Tweak Your Diet and Reach Your Goals

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Tweak Your Diet and Reach Your Goals

Christmas is just around the corner, and the time to draw up a list of New Year’s resolutions isn’t far behind either. According to some statistics, weight loss ranks at the top of the list of game-changing decisions for resolvers across the globe, but even if you’re hoping Santa will leave a secret fat burning formula in your Christmas stocking, your slimmer self will take much longer than 365 days to materialize. Even though you’re not literally the sum of all your yummy bites, what you eat affects your figure, performance, and daily energy levels, so if you want to reach your ideal weight soon, you may need to put in a bit of active effort and make some foodie sacrifices. But how exactly can you tweak your diet to achieve optimal weight loss results safely? It’s not as difficult as it sounds: just follow these guidelines and hack slimming without risking cravings, fatigue, or motivation dips en route.

Cut Out the Fatty Bit

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Contrary to common dieting misconceptions, not all fat is bad for your figure: in fact, healthy fat is essential for the normal functioning of the human organism.

If you’re looking to burn stubborn fat stock, take a closer look at ingredient labels when grocery shopping, avoid products high in saturated and trans fats, and opt for staples rich in unsaturated fats. That way, you won’t be adding oily fuel to the flames of your weight woes, but you won’t be opening the doors to the risks low-fat diets entail either. As a general rule, healthy fat should make up 20-35% of your total daily calorie consumption, so crunch the figures and watch the type of fat you munch on if you want to reach your target shape faster.

Give Sugar a Hey-Ho

You’ve probably heard sugar referred to as ‘white death’, but do you know that the sweetest shade of white is the cruelest executioner of your weight loss?

Refined sugar is all empty calories, i.e. no nutrients save for readily digestible energy. Burning all the simple carbs you consume daily is usually mission impossible, which isn’t a major problem if you’re not a hard-core sugar binger. If you can’t resist your sweet tooth’s calling, however, your body will transform the extra calories into fat and store it for future use. To achieve your weight loss goals faster, try to ditch the cube altogether or at least limit daily sugar intake. By switching to unsweetened foods and drinks, you’ll achieve impressive results within a month: simply go sugar-free with your morning coffee, swap a Coke for an organic smoothie, and some healthy snacks instead of presweetened commercial ones and you may get to knock off a couple of pounds.

Stock Up on Rawness

Another simple dietary tweak that will help you burn fat fast and safely is stocking the menu with raw foods high in fiber, protein, complex carbs, vitamins, and minerals, which will help your body stay healthy and active while burning fat.

Raw foods

Raw foods such as veggies, fruit, whole grains, seeds, and nuts are an excellent source of critical nutrients necessary for seamless physiological functions and they will also keep the belly full for hours. For this reason, the all-out raw menu is perfect for weightwatchers who find it hard to fit into rigorous dietary systems for long stretches of time. To nudge fat burn onto the speedy lane, you can also use first-rate supplements to patch nutrient gaps in your menu, optimize energy expenditure, and keep your internal engines revved up regardless of the season and training intensity.

Spread Out Protein

Proteins are the building blocks of all living cells and are as such essential for seamless physiological functions, exchange of matter in the organism, and muscle building.

Unlike fat and carbs, protein won’t wind up transformed into fat, but what it will do is keep your tummy full and your energy stable all through the day. To ensure a steady slimming rate and stay on the well-fed side of the table, you should stock your menu with foods rich in protein and time your protein intake properly. Broad guidelines for daily protein RDA total 0.8-1.2 g per kilogram of body weight, based on age, build, and training intensity, and you should look for your protein ratios in lean meat, beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and dairy products.

Losing weight isn’t all sweat and no snack: by making small diet tweaks, you’ll be able to achieve your fitness goals faster without having to skip your favorite foods or stretch your gym workouts beyond reasonable limits. Watch your servings, trim their size slightly, and you’ll soon be waking up to a slimmer self in the mirror. Bon appétit!

Mathews McGarry is passionate about many forms of strength training, and spent years lifting, dragging and flipping all manner of heavy objects. After graduating from the Faculty of Health Sciences, he started writing about his experiences, and sharing tips for better life.
After graduating from the Faculty of Health Sciences, he started writing about his experiences, and sharing tips for better life.

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