Everybody knows that if we consume more calories than we spend, we will end up gaining fat. So, the first thing that most of us do when we try to lose weight is to cut down on our food intake. In fact, more often than not, we cut our calories too drastically.
What I have discovered is that often the problem is not how much we are eating, but rather the food choices we are making. We can burn more fat by eating certain foods. This comes as a shock to most people. How is it possible to eat and lose weight? The trick is to eat foods that raise our metabolic rate and leave us feeling satisfied while we maintain a caloric deficit.
The first food we should eat is plenty lean protein. Chicken or any poultry without skin is great. And it’s not about only eating white chicken breast, the fact of the matter is that as long as our chicken has no skin and it’s not deep fried, any part of the poultry is good. Red meat is protein, remove excess fat and grill, steam, roast or lightly fry it. Use healthy oils such as olive and coconut oil.
These lean meats will raise our metabolic rate and help us to burn more fat.
Fish is a great source of lean protein. Tuna, salmon and sardines are also sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Our diet these days seriously lacks healthy Omega-3 fats. These fatty acids are crucial in regulating Leptin in our body. Leptin is the hormone that lets us know when we are feeling full and satisfied; if it is low we feel hungry and crave high sugar and high fat foods.
The second food we should make a part of our diet are healthy oils. Olive oil is a fantastic choice. So is coconut oil. There are barely any saturated fats in olive oil. Our cholesterol levels will not go up. Furthermore, olive oil and coconut oils are natural products unlike the vegetable oils which are highly processed and harmful if taken in excess. Use a little olive oil or coconut oil when cooking or to make salad dressings.
Nuts and berries should also be added to our diet. Nuts contain many vitamins and nutrients. Almonds have been named the healthiest food in the world. A handful will keep hunger at bay, and they are the most vitamin dense of all nuts. Avoid eating peanuts. They are not nuts but legumes and peanuts are very calorie dense.
Berries are nature’s appetite suppressants. Strawberries are one of the best berries we could eat. If we can suppress our hunger and cravings for unhealthy food, that’s half the battle won.
Initially, over 90 percent of people who try to lose weight report that giving up their favourite foods is the hardest part of losing weight. Even the arduous training sessions can be managed but giving up a slice of pizza for a bowl of broccoli or forgoing the ice-cream for an apple is extremely tough.
So, by eating the foods I have mentioned here, our body will have sufficient vitamins and nutrients. There will be less chance of it craving for nutrients in unhealthy food choices. With time, our body will adapt and we’ll stop craving for all the foods that we feel we can’t live without now. Once that happens, losing weight will be easy and keeping the weight off will be much easier still. That’s the ultimate goal, I have achieved permanent fat loss and you can too.
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