- Eat breakfast within an hour of waking. Be sure your breakfast is a blend of carbohydrates, fiber, and protein. It's the most important meal and it drives your entire day. It determines how much you're going to eat at 4:00 pm. It will control ghrelin (hunger hormone) and set you up for success. If you exercise in the morning, maybe have a pre-exercise snack, like half a banana or a string cheese. This will increase your metabolism, help with clear thinking, improve alertness and concentration, enhance memory, and improve cognitive abilities.
- Do not skip meals. Some people say you should eat three meals a day, while others say you should eat five or six. For many people, three square meals don't work anymore. These days, many of us wake up at 5:00 am and stay up until midnight. Plus, we work harder and expend more brainpower, which uses up fuel. You need to eat every three to four hours to control ghrelin, so depending on how many waking hours you have, you may have four meals or you may have six.
- At every meal or snack, try to combine carbohydrates and proteins. Because your food intake works on weekly averages, rather than daily, the ratios at each particular meal or snack time are less important than the mere fact of consuming protein and carbs together. This way, you get the optimal blend of nutritional elements to fight cravings, control hunger, gain energy, and stimulate fullness. Protein increases your metabolism while carbs lower ghrelin, help with brain function, and decrease cravings. So instead of just reaching for an apple, add a piece of turkey or low-fat cheese.
- It doesn't matter what time you stop eating. It is a myth that we shouldn't eat after a certain time in the evening. Just give yourself at least ninety minutes before you plan to go to sleep. You need that ninety minutes to digest so you can sleep comfortably.
- Stay hydrated. You've heard it a million times, but drinking water is essential for keeping energy up, aiding the metabolism, burning fat, and more. It's the fluid your body needs for life, and it's an instrumental part in your weight loss. Other fluids can be useful, but water is obviously the best choice as it is calorie free. Forget about that whole eight cups a day thing. I want you to relax and remember to have a healthy amount of water whenever you think of it. Thirst can confuse your sense of hunger so make sure you stay hydrated.
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