You’ve tried everything, but still have the last 5, 10 or even 20 pounds to lose?
Here are some tips on what to eat to achieve your ideal weight.
When we talk about losing weight, I always want to make sure that we are discussing it in a healthy manner, no crash diets, no diet pills, none of the craziness. Weight loss is more about what you are adding versus what you are restricting. Weight loss and a healthy diet really comes down to how are you fueling your body. Are you setting yourself up for success or destruction?
How you start your day is crucial. Its sets the tone for the entire day. Eating healthy in the morning has proven to aid in making healthier decisions as the day progresses.
Always start your day with my morning routine.
Starting your day with warm water and lemon, Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar and greens really set the tone for the day.
Once your morning routine is complete you may finally have your coffee or tea … let’s try and kick that sugar habit once and for all. Either enjoying your beverage black or with a simple milk. What do I mean by simple? Limited ingredients…pure and preferably organic.
I love breakfast because it starts my day off right. Do you want to have waffles or a frozen breakfast sandwich and crash an hour later? Nope. My days are way too busy to deal with any mid-morning crashes. I need sustained energy to get me through until at least noon. Can you relate?
My favorite breakfast smoothies are packed with nutrients, enzymes, vitamins, and loads of energy boosting ingredients.
When making your smoothie it is important to focus on these three areas: protein, healthy fat and fiber. Check out my blog on “What to Focus On When Making Your Smoothie” for a deeper explanation as to why these three are so crucial in your morning smoothie.
Having a healthy breakfast will set you up for success for the rest of the day.
When lunchtime comes try to remember to fuel your body. It may be tempting to go out with your co-workers and indulge, but think about how that will feel around 2pm when you are downright dragging and watching the seconds tick by on your clock.
Food is fuel.
Lunch is a time to refuel your body. Consider having greens or a large serving of vegetables, protein and fiber. These three together will keep you going - and keep your energy consistent - through the afternoon. Limit the number of traditional carbohydrates at lunch - avoid if possible. Having a big bowl of pasta or a turkey sandwich on white bread will ultimately lead to a sleepy and sluggish afternoon.
To really boost your weight loss add an extra shot of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar (mixed with water) before lunch. Always drink prior to meals for optimum benefit.
Keep the format for your dinner similar to your lunch, keeping in mind protein, greens and fiber.
Always choosing to look at food as fuel.
Water is a key component for weight loss. It not only rehydrates our cells but also aids in elimination by flushing toxins out of our bodies.
When you are trying to lose weight, it is important to eat regular meals, and not to skip meals hoping to boost your weight loss. Skipping meals will ultimately lead to binging and over eating later in the day.
Move. Weight loss is very much connected to what we eat, and how we choose to fuel our bodies. However, it always comes down to calories in vs. calories out. Make sure that you move every day, walk at least 10,000 steps per day, and get active.
For more ways on how to get active in your community check out our online schedule of classes and events here.