Do you know how many calories you ate today? Calorie control is one of the first things you learn when trying to burn fat and lose weight. Eating too many extra calories a day is taxing on your body.
Calorie Control Tip #1
It’s a good idea to write down what you eat until you know how many calories you need.
Keeping track of things helps you see where you’ve been and what you need to change. Doing things haphazardly will give you haphazard results. This definitely applies to what you eat, how much you eat, why you eat it, and when you eat it. Some of you are already journaling what you do each day, so just add food to your journal.
Research has proven that keeping a food journal will give you a better chance of success with your diet and fat loss.
By recording your actual food choices, you are 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.
Calorie Control Tip #2
If you eat protein with every meal, it will help you eat fewer calories throughout the day. This will help you reach your fat loss and weight loss goals sooner.
It takes your body longer to digest protein, so you’ll feel fuller between meals. Protein is also used by your body to repair and rebuild tissues damaged by strenuous exercise (especially weight training).
Fast-digesting protein shakes work well post-workout. Other meals during the day and night can consist of a slow-digesting protein (such as lean meat) that will provide a constant release of amino acids into your system throughout the day and night. So when used correctly, protein will help you build a lean body and aid in your weight loss/fat loss efforts.
Good sources of protein are:
-Fish, lean chicken (without skin), lean beef, turkey
– Low-fat dairy products: milk, cheese, yogurt; egg
– Beans, peas, lentils
– Soy protein products
– Seeds, nuts, natural nut butters
Include more protein in your healthy, balanced diet. Your body will thank you.