When you lose body fat, the benefit goes far beyond the physical. It’s one of the most valuable things you can do to improve the way you feel, the way you move, and to keep you pain-free.
A big part of your fat-loss program has to do with strength training and cardio workouts, but we’re stepping out of the gym and into the kitchen to give you five things to add to your eating habits to see results in your physique.
Water is the medium in which most cellular activities take place, including the transport and burning of fat. Plus, drinking plenty of calorie-free water makes you feel full and eat less. Drink at least 0.5 oz. of water per pounds of bodyweight a day. Keep a water bottle at your desk, and continuously fill it throughout the day.
Eat Your Veggies
Vegetables are nutrient-dense, meaning they pack maximum nutrition value with minimal calories, leaving you more full on fewer calories. Consume five servings a day of veggies, whether as a snack, on a sandwich or on the side of a chicken breast.
Up The Fibre
Fibre lowers insulin levels and it absorbs water and takes up more space in your stomach, fighting off hunger pangs. Fibre-rich foods include bran cereal, oatmeal and beans. Check nutrition labels for the fibre content.
Healthy fats are underutilized by individuals trying to lose body fat. You have to reduce calories to get rid of body fat, but you don’t want to cut out healthy fats completely. Fats take longer to break down in your system and help control blood-sugar levels, leaving you more satiated and reducing your cravings. Include avocados, fatty fish, olives, nuts and seeds, and oils such as olive, and flaxseed in your diet.
Commit To A New Lifestyle
It’s not about a quick fix or a fad diet to lose body fat. You’ll set yourself up for failure. That way of thinking usually includes an endpoint – the vacation, anniversary, or event date – and after that, most people return to their previous habits. If you want to lose body fat and keep it off, make changes that you can live with indefinitely. Create a new healthy and active lifestyle. Over-restricting calories is not sustainable. Find an exercise program that challenges you and provides progression and variety and eat real food. You’ll be able to maintain your fat loss goals for years to come.