Eating more to lose weight sounds counterintuitive, but it’s actually one of the best strategies there is.

If your goal is weight loss, that means you need to be in a caloric deficit. But that doesn’t mean starving yourself in order to eat as few calories as possible.

This is where volume eating comes into play.

By focusing on foods that are lower calorie and higher volume, you’re going to fill up on fewer calories. Instead of eating less food, you’re actually eating MORE food with fewer calories in order to help you reach that deficit.

These are just a few examples, but there are hundreds of other changes you can make. Instead of having a handful of granola in the morning, start enjoying a bowl of oatmeal for the same calories. Instead of a side of cooked spinach that shrivels down to virtually nothing, enjoy a side salad of spinach for a ton more volume. Instead of snacking on pretzels, enjoy a big ol’ bowl of popcorn.

By focusing on foods that are high in volume (and that you still enjoy), you’ll be able to achieve a deficit without making yourself miserable.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you ALWAYS have to choose the high-volume foods. There’s a time and a place for all food. But when your goal is weight loss, getting more high volume foods into your diet is going to be extremely helpful.

Another swap I like is adding some cauliflower rice to my regular rice to pump up the volume without many calories! There are tons of other “hacks” like this- as long as you are focusing on higher volume foods, you’ll find this weight loss journey much, much easier.

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