Everyone knows the formula for losing weight – burn more calories than you consume. Simply speaking, it means exercise more and eat less (or eat healthier).

This is easier said than done as people’s lives are becoming a lot more demanding, which leaves less time to cook healthy meals and even less time to exercise.

According to Healthline, you don’t have to give up your favourite foods in order to lose weight.

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  • Meat

Don’t listen to people who say you need to give up meat to lose weight because you can eat all the meat you want and this includes beef, pork, lamb and chicken.

However, you need to be careful to check how the animals was raised and what they ate.

“Humans are omnivores and have been eating both plants and meat for hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of years. The problem is that today’s meat isn’t like it used to be. It’s often harvested from animals that ate grains and were pumped full of hormones and antibiotics to make them grow faster,” Healthline says.

Before the industrial revolution, meat came from animals that were allowed to roam and graze on various plants, and they were not injected with growth promoters. This is what meat is supposed to be like.

“For example, the natural diet of cows consists of grass, not grains. Beef from grass-fed cows has a much better nutrient profile. It contains more omega-3 and less omega-6; much more conjugated linoleum acid which can lower body fat and increase lean mass and more vitamin A and vitamin E and the cellular antioxidant glutathione.”

Basically, eating fresh meat from healthy, naturally raised animals is a good idea.

“Conversely, you should limit your intake of processed meat, which has been linked to various health problems.”

  • Potatoes

“Root vegetables like potatoes and sweet potatoes are healthy, nutritious and very filling.”

Apparently many populations around the world have relied on tubers as a dietary staple and remained in excellent health.

What to take into consideration, however is that they are still high in carbohydrates, mainly starch, and prevent the metabolic adaption required to tap into the full-benefits of a low-carb diet.

“Starchy tubers like potatoes contain a healthy type of fibre known as resistant starch. Cooking potatoes and allowing them to cool overnight is an excellent way to increase their resistant-starch content.”

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  • Full-fat dairy

If you’ve been filling your fridge with low-fat milk and yoghurt because you heard it was better, Healthline says it’s actually good for you.

“High-fat dairy products are rich in saturated fats, calcium and other nutrients. Dairy products made from the milk of grass-fed cows is rich in vitamin K2, which is important for bone and cardiovascular health.”

According to studies conducted in the Netherlands and Australia, people who are the most high-fat dairy had a much lower risk of cardiovascular disease and death, compared to those who ate the least.”