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How is your fat loss going? What are you eating this week? You know, it always comes back to what you eat and how much. It doesn’t help to burn 600 calories during a great workout and then eat 6 Snickers bars. So check out your fat loss “training table” and see if you need improvements.
Use food to fuel your healthy lifestyle and reach your weight loss/fat loss goals. Eating 6 Snickers bars (or something similar) after a workout just “undoes” what you’re trying to accomplish.
Here are 14 tips to improve your fat loss.
1. Have breakfast. A good, healthy breakfast helps fuel your metabolism for the day. Also, eat small meals every 3-4 hours to keep your energy up and your metabolism going.
2. Plan and pack your meals for the day. So you’re more likely to stick to your diet plan.
3. Carbs are not your enemy. They are your body’s preferred source of energy during intense workouts. Just eat the right kind: fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
4. Eat protein with every meal. Protein helps you feel fuller for longer and repairs your muscles after a hard workout.
5. Research has proven that you will have a better chance of success with your meal plan and fat loss if you keep a food journal.
By recording your actual food choices, you are held accountable for the entire day. You will also have to plan your meals better. It will also help protect you from overeating and emotional eating if you write down why you eat what you eat. Keep a food journal until you have a good idea of what to eat and when.
6. Find an accountability partner like a friend, spouse or personal trainer. Don’t try to do your exercise program alone.
7. Find out your Basal Metabolic Rate, BMR (the number of calories you would burn if you did nothing all day). You’ll use this rate, your activity level, and goals to determine the number of calories you need each day to maintain a calorie deficit (burn more calories than you consume). You also need your BMR so you don’t eat too little and encourage your body to store fat.
8. Drink water and no sugary drinks (like tea) most of the time.
9. Forget quick weight loss tricks (they lead to yo-yo dieting and even more weight gain). There are no quick fixes for permanent fat loss and weight loss. Change your eating habits.
10. Eat foods as close to their natural state as possible. So, baked potatoes are healthier than potatoes. And we can add foods like whole grains, nuts, brown rice, fish, lean meats, and more.
11. Try not to eat food stored in a box or bag. These foods are usually loaded with trans fats.
12. Don’t assume that LOW-FAT means LOW-CAL—Read the label.
13. Try to maintain your normal diet during the holidays as much as possible! Don’t spend Thanksgiving on January 1st eating too much.
14. Stick to your diet at least 90% over time and you should be fine (provided you stick to your exercise plan).
Eat enough to build muscle and burn fat for a healthy body.