Planning is your best weapon to success. No matter what your specific goal may be, planning is the key. Without a proper plan, there is little chance of success. A plan cannot be too broad or uncompromising. A plan must be specific enough to hold your feet to the fire, while capable of changing. If circumstances change and your plan cannot, you are doomed to failure. If you are not motivated by specific goals, the drive is likely to fade over time. When it comes to losing your body fat, these facts are doubly important. Just how to layout your plan may be a bit perplexing at first. Keeping the proper strategy and mindset at the ready will help you succeed. From there, it is only perseverance and sticking to the plan that will ensure success.
Proper Meal Philosophy
Depending upon your specific need and dietary musts, you may have different strategies. One consistent through all strategies is that you must diversify what you eat. Eating many different types of foods provides you the best opportunity of getting complete nutrition. Having complete nutrition means having the proper amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients every day. Those who choose to be on low-carb or low-calorie diets may find this difficult at times. However, everyone has to keep the philosophy of reaching complete nutrition every day. It is almost important to strive for at least 1,200 calories per day. Any less and the body runs risk of being stressed to the point of unhealthy levels. Calories are just another word for energy when it comes to the body. If you deprive your body of energy, you are dooming yourself to difficulty when it comes to fat burning. One must remember that carbohydrates and fats are not enemies. Overuse of either can be disastrous for fat burning, but this does not mean cutting them out completely. Both are necessary for the body to function properly in all aspects. These general concepts to keep in mind will further you toward your goal of consistent and healthy fat burning. Keep in mind that if you burn near 500 more calories than you take in, you can lose to a pound per week of fat. This amount is around the most one can lose at a healthy pace. Remember it is not a race. As long as you remain healthy by eating well and staying active, the weight will likely come off over time.
General Daily Plan
Your daily plan should consist of a general overall philosophy of healthy, nutrient-dense foods and quality exercise. The specifics of each day can vary depending upon what it is your plan to do. For instance, if you are going to be working at a desk all day, then it is a good opportunity for a low-carb day. If you are planning on a moderate day-hike, then a high-carb and high-protein diet is likely your best plan. At first, this concept may seem like a challenge. Especially when you take into consideration that you must attempt to eat six meals per day. Overtime you will find a rhythm to your activities and calorie consumption that works for you. Generally, simple carbohydrates like dairy and fruit should be eaten early in the day. Carbohydrates will give you the fuel your body needs throughout the day. As the day progresses, switch from simple carbs to starchy and fibrous carbs. The former are items like potatoes. The latter are foods like leafy greens and vegetables. Starchy vegetables should lessen throughout the day. Fibrous vegies or beans can be consistent throughout. Every meal should involve some sort of lean protein.
It is Not Just What, but How
It is folly to assume that eating all the right things means you can eat them whenever or however you want. Potatoes are good for you, but to eat three servings of mashed potatoes before bed will likely put any fat-burning success out the door. The only foods that are hard to overindulge in are leafy greens and vegetables like bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions. Remember that all foods have calories. Fruits are the easiest to abuse by those looking to lose weight. While fruit often has quality vitamins, fruits also carry plenty of sugar and simple carbohydrates. This does not mean fruit should be avoided. It means that fruit should not be considered “good to eat at any time.” Just as important as when you eat is how you eat. Try to make sure you sit down and focus on your eating. Often, if your attention is turned from your food you will overindulge. By focusing on your food as you eat it, you are more aware of the amount you consume. This often leads to eating less overall.
When to Eat Certain Foods
Simple carbs should always be eaten as the first two meals. They provide the easy-to-burn energy that is needed throughout the day. Make sure that even your simple carbohydrates are nutrient dense foods. This means avoiding processed bars, cereal, and snack items. Complex carbohydrates can be consumed in both the morning and mid-day. The idea is to taper them as the day goes on since your body needs less energy to make it through the day. Vegetables and lean protein can be consumed at almost any time of day. Avoid eating them directly before bed though. Your body will turn quality protein and vegetables into fat just like it would carbohydrates.
Quality morning meal examples are combinations like eggs, potato with onions and broccoli, and assorted fruit. Mid-day meals could be chicken breast with rice (brown or a small portion of white) with broccoli. Evening meals should consist of mostly protein. Top round steak with yams, green beans and onions, for instance. Whatever your choices, the key is protein intense, carb low, and fat-reduced foods. With good planning and supplementary exercise, you are sure to burn the fat while not sacrificing your taste buds.