The same amount of calories coming from a piece of fatty meat or from a pile of fruits or vegetables will be metabolised in a different way. A person who eats two pounds of vegetables a day will lose weight faster than a person who eats three doughnuts and nothing else, even thou the calorie intake might be the same in both cases. Eat more vegetable, lean meat and some fruits and reduce the intake of refined sugars and fatty meals. You will notice better results, even if you don’t count the calories at all.
What we eat is as important as when we eat it, if we want the body to burn fat. Try to eat the majority of the daily carbohydrates in the morning, with the last of them being eaten during lunchtime. After lunch stick to proteins and avoid sugars. This applies to fruits, too, as they are highly beneficial and necessary but they contain a lot of sugar and you need to give your body time to break it down before you go to sleep. Otherwise, the sugars won’t get burnt the same day and will get accumulated as fat, usually in the most problematic area. Some of the best tings to eat after lunchtime are vegetables, eggs, fish, lentils, ham and meat.
Drink a lot of Water
Every single nutritionist will tell you that and you definitely know it too, but it can’t be stressed enough. You have to drink at least 1.5 litres of water daily if you want to lose weight. When your body is well hydrated, the digestive tract works better, the toxins get removed from your body more efficiently and obviously you look better because you have smoother, healthier-looking skin. Put a bottle of water in a place where you work or spend the majority of the time and sip it every time you look at the bottle. Don’t wait until you get thirsty. Also, half an hour before every meal drink a glass of water. This will reduce the hunger sensation and you will feel full much faster.
Next time you have a meal, watch out for the moment when you put your cutlery down. It might not happen until the end of the meal, in which case you must have been extremely hungry. However, normally, there is a moment during the meal when the brain gets the first signals about the new nutrients delivery. The brain tells you to slow down eating and that’s the moment when most people put down the fork and knife for a few seconds. Try to stop eating altogether at that moment. By the time your stomach sends a full food report to the main computer – the brain – it might take up to 20 minutes.
Give your body some time to register everything and to decide whether it wants more. We tend to prepare larger portions than we actually need and should eat, so trust the signals of your body in this matter.
Don’t devoid your body of much-needed nutrients when you are on a fat-burning diet. All the cells and processes in your body are connected in one way or another and if there is a lack of certain vitamins and minerals, you might not be able to achieve any results in terms of losing fat. The elements that must constitute a part of your daily diet are:
- Calcium and Vitamin D – Calcium binds fat in the gastrointestinal tract, so a smaller amount of fat gets absorbed and stored by your body. Calcium is present – among others – in dark leafy vegetables, dairy products and soy milk. Vitamin D is involved in calcium absorption, so it’s very important to maintain its appropriate level by eating tuna, salmon, mackerel, fish liver oil, cheese and eggs. Also, you can boost the production of vitamin D by exposing your body to the sun.
- Proteins – they are necessary to keep the muscles weight unchanged when you are on a low-calorie diet. You don’t want to reduce your muscles weight as the more muscles you have, the more calories your body burns, even when you rest. That’s why you should remember to eat a lot of lean meat, fish, dairy, tofu and lentils. If you are vegetarian and you don’t eat the foods that are the richest sources of proteins, consider taking special supplements.
- Omega-3 fatty acids – they accelerate fat burning processes and help reduce the appetite. You will find them in fish, eggs, flaxseed oil and coconut oil.