Simple Diet Changes That Can Help You Lose Weight

Simple Diet Changes That Can Help You Lose Weight

If you want to lose weight but haven’t found success, you’re not alone. About half of American adults struggle to lose weight every year, and 74% of US adults still weigh more than they should.

At MIB Surgery in Plantation, Florida, board-certified surgeon Abel Bello, MD, and the team offer multiple weight loss solutions, including medical weight loss and bariatric surgery. We also know that your diet plays the most important role in losing and keeping off those extra pounds. 

Keep reading to learn five simple dietary changes you can make to help you lose weight.

1. Say no to sugary beverages

The average American adult consumes about 77 grams of sugar every day. That is 60 pounds of extra sugar every year — per person! One of the biggest culprits is sugary beverages. In fact, studies show people who say no to sweetened beverages weigh less. 

2. Change from refined to unprocessed whole carbs

Refined carbohydrates have been highly processed, changing them from their raw state into something unrecognizable, like wheat to white flour. That processing takes away most of the carbohydrates’ fiber and nutrients, making it easier for your bloodstream to absorb and raising your blood sugar quickly and increasing hunger and cravings. 

Foods made from whole carbohydrates retain more fiber and nutrients, so look for products made from whole grains, including oats, brown rice, quinoa, and whole-grain bread. 

3. Take in more veggies

Everyone should eat more veggies, but if you’re trying to lose weight, vegetables are essential. Loaded with nutrients and minerals like vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, iron, protein, and more, veggies help restore your nutrition and improve your overall health. 

What’s more? Vegetables are high in fiber and water but low in fat and calories, making them perfect for maintaining a healthy weight. Fill at least half of your plate with raw and cooked vegetables at meals. Eat a variety of veggies, including dark leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, carrots, sweet potatoes, squashes, peppers, onions, radishes, and potatoes. 

4. Reach for beans and legumes

Beans and legumes are high in protein and fiber, helping you feel full longer. They also have important antioxidants that protect your cells from damage, slow aging, and fight disease — all of which help you feel better and stay motivated to lose weight. 

5. Drink more water

Researchers have found that drinking water helps you lose weight in several ways. Sipping water throughout the day keeps your stomach full, suppressing your appetite. Being hydrated also makes it easier to exercise and gives your metabolism a boost. 

More help for long-term weight loss

At MIB Surgery, our team offers multiple weight loss solutions for sustained weight loss. The right treatment option depends on many factors, including your BMI, health history, previous treatment history, and more. Some options include:

Our practice also offers bariatric surgery for qualified patients. Keep in mind that before having this procedure, most insurance companies required participation in a medical weight-loss program.  

To learn more about weight loss and how we can best support you on your journey, schedule an appointment online or over the phone at MIB Surgery in Plantation, Florida. 

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