While it’s tempting to skip out on meals to lose weight faster, you could actually be increasing your weight gain. When you skip a meal not only are you more likely to overdo it later on, you slow down your metabolism so your body holds onto those calories you do eat. A more effective approach is to eat more, smaller meals throughout the day.
The symptoms of dehydration are very similar to hunger, which often causes overeating. Most people can’t tell the difference between feelings of hunger or thirst, so if you think you’re constantly hungry you might be dehydrated. Next time your feeling hungry, have a glass of water before reaching for a snack, more likely than not that was thirst you were feeling.
Eating quickly can be tempting, especially if you’ve built up a big appetite after a workout. However, your body doesn’t register fullness until around 20 minutes of eating so you’re likely eating much more than you need to. Have a glass of water 10 minutes before a meal and slow down and savor your food. Your body will thank you for it.
Many people are extremely strict with their dieting only to go completely overboard with a ‘cheat meal’ or ‘cheat day’. Eating gluttonous amounts of food regardless of whether you’ve been good the rest of the week is not good for your health. Don’t deprive yourself all week only to go and ruin an otherwise healthy diet, instead reward yourself with a small amount of your favorite snack each day. This way you wont be likely to overdo it.
Protein is without a doubt the single most important nutrient for losing weight.
Eating protein at 25-30% of calories can in fact boost your metabolism by 80-100 calories per day and make you automatically eat several hundred fewer calories per day.. how great is that?! Consuming more protein can also drastically reduce your cravings and desire for snacking throughout the day.
Generally speaking, it is easier for an individual to stay on track with a fitness regime first thing in the morning because there is less time for family, evening plans, commuting, late nights in the office, and other distractions to get in the way. Fatigue from a long day can also lead to skipped evening workouts.
An important factor that needs to be considered when looking to speed up your metabolism is of course meal portions.