Everyone is always looking for that magic solution to help them lose weight and burn fat fast. Well, to be honest with you, there is no magic solution… but it’s not rocket science either. Losing weight and burning fat doesn’t have to be hard – you just need to remain consistent with healthy eating habits.
Here’s my top 10 list to help you torch body fat and speed up weight loss other than working out. Remember, your routine in the kitchen is just as important as your routine at boxing! I guarantee if you follow these top 10 tips, you will not only lose weight, but pick up healthy eating habits to help you keep it off for good!
Are you eating late at night, nibbling while cooking, finishing the kids’ meals? It usually happens without you even thinking about it. So stop and have a serious think – you might be able identify a few behaviours you can change that will add up to big calorie savings.
I always recommend 5 small meals a day to boost your metabolism: breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Separate each meal by 3-4 hours. Regular meals help keep your blood sugar on an even keel and stop you from getting so hungry that you binge.
It’s a recipe for disaster to go food shopping when you are hungry. Shop from a prepared list so impulse buying is kept to a minimum. Eating right starts with stocking healthy food in your pantry and refrigerator.
You need a strategy for your meals and snacks. The busier you are, the more important is food prepping. It makes life so much easier. Set aside a couple of hours to do a big cook after market shopping on Sundays. Divide portions into separate tupperware including snacks, and freeze meals for future use. Always, always, always pack your snacks and main meals when you go to work or are away from home for extended periods of time. This way you are guaranteed to not stray from your healthy eating plan.
It is the most important meal of the day. When we sleep, our metabolic rate is at it’s lowest. You need to eat breakfast as soon as possible after waking to get your metabolism going and give you energy for the rest of the day.
If you graze, then it’s hard to know exactly how much food you’ve actually consumed over the course of the day. Ever opened a bag of macadamias at morning tea only to discover the bag is empty by the end of the day? That’s a lot of calories you consumed without thinking!
Stick to, and sit down to eat your 5 small meals a day.
Eat slowly, chew every bite, and savour the taste of the food. Try resting your fork between bites and drinking plenty of water with your meals. This gives your brain time to register that you are full and satisfies the senses as well.
This is a danger time for you to pack on extra kilos. Remember you are just about to go to bed so the extra after-dinner calories won’t be burned through activity. Instead they’ll be stored as body fat. Having something sweet, and/or a glass of wine after dinner is just a habit – a not so good one. You don’t need a grand finale to signify the end of the meal. Try a cup of camomile tea or brush your teeth after dinner to help reduce the temptation to eat again. With persistence, the urge to eat after dinner will gradually disappear.
Serve properly portioned food onto individual plates, and leave the extras back at the stove. Large serving bowls of food on the table beg to be eaten, and it takes incredible will power not to dig in for seconds. Remember, it takes about 20 minutes for your mind to get the signal from your belly that you are full.
Eat your food sitting down at a table, and from a plate. Food eaten out of packages and while standing is forgettable. You can wind up eating lots more than if you sit down and consciously enjoy your meals.