Losing weight is a battle between the things you want to do vs the things you have to do. It’s a never ending struggle between these two forces. Even with the best diet and exercise programs, one step in the wrong direction can mean losing everything you’ve worked for. And you will definitely never get the time you lost.
Time is an important factor when it comes to weight loss. You can’t rush it or do something that artificially ensures you lose weight in a short span of time. If you do, you might suffer from a lot of health and mental issues you surely don’t want to trifle with.
One of the few things you can do is to move a lot. There are plenty of ways to burn extra calories by simply moving your body more. Exercise is healthy and will do wonders to your body but let’s face it: exercise is not exactly the fastest way to lose weight.
In fact, the easiest way to lose weight is to simply eat better and healthier food. You can run in all the marathons and lift all the barbells you can everyday but if you don’t fix your diet, you won’t lose weight. You can probably lose a few pounds but it won’t be so significant as compared to healthy eating.
After all, losing weight is often 80% diet and 20% exercise which proves that even with just diet alone, your body is bound to lose the extra pounds. In fact, a lot of key elements of fitness depend on a healthy diet. A few of them are the following:
1. Burn Fat
Did you know you can burn more fat by eating a lot of vegetables than you do when you exercise? The secret lies in the way vegetables, specially green, leafy vegetables like broccoli, have natural health benefits that include the ability to burn fat which then leads you to lose weight. They are often fibrous and fiber-rich foods are necessary when you want to feel satiated faster and use more calories to digest food. Even your spicy peppers make you lose calories by heating up your body.
But let’s not limit ourselves to vegetables. Lean meat can also help burn fat by simply being made of mostly protein. Protein has a high thermogenic effect which means you burn a good portion of the calories the meat has when you digest it. The calories burned would be as high as 30% and it translates to your body requiring 30 calories per 100-calorie plate of lean meat.
Other types of food that can burn fat are whole grains and green tea. Whole grain food items require your body to burn twice as much calories in order to break them down. Special mention to those whole foods that have extra fiber in them such as oatmeal and brown rice. With green tea, the secret lies in a compound called EGCG. Apart from the way this compound can protect you from cancer, it can also help burn off the extra fat with a daily dosage of 270 mg. Fortunately, the typical brewed green tea contains around 86 mg of the said compound per cup.
2. Stronger Body
The right food combination can give you an extra boost in strength. A good example of a food that does this is coconut oil. Coconut oil has MCTs or Medium Chain Triglycerides which are readily converted to energy by the body. In this sense, consuming coconut oil can mean two things for those who want to lose weight.
The first one is that because it is readily converted to energy, you are then able to work more hence burn more calories. A study has even showed that consuming coconut oil enables the body to burn an additional 5% of calories per day. Given a long term approach, that’s a lot of pounds lost.
Another thing is that coconut oil is one of the few fats out there that doesn’t make you fat. The body simply is not able to store the oil as fat as it quickly breaks down into energy as mentioned above. When applied, a person who substitutes coconut oil instead of other cooking oil in their food can .
One more example would be eggs. For the most part, eggs are one of the perfect kinds of food, able to have a lot of healthy fat, protein, and nutrients to power you for a long day or to make sure your body doesn’t fail you when you lift weights. Check out my article on the benefits of eggs and why it’s considered good despite high amounts of cholesterol.
You can be the best runner or the strongest lifter out there but if you don’t eat right, you won’t live long enough to enjoy the glory. Simply put, if you want to live a long and healthy life then eating healthy is the most obvious answer. Apart from a lot of health benefits given by eating healthy food, your body will simply function better and be strong for a long period of time.
In fact, when you improve your diet, your hospital bills would effectively drop since you won’t really pay the doctors a visit save for the usual annual check ups. Healthy food would also be a better investment than prescription drugs. Not to mention how healthy food doesn’t really have any weird or sever side-effects.
Less Junk, Less Fat
The best and fastest way to lose weight will always be fixing your diet. There’s a lot to say about a person who knows what to eat and, more importantly, why they have to eat. People who eat for function and with a healthy mindset are people who simply know what’s good for them. As far as getting fit and strong is concerned, a functional diet always trumps a professional workout. What makes a body strong is not how much it can lift, how high it can jump, or how long it can run. A really fit body is able to withstand against a myriad of diseases and you will never get that much benefit from just exercising.
A constant and long term approach to health is the key to getting your ideal figure and weight. Fortunately for us, it can be easily obtained by eating the right kind of food and this is naturally the safest way to lose weight.
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