Combining a healthy diet with regular exercise is the best way to lose pounds fast and keep your body in tip top condition. By choosing food wisely, you can indulge in your cravings and still lose weight. There are dietary steps that naturally help control your appetite and make your body more efficient in burning calories and fats.
The following are four diet secrets to help boost your metabolism and produce more impressive weight loss results.
1. Front Load Your Calories
Your metabolism follows a bell curve which starts and ends with a trough and peaks in the middle. When you wake up in the morning, all body functions are slow and you need a nutritiously balanced breakfast to kick start your metabolism. You should try to eat within one hour of getting out of bed. Breakfast should be about 400 calories, consisting of a healthy dose of carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals. Do not eat fatty foods at breakfast because your digestion is not up to speed at this time. Lunch can be a bit more indulgent because your metabolism is higher. Dinner should be light and eaten as early as possible. Avoid deep fried or fat laden foods that are loaded with calories and hard to digest. Late night meals are also hard to burn off and are likely to be converted into body fat.
2. Eat Five Smaller Meals
Don't let your body feel hunger. A long period without food puts your body in an energy savings mode in which it tries to store as many calories as it can. You are also likely to overeat when you are hungry. Have a light snack one to two hours prior to lunch and dinner. Yogurts make extremely healthy snacks. The probiotic cultures in yogurts have been prove to promote faster food transit and more efficient digestion. A nonfat yogurt with some fruits can give you a strong boost in metabolism and prevent you from overeating at your next meal. A small handful of dry roasted almonds, pistachios or walnuts are great for snacking and appetite control.
3. Eat Lots of Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are all super dense in nutrition. They contain a rich variety of vitamins and minerals with only a few calories. Fruits and veggies are especially valuable their content of essential phytonutrients, which can prevent diseases as well as boost your energy production. They are also an excellent source of dietary fiber which helps to maintain your fullness and accelerate food movement through your gut. In general, you should eat between two to four serving of fruits and three to five servings of vegetables every day.
4. Stay Away from Processed Foods
Avoid frozen meals, pastries, cookies, deli meats, canned soups and instant noodles whenever possible. These highly processed foods contain tremendous amounts of saturated fat, sugar and salt which are all antagonists of weight loss. They are also laced with artificial preservatives and chemicals which are toxic to your body and can retard your ability to absorb nutrients and produce energy. Prepare your own food with natural ingredients like fresh meat, fish and produce, whole or unrefined grains and basic condiments. If you go out to eat, choose items that are prepared with the simplest cooking methods such as steaming, grilling or stir-frying.