Burning fat…..this is something that can cause a lot of debate. There are loads and loads of different miracle diets that claim to help you shred the pounds, but in all honesty, these are not necessary. These tips below will help you on your way to burning some of the unwanted blubber and start getting lean and feeling great! Combine these new found eating habits with regular exercise and fat loss results are almost guaranteed!
1) Plan your meals
Either on a Sunday evening, or just the day before, plan your meals. Decide which meals and snacks you will eat on each day, and make a detailed list of the healthy foods you need to buy at the supermarket to create those meals and snacks.
2) Keep a food diary
Keep a not of everything you eat each day. Do this for a week and take a look at how you’ve done at the end of each day. But you must be honest! By writing down what you are eating makes you more concious an less likely to snack of high sugar foods.
3) Cut down on refined sugar
This one seems fairly self explanatory. Cut down on sugary drinks and snacks. The excess sugar from these products are stored as fat in the body, and therefore makes it more difficult to shift it.
4) Eat protein with every meal and snack.
If you eat a small serving of protein with every meal and snack, you’ll find that you feel less hungry between meals. Good examples of lean protein are chicken or turkey breast (without skin), fish, eggs, nuts, beans, tofu, and lean cuts of beef or pork.
5) Include healthy fats into your diet
Keep sources of saturated fats low. Drink skim milk, eat low-fat cheese and yoghurt, and choose leaner cuts of meat. In addition to this, you should include more sources of healthy fats in your diet, like the fat that comes from avocados, salmon, nuts, and olive oil. These fats are fantastic for heart, brain, skin, hair, and nail health.
6) Go grilled, steamed, or baked.
Cut out fried foods. Grilling and steaming your food is the way to get lean. It may take a little getting used to, but eventually you’ll come to enjoy how much lighter and tastier the food is when it’s not loaded with fat.
7) Drink H2O
Some diets may allow diet sodas and other sugar-free drinks, they aren’t really good for you because of the artificial sweeteners and chemicals they contain. Get into the habit of drinking only water all day. This is another habit that may take some time to adjust to it, but before long you won’t even miss those flavoured drinks. You will feel fuller for longer, and your skin will begin to look fantastic.
8) Veg Up!!
Try to include more vegetables into your daily diet. The fibre and nutrients will help you to feel fuller for longer, stopping you reaching for the cookie jar. About 4-5 small servings of vegetables per day will be a good amount to start the fat shifting process. A serving size of vegetables is one half cup of a cooked vegetable like broccoli, or one cup of a leafy vegetable like lettuce
9) Switch to whole grains.
Replace your bread, pasta, rice etc with the whole grain varieties. Whole grains are far more nutritious, plus they contain fibre which helps slow down the impact on your blood sugar, which in turn can help you lose fat..
10) Eat 2-3 servings of fruit each day.
Fruit is an excellent substitution when you are craving something sweet. The natural sugar calms cravings but is much better for you than refined sugar.Eat 2-3 servings such as bananas, apples, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, and many more. However don’t go overboard as they still contain sugars and too much can halt your fat burning progress.