New Year, New Food Strategy
Everyone's swimming their way through the endless number of fad diets and celebrity endorsed nutrition plans kicking around at the moment being that we've just started yet another year and we've all got pounds to lose - how many of us are going to succeed in our goals though?
The number of people who start a new diet and exercise regime with the best of intentions but then end up dropping out a long the way is quite alarming - surprisingly though, it often has absolutely nothing to do with will power and everything to do with perspective.
If you really want sustenance, it's all about adopting a high protein diet instead of a low calorie plan. Ultimately, low calorie plans don't teach you a great deal about the individual nutrients that go into your food - as a result, you often end up gaining weight as soon as you come off them due to having little nutritional awareness.
When you adopt some of the simple principles below, you'll begin to understand the influence that certain food types can have on your waist line - protein is perhaps the most prominent addition you can make to your meals (in conjunction with reducing or completely removing processed carbs in favour of better energy sources like complex carbs) to maximise your chances of attaining your goals.
Increase your protein count
Protein is incredibly filling, and if you replace a lot of the stodgy carbohydrates featured on most dinner plates with salad in conjunction with a healthy dose of lean protein like chicken or white fish - you'll feel fuller for longer and won't experience any nasty energy dips.
This protein integration doesn't just stop at meal times either; you can enjoy protein at any time of the day to fill your body with essential amino acids that are vital for everything from your immune system to lean muscle repair and development.
One of the other huge benefits of an increased protein intake is the fact that it actually takes quite a lot of energy to burn through it - this means that you'll burn excess calories purely through having it travel through your digestive system. When combined with exercise and all of the other benefits it has to offer, you've got a winning combination on your hands.
Try getting more protein in your diet by:
Replacing your high calorie breakfast with a protein shake
Consuming protein bars instead of chocolate bars when you have cravings
Ensuring you have at least 25 grams of protein with every meal
Snacking on lean meat (or fat free dairy) instead of carb heavy foods like bread and pasta
By making these small changes you don't have to constantly watch your calorie intake - instead you can slowly replace the damaging high calorie food types that may be causing you to store excess body fat with protein rich foods in the manner mentioned above.
Due to protein increasing your internal body temperature, you're going to have to ensure that you drink between 2 - 2.5 litres of water per day as a bare minimum to keep on top of your hydration levels. High protein diets can "dry" you out quite rapidly if you're not drinking enough and this can lead to headaches and lethargy amongst other symptoms! You also need fluid to flush out waste and keep your metabolism in a constantly "on" state.
The above blueprint a guaranteed formula for nutritional success provided you get plenty of dietary fibre from green and leafy vegetables in conjunction with healthy fat from oily fish and eggs (amongst other elements) - try to go for two weeks adopting these principles and see what kind of difference it makes!