Protein is such an important component of every meal you have, especially if you want to lose weight fast. It is one of the dieting secrets that virtually every fitness experts recommends. Protein provides the building blocks of the body (amino acids) and therefore, can help to keep your metabolism elevated by helping to maintain your muscle mass. By maintaining, or even better still, increasing your muscle mass, you are able to boost your metabolism quite dramatically and can burn off body fat faster.
Protein may also help to boost your metabolism by expending more energy through the process of digestion.
Protein may also assist your weight-loss efforts by suppressing your appetite. Out of the three macronutrients, carbohydrate, protein and fat, protein has the most powerful satiating (appetite-suppressing) effect on the body.
Protein also helps to create a more favourable environment from a hormonal perspective because it boosts growth hormone production and promotes glucagon release from the pancreas. Both of these hormones assist the body with burning fat more efficiently.
The low-density carbohydrate sources are foods that contain more fibre and water and less carbohydrate. This category of foods includes: broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, carrots, tomatoes, english spinach, cucumber, etc. Since they are nutrient-dense but calorie-sparse foods, they help to make us feel full, they slow down the absorption rate of other carbohydrates sources that may be consumed in the same meal, and generally allow us to eat more food without substantially increasing our overall calorie intake. This is another one of the most powerful dieting secrets of fitness experts.
Good fats play a very important role in helping the body burn off body fat faster. Fish oil in particular, has been shown to assist the body in burning fat through several mechanisms. Here are different ways through which good fats, or more specifically, omega-3s, may assist fat burning:
There no doubt that consuming omega-3s every day, either from food sources, like cold water fish, sardines, walnuts, green leafy vegetables, and flax seeds, or from supplements, is definitely a good idea.
As strange as it may sound, planning and preparing all of your meals for the following day is in fact the 'secret' to losing weight and keeping it off long term. The fact is, if you consume 35 meals a week (5 meals a day, 7 days a week) and you have prepared at least 32 of those 35 meals, then you are virtually guaranteed that you will achieve your weight-loss goal if each of those meals fulfils the other criteria mentioned in this article.
Consuming 5 or 6 small meals a day definitely goes a long way in helping you burn off body fat and lose weight fast! Even though it may not be your best option to start having small, frequent meals straight way, it is certainly something you should aim to do over time, as your metabolism speeds up.
There are several mechanisms through which small, frequent meals may assist your fat-burning and weight-loss efforts. Not only does it speed up your metabolism, but it also helps your body maintain a positive nitrogen balance, reduces feelings of hunger, provides a sustained energy level, reduces fat storage and increases fat mobilisation.
However, it is important to keep in mind that you should only increase your meal frequency as your appetite (as a result of an increased metabolism) speeds up. If you only eat twice a day normally it makes no sense to suddenly just to eating 5 or 6 small meals; you will simply put on weight! Increase your meal frequency slowly, over an extended period of time, and only as your body tells you it needs it!
Overall, these dieting secrets of fitness experts can help you burn off body fat fast and lose weight. Use these simple strategies today so you can start seeing results tomorrow!
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