So what does that look like? Here’s a schedule to live by for 5 meals a day.
7:00 am – Eat a protein centered breakfast
10:00 am – Eat a protein centered snack
12:30-1:00 pm – Eat a protein centered lunch
3:30-4:00 pm – Eat a protein centered snack
7:00 pm – Eat a well rounded dinner with….PROTEIN
What are 3 great rules to live by for maintaining a healthy metabolism or to lose weight?
BREAKFAST is HUGELY Important
After we go 12 hours without eating, our bodies need to refuel first thing in the morning because it is in somewhat of a catabolic state (muscle wasting) and we need to quickly replenish what our body needs to start the day, or especially if we want to get right into a workout routine. Immediately supplying your body with a boost of protein instantly jump starts your metabolism and can also aid in weight loss throughout the day, not to mention giving you much needed energy for stamina. Add to this a nice dose of slow digesting carbohydrates (whole fruits and grains) to help your body breakdown the protein in a steady pattern to keep your metabolism levels steady as well as your energy.
HIGH WATER CONSUMPTION
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate…..with WATER!!! Most people are walking around in a state of mild to moderate dehydration. Yes, it’s true. Dehydration reduces alertness, makes you sluggish and less responsive. Being hydrated then does exactly the opposite….you are alert, peppy and responsive! Also, did you know when you lose fat it leaves your body through your urine or sweat? (and it is even exhaled through the lungs) Yep! So, the more water you drink……with it comes the higher chances of losing fat. The body is so amazing!
It is recommended that the average person drink 8-12 8 ounce glasses of water each day as a minimum, just to hydrate your organs and systems of the body. Better yet try drinking an ounce of water for every pound of body weight if you want to lose body fat and detox your whole system!
PORTION SIZES – Don’t lose track!
This can be a tough one. We get into a habit and sometimes it just grows, a little every day until we’re not sure how we got into eating such LARGE amounts of food at every sitting. This also seems to correlate with less exercise (funny how that works together). It’s true, you are what you eat and HOW MUCH you eat. Portion control is one of the most effective ways of reducing calories and controlling our weight. The best gauge is using the size of your hand (without your fingers) to measure how much protein you should eat at each meal. Add to that a similar measurement of healthy carbohydrates (fruits/vegetables) and some healthy fats to round out your meal.
They say 21 days makes a habit!!! New healthy habits bring great results….so grab onto some new healthy habits today!! ( :
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