You’ve heard people talking about it. In fact, it has become one of the most used terms on the weight loss scene next to words like ketogenic and low GI.
So, what is low-energy dieting?
It’s also called a low-calorie diet which perhaps explains it a bit better. The low-energy diet helps people to lower their caloric intake while controlling feelings of hunger. You feel less hungry because the food you are eating is nutrient-rich yet low in calories.
CWP’s flexible diet plans are based on low-calorie formula foods such as shakes, soups, bars and other healthy, nutritious meals. They are well-balanced and provide all the right macronutrients you require daily.
For quite some time now research has shown that eating a low-energy-dense diet, consisting of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy products, lowers calories, which leads to weight loss.
What is energy density? It means the calories you find per gram of food. So, lower-energy-density foods provide fewer calories per gram of food. In other words, you can eat satisfying portions of the foods mentioned above because they all contain a relatively low-calorie content and are packed with good nutrition.
The 3 sources of energy
But to understand exactly what you should be eating on a low-energy diet you must get to know the 3 sources of calories (or energy), also known as macronutrients. They are:
- carbohydrates (the good carbs)
- fats (the good fats)
All foods contain varying amounts of these nutrients and the energy-density of food refers to the number of calories in a certain quantity. Fat is the most energy-dense macronutrient found in foods.
Beware empty calories!
These consist of saturated fats and/or added sugars and contain very little nutrient value. Foods with empty calories will hike up your overall calorie intake (which you don’t want to do on any diet) but will offer almost zero nutritional value.
Empty-calorie foods are:
- Sugary foods like cake, biscuits, sweets, soft drinks and pretty much anything containing sugar.
- Bad fats which can be found in margarine and oils.
On a low-energy diet, the empty calories must be severely limited and CWP has the ideal solution to helping people avoid these bad foods by offering alternative solutions in the meal plans. If you are interested in finding out about low-energy solutions to help you lose weight, contact a CWP Consultant.
The benefits of following a low-energy diet
The restricted calories mean getting real weight loss results. This we already know. But scientific studies are showing more remarkable benefits than shedding kilos. When eating low-energy foods we:
- live longer;
- have enhanced energy during physical activity;
- suffer from less degenerative brain conditions;
- lower our risk of cancer;
- have much better reproductive performance.
The bottom line is low-energy dieting gets real results. But, be extremely cautious if you plan to restrict calories without the help of an expert.
Join a sensible weight loss programme to get effective results on a low-energy diet. This way you will lose loads of weight and still sustain good energy levels.
At Cambridge Weight Plan the experts will provide you with comprehensive guidance and support.
Contact a CWP Consultant to find out about a low-energy diet that works.