What are low energy dense foods "LEDS"Feb 24, 2021
When your in a calorie deficit every macro count. The last thing you want to do is to eat all your food by lunchtime and be left with nothing for the rest of the day.
🤗Diet smart. This means select some food options that are pretty low in calories but will leave you feeling full- LOW ENERGY DENSE FOODS "LEDs" These are the foods that don't have many calories per bite and that will bulk out your meals with total volume. High energy-dense foods "HEDS" are things that have more calories per bite, think tasty fatty/sugary foods like doughnuts.
🥞Cauliflower is a diverse vegetable. Packed full of nutrients this little white flower can morph into food that cleverly resembles rice! It’s the lower carb version and can leave you feeling very satisfied with a lot more calories to play with later.
Pumpkin is another great low carb volume food. A great addition to salads or a side at dinner. 150g of pumpkin has 12g of carbs. Whereas the old faithful sweet potato has 22g carbs for the same serving. You can double your serving of pumpkin for the same carbs like sweet potato and when your dieting which is going to be better for you in terms of hunger later on!?
Volume foods come from the earth and your greens are an integral part of this. - How to make vegetables taste amazing with NO EXTRA CALORIES.... salt, lemon juice or low-calorie sauces like salsa, passata, light sweet chilli soy sauce!
Finally not as calorie friendly as all those above Oats, particularly steel-cut or the very least refined versions. This is because they will expand with water and the fibre content will leave you feeling full and satisfied.
🤔It’s really a matter of taking more interest in the food you want to eat and understanding the roles it can play on your body, your energy, your mood and dieting smart.
If you want to be able to eat foods you love, eat out and be social and still have the body you want then it takes a little more effort on your part to not just eat because food is in front of you. YOU have to make calculated decisions and choices.....simple.