There is a lot of talk about eating healthier and moving more for weight loss, but when you’re starting out, it is difficult to know just what should be on your plate.
Most people will tell you to stick to the salads and plain ol’ fish meals, but that isn’t the only thing that you should be eating for weight loss (even though that’s my favourite meal …).
Protein is considered the go-to for fighting fat, and it’s pretty obvious when you see how many protein supplements we have at our disposal lately.
Protein is tougher to break down than carbohydrates or fat are, which means that your body has to work extra hard to process it. This hard work means that energy is being burned and that energy means your metabolic rate is being boosted!
Chicken is a great and cost effective source of lean protein. Fish is the healthy living go-to for a light meal that is packed with nutrients and taste.
Getting enough protein is also essential to fuel your muscles in-between workouts to help cellular repair and recovery.
I think that I’ve dedicated so many posts to carbs that I should build a shrine. I’m teasing, but carbohydrates are your body’s primary source of fuel and you get simple and complex carbs. The weight loss trick with carbs is to keep your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day.
Sugary carbs are more readily converted into glucose that raises blood sugar quickly, whereas complex carbs take longer to break down. These help keep blood sugar levels stable, in turn leaving you feeling fuller for longer.
Fibre is essential for healthy digestion, which is why those fibre cereal adverts are all over the show. Fibre-rich foods help you slim down as well because they are filling and low in fat. There are two types of fibre that we can include in our diets; soluble fibre and insoluble fibre.
Insoluble fibre helps your body promote regularity, which is essential for overall body health, while soluble fibre is ideal for promoting nutrient uptake and helps lower cholesterol.
Yes, fat is good for you and if you don’t want to be fat you need to eat fat. Fat intake is vital for losing weight: without it you aren’t able to absorb nutrients like Vitamin D, E, K and A. It is also pretty important to give your skin that healthy glow.
Good fat helps promote heart health as well, (found in avocados, cold-pressed plant oils and nuts), which is possibly the best combination of food you can snack on during the day. These foods have been linked to improved brain health and reduced cholesterol levels, which is perfect for the fast-paced lifestyle in which we find ourselves every day.
Post first appeared on All4Women.
Until next time.