Slimming down is hard. Nutrition labels are confusing, cooking is time-consuming, and your best friend keeps giving you unsolicited nutrition advice. You’re just trying to lose weight — 10 pounds, maybe 15. But you don’t know where to start.
There are a lot of options on those grocery store shelves. Here’s what you should eat throughout your day to promote weight loss, feel more energized, and stop falling for all the diet tricks that never work.
Breakfast: Pack on the protein
Start your day off with a serving of whole grains, a few ounces of protein, and a serving or two of fruit. You can knock this out with a single bowl of oatmeal topped with nuts and berries. But eggs, toast, and half an avocado can accomplish the same goal. Avoid sugar-sweetened breakfast cereals, fruit juice, and sweet traps, such as syrups and sneaky spreads (sorry, Nutella enthusiasts).