This post is brought to you by Raphael Konforti, the Fitness Education Coordinator for Youfit.
When planning for weight loss, nutrition is one of the key factors to consider. Training regularly will only get you results if you are eating the proper foods to fuel your body. In this case, a little bit of the right foods will help you go a long way in this journey.
If you are ready to upgrade your diet, but don’t know where to start, read our tips below and consider utilizing them in your fitness journey for best results.
Eat whole foods
Whole foods have vitamins, minerals and fiber to help your body run as efficiently as possible. Unlike processed foods, whole foods have no mystery ingredients and are less calorie dense, so you can feel good about what you are putting into your body.
Drink more water
Drinking a generous amount of water throughout the day will do wonders for your weight loss journey. Oftentimes thirst is mistaken for hunger, which can lead to overeating. Keeping a hydrated body is essential for breaking down fat and thus losing weight.
Eat protein at every meal
Protein is a macronutrient found in certain foods, and should be a staple in the diet of anyone undergoing a weight loss program. For one, protein is very hard for the body to digest and turn into fat, so it keeps you feeling fuller for longer. Also, when you digest protein you are also burning more calories than normal, as it is more difficult to digest than just eating carbs or fats. It’s like a workout while you eat!
Eat fibrous vegetables
Eating plenty of vegetables will help you go far in this journey. Vegetables with a good serving of fiber will fill you up while having basically no calories (Broccoli, zucchini, lettuce, spinach, cucumber, brussel sprouts) and will regulate the digestive system so your metabolism stays on track.
Eat a moderate amount of fats
Fats may have gotten a bad rap, but they are actually vital to the body functioning. Not only are fats are proven to help keep you feeling full longer than carbs or protein, but consuming a variety of fats helps regulate hormones, which can be altered during calorie restriction periods.
Pick an eating pattern that works for you
Despite popular belief, eating more or less frequently doesn’t change your metabolism as long as you are consuming more calories. Experiment with only eating 2-3 bigger meals per day or 4-6 smaller meals and see which one satisfies your appetite and keeps your energy up longer. Both methods have been successful for different people.
Make sure you are eating the right foods to fuel your body and you will unlock the door to weight loss.
Raphael Konforti is the Fitness Education Coordinator for Youfit. He has a Masters of Exercise Science and has worked in many different areas of fitness including collegiate recreation, international resorts and fitness publishing. Aside from the gym, he loves spending his time active and outdoors going surfing, diving, hiking, practicing yoga or pushing cars down the street.