Day 2 of 7 Days for Every Body. Today I’m Writing about zero point foods and sharing my favorites with you.
What Are Zero Point Foods?
All calories are not created equal. Ever hear about the TEF of a food? TEF stands for Thermic Effect of Food. TEF is the amount of energy required to break down food. The higher the TEF of a food the fewer calories your body will metabolize.
Let’s say you eat 130 calories worth of chicken breast. Chicken breast is a lean protein that has one of the highest TEF rates. Up to 30% of those calories will be metabolized, which means your body will only absorb 90 calories from the chicken. On the other hand let’s say you eat a 130 calorie candy bar. The candy bar is primarily sugar which has a very low TEF of around 5%. That means your body will absorb 115 of those calories.
Now ask yourself this, which are you more likely to binge eat, chicken breast or candy bars? I know I have a hard time saying no to chocolate!
WW gives you an allowance of points every day. You can eat whatever you want as long as you stay within your daily allowance. To help you out, WW provides a list of zero point foods. The foods on this list have two things in common – they have a very high TEF and you are not likely to binge eat any of them.
WW gives us a long list of zero foods. These foods form the basis of healthy eating. The idea is to make better choices. A slice of cake is 25 points. A bowl of strawberries = 0 points. A serving of lasagna is 13 points. A chicken breast is 0 points.
Zero point foods all you to enjoy lasagna for dinner. You just have to plan your other meals and snacks accordingly.
So what’s on the list?
Fruit, vegetables, lots of beans, eggs including the yolk, fish, shellfish.
My favorites? Strawberries, bananas, apples, chicken breasts, unsweetened applesauce, corn, eggs, salmon, grapefruit, nectarines, peaches, pears, pineapple, raspberries, salsa, and watermelon.
How do you use zero point foods?
You can use them as the base of your meal. A boneless, skinless chicken breast can be paired with a side of mashed sweet potatoes which has a point value of 3.
You can use them to bulk up a meal. Let’s say you ate a piece of chocolate cake in the afternoon (Yes, I’m obsessed with cake). That piece of cake used up your daily smart points. What are you going to do for dinner? Well, you can make yourself a salad (ingredients before dressing are zero points) and top it with a grilled chicken breast. Keep your dressing on the lighter side.
You can use zero points for snacking. This will be my lifesaver. I’m a grazer. I’m always snacking. I need to break this habit but until I do I can swap out cookies and candy and grab a piece of fruit instead.
What are your favorite healthy snacks? What do you eat for breakfast? What is your go to lunch?