Eat yourself skinny with these dietary hacks! Nutrition is the key to any fat loss goal. With adequate nutrition and exercise you will be well and truly on your way to achieving losses in body fat and unveiling those ever deceptive abdominal muscles. If there was a hide and seek championship, the abs would be the reigning champion.
So how do we eat ourselves skinny without sacrificing flavour? FACT: You need to enjoy your food for you to even have even the slightest chance at longevity. The following is a few tips to slash calories without having to sacrifice taste:
Get rid of the traditional white pasta and replace it with vegetable pasta. Vegetable pasta is not only gluten free but also has a fraction of the calories and carbohydrates. Any vegetable can be turned into vegetable spaghetti with a trusted potato peeler, however there are some specially made gadgets on the market to produce a more aesthetically pleasing vegetable pasta (great way to feed children vegetables without them knowing). Here’s the difference between of 100g of pasta compared to 100g of zucchini pasta:
Calories Carbs Protein
Regular pasta 131 24.93 5.15
Zucchini pasta 16 3.35 1.21
Make the switch to vegetable pasta with confidence knowing that you won’t take as long to work off compared to its caloric enriched counterpart. Protein can easily be added for a high protein, low carbohydrate meal.
Shredding cauliflower or sauteing in a pan to replace traditional white rice will cut your caloric intake by more than half. Works under the same principle as replacing pasta with a vegetable. Add your own personal touch and flavour to your liking with herbs and spices.
Use large cups of lettuce instead of bread and fill them with your favorite filling. Could be as simple as ham (off the bone of course, keep away from that processed garbage) with cottage cheese or you could put your fancy pants on and whip up some san choy bow. Great for a tasty snack or as a meal for a person of a small appetite.
Replace Flour with Almond Flour or Coconut Flour
Simply ground up versions of their respective ingredients, almond flour and coconut flour contain a lot less calories compared to traditional flour. Both have their pros and cons from a health perspective but any of the two is better than regular flour. Work best in cookies and pancakes.
Adding a scoop of protein to cereal, oats or even pancakes is a great way to increase protein intake without increasing fat. Vanilla flavored protein powder is recommended for its versatility in recipes.
Coconut oil is jam packed with fatty acids essential for burning fat. Not only does it help reduce appetite, but has also been proven to improve the immune system, lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Throw out the canola oil and stock up on coconut oil. Can be used for both stove top or oven cooking.
Toss the refined sugar out of the pantry and replace with nature’s sweeteners. Sweeten coffee or smoothies with cinnamon, coconut sugar, raw honey, pure maple syrup or even pitted dates. These natural sweeteners have a lesser impact on blood sugar levels therefore, storing less fat. BE AWARE: Make sure you read the label. Don’t fall for fake products such as ‘maple flavored syrup’. There is a difference.
Liquid calories can easily become your worst nightmare. Sugar loaded soft drinks and sometimes fruit juices can really add up your caloric intake if you’re not mindful of what beverages you may be consuming. When it comes to fat loss and beverages, water reigns supreme. In fact, adequate hydration levels are essential to fat loss. Aim for 6-8 cups or 2 liters per day. This is not a make or break figure, but rather a benchmark to aim for. Your body can only really store a certain amount of water so if you find yourself making excessive trips to the bathroom,you may have had enough.
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