Everybody knows that if you consume more calories than you expend, you’re going to end up getting fat. So, the first thing that most people do when they try to lose weight is to cut down their food intake. In fact, more often than not, they cut their calories too drastically.
What many folks fail to realise is that you can burn more fat by eating certain foods. This comes as a shocker to most people. How is it possible to eat and lose weight? The trick is to eat foods that raise your metabolic rate and leave you feeling satiated while you maintain a caloric deficit.
Is this possible?
The first food you should eat is lean meat. Chicken without skin is great. People often obsess about chicken breast or lean cuts of beef. The fact of the matter is that as long as your chicken has no skin and it’s not deeply fried, which part of the chicken you eat doesn’t really matter.
Meat is protein and even if it is fatty it’s ok. What really matters is the method of preparation. Grill your meat, steam it, bake it or lightly fry it. Use healthy oils such as olive and coconut oil.
These lean meats will raise your metabolic rate and help you burn more fat.
Add fish to your diet too. Tuna, salmon and sardines are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Our diet these days serious lacks healthy Omega-3 fats. These fatty acids are crucial in reducing leptin in our body. Leptin is a hormone that makes us gain weight.
The second food you should make a part of your diet are healthy oils. Olive oil is a fantastic choice. So is coconut oil. There are barely any saturated fats in olive oil. Your cholesterol levels will not go up. Furthermore, olive oil and coconut oils are natural products unlike the normal vegetable oils which are very detrimental to the body.
Another food you should add to your diet are nuts and berries. Nuts contain many vitamins and nutrients. Nuts like almonds are great for people who are dieting. A handful a day will do you good. Do not eat peanuts. They are not nuts but legumes and peanuts are very calorie dense.
Berries are nature’s appetite suppressants. No need for HCG drops or injections. Strawberries are one of the best berries you could eat. If you can suppress your 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 above, your body will have sufficient vitamins and nutrients. There will less chance of it craving for nutrients in certain unhealthier food choices. With time, your body will adapt and you’ll stop craving for all the foods that you can’t live without now.
Once that happens, losing weight will be easy and keeping the weight off will be much easier. That’s the ultimate goal you should aim for.