Benefits of a Low-Calorie Diet Plan

What is a low-calorie diet?

It sounds simple, right? A low-calorie diet is just one that is lower in calories -- but how do you ensure that it’s healthy, as well? If you’re following a low-calorie diet, you need to ensure that it’s also nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory, full of fiber, and packed with healthy fats.

Should I consider a low-calorie diet?

Most people follow a low-calorie diet plan for weight-loss and/or to reduce risk factors of heart disease and diabetes. If you’re trying to lose weight, eating low-calorie meals that are rooted in the principles of a Mediterranean-style diet will ensure that you’re still incorporating the necessary elements of a healthy weight-loss plan. (Want to learn more about low-calorie eating and weight-loss? Check out our Real Weight Loss Plan!)

How can I eat a low-calorie diet?

If you’re eating a low-calorie diet, focus on the following components:

  • Nutrient score - Evaluates daily values of protein, fiber, potassium, vitamins A + C, calcium, and iron
  • Anti-inflammatory quotient - Evaluates four key sources known to reduce inflammation in the body
  • Fiber content - Evaluates the percentage of the daily value of dietary fiber
  • Unhealthy fat content - Evaluates the absence of high levels of saturated fat associated with elevated cholesterol

Low-calorie foods

Your low-calorie shopping list is full of fresh ingredients packed with flavor! Add these items to your list:

  • Fresh and frozen vegetables
  • Fresh and frozen fruits
  • Whole grains
  • Legumes
  • Lean proteins (ex. lean protein, eggs, tofu)
  • Herbs and spices
  • Balsamic and apple cider vinegars

Terra’s Kitchen offers a variety of dietary options based on the principles of the Mediterranean lifestyles, including Paleo, vegetarian, low-calorie, and gluten-free. Love it all? We have plenty of options for you.