Many people think that in order to lose weight and get healthy they must follow fad diets. In most cases, these diets just don’t work. Sure, you may lose some weight. Many people report that they lose quite a bit of weight, actually. But, as soon as you go off the diet and start eating normally again, you will see that weight come back on, with a few added pounds for good measure.

The best and healthiest way to lose weight is to get at least a half an hour of exercise each day and to follow a sensible, well-balanced diet. This means that you need to make sure that you are getting the right amounts of the important nutrients, including protein. In fact, the more protein you have in your diet, the easier it is going to be to lose weight. Here are some ways that you can get more protein into your diet.

1. Fish

Fish is a great source of protein, and there are so many delicious meals and snacks you can enjoy. For a quick and easy snack, spread some tuna onto a saltine cracker, then place another cracker on top for a mini tuna sandwich.

2. Dairy

As long as you are not lactose intolerant, adding more dairy to your diet is a good way to get more protein. Just make sure that you are using low-fat dairy products, such as one-percent milk.

3. Nuts and Seeds

Whether eaten on their own or in other foods, nuts and seeds are a delicious way to get more protein. Look for snacks that are loaded with nuts and seeds, but that have little to no salt. Granola bars that have nuts are a great choice, and you can easily make your own by using nothing but healthy, delicious ingredients.

4. Cereal

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and you need a healthy breakfast to give you energy for your day. For that reason, there are many cereals that are actually a good source of protein. Check the nutritional information on the box to choose the best cereal for your high-protein diet.

5. Protein Shakes

Many people are nervous about using dietary supplements, but there is nothing to worry about with protein shakes. There are no strange chemicals or other additives, but there are plenty of healthy nutrients. Whey protein shakes are popular, but you need to be careful if you are lactose intolerant.

6. Poultry

Get loads of protein with chicken, turkey, and other poultry. If you are trying to lose weight, remove the skin to get rid of extra fat and grease. Use leftovers with frozen veggies, a bit of soya sauce, and some seasonings for quick and healthy stir-fry meals.

7. Soy and Tofu

If you are vegetarian or vegan, it can be difficult to get enough protein in your diet. Luckily, you have virtually limitless options when you are cooking with soy and tofu. These are the ideal alternatives to red meat when it comes to protein and other nutrients.

8. Beans

There are loads of ways you can use beans in meals, and this is a great way to add protein to your diet. Try adding beans to your salads and soups and enjoy the flavor they add. Peas are also a good source of protein, and can be eaten alone or in many recipes.

9. Beef Jerky

There are loads of delicious snacks you can get that are loaded with protein. One delicious, protein-filled treat is beef jerky. You can buy it just about anywhere, and there are also loads of great recipes to make your own.

10. Spinach

This may be a tough pill for some to swallow, but eating spinach is a great way to get more protein. It is also high in fiber and vitamin A. If you don’t like eating spinach on its own, look for ways to incorporate it into your recipes, such as spinach lasagna.

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