Implement the following strategies into your routine to speed weight loss and improve your overall health.

Eat before and after exercise

Properly fueling your body for a tough workout is essential for burning fat. When you skip pre and post workout meals, you end up burning away muscle and directly impacting your ability to lose fat. Eat a snack containing carbohydrates and protein 30 minutes or so before your workout and eat a protein rich meal immediately after.

Practice moderation

You don’t need to totally eliminate all of your favorite foods to lose weight, but you should eat them in moderation. There is no reason to deprive yourself of your favorite foods, but don’t use working out as reason to reward yourself with bad food choices.

Don’t go shopping without a list

Many people make this mistake. You must know beforehand what you need to get at the grocery store for two big reasons. For starters, you’ll end up making impulse buys of food you know you can’t have in the house if you want to stick to your program and lose weight. By making sure to bring a list with you, you can go right to the food items you need. This way, you can avoid all the junk food that the store lays out in a
way that takes advantage of weak-willed or unprepared shoppers. It’s a lot easier to avoid buying junk if you don’t have to see it.

Read food labels

Foods are not always as healthy as they may seem at first glance. You may be surprised what’s in certain foods or how many calories are in a serving. Remember that ingredients are listed in descending order
starting with the biggest ingredient first. Many sugars are hidden by using other words such as
sucrose, dextrose and fructose as well as high fructose corn syrup. Stay away from partially hydrogenated oils, as these are a source of trans fats.

Use an app to track your foods

Tracking food used to be a pain, but it’s super simple now thanks to all the new smart phone apps available. People who track what they eat make better more healthier food
decisions, and are less likely to gain weight. There are some options.

Don’t go to extremes

Extreme dieting can have the opposite effect on losing weight. Most diets drastically reduce calories, creating a deficit that saps energy levels and sacrifices lean muscle along the way.

Give your nutrition your full attention

Once you pick a nutrition program, whether it’s Atkins, the South Beach Diet or Weight Watchers, forget about other programs and stick with it. Give it your full attention and you’ll see results.
Just like with your fitness program, if you constantly jump around from one diet program to the next, you’ll never see the results you want. If you are going to follow a diet program, pick one that is simple. The more complicated it is, the less likely you’ll stick with it over time.

Keep your diet simple

A lot of people make eating and nutrition way too complicated and are always trying to figure out what to
eat for their next meal. The more complicated you make your diet, the more likely that you’ll fall off the wagon and sabotage yourself. When your starting out, limit your meal variety and keep
things plain and simple. Once you get rolling you’ll you can expand your food
choices.

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