Making the decision to lose weight is a great first step in achieving optimal health and looking better too, but as most of us realize, that’s often easier said than done. Fortunately there are some fairly easy changes you can make to your daily diet that can help you achieve your goals that much quicker.
Most people realize that it’s important to drink lots of water, whether or not you’re dieting, but drinking it all day long can get old after a while. By alternating with herbal tea, you’ll meet your hydration goals without getting unwanted calories or caffeine in addition to that flavor you’re craving.
Drinking a cup or two of green tea each day can even enhance the fat burning benefits of your workouts, as research published in the Journal of Nutrition revealed. Green tea is also known to help improve endurance so that you can work out harder and longer. Its active compound, EGCG has been shown to improve insulin use in the body to help prevent blood sugar spikes and crashes that can lead to unhealthy food cravings, fatigue and irritability.
Switch to coconut oil
Although coconut oil is high in fat, it’s considered a healthy fat known as lauric acid which can actually help improve cholesterol ratio levels and even boost fat burning. One study found that eating two tablespoons daily was able to reduce abdominal fat faster than spending hours on a treadmill. Use it in a vegetable stir-fry or even to replace cream in your coffee.
Stop buying “diet” foods
Most foods that are marketed as weight-loss foods are highly processed and do nothing but lighten your wallet and potentially harm your health as they’re laden with preservatives and chemicals. Instead, focus on as many fresh, whole foods from the earth as possible, including plenty of organic fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, healthy oils like coconut oil, wild-caught fish and lean meats.
Eat more healthy fats
While it may sound counterproductive, eating more healthy fats can actually help you lose weight by preventing cravings, helping you stay fuller longer, and keeping your blood sugar levels balanced. Keeping almonds or walnuts readily available can keep you from reaching for a less healthy snack – research has found that people who eat nuts weigh less and eat less overall.
Kick the soda habit
One of the worst things you can do for your health and your waistline is to drink soda, and that includes diet soda. Diet sodas may not contain calories, but artificial sweeteners have been found to trick the body into believing that calories are on the way. When that doesn’t happen, the metabolism slows and throws off the body’s ability to regulate appetite. Some studies have even found that eating or drinking products that have been artificially sweetened leads to more weight gain than consuming those that are sweetened with regular sugar.