Losing weight should be about progress, not suffering. So, when you start slashing 500 daily calories a day, you are drastically damaging your metabolism. This means, you are working in complete opposition to your weight-loss goals.
The key to long-term, sustainable weight loss goal is to realize that you’re ready to start living a healthier life, and you should feel happy and radiant while doing it. Losing weight should focus less on what you can’t eat and more on which nutrient-dense foods you can eat. Following the tips below to get started!
1. Eat Hydrating Food
Often times, we mistake thirst as hunger because the same part of our brain controls both functions and sometimes it gets confused. You can kill two birds with one stone by snacking on a low-cal, hydrating food like watermelon, cucumber, strawberries, or cantaloupe. The water will help you stay hydrated, and the combination of water and fiber will also keep your tummy full.
2. Have More Snacks
Forget the “three square meals a day” thing. Experts have found that eating a 100 to 200 calorie snack between meals can help to reduce binging at meal times by keeping blood-sugar levels stable and your metabolism humming.
3. Listen to Your Body and Eat!
Don’t get to the point of starvation because chances are, you will overeat. If you’re hungry at an unusual hour, drink a glass of water and wait 10 minutes. Sometimes the body registers dehydration as hunger. If the hunger goes away, you were dehydrated. If it doesn’t, ask yourself, “Am I really hungry or am I just bored?” If it’s just boredom, keep yourself distracted. If you are hungry, go ahead and eat something … your body will love you for it!
4. Midnight Snacks are O.K.
Let’s dispel with that nasty rumor once and for all: nighttime snacking won’t sabotage weight loss. In fact, when you snack on one of these best foods for sleep, you can actually catch some sleep more easily. And since getting a better night’s sleep can help your body regulate hunger hormones better, you’ll be furthering your slim down progress with your evening eats.
5. Grab Greek Yoghurt
Leave the chips in the vending machine. Instead, have some Greek yogurt to curb cravings for good. Add it with some fresh raspberries to double down on this craving crusher. The slow-digesting trio of protein, fiber, and healthy fats will keep you from feeling snacking.
6. Drizzle Apple Cider Vinegar
Adding apple cider vinegar to your diet can help you trim down because of its concentration of acetic acid: a compound found to both delay gastric emptying and slow the release of sugar into the bloodstream. Both these results work together to extend feelings of fullness and curb cravings.
7. Pair Apples with Chocolate!
Good news for chocolate lovers! Research has shown that pairing an antioxidant-rich apple with prebiotic-rich chocolate can enhance the production of anti-inflammatory compounds that shut down genes linked to insulin resistance and inflammation. Because studies have connected obesity to high levels of inflammation, adding this duo to your diet may help you slim down.
8. Chill Your Potatoes
Whoever said potatoes weren’t a weight loss food didn’t know this slimming trick. When you put your spuds in the fridge after cooking them, their starches go through a process known as “retrogradation.” This means they turn into “resistant starch,” a class of carbs that passes through your upper gut undigested. Instead, they move down to your large intestine, where they feed your healthy gut bacteria, which leads to prolonged feelings of fullness and the production of anti-inflammatory compounds which help blast fat. So eating more of them means you’ll be eating less later on!
9. Know When to Eat
Many popular diets these days leave you starving, restricting calorie to the point that your metabolism actually SLOWS. But there is a little-known plan called the 2 Week Diet that actually teaches you what to eat and when. This increases your metabolism, allowing you to shed weight and shed it FAST. Those on the diet report losing 12-23 pounds and 2-4 inches in a matter of 2 weeks – all backed by science. Watch this video to learn more about how the 2-week diet works.