Eat at least three meals a day, preferably four to five small meals to keep your metabolism and energy level optimized. Do not skip meals as this can raise your appetite, deplete your energy levels and lead to binge eating. When you are hungry between meals, snack on healthful foods, such as fruit, yogurt, raw vegetables, nuts and seeds.
Focus on fresh, unprocessed foods. Low-fat, nutrient dense foods are your best dietary choices. These include fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes (beans, peas and lentils) and whole grains. Eating foods as close to their natural state as possible will give you the most benefits in terms of nutrients and fiber.
Eat a variety of wholesome foods. This is the best way to ensure you get the optimum amount of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals you need to support lifelong health. We have a tendency to eat our favorite foods over and over. By doing this we miss out on some of the nutrients provided by eating different foods.
Incorporate more fat-fighting foods into your diet: Cayenne pepper—helps suppress appetite and may also increase calorie burning.
Vinegar—contains acetic acid, which may slow the passage of food from the stomach into the small intestine, so your tummy stays full longer. Vinegar can also delay the rise in blood sugar that occurs after you eat a starchy meal such as pasta.
Flaxseed—provides soluble fiber and also contains lignans (plant compounds that act as phytoestrogens and help to balance hormones).
Soybeans—are rich in protein and also contain phytoestrogens. Choose whole soybeans or fermented soy products, like tempeh.