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Low-calorie wraps aid in losing weight.
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Calories eaten versus calories burned dictates weight loss. No one food -- or set of foods -- will make you lose weight instantly. Eating low-calorie lunch wraps in conjunction with a low-calorie diet, however, can cause notable weight loss. Eat a different wrap every day of the week to prevent boredom and maintain your waistline.
Most people in the United States should reduce how much meat and poultry they consume, says MayoClinic.com. Meatless meals reduce the amount of fat and cholesterol you eat, which promotes heart health. Tofu and tempeh provide a meaty texture if you roast, steam or grill them. Cooked beans are a healthful meat alternative as well. Try filling your wrap with cooked beans, chopped bell peppers, sliced carrots, minced onion and other fresh vegetables. Alternately, have a sweet wrap with chopped apples, pears, oranges and other fruit. Regardless of the filling, a few nuts or seeds add crunch, fiber, healthful fats and protein. Both fiber and protein aid in achieving and maintaining a feeling of fullness. Using 1 percent cottage cheese instead of a fatty dressing adds flavor and moisture. A sample lunch with three sliced bell peppers, 1/4 ounce of chopped pecans and 1 ounce of steamed tempeh in a large butterhead lettuce leaf has about 200 calories.
You don't need to stop eating meat to lose weight, but replacing red meat with poultry can reduce your caloric intake and aid in weight loss. Chicken and turkey are your best choices. Remove the skin before cooking poultry and stick to white meat for the fewest calories and best benefit to your waistline. Seasonings such as lemon juice and garlic don't add excess calories and go well in most wraps. Tomatoes, jalapenos, fresh herbs, onions and other fresh vegetables make poultry wraps more satisfying. A wrap with an 8-inch whole-wheat tortilla and 3 ounces of chicken breast has about 240 calories.
According to Shape Magazine, consuming fish can aid in healthy weight loss. Many types of fish are low-calorie, and they contain omega-3 fatty acids, which lower your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and sudden cardiac death. Salmon and snapper are examples of healthful fish to add to your diet. Cooked fish paired with a few flavorful vegetables makes an interesting wrap. Add feta cheese, cooked beans, nuts or seeds for variety or enjoy the simple flavors of the fish, vegetables and wrap. A small, whole-wheat pita wrap with 3 ounces of salmon and 1 cup of raw vegetables has 265 calories.
Lean red meat as part of a weight-loss wrap is fine, provided you keep your serving sizes reasonable. Cook your red meat with minimal oil and use a homemade, low-fat marinade based on red wine, vinegar or fresh citrus juice. Add plenty of fresh vegetables to bulk your wraps and keep the calories low. A wrap with 3 ounces of lean beef, a large lettuce leaf, a large tomato and a radish has about 215 calories -- if you don't have time to cook the beef fresh, leftover roast beef works well in wraps, too.