Try implementing one of these each day for a week!
Prepare Ahead: We make the right choices when the right options are available. Make sure to spend one day per week preparing your meals so that you don’t make the wrong decisions because that is all that is available. Our ancestors dried meats, and other foods to stock up for times of shortage. So should you! Having the right choices available will ensure your success!
Start Early: Eating as soon as you wake up will jump start your dormant metabolism. When we sleep we go into hibernation mode to conserve calories. When we wake up and begin to burn calories, our body does the math. If the calories coming in are less than the calories going out, our metabolism slows to even out the equation. So eat within 10 minutes of waking up to get your metabolism running at full speed. This can be as simple as a protein shake.
Eat Every 2-3 Hours: Eating smaller meals every 2-3 hours tells your body that it can expect fuel coming in, so it can release the stored fuel, your body fat. When we skip meals, not only do we shut down our metabolism, but we’re actually telling our body to hold on to any fuels it can and store them for later as fat.
Eat Before Your Workout: In order to get the maximum results from your workout, eat about an hour before. If you run out of fuel in the middle your workout will suffer and you won’t be able to perform at your best. Your body will actually start breaking down muscle for fuel too, reducing muscle mass reduces your metabolism.
Eat Immediately After Your Workout: If you are feeling nauseous during or after your work out, it is a good indicator that your blood sugar has dropped and you’ve run out of fuel. Even if you feel great after, make sure to eat immediately. You want to fill your system back up to avoid metabolic shut down or muscle breakdown.
Front Load Your Carbs: Eat carbohydrates early in the day. Carbs are the body’s immediate fuel source, you use them for daily activities. When you sleep and your metabolism slows they get stored as fat. Try to eat protein, and only vegetable carbs at night to avoid storing fat while you sleep.
Back Load Your Protein: During your deepest sleep cycle is when your body converts protein to muscle for repair and recovery. Include a sufficient amount of protein with dinner to make sure that your body has what it needs to recover, and to prevent muscle breakdown while you’re sleeping.