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What to eat to stay lean

Eating right is the first step to lose weight, learn how to strike the right balance between the different food nutrients. Here are some tips on what to eat in order to stay lean.

india Updated: Nov 22, 2010 00:48 IST
Hindustan Times

Eating right is the first step to lose weight. Here are some tips on what to eat to stay lean.

Carbs all the way:

Fruits, vegetables, legumes and beans are low in fat and high in carbohydrates; these are essential for good health. Don't use excess oil, ghee or butter as it transforms nutritious food into potential risk-bearers.

Stuff secrets:

More than processed food like bread, go in for chapatis and stuff them with vegetables.

Red meat alert:

Meats like beef, pork, lamb-meats are high in fat. Don't build meals around them. Choose recipes that use small amounts of meat to flavour dishes, or base the dishes on vegetables, beans or grains. Rinse meat with hot water to help get rid of some fat.

FoodFishy delights:

Fish and seafood mostly low in fat are cod, flounder, lobster, scallops, shrimp, snapper and sole. Fish that are fairly high in fat like herring, mackerel, and salmon are good for health as they have Omega-3 fatty acids. But see that you bake, broil, poach, or grill it. Don't fry in butter, ghee or margarine.

Butter no more:

Butter, margarine and oils are 100 percent fats. Butter is the most harmful as it has the highest in saturated fat.

With inputs from VLCC Healthcare

First Published: Nov 21, 2010 17:51 IST