12 Tips for Weight Loss
Customize Convenience Foods
Frozen diet dinners seem like the perfect weight loss prescription -- a preportioned, low-calorie meal ready to pop in the microwave. However, diet dinners frequently are too skimpy on important nutrients to keep you satisfied until the next meal. Many diet dinners contain around 300 calories and as little as 7 grams of protein (about 1 ounce of meat) per serving.
According to Merrill, there is plenty of carbohydrate in most diet dinners, but many do not contain enough protein, which can increase your feelings of fullness. In addition, research conducted by Barbara Rolls, Ph.D., of The Pennsylvania State University, points out that eating low-calorie, high-water foods -- such as fruits, vegetables, broth-base soups, and salads -- helps you feel more satisfied. If you're going to dine on a diet dinner, add one serving of very lean protein and a side salad to round out the meal.