There are numerous diet plans out there for weight loss! But which one is right for you? Believe me I have tried them all. From low calorie, to low carb and everything in between. But the reality of it is, if you want to lose weight you have to jump start your metabolism!
Here are some tips on how to do that:
1. Healthy Breakfast:
Alway, always, eat a healthy breakfast. It doesn’t have to be a big breakfast either. Alot of diets out there on the market today stress the importance of a BIG FULL breakfast. But that is simply not true. Yes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It fuels your brain and nourishes your body and the period of catatonic sleep. Or REM sleep. So, don’t just grab a cup of joe and be on your way. Eat an egg or a yogurt, or if you have time more than that. I think of breakfast and I tend to freak out. Only because im always so busy. I have a very hectic schedule. So what I have been trying to do is plan my foods out the night before. I know if im going to make eggs I need a bit more time than if im going to have a bowl of oatmeal. But the point is, I always eat something in the morning now. You can’t drive your car on empty right?
2. Healthy Lunch:
Eating a healthy breakfast gets your day started, but what about midday when your body is on work overload and close to empty? Make time. Trust me, it’s important and your body will thank you once your metabolism speeds up and the weight starts dropping! Have a salad, or some fruit, or heck both! If you have time to go through the drive though and order that burger and fries and eat them while driving back to work, than you have time to order a salad and some fruit as well.
3. Healthy Snacks:
Eating snacks with the right ratio of nutrients, with the right calories, will help keep you body energized and help you lose weight. Protein (plus exercise) fuels the growth of lean muscle mass, which boosts metabolic rate and increases calorie burn. Fiber, meanwhile, helps improve digestion and keeps you from binging on fats and sugars. So while there’s no food that will literally “burn fat” while you eat it, smart choices with these ingredients will help your body operate at maximum efficiency.
Were only human, and we need to snack. So add in healthy goodies you really love, like deep-red cherries, juicy grapes, or crunchy snow peas or a handful of almonds or nuts. Slip those favorite goodies into your bag lunch and snack away!
4. Healthy Dinner:
Short on time but want to make tasty food that slims you? When you’re trying to slim down, every meal—and calorie—counts.
Start your supper with a simple salad: it’s low in calories and research shows that eating a first-course salad can cut your overall calorie intake at a meal by up to 12 percent. Plus, a vegetable-packed salad delivers fiber, a must-have when you’re dieting. Fiber helps you stay satisfied longer—and, according to one study, upping your fiber intake may help prevent extra pounds from creeping on and even promote weight loss.
Lean meats such as beef, chicken, pork, fish, tofu or beans—it doesn’t matter which you pick—all are protein-rich. Gram for gram, protein will keep you feeling fuller longer compared to carbohydrates and fat. And don’t forget about low-fat dairy: recent research, published in the Journal of Nutrition, found that the protein in dairy (called whey protein) may help ward off weight gain and help build lean body mass.
You probably already know that for overall health you should be making at least half of your grains whole grains. But for dieters, choosing whole grains—such as brown rice, quinoa and whole-wheat bread—100 percent of the time may give you an extra edge, says a recent study. When researchers put volunteers on a three-month weight-loss program and instructed one group to eat only whole grains for their grain servings and the other group to choose only refined grains (and avoid whole grains entirely), the whole-grain eaters melted significantly more abdominal fat. While the fiber in whole grains may deserve some of the credit, researchers note that whole grains are rich in magnesium, a mineral instrumental in regulating fat metabolism.
5. Drink More Water:
Drink more water approximately 8 glasses a day. I will admit, sometimes I have a problem with this one. First off, I do drink water, but if i drink too much during the day I feel like subconsciously my brain is on water overload. I tell myself im too busy, I can’t be Peeing all day long. I am a Makeup Artist. I can’t just say Oh excuse me every five minutes to go to the bathroom. So what I have been doing and what seem’s to be working for me is I drink 2 bottles of water at work, then I switch it up and have tea. I don’t know exactly why it works, maybe because the caffeine in the tea keeps me going all day? Maybe because im tricking my brain because there is definitely water in tea. I dont know, but it’s working. And then when I get home I drink 2 more bottles of waters. I try to get as close to 8 as possible. I have to admit, it does keep my full longer.
6. Water Rich Foods:
Eating more water rich foods which have fewer calories is a big help as well. I count this as part of my water intake for the day.
Water has weight, but no calories.
That’s important because you feel physically full only after you have a particular amount (that is, weight) of food in your stomach. If you eat “dense” foods (not a lot of water content…like bread, cereal, crackers, energy bars, cheese) the calories rack up faster than water-rich foods (yogurt, fruit, vegetables, soup).
In other words, your stomach doesn’t feel full from calories, it feels full from weight. Why not fool it with some weight that doesn’t have calories! When water is bound to food, it slows down the absorption and gives a longer lasting feeling of fullness in your belly.
For example: Strawberries have fewer calories because their water content naturally displaces calories. You could eat 1 pound of strawberries for a snack and it will cost you less than 150 calories. Eat 6 pretzel rods (1/8 lb.) and you’ve downed over 200 calories.
(Now are you starting to see why water and weight loss are related?)
7. Protein Foods and Protein Shakes:
Manufacturers of protein shakes may claim that their products help decrease body fat or promote weight loss, but protein shakes aren’t a magic bullet for weight loss. At Least, not alone.
Replacing meals with protein shakes may help you reduce your daily calories, which can help you lose weight. But eventually you will need to start eating solid food again, which may cause excess weight to return if you don’t choose wisely. And if you rely too heavily on protein shakes to replace regular meals, you’ll miss out on the nutritional benefits of whole foods.
The average adult needs 46 to 56 grams of protein a day, depending on weight and overall health. As long as you’re eating a healthy diet, adding extra protein — either through protein shakes or other sources — You will be right on track!
8. What You Eat Is More Important Than When You Eat!
You can eat cookies and doughnuts all day or even just for breakfast and will it matter that you ate it early in the day? Heck No it wont! Calories and fat do not know hours or minutes. They don’t care what time it is! It’s more important to eat healthy all day and all night long then it is to worry about what time you are eating. Remember as you boost your metabolism, you’re going to be hungrier. It’s a plain and simple fact. Feed your body when you are hungry! If you need that snack right before bed, eat it! Because let’s face it the body gets no nourishment at night while we’re asleep. It essentially shuts down. And if you go to bed starving you’re going to wake up and pig out. Ive been there done that.
So now if im hungry before bed, I eat my snack. But I make it count. I will eat some almonds, or berries, or peanut butter and celery maybe even an egg if im that hungry. And when I wake up in the morning, im good. Not starving to where I just want to grab anything and everything and eat it.
As with any diet plan, you have to find what is right for you. This is just what has worked for me and I have lost 35 lbs! Here are my before and after pictures as proof. Now mind you, I hated body pictures when I was 35 lbs heavier. But you can see in my face,arms, etc. I was a lot bigger in the before picture.
Hope this helps anyone who needs it like I did!