All night our bodies have been fasting and when we wake up in the morning we need to re-fuel. Skipping breakfast will cause you to feel more tired throughout the morning and most likely make you crave more sugary foods. Eating a healthy breakfast will get your body going and jump start your day, so that you can burn more calories as the day goes on.
Eat smaller meals more frequently
Our bodies only need a certain amount of energy and nutrients at one time. When we eat bigger meals we are potentially allowing our bodies to store the extra calories away. Eating smaller portions more often will also keep us from getting too hungry later on and possibly grabbing un-healthy choices. Sugar cravings are cut down because our blood sugar levels will stay more balanced.
Drink more green tea and water
The high concentrations of catechin polyphenols found in green tea can actually help to increase metabolism. By switching your morning coffee to green tea, you will also be cutting down on unnecessary calories from the added cream and sugar.
Consuming more water allows the body to flush out toxins and waste. The process of ‘warming’ water in the stomach burns calories, so add in a few ice cubes. Drinking a glass of water before each meal will also cause you to feel fuller and eat fewer calories.
Eat more protein
Foods with higher amounts of protein in them take longer to digest, which will keep you felling fuller longer. As well, more calories are needed to break down proteins in comparison to carbs and fats. Protein is also vital to building lean muscle mass. Muscle burns more calories than fat does, so the more muscle we have the better for weight loss and weight maintenance.
Exercise is important because as we are working out we are burning calories. Exercise is also great because our bodies actually continue burning calories at a higher level for several hours after a workout. Try to get in 30-60 minutes or aerobic exercise each day, such as fast walking, running, or bike riding. Make sure to include weight training into your exercise routine as well to build muscle.