The Best Times to Eat!

While maintaining a healthy diet by eating the proper foods in proper portion sizes is crucial to your success, another factor that plays an important role is the TIME that you eat those healthy foods. Eating the appropriate foods and the right times will keep your metabolic rate at its maximum burning rate, allowing you to burn more fat from your body.

Here’s my first tip: Try to eat every 3-4 hours. I know this is somewhat difficult for most people because we are constantly on the go and barely have the time in our schedules for a full meal. However, eating smaller meals at this rate is crucial to your metabolic health because it will keep your inner engine running properly and will release hormones in your body that allows you to control your appetite.

You guys know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? RIGHT? I cannot tell you how many friends I have who simply do not eat breakfast because they say they are either not hungry or just don’t have the time. But seriously, eating breakfast within an hour of waking up is SO IMPORTANT. When you skip breakfast, you lose its stimulating benefits on your metabolic rate. You also become more likely to eat unbalanced meals, more calories, and larger amounts of saturated fat throughout the day. Plenty of research shows that those of us who skip breakfast are actually heavier.

You should start your day with more protein-based foods than anything else. They will help to stabilize your blood sugar and to keep you feeling satisfied all day.

Another important tip is to not eat 3 hours before you go to sleep. Why? Eating too close to bedtime raises your body temperature, increases blood sugar and insulin, prevents the release of melatonin, and cuts down on growth hormone release. All these factors interfere with the quality of your sleep and the natural fat-burning benefits of a good night’s rest.

Eating after working out is also a very important habit to have. After you are done working out, your body is begging for nutrients and calories to refuel. When you are moving your body on a machine or lifting weights, you are basically ripping your muscles (only slightly, no worries guys) and as soon as you are done working out, your muscles begin the restoration process. And the absolute best food to give your body after a workout is anything with PROTEIN! Protein is essential to muscle growth and overall well-being in your body.

I hope these tips will help you gain more control in your eating habits and allow you to feel more satisfied more often with the meals you are eating. As always, have a lovely day!

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Basic Rules for Good Nutrition

Maintaining a healthy weight and good health does not in any way have to be an arduous process…not unless you make it so. Having good nutrition is as easy as making small, easy changes to your daily routine that will reap HUGE benefits in the long-run for your overall health and well-being.

Eat breakfast!

I cannot stress this enough…I hear so many times from people who are struggling to maintain a healthy diet and weight that they do not eat a good, balanced breakfast. Whether the excuse it that you think you’re not hungry yet or you do not have the time, you MUST eat breakfast at some point soon after you wake up. Breakfast is literally “breaking the fast” of your sleep, allowing the engine known as your metabolism to use that food as fuel to power your body for the day. Trust me, you’ll feel a whole lot better and more energized overall if you follow this tip.

Snack with purpose!

A lot of us hear the word “snacking” and think back to that bag of chips or that chocolate bar that we had because we wanted to satisfy a craving. Snacking should be done purposefully – meaning that the reason you snack is because your body is actually asking for it, so that you can fill in the gaps between your main meals of the day. By doing so, you keep your metabolism running constantly.

Portion control is key!

PORTIONS PEOPLE! That is the key to your nutritional success. Some people claim to eat nothing but the best foods, but if they are still overweight, that says that they are not properly proportioning their food, resulting in weight gain. Here’s a quick tip…use smaller bowls and plates! Sure it sounds silly, but it really does help!

Watch those drinks

I can’t tell you how many calories we consume through liquids alone. With all of these sodas, fraps, lattes, energy drinks, and alcohol we are consuming waaaaay more calories than we should. If you are a diehard fan of your Starbucks, and cannot bear to let it go, try to treat yourself maybe once a week. For the rest of the week, however, opt for water or seltzer. Seltzer has definitely helped me break my diet soda addiction. More than a year strong! Also…if you consume diet sodas, you must take into account the fact that what you are putting into your body is just as worse as the caloric soda. The chemicals you are putting into your body serve no purpose for your physical well-being, whereas water does.

Eat less processed foods, GO ORGANIC!

 

If you are addicted to those heaven-sent 100 calorie-packs from the grocery store, try to put them aside for more fresh, organic foods. Foods in wrappers that have been mostly processed contain a lot of sodium, which will leave you dehydrated and unsatisfied in the long-term. If you go for more organic foods, you will feel a lot more satiated more often.

Alrighty everyone! Hope you take these tips and put them in your back-pocket for safe-keeping…they will really help better your physical and mental well-being. Trust me, they really will. 😉

As always, have a lovely day!

Healthy Habits That’ll Keep You Thin

Understanding the ins and outs of nutrition can be difficult—so difficult that even scientists are making mistakes. The best way to maintain a healthy weight is to ignore the scams and quick-fix bogus and to instead focus on developing healthy eating habits. Try out these healthy habits, stick to them, and even if you slip and mess up here and there, if you get back on the wagon you’ll keep yourself on the road to a slim physique.

1) Eat an early dinner

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Experts have discovered that those people who eat on a regular basis after 8 pm are more likely to ingest more calories and carry the most body fat. Here’s a good tip: Stop eating 3 hours before you go to sleep. By doing so your body will be more keen to burning fat than creating more of it.

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