Last Updated on September 15, 2020
What’s the best cooking method for weight loss?
It’s important to know the best way to cook food in order to maintain vital nutrients.
If you search online, you’ll probably find that microwave cooking is described as the “ultimate” way to cook. However, I’m not a fan of microwave cooking. I prefer to steam and stir-fry foods.
Boiling is not a really good food preparation technique. Boiling almost guarantees that nutrients will be lost during the cooking process. It’s estimated that 35 to 65% of nutrient loss occurs by boiling food.
I also think boiled vegetables, boiled potatoes, and a slab of meat is a bland and boring way to eat.
Steaming is a much better way to prepare food as the nutrient loss is only 10 to 15%. I prefer steaming my vegetables very lightly.
You should always be looking for ways to cook without destroying the valuable nutrients. For example, if we look at folic acid, it’s a vitamin that is exceptionally easy to degrade. Deep greens should be minimally processed to avoid this degradation. Folate is essential for cancer prevention, so protect it, if at all possible.
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My general philosophy is to cook for less time, cook smaller portion sizes, and cook for flavor.
In terms of cooking for weight loss, the best method is the quickest with the lowest heat that can achieve a satisfactory product.
Personally, I don’t have to cook food overly well. I prefer to eat meat that is semi-cooked and still juicy.
Stir-frying is a fantastic technique for weight loss. I love stir-frying using my steel wok and a little bit of sesame oil and the secret ingredient, water.
I will only boil certain tubers, such as sweet potato.
Stewing and grilling are also good options.
In the winter, I recommend hot pot cooking and stewing.
Having flavorful meals is another great weight to encourage weight loss. When food is tasty, it’s more satisfying. Some of the flavors I like are ginger, garlic, lime juice, chili sauce, anchovy sauce, Worchester sauce, and salt and pepper.
Over time, your taste buds will come to appreciate tasty, crunchy food.
Ensure that you are cooking healthy, high fiber foods. This will help you feel full on less food.
And don’t forget to keep your body moving.