Weight Management with Calorie Density

If you have followed me for a while or watched my videos on youtube, you will know that I always recommend eating high volume, lower calorie plant foods to get more bang for your buck when looking at #veganweightloss



Calorie Density is simply a measure of how many calories are in a given weight of food (ex: calories per pound of food).


Foods HIGH in calorie density have a large amount of calories in a small weight of food. Foods LOW in calorie density have much fewer calories in the same weight of food. Meaning you can consume a larger portion of the low calorie dense food than the high calorie dense food for the same amount of calories. Think a pound of greens versus 1 tablespoon of olive oil. So choosing food with a lower calorie density allows us to consume our usual amount of daily food (or more) while reducing our caloric intake. Woo Hoo! That sounds like something to celebrate to me.

Another cool thing is that the foods lower in calorie density (veggies, fruits, starchy vegetables, intact whole grains, and legumes) also have a higher density of nutrients. So without even thinking about it, if you follow a diet lower in calorie density, you will automatically be consuming more nutrient dense foods.


So, how to practically add in low calorie dense foods to your day? Here's 3 simple ways: