Food selector

Posted 21 Apr 2022

We want to help you understand that there are no bad foods for fat loss, just basic principles. 

We’ve put together this food selector article that can guide you in terms of what you should be eating more of, some of and less of. We feel it’s a good way of showing that you can eat any foods you want and be mindful of what you prioritise.

Protein
More of

Lean cuts of beef, chicken, turkey, wild salmon, white fish, low fat, and cultured dairy. Calories and protein are key for building muscle, fattier cuts can offer more energy so should be included to complement leaner cuts which will have more protein per serve. 

Some of

Minimally processed protein products such sliced turkey or chicken, bacon, jerky, biltong, sausages, whey, hard or greek cheeses: The more processed a food is, the greater the likelihood that some of its vitamins and minerals have been lost and it has high levels of salt, low-quality fats added along with artificial preservatives.

Less of

Highly processed options such as fried chicken, alternative meat products, processed cheese and soy-based options: These foods are often high in low-quality fats, as well as refined carbohydrates. The more a food is processed, the fewer vitamins minerals it tends to have.

Carbohydrates & Fibre
More of

Colourful and fibrous vegetables, starchy vegetables, whole grains such as brown rice, oats and quinoa, small fruits or fruits with skins. We need to be mindful that to build muscle we need to eat more volume. Sometimes including more refined carbohydrates like basmati rice, rice noodles and mashed potato can help us do this, as they have less fibre.

Some of

Fruit juices, dried fruits, flavoured milk drinks, carb powders, cereals and white bread. All of these options are very easily digested, quickly absorbed, calorie-dense carbohydrate sources.

Less of

Highly processed carbohydrate foods are also high in low-quality fats. The amount of processing these foods undergo leaves them with very little additional nutrition other than energy.

Fats
More of

Cold-pressed fruit oils such as olive or avocado, raw nuts, olives, avocados, milled seeds such as linseed chia and hemp, homemade pesto’s, and salad dressings are good sources of monounsaturated and omega 3 fats. Adding calorie-dense foods like nut butter to snacks and butter to toast or sandwiches is an easy way to increase energy.

Less of

Refined seed oils, and processed food products that contain low-quality fats such as trans and refined carbohydrates. Low-quality seed oils can also have a detrimental effect on the health of our cell membranes.

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