There are three kinds of overweight people in the world: those who have tried diets and failed, those who have tried diets and lost weight only to put it back on with interest, and those who have never bothered with a diet, well, simply because it’s tedious and the diet consists mainly of rabbit food.
The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way.
The reason most diets don’t work is simple really: they focus too much on losing fat and too little on building muscle. The reality is that more muscle equals faster, long-lasting fat-burning.
The more muscle mass you have, the more energy your body needs to spend to fuel it. This means that calories you take in daily will be used to sustain your muscles rather than converted to fat.
More of the right food = more muscle = less fat.
Less food = less muscle = more fat.
Most diets tell you to eat less food. This is a major mistake, and this is why most diets don’t work. And sure, most diets will lead to some weight loss – sometimes even major weight loss in a short period of time. But what most don’t realise is that most of the weight loss is in your muscles, so when you see that bathroom scale show you a loss of 30 pounds, its not as great as you think.
Why, you ask? Well have you ever lost weight only to pick it up again with interest? Think about it: with less muscle, your body mass will drop, but there is still less muscle to burn up calories, so more calories are converted to fat and you have to work harder and harder to burn fat.
So the emphasis then should be on eating more of the right foods, rather than focusing only on cutting out the bad foods.
Metabolism: the rate at which your body burns away calories to keep you alive.
So you want to deflate that spare tyre around your waist? Want to get a rock hard six-pack and keep it? Metabolism is your body’s natural fat-burner. Get your metabolism working and your body burning calories day and night on auto-pilot!
Here are some foods that will build muscle and get your metabolism to work:
Nuts (almonds are great)
Skim milk, low-fat yoghurt and cheese
Lean meat such as turkey and tuna
Natural peanut butter
Wholegrain bread and cereal
Whey powder (packed with protein)
Smoothies are a great breakfast option, because you can use lots of berries, oat cereal, low-fat dairy, whey powder and peanut butter into one power meal.
One last free tip:
Instead of eating 3 big meals per day, try eating 6 small meals per day. When you are eating 3 meals per day, the tendency is to eat more because you feel hungry by meal time. By eating 6 small meals, you will never feel hungry; In fact, you will feel like you are eating more than ever!
Try to incorporate at least 3 of the above foods in each meal, add daily exercise to the formula, and you will be on your way to the beach body you deserve!