When it comes to weight loss, we must have heard it all. Many magazines are giving us less obvious tips for weight loss- drink more water as it helps boost your metabolism and also eat on smaller plates and your mind will get used to the idea of eating smaller portions. However, the one factor that remains unchanging in weight loss is that you have to burn more calories than you consume. This can be a bit tricky because the first thing you’ll need to do is train your body to burn fats, instead of the more readily available carbs. So how do we do this?
First, you obviously need to reduce on your carb intake. Ditch the mid morning donuts and late night popcorn. This will help your body lower the levels of insulin that it produces. Insulin is a hormone that is mainly associated with the process of storing fats. Having a lower level of insulin means that the fat stored in the fat cells will be more readily burned. Low insulin also allows your kidney to shed off excess water and sodium, which helps you reduce your water weight. In the long run, you will also notice that you’ll be feeling less frequent hunger pangs and you will automatically start to eat less calories.
The second thing you should pay attention to is your meal constituents. Each meal should contain one protein source, a vegetable and fat source. Protein is the most important food group in your weight loss plan. This is because it helps increase your metabolic rate by up to 100 calories a day. Your need to indulge in late night snacking will also go down drastically as protein fills you up quickly. Moreover, people who eat a high protein breakfast compared to a grain-filled breakfast have been proven to lose much more weight as they feel more full for the next 3-6 hours. Vegetables are important as they contain a lot of fiber, which aids in digestion and reduces bloating. It’s common for people to eliminate fats from their weight loss diet, but it’s not necessary. Besides, cooking your food without any oil does make it bland and unpleasant, and you are already going through enough without having to deal with plain food. Use coconut oil for cooking as it contains fatty acids which are more likely to be burned than stored as fat cells. It also slightly boosts your metabolism and aids in trimming your waistline.
The last element of any successful weight loss plan is a good workout plan. Make sure that you work out at least three times a week. Having a trainer does help, but it isn’t necessary. All you really need is a cardio routine, which could be a run on the treadmill or a few laps in the swimming pool. You should also do some light weight lifting. This will keep your metabolism from slowing down, which is a common effect of losing weight.
Finally, reserve one day of the week for high-carb foods. Satisfy all your pizza and pastry cravings on this day in order to avoid a major relapse.