Everyone believes that in order to lose weight you have to cut down on calories, right? Stop eating at 6pm? Skip breakfast? Eliminate carbs? Eat bland, boring foods? Well, we’re here to Bust that Myth! We’re happy to share the exciting news that you get to eat delicious foods all day and still lose weight! In fact, you need to fuel your body consistently throughout the day to shed those extra pounds. Today, we want to give you some simple, non-negotiable guidelines on how to begin your journey to a healthy metabolism and weight loss.
Tip #1: Wake up in the morning and fuel your body
As soon as you wake up, you should drink a bottle or glass of water. This helps to wake your body up, flush toxins and start your metabolism. Then, within 30 minutes to an hour, you need to fuel your body with a balance of protein, fat and carbs. It’s important to get your first fueling right in the morning to ignite your metabolism; whether you’re hungry or not! Food is fuel, not fun.
Tip #2: Fuel every 2.5 – 3 hours throughout the rest of the day
It’s important to not go longer than 3 hours without fueling. Waiting too long to eat decreases your metabolism, increases cravings and makes it more likely you will over eat later in the day. Your body is like a furnace; in order to keep it running, you have to continually add fuel. When your metabolism is running efficiently, you will burn more calories.
Tip #3: Focus on protein
Your body needs a balance of carbohydrates, fat and protein. Typically, you don’t have to worry about getting enough carbs and fat in your diet. However, if you don’t focus on protein, chances are you won’t be getting enough. We recommend aiming for 1g of protein per pound of body weight that you want to achieve. When choosing your fueling, ask yourself: is there enough protein? Good sources of protein include red meat, chicken, fish, pork, and eggs. If you can’t get enough protein from your food, protein shakes are a good supplement to consider.
-Courtesy of your Ufit Team
-At Ufit we aim to educate and empower. Nutrition is the foundation to your health and fitness. We want you to eat right and move right so you live well for as long as possible.