Nothing will get you to your weight loss goals faster than eating healthy and nutritious foods. You can exercise for hours, play sports, join fitness routines, but if your body does not have the right foods, all of that will be for naught.
Think of your body as a car. You would never put water or some other liquid in your car’s fuel tank that would not make it run properly right? So why do that to your body. Just like your car, your body’s engine needs the proper fuels to run. The ice cream, cupcakes and doughnuts are the equivalent of the bad fuel. Sure you will go for a little bit then you will come crashing down and it will build up gunk in the engine. Lean proteins, quality sources of carbohydrates and green vegetables make up the good fuel. The high octane stuff that gets rid of all of those knocks and pings.
To keep your engine running smoothly you should consume the right foods at the right times and in the right quantities. As stated before the right foods consist of lean sources of protein, quality carbohydrates and green vegetables. For your proteins you should be consuming chicken breasts, lean red meats, egg whites and egg substitutes, as well as fish. Carbohydrates should come from multi-grain breads and cereals, brown rice, potatoes and oatmeal to name a few. Your green vegetables should be just that, green. Asparagus, spinach and broccoli are just a few that come to mind.
Now that you know what you should be eating, the portion size of each group should also be known. There are two methods that I recommend. The first is each food group could be the same size as your clenched fist. If you were to make a fist, you would see exactly how much you should be eating from each group. The second method is to envision your plate into quarters. No not the currency, the fraction value. With one quarter consisting of proteins, another quarter consisting of carbohydrates and the final two quarters being made up of your green vegetables.
Knowing when to eat these foods is important as well. You should be consuming 6 meals everyday and spread them out, consuming one meal every two and a half to three hours. This gives your engine a constant supply of quality fuel and that keeps your engine running at optimal levels which in turn burns more fat.
As a note you should always consume 12 ounces of water with every meal to make sure your body has the fluids it needs to move everything a long, and always get a complete physical from your primary care physician prior to starting any type of fitness or nutrition program.