Consider having a portion of salad before your main meal as it may help you to reach satiety much quicker than if you hadn’t had some. You may find that you will consume a much smaller portion of your main meal too.

Keep it nutritious and less fattening

Be sure to prepare a fresh and nutritious salad that is packed with valuable vitamins and minerals. Try to include a small variety of vegetables that add different flavours and textures as this can help make the salad more appetising.

Avoid adding too much salad dressing to your salad as this could add hundreds of calories to a low calorie dish. Opt to drizzle a little over instead. Alternatively, omit it altogether.

Add protein

Protein is one of the most beneficial nutrients that aids weight loss. It helps to build and repair muscle tissue and also contributes to making one feel full. Add a source of lean protein to your salad. Skinless, grilled chicken can make a delicious accompaniment to a simple salad.

Are you vegetarian?

If you are vegetarian, you can still enjoy salads that are enriched with a source of protein. Just add beans! Not only can beans provide a protein punch but they are also high in fibre, another important nutrient that supports weight management. Just like protein, fibre will help you reach satiation quickly.

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Many people enjoy salads as their main course too. Give it a try. You may be surprised as to how full you will feel afterwards!

Consult a professional

Always consult a dietitian if you require assistance in putting a meal plan together. In addition, you should always check with your doctor before making any drastic changes to your diet, especially if you are under medication or suffer from any medical condition that has an effect on your diet.

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