Fat Loss Dieting
To really see best results from any diet plan you choose to use, you need to learn a few ‘fat loss commandments’. These are crucial guidelines that should be followed in order to see progress.
Sadly, many people miss out on one or more of these and it significantly impacts their results.
Ready to start losing fat? Check out the list of five commandments below.
1. Thou Shall Eat More Protein
Of all the foods that you could eat while on a fat loss diet, protein is perhaps the most important. Protein helps combat hunger, it helps stabilize blood glucose levels, and it helps prevent lean muscle mass loss. This in turn helps speed up your metabolism and accelerates the process of fat loss. It also prevents the loss of muscle mass during your weight loss phase. If you want great definition, keeping your muscle is just as important as losing your fat!
Don’t let your diet intake fall short. Aim to eat some protein in each and every meal and snack that you consume.
2. Thou Shall Eat Regularly
While the concept that your metabolism will increase the more often you eat isn’t entirely accurate — as the boost you get after a meal is directly related to the size of that meal — eating regularly does help to keep hunger at bay.
By feeding your body frequently throughout the day, you’ll help avoid food cravings, energy lows, and make it that much easier to stick to your diet program. Trying to sit down to a delicious, healthy meal can be a lot more challenging when you feel like you could eat the entire refrigerator.
3. Thou Shall Prioritize Fresh Foods
When selecting your foods, eating fresh is a must. We live in a world where processed foods are around every corner and just waiting to cause weight gain.
Eliminate these and you’ll really give your diet a boost. Focus on foods in their natural state — fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and oils, and lean proteins. An easy rule of thumb is to shop around the outside of the grocery store. Typically, you’ll find the “real” food there.
If you only make one change to your diet plan, make it this one.
4. Thou Shall Set Short Term Goals
One diet rule that you should abide by and follow is to always set short term goals for yourself. Think about what you are doing in the here and now, not months from now. It’s too easy to lose sight of your goals if they are going to take place six months to a year down the road.
Try thinking in shorter segments. Three weeks is about how long it takes for good habits to form, so it’s a great place to start when you’re trying to build a new habit.
*Bonus Tip* A great goal to start with is your carb sources each day. Set out to eat only non-starchy carbs like vegetables 2 out 3 meals. For the other meal, indulge in a healthy starchy carb like oats, sweet potatoes, or a carb that’s high in fiber.
5. Thou Shall Stop Comparisons
Finally, stop comparing yourself to others. Realize that this is your own journey and your own body. It’s unlike anyone else’s so you simply can’t expect to see the same results as everyone else.
Instead, start comparing yourself today to yourself from yesterday. That will give you all the details you need to know. If each day you are getting better, you are successful in your journey.
So keep these diet commandments in mind. Focus on these and you can feel confident that you are headed in the right direction.