ever tried Lentil Soup with corn and red pepper in it? This Vegan Lentil Soup is one of the healthiest and tastiest I've ever tasted! One of the healthiest vegan dishes Susan shared is this awesome lentil soup with red pepper and fresh corn. If you are not vegan, you can add chicken wings or drumsticks. In any way you want to prepare it, it will be full of flavor and will satisfy your taste buds.
9. Split Pea Soup Recipe
The split pea soup is the best way to eat healthier and have a great lunch. Moreover, this recipe is for Vegan and Vegetarian lifestyles too. Be amazed about this tasty and healthy Split Pea Soup. 9 out of 10 persons are glad they tried it.
10. Weight-Loss Vegetable Tray
If you want to lose weight or just to have a healthy breakfast or brunch, go for this vegetable tray with yogurt dip. Simply amazing! This Vegetable Tray Recipe can be prepared if you are on a weight-loss/detox diet, or have a Vegetarian lifestyle. It can be used also as a side-dish, being one of the healthiest food preparations in the world.
How long should I keep the weight-loss diet?
The answer to this question is: depends. It depends on how many pounds/kg you want to lose! In my opinion, the weight-loss diet should be kept at least one month, but I recommend you to follow it for 3 months or more… if you can. The slimming diet will help you also in detox (partially), and provide a healthier lifestyle.
Benefits & Health
It's normal to want to see physical changes fast, but transitioning to a slimmer body takes time. Even though you might not see results in a few days, your fat-loss efforts are doing you a world of good. Dropping as little as 5 to 10 percent of your total body weight can noticeably improve blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you weigh 200 pounds, that's a loss of only 10 pounds — an amount that may not transform how you look but could profoundly affect your health.