The ideal “weight loss pantry’ is an article series dedicated to uncovering what SHOULD be in your fridge (or pantry) if you hope to lose weight in 2018. So much focus is placed on what you shouldn’t eat if you’re dieting, so let’s check out what you should.

Stock up on: Popcorn

We (food-lovers and boredom-eaters) all know the feeling of being on diet but ‘NEEDING’ to munch something!

It makes us feel happy, contented, and relaxed when we sit and chew away on something for a while. The problem is that eating all the time is NOT on a list of a dieter’s ‘THINGS TO DO’. It really is a big issue.

So what is one to do in this situation? I mean, you don’t want to throw away your diet, but you also really feel like a relaxing snack.

Enter popcorn!

You see, basic popcorn (made at home with minimal oil and a sprinkle of salt) is really low in calories, really high in fibre, and really inoffensive to the rest of your diet. It’s great from that perspective, plus it’s a highly satisfying food to eat because you have to ‘work hard’ to eat it due to its texture.

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Now, just a quick side-note here – this has to be said:

If you are going to eat pre-packaged popcorn from the store with all sorts of flavouring, saturated fats, and a crazy amount of salt on it, then you may as well be eating crisps (I’m talking about the pre-popped kind here). And the ‘microwave popcorn’ with flavouring is just as bad.

The one that is healthy is the kind of simple popcorn your granny would recognise.

So if you have a moment every now-and-then where you need a good chew, then chuck a pot of popcorn on the stove and you’re good to go.

Find out what other items you should be keeping in your “weight loss fridge/pantry” below:

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