5 Food Hacks That Destroy Fat
Losing weight and getting rid of fat isn’t the mystery you’ve been led to believe it is. In fact, there are some very simple and easy to follow changes you can make today that will immediately speed up the rate at which you’re losing fat. Read on for all you need to know!
Eat Protein to Burn More Fat
You want to lose weight and burn fat, right? Of course! Obviously, you wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t. But none of this can happen if you’re not eating enough protein each day. For women, the minimum is 46g per day, but you’ll want more like 70 to 80.
Protein keeps you feeling full while losing weight because it takes longer than even complex carbs to be digested by your body. Adequate levels of protein are also needed before your body will begin burning fat, so obviously you can see the importance of getting enough.
You may want to check out our article on how to use protein to lose weight if you want more info on just this area.
Don’t Eat After 7pm
You’ve been doing great all day, then you give into a moment of weakness and eat a bag of chips or pack of cookies while you’re watching your favorite show — ruining your diet for the day and then some. How many times has this happened to you?
More than a few? Well, you’re not alone! These mistakes don’t happen because you’re weak or not committed. What’s happening is something called decision fatigue. Essentially, what this says is that you have a limited supply of willpower which runs out over the course of the day.
So while you may be able to easily turn down an unhealthy latte on your way to work or class, or a salty snack at lunch, by the end of the day this becomes much harder. The evening hits and those tasty treats become seemingly impossible to ignore.
Avoid having to beat the willpower odds at night when faced with a hungry tummy by filling up on healthy stuff earlier in the day. Drink lots of water and eat foods high in protein & fiber. Failing that, brush your teeth if you’re facing a craving and that will buy you some time for it to be forgotten.
Eat Foods High in Magnesium
Magnesium is an extremely important mineral for your body of which most of us aren’t getting nearly enough. In addition to supporting many necessary chemical reactions in your body, it also has the awesome benefit of boosting your metabolism!
Some foods you probably already love that are high in magnesium include dark chocolate, avocados, nuts, bananas, tofu, and fatty fish like salmon or halibut. Many of these can also be dense in calories, so you should enjoy them in moderation.
Spice Things Up With Cinnamon!
Love a little cinnamon spice with your foods? Well, you’re not just satisfying your taste buds — you’re also speeding up your metabolism! Increase that, and you’ll be burning more calories every single day without changing another thing.
Just be sure to pair your cinnamon up with other healthy choices, or the weight loss benefits are obviously going to be wiped out. Tossing a bit on your morning oatmeal, slice of whole wheat toast, or coffee are just a few good choices you could try.
Put Leftovers Away Before Eating
Sometimes, you can make the right decisions on what you’re eating and still kill your weight loss by eating too much of these good things. You may even be thinking right now, “oh yeah, that happened at dinner the other night…”
Fortunately, your solution here is very easy to begin following and much more effective than you’d ever realize. Decide on how much you’re having before starting your meal, then put the rest away into the fridge. Now, you can go ahead and eat.
By the time you’ve finished your properly-sized portion, reheating cold food will seem much less appealing. Your body will also have more time to realize it’s full (which takes up to 20 minutes), making second helpings even less likely.
All it takes to lose fat and cut the pounds faster is being smart about when and what you eat. There’s no reason you can’t make all the changes you read about starting today, so why not get going? Oh, and be sure to pin this in case you need a refresher later! 🙂