What do you do if all your diet efforts have been in vain and you just can’t lose weight? If you’re like so many other men and women, you’ve probably tried a half-dozen diets, none of which work effectively. Time to reboot your diet and get back to the basics! Whether you’re coming off a few days or months of overeating or struggling through a diet, here’s what you need to do to hit the reset button:
Increase Raw Food Intake
Make sure to have fruit for breakfast, salad for lunch, and raw veggies for dinner. Raw foods are vital for a fast metabolism, and the high fiber content will ensure that you have everything you need to break down and absorb proper nutrients from the food you eat. More raw food is ALWAYS a good thing!
Eat Smaller, Frequent Meals
Instead of having a large meal three times a day (spaced 4-6 hours apart), try eating 5 smaller meals and snacks, spaced 2-3 hours apart. Doing this will help to keep your insulin levels stable all day long, preventing the hunger pangs and cravings that kick in when your blood sugar drops. Eating frequently will satiate your appetite and keep your metabolism working all day long.
Big, Medium, Little
This is referring to your meals: a big breakfast, medium-sized lunch, and small dinner. Eating like this will give you the majority of your energy early in the day, which is when you need it most. By keeping your lunches medium-sized, you ensure your body can digest everything before it’s off to the gym after work. A small dinner can help you recover from a heavy workout, but won’t cause you to store fat overnight.
The vast majority of “poor diet choices” involve foods that are rich in empty carbs, both starches and sugars. For example, pizza, hamburgers, cookies, cakes, ice cream, candy, and spaghetti noodles are all loaded with carbs, which are more likely to add to your waistline than any amount of fat. Limit yourself to one or two servings of these carbs per day, and make sure to get plenty of protein, natural fats, and raw foods to balance out your diet.
Drink More Water
Water is an important part of any healthy diet. Not only will it curb your appetite, but it can trigger a higher metabolic function and make your body more effective at digesting the food you eat. By increasing water intake, you can prevent sodium retention, which could lead to bloating. Commit to drinking at least 2 to 4 liters of water per day!
Start Drinking Tea
Green tea is one of the best things you can drink to boost your metabolism and increase fat-burning. The antioxidants in green tea will actually target belly fat, helping you to burn it effectively even if you don’t exercise. Having two to three cups of green or black tea a day will increase your fluid intake, as well as providing you plenty of antioxidants.
Look for Healthier Options
You may be accustomed to eating a certain way, but it’s time to change the way you think about food. Stop seeing it as something to eat for pleasure, but rather the fuel your body needs in order to function. Start putting healthy, high-value foods into your body, including lean proteins, healthy fats, whole grains, fruits, veggies, legumes, seeds, nuts, and fish. Get rid of the “tasty” foods that provide little to no nutritional value. Try to make the healthier choice any time you are given the option!