Reverse Your Menu Plan to Lose Weight
Sometimes when you're stuck in a dieting rut, it might help to go into reverse. There are two schools of thought on this matter. The first is to shake up your meal plans, while the second has to do with gradually increasing calories.
Start At the Top of The Calorie Mountain
Many people eat lightly at breakfast but have a big dinner. The disadvantage is that we're less active in the evening and those calories aren't burned away. By eating more calories first thing, you reap several benefits. First, you start the day comfortably full and are less likely to be susceptible to a mid-morning snack. Second, the food you eat fuels your body instead of being placed into fat storage.
Revving Up Metabolism
When you've been dieting for a long time, your body adapts. The less you eat, the lower your metabolism. To rev things back up, you need to increase calories. Now, that doesn't mean you run out and have an ice cream sundae. It means you add just a few calories — say 50 to 100 per week — of healthy foods. A few whole wheat crackers with nut butter, for example, or a bowl of vegetable soup.
Eat Real Food
Diet foods are usually highly processed (and expensive). Real food means better nutrition. Fresh fruits and vegetables offer vitamins and minerals. Then there's the all-important fiber to be found in fruits, veggies and whole-grain products. A big salad is a pleasure for the eye as well — load it with colorful peppers, tomatoes and different kinds of lettuce or greens. Pair it with an omelet loaded with more veggies. Make that your breakfast meal, then have a big bowl of low-calorie, high nutrition vegetable soup for dinner.
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