Food portion control is a big key to you reaching your fat loss and weight loss goals. You may need to change your eating habits, even if you have had these eating habits for years and years.
Here are 3 tips to help you eat with purpose:
1. Eat small meals about every 3-4 hours (never skip breakfast) to keep your energy levels high and metabolism ramped up. Building muscle will also speed up your metabolism. Frequent meals keep the hunger pangs away.
Keep a food journal. Research has proven that you will have a better chance of succeeding with your nutrition plan and fat loss if you keep a food journal. By logging your actual food choices, you are holding yourself accountable throughout the day. You will also be forced to plan your meals better. It will also help protect you from binge eating and emotional eating if you write down why you eat what you eat. Keep a journal until you know when and what to eat.
2. Another way to control your hunger pangs is to eat protein with every meal. You don't need to do protein shakes, just eat the right foods.
Research has proven that protein keeps blood sugar levels more steady and helps you feel fuller for a longer period (slower digestion). Protein also keeps the hunger hormone (ghrelin) in check so your hunger doesn't spike so high.
Eat more protein to repair tissues and build muscle....I have always said to get your nutrition mainly from food...there's plenty of protein in the foods we eat...Good food sources for protein are:
lean beef, lean chicken, fish, eggs, milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, beans, peas, nuts and seeds. If you are vegetarian, there are plenty of protein food sources for you.
If you feel fuller for longer periods, you will eat less and you won't binge eat if your hunger pangs are "not out the roof" when you do eat. Use your eating smarts.
3. Remember to drink enough water during the day. You will slow down your fat loss and weight loss efforts by dehydrating your body. Drinking enough water will also help to control your hunger and flush toxins from your body. Aim to drink about half your weight in water every day. So, if you weigh 150 pounds, drink about 75 ounces of water daily. Foods and drinks with water would count as water consumed.
Eat to stay healthy and reach your goals!
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