Dieting isn’t about starving yourself thin—if anything, it’s about finding ways to eat right so you can improve your chances of losing weight on a daily basis. Cleaning up your diet and cutting unnecessary foods is the best way you can go about losing weight, but there are so many more things to do. Here are some of the best eating hacks to help you improve your weight loss:
Have a Cup of Coffee
Not surprisingly, coffee can be a good addition to your diet—provided you drink it black, without adding high-calorie sugar or cream. Caffeine can boost your metabolism, reduce fatigue, and encourage better performance during your workout. Coffee can also improve liver health by increasing the production of important liver enzymes. A cup of coffee before your workout or first thing in the morning can be just what you need to speed up the fat-burning.
Start the Day Right
That means eating a healthy breakfast! Breakfast is so much more than just the first chance to power-up your body and get your metabolism firing—it also helps to set the tone for the rest of the day. If you eat a healthy breakfast, you’re far more likely to continue eating healthy all day long. Skip breakfast, and you’re all but guaranteed to end up snacking or eating junk food. Breakfast also helps to increase the production of dopamine, a feel-good chemical that reduces sugar cravings and helps to fight excess body fat storage.
Snacking isn’t a bad thing anymore, provided you choose the right foods to snack on. Anything fried, fatty, processed, or baked is probably going to be a no-no. Instead, make your snacks things like nuts, seeds, legumes, or whole grains. A healthy snack of almonds, for example, can help you eat fewer calories the rest of the day.
Say No To Juice
Juice is a source of sugar, and even high-pulp juice contains very little in the way of fiber. While orange juice is good on those days when you’re sick, it’s not an everyday drink. You’re better off drinking water and eating a piece of fruit separately. That way, you get all the fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals along with the sugar in the fruit.
Be Wary of Sandwiches and Burgers
If you’re going to eat out, stay away from anything that is made with bread! Subway sandwiches, for example, may be loaded with veggies, but you’re also getting another 300-600 calories from just the bread. A hamburger will include at least 200-300 calories from a single hamburger bun. Throw in some fries, and you’re loading up on empty calories and a lot more carbs than are good for your health. If you’re going to eat out—or eat at home—try to go for meals that aren’t served in a bun or loaf.
Stock Up on Fiber
Fiber is so important for your digestion! Not only does it help to aid in elimination of wastes, but it can clean out your intestinal tract of excess waste matter. The best way to get more fiber is to eat more seeds, nuts, legumes, veggies, fruits, and whole grains. Make these foods the “hero” of your diet, and your body will thank you!
Have an Apple
Apples are one of the best snack foods, thanks to the fact that they’re loaded in dietary fiber. They also contain a special hunger-busting type of fiber called pectin. Pectin will reduce cravings and curb your appetite between meals. If you’re hungry, reach for an apple before you snack!