If you’re like most Americans you probably skip breakfast and curb your hunger with a big cup – or pot – of coffee, and you likely don’t eat your first meal until lunchtime. You might get a few sips of water in here, or you’ll suck down a diet soda thinking you’re saving yourself calories and being healthy about your choice of beverage.
Here are some excellent tips to help take inches off those thighs and around that belly.
Eat breakfast. Within an hour of waking up, chow down on some oatmeal and egg whites. Don’t forget your serving of fruit, too. Since your body isn’t use to eating properly, it might take a while to build up an appetite for breakfast, but if you start with something small like oatmeal, you’ll have an appetite in no time. Breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism and allows your body to feed off the carbs it’s being given as opposed to your muscles.
Keep your portions small. Eat every 2.5-3 hours and keep the portions on your plate small. Read the labels and abide by the serving sizes. Act as if you’re grazing throughout the day.
Drink water. However much water you’re currently drinking, tack on another 2-3 cups. Continue doing this every couple of weeks or so. Get your body used to wanting and needing to be hydrated. Some people, believe it or not, hate the taste of water. Try infusing it with some cucumbers, mint, or lemon.
Eat more fruits and vegetables. A good rule of thumb: eat the color of the rainbow (NOT Skittles!). Fill your plate with green peppers, red peppers, tomatoes, spinach, kale, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, etc. Make that your snack after your breakfast. Like hummus? Try dipping your celery or peppers in it. Deliciousness!
Limit starchy carbs. You can eat starchy carbs, but keep them to your morning and lunch meals. Taper them off in the afternoon and replace them with lots of veggies.
Eat protein. Protein helps keep you fuller longer and it builds muscle and muscle burns fat. Genius!
Eat before you go to bed. It’s probably against everything you’ve ever heard, but if you’re hungry, don’t go to bed starving. Allow yourself something to eat an hour before you doze off. A preferred snack would be egg whites with almonds, or cottage cheese with almonds, or a casein protein shake.
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