It is the end of April and spring is finally here! Warmer weather has a positive effect on our bodies and can lead to people wanting to be more proactive and social! However, in the colder seasons, it is reasonable to have put on a couple of pounds here or there. If you are exercising consistently, but notice you are not getting the results you want, your diet may be the next thing you have to change. AFC Urgent Care North Bergen is here to give you some diet tips to follow this spring to help you get back in shape for summer!

Add Artichokes to your diet

For some reason artichokes are usually overlooked when the conversation of a healthy diet comes up, Artichokes are actually a great low-calorie snack! The average artichoke usually has about 50-60 calories. Artichokes can be rather large sometimes & have a crunchy texture that can be somewhat chewy. Chewing food for an extended period will send a signal to the brain that you are actually eating even if you are just chewing the same piece of food. This is similar to when you chew gum and may skip a meal because you never felt hungry. When eating an artichoke, you can feel full even though your snack is under 100 calories!

Spring Peas are extremely versatile

Spring peas are incredibly versatile, they can virtually be put in every meal. Frozen peas are a little bit better than the canned peas that are sitting in oil. Spring peas can be inserted into food such as pea pie, or they can be put on the side in a meal like chicken mashed potatoes and peas.  Peas come with a low-calorie count and believe it, or not a couple spoon fulls of peas can actually give you the sensation of feeling full!

Play around with your diet

The most important part of being on a diet is to make it enjoyable! Every diet should be at least 2,000 calories and consist of 3 meals a day with some snacks in between. Starving yourself will not make you lose weight! It can actually trigger your body to go into starvation mode, which will make you gain weight. Play around with new healthy foods until you find a meal that you enjoy and then make that a part of your daily routine. We hope these tips will help you with your diet plans!