We are all looking for what to eat to lose weight and we do so hoping to find the perfect diet. We figure all these skinny people must be eating ONLY certain foods ONLY at certain times of the day and ONLY a tiny amount. That has to be it, right? If this was true (and it’s not), is this how you would want to live your eating life? RESTRICTING yourself from EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING that might cause you to gain weight? You’ll be miserable…and that’s no way to live life. So, what foods are we going to eat to drop the pounds? (Psst! Later in the article, I do give you some foods to consider eating instead of that burger over there!)
Eat What You Love, Just Eat Half
It’s how the Half Meal Habit works. Eating half meals throughout your day will cut anywhere from 500 to 1000 calories per day from your diet–and you won’t go hungry! I know what you’re thinking…
Here’s a typical person’s day of eating.
|TYPICAL MEAL PLAN||CALORIES|
|Late Night Snack||300|
Sure, the above might be slightly exaggerated, but, honestly, people eat like the above all the time. Some even grab handfuls of M&M’s or trail mix and that’s not even in there. So, here’s what happens to your food intake and calorie counts when you start following the Half Meal Habit:
|HALF MEAL HABIT MEAL PLAN||CALORIES|
|Late Night Snack||0|
And that’s a BIG breakfast. So, you’re eating similar sized meals all day and not stretching out your stomach. This means less food makes you feel more full. And that means you eat less and don’t feel hungry when you do. so, if you can start eating HMH style, you will not have to worry so much about WHAT you’re eating, even though eating better and healthier will speed up and aid you with losing weight.
So, smarty guy, what should I eat to lose weight?
Less. I know, it’s funny. Ha ha. But it’s exactly what you should eat to start losing weight. Once you get used to eating these small meals, then you might want to take it to the next level.
If you want to know what to eat to lose belly fat, I was recently commissioned to write an article for a company on this exact subject. The list below should get you started on the right path when if comes to fat-burning fuel.
7 Metabolism-Boosting Foods To Start Eating Today
Egg Whites: Egg whites are high in protein and these little guys called branch-chained amino acids. These acids won’t burn you, but they will aid in the fat burning process. They are shown to keep your metabolism fuels burning.
Cruciferous Vegetables: Asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and other veggies. These veggies contain fiber that’s not terribly easy to digest. This means your body works harder and you end up burning more calories. Plus, it helps clear out your gutty works.
Coffee: The caffeine in a cup of coffee can boost your metabolism by 15% or more. That’s good enough reason to have at least cup per day. I’m on the 2 cup per day minimum plan. Avoid adding sugar, whipped cream, half and half, or any other fat-laden or sugar-shocking substance.
Whole Grains: Avoiding white flower breads and pastas has been a basic rule for years. The beauty now is so many pastas and breads are made from whole grains that are heavy in fiber. Another challenging byproduct for our bodies to break down, brown rice, natural wheat breads, and steel cut oatmeal are good choices.
Chili Peppers: The ones on the left, NOT the ones on the right! Spicy chili peppers contain capsaicin which has been shown to boost your metabolism. How? It causes your body to release adrenaline. This, in turn, raises your body temperature and as you try to cool off your body buns fat. Suck it, red Bull!
Green Tea: A plant compound called ECGC promotes fat burning is found in green tea. Also known as catechins, these antioxidants cause regular tea sippers to burn upward of 100 more calories than the rest of us.
Avocados: As we start to eat better, we might be cutting out bad fats, but we might be depriving ourselves of the good fats, too. Adding avocados to the mix will give us the good fats we need to keep our digestive system running how it should, which means burning food faster.
A Basic Overview Of Food Categories To Eat For Weight Loss
So, if you’re wondering what foods to eat to lose weight, the above list is a good start. There’s a lot more to add to this list, but then we get too complicated and we start forgetting, start getting frustrated, and we quit. And we eat donuts. I’d like to give you a good round basis for what to eat to lose weight fast and start to get cut (if you’re working out doing HIIT or Functional Training). Here’s the “plan:”
- PROTEIN: Chicken breast, turkey meat (ground, breasts, low sodium lunch meats), and fish (tuna, grilled fillets of whatever).
- VEGGIES: Any and all, but mainly broccoli, cucumbers, cauliflower, asparagus, celery, and carrots. Add salad on there, too.
- CARBS: None allowed. I’M KIDDING!!! Good carbs are brown rice, whole wheat whole grain bread, and potatoes. Anything that’s high fiber and less processed is good. But you already know this.
- DRINKS: Water. Also, water. And if you want to splurge, try some water. Oh, and don’t forget water. Okay, okay….milk is good because it’s high in protein. Fruit juice is really too sugary, but if you must, try mixing it with some carbonated water like Pellegrino, that way you’re only drinking half.
That’s it! Stick to this list and you should have a serious impact on your weight loss. Note what not to eat to lose weight is not on this list, so anything that’s full of sugar, full of fat, empty caloric beverages and foods, etc. are to be avoided. What about alcohol? It’s not good if you want to drop the pounds.
I know, it’s basic info that everybody already knows, but sometimes it all needs to be reiterated. We need to hear it again so it gets ingrained into our DNA. I still advocate that eating half meals via the Half Meal Habit is the most effective way to lose weight. This is because if you stick to JUST the above list, you’ll probably get bored and stray. And if you’re eating full meals of the above and you go off on a “pizza-stravaganza” you’re really going to ingest a ton of calories. A pizza binge on the Half Meal Habit means half of those calories…so, you know, a half-ton. Hey, that’s better than eating a whole pizza.
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