Did you know that deep frying can bring down the nutrient profile of vegetables and also increase their calorie count because foods tend to absorb a lot of oil during the cooking process. Experts say the deep frying process can change the structure of protein, vitamins, antioxidants, etc., so it’s best to avoid deep frying food to lose weight and to improve overall health as well. It’s not just picking up healthy food and eating a balanced diet, the process of cooking plays an important role in weight loss. In this article, read about smart cooking methods that you can employ to boost your weight loss journey.
Grilling is a good method to cook non-vegetarian food as it allows excess fat to drip away from the food. It adds a smoky flavor without the need for additional fats or oils. Chicken, fish, and all vegetables (broccoli, bell peppers, onions, carrots, any vegetable you can think of), can be prepared using the grilling method.
Helps to add a smoky flavour to dishes. Broiling is a cooking method that involves exposing food to direct heat from above. It is a popular technique used to cook various types of food, including meat, chicken, fish, vegetables. Vegetables like tomatoes, mushrooms, capsicum, and eggplants can all be broiled. Even paneer kebabs can be made using broiling. You can also make your favorite “baingan ka bharta” using this technique. Also read: “11 Cooking Tricks To Boost Weight Loss.”
3. Stir Frying:
Stir-frying is a fast cooking method, involves quickly cooking small, uniform-sized ingredients over high heat with a small amount of oil. To cut down the amount of oil, you can even use cooking spray. While these methods typically require oil, you can reduce the amount used or use healthier alternatives like olive oil. Stir-fried vegetables, stir-fried shrimp, stir-fried tofu are all popular dishes that taste delicious too.
Steaming is considered to be the healthiest cooking method that preserves the nutrients the most. It does not require any oil. Rice, quinoa, eggs, vegetables, and even chicken can be steam cooked.
5. Oven Roasting:
Oven roasting is a cooking method that involves cooking food in an oven at a high temperature. You can prepare roasted vegetables, roasted tofu, roasted chicken, roasted fish, etc. using minimal oil (olive oil preferably).
6. Boiling or Poaching:
Boiling or poaching involves cooking food in water. It is a low-calorie method that works well for vegetables, eggs, and certain types of seafood. Also read: “Will Watching Cooking Shows Make You Overweight?”
Contrary to popular opinion, cooking in a microwave is not much different than other forms of cooking. The nutrients that break down when they are exposed to heat will break down in all forms of cooking, even on the stove or oven. To retain maximum nutrients, microwave food for short periods and at moderate temperatures. When microwaving protein-rich foods, cover them with a lid to retain moisture and to help distribute heat more evenly. There are many weight-loss friendly dishes that you can make in a microwave, but you should be aware of which dishes to cook. To access weight-loss diet plans, subscribe to the Rati Beauty app, where we would introduce you to foods that trigger fat burning and lead to fat loss. Download the Rati Beauty app for more details.
The method of cooking is just one aspect of weight loss, diet plans, choice of food, physical activity all play an important role in determining fat loss. For structured diet plans, subscribe to the Rati Beauty app to access all our diet plans.