5 tips to weight loss
1. Drink more water.
Hydration is one of the most overlooked factors when it comes to weight loss, not only does it help cleanse the kidneys and increase metabolism through thermogenesis but it also has been shown that drinking half a litre of water half an hour before a meal will cause a lower calorie intake and can improve weight loss by up to 44%
2. Get macronutrient (carb, fats and proteins) balance right.
In the modern day diet carbohydrate is the base of all meals. Protein and fat are usually an addition to the staple of starchy carbs when it comes to planning a meal. This is believed to be a leading cause of weight gain in adults. An ideal macronutrient balance should be 40% carbohydrate, 30% protein and 30% fat, this should be the ratio of each meal you have though out the day to maximize health benefits and weight loss
3. Choose healthier carbs.
Carbohydrates are the macronutrient that effects insulin levels which in turn effects the amount of fat storage happening in the body. So chose the lower carbohydrate dense foods to minimize the rise in insulin and therefore reduce fat storage. Vegetables are the best example of low density carbs with many vegetables containing only a couple of grams of carbohydrate per hundred grams of food. Other more starchy choices would include the more natural sources of carb such as grains, sweet potato and wild rice.
4. Cut out refined sugar.
Refined and added sugars (including High fructose corn syrup) are the worst ingredients in our modern diet, these can cause numerous health issues such as diabetes and heart disease as well as encouraging your body to store fat every time you ingest these. Cut down on these sugars to improve overall health and to maximize weight loss.
5. Move more.
Just by staying more active through out the day your metabolism will be maintained at a higher level and therefore will be burning more calories everyday as opposed to being inactive for large parts of the day where your body will go into a ‘storage mode’ and will be encouraging fat storage of any food you eat.
Combining this with optimal sessions of resistance training followed by high intensity interval training will without doubt give your body the best chance to burn as much fat as possible.