Following a healthy diet plan doesn’t necessarily mean avoiding all your favorite foods. Gone are the days when staying lean means living off on broiled chicken and broccoli alone! There will be limitations maybe, but you don’t have to end your delicious relationship with your favorite foods completely just to see results.
I am for healthy eating habits and I follow a healthy diet plan, however, I still get to enjoy my favorite foods. How?
Here are some tips from me that’ll allow you to enjoy your favorite foods while on a healthy diet plan:
Eat protein for breakfast.
In fact, try to include protein in all your meals. If you’ll ask what needs to be on a diet plan to be effective, nothing beats protein! Protein keeps your sugar levels in check and reduces your sugar cravings. It also makes you fuller for a longer period of time. It boosts your metabolism and assists with muscle repair after rigid weight training as well. Great sources of protein are meat, fish, and eggs. Opt for Organic where possible.
Don’t be afraid of eating natural fats.
A low-carb and a low-fat diet is a recipe for disaster! This combination will leave you feeling hungry and miserable and you’ll very likely end up binge eating. In order for you to burn fats, you need to feed yourself fats. However, ensure you’re eating unsaturated fats as these help your body burn fats without cutting on calories. These fats should come from unsaturated sources such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. It aids in removing the bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) from your arteries to promote a healthier heart. Good sources are fish, seeds, nuts, olive oil, and avocados.
butter/coconut oil – The best fat to cook food with.
Butter or coconut oil are best for cooking foods while olive oil, nut oil, and avocado oil are best used on foods once cooked and prepared. Avoid man-made fats (trans-fats) like the plague from your diet plan. Trans-fats, originally mainly found in margarine and vegetable shortenings, are now ever present after food companies started using partially hydrogenated vegetable oils in biscuits, cookies, pastries, and fast-foods fries, so beware!
Foods laden with trans- fats will increase the bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) in your bloodstream and reduce your good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol). It causes inflammation, increases risks for heart diseases and strokes, and promotes the development of insulin resistance to your body – making you susceptible to obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Lessen refined sugar and carb intake.
Refined sugar and carb intake are the biggest culprits of weight gain. And by far, for most everyone, the hardest to avoid. Refined sugar and carbs are laden with empty calories which stimulate secretion of insulin, the hormone that stores fat in the body. When insulin levels are low, the body will burn fat more effectively and efficiently. Lowering your insulin is like assisting your kidneys in flushing out toxins from your body. Eliminating refined sugars and carbs from your diet plan will give you results weight loss results in the first couple of weeks!
Stick to “good” carbs if you really can’t help it.
I know there are people who simply cannot function normally without carbs. And if you’re one of them, opt to choose from healthier sources of carb like oats, brown rice, quinoa, and sweet potatoes, to name a few. However, ensure that you avoid carbs at dinner as your body’s metabolic rate slows down during sleep. Better stick to protein and leafy veg for your last meal of the day.
Avoid carbonated sugary drinks.
Carbonated drinks are laden with sugar, not to mention highly addictive. Don’t fall for “diet” or “no-sugar” ads, they’re just that, ads! Don’t be fooled into thinking as well that fresh fruit juices are healthy – these are also full of natural sugars. It is better to eat whole raw fruits rather than juices. If you’re on a weight-loss program, however, it is best to limit fruit intake to one piece of fruit a day.
Eat your vegetables!
Don’t be afraid to pile up your plate with delicious and low-carb vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, kale, cabbage, and spinach! A diet plan consisting of good quality protein and vegetables contains all the fiber, vitamins, and minerals you will need to lose weight, and of course, to be and remain healthy.
Water, water, water!
You should be drinking at least 2 liters or 8 glasses of water daily. Water will keep your body hydrated and refreshed. This will also help flush out your body toxins and prevent constipation. If you are even a little bit thirsty, you are experiencing dehydration, and this isn’t a good sign. Keep a 2-liter bottle filled with filtered water on your desk to remind you to have a glass every hour or so. Or set a timer to remind you.
But wait, It’s not all about diet plan…
- Sleep is pivotal to weight management because sleep deprivation is one of the biggest factors in weight gain. So, ensure you always get enough sleep and rest.
- Hormones control how you burn fat, how you store fat, and how you gain muscles. The better your hormone balance is, the better your weight.
- Have a great weight training program created for you to burn calories, boost metabolism, and lose weight more effectively and add cardio bursts to your regime for quick and incredible results.
Combine all these tips with a healthy diet plan in place and you’ll definitely achieve faster muscle repair, significant body fat % decrease, and a beautifully sculptured body to boast of.
Being on a diet plan does not equate to giving up on your favorite foods. Build a diet plan for yourself that is achievable, realistic, and doable without depriving yourself of what makes you happy. Take a closer look at your diet and on what you really want to achieve. There is no one-size-fits-all diet plan and yours should be based on your body’s nutritional needs.There are various ways to delight your palate and satisfy your cravings without creating havoc on your diet plan. You just have to be more attentive and innovative with what you eat. And when you find the diet plan that works best for you, stick to it!
Assess your fitness level for FREE to see where you are on your fitness journey and how to go to the next level and determine which among my guides is perfect to help you get back into shape!