“No one can change your eating habits for you; you have to be the one to make it happen”- Felicity Luckey; creator and author of the book ‘Great Minds Think Fit’
Generally we are worried about what we eat, carefully count the calorie intake, weigh out portion sizes, consume a lot of fruits and veggies, but most importantly don’t tend to worry much about the time when we eat. According to a recent study, the time when we eat could have a huge impact on the amount of weight loss.
Eating at the appropriate times throughout the day helps maximize fat burn and keep hunger at bay. Know the best times to eat and why. This is one simple way to accelerate your weight loss.
What to have?
Always start your meal with protein & vegetables. Ideally, one quarter of your plate should be whole grains; one quarter lean protein; and one half salad or veggies. Add about one teaspoon oil (5 ml) of healthy fat for cooking.
Avoid anything deep-fried, it not only adds lots of calories, but also takes a lot of energy to digest. Ever wondered why you feel so sluggish in the afternoon?
Mid Morning and Evening
Snack o’ Clock (Around 11 am and 4 pm)
When we keep long gaps between meals, body can undergo physiological stress that means brain is not getting enough blood sugar; you can’t think straight; and your willpower drops, that’s why snacking is important. It is an effective way to fit extra nutrients into your diet and prevent overeating at mealtimes.
What to have?
Refresh yourself with healthy snacks such as fruits or dried fruits, nuts, protein bar, yogurt, popcorn, oats biscuits, sprout salad, corn and fruit juices.
Eat within 60 minutes of workout. Exercise improves your insulin sensitivity, enhancing your muscles’ ability to take up carbohydrates. So what you eat after your workout can positively or negatively impact your body. Hence, instead of opting for sports drinks or bars choose good amount of protein, healthy carbohydrate and fat.