| Thursday, January 22, 2009
| Top 5 Diet Tips for January
|1) Think Natural, Natural, Natural.
There’s a saying, “if you can’t grow it, pick it, or kill it don’t eat it!” I’m vegetarian so I leave out the kill it part but I’m sure you get the idea of what I’m saying.
With so many different fad diets out there it can get really confusing knowing what to eat. However, as long as you keep Natural, Natural, Natural in mind you can’t go too far wrong. If it comes in a box or has a wrapper be wary of it.
2) Small and frequent is best
Small frequent meals work on a number of levels to boost your metabolism and increase the fat burning process. They also help reduce cravings and the subsequent cheating that follows. Start every day with a hearty breakfast and then plan to eat a small meal every 3 hours after that.
3) Sometimes under eating is keeping you overweight
This one takes your getting your head around but sometimes under eating is putting your body into starvation mode. Then, when you do eat the food is stored in the most efficient manner – as fat! If you’re taking in less than 1200 calories and still not losing weight try increasing your food intake from good natural foods spread out over the day into 5-6 small meals.
4) Increase your protein intake and essential fatty acids
Protein and good fats have been shown to increase the metabolism and help build lean muscle. They also have the added benefit of increasing the feelings of fullness from a meal.
New research is also recognizing a connection between Omega 3 fatty acids and a reduction in belly fat.
Remember that your protein and essential fatty acids can come from a wide variety of sources including nuts and seeds.
5) Give your body a day off
Don’t be afraid to sometimes give your digestive system a days rest. The benefits of fasting are both physical and spiritual. There’s something very powerful in abstaining from food for a day. and it’s really not as hard as you may initially think. Make sure you stay well hydrated and be careful if you have to drive long distances.
Yours in health & happiness
Giles Wiley - The Fitness Gentleman
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|posted by Giles Wiley @ 5:20 AM