Physical activity is great to get the body moving and to burn calories, but the most important part of any workout routine is the food you eat! Many people work themselves hard in the gym only to discover that the weight just isn’t budging, and that stubborn fat is primarily attributed to the wrong choices of food.
Preparing the right types of meals will require a bit of time and effort on your part, but the results will have a lasting affect on your physical body, as well as your entire well being. Stop the yo-yo dieting, hold off on purchasing diet pills and shakes, and follow these tips for how to eat clean to lose weight.
Drink lots of water.
As you work out, the body will use lots of its water to maintain your core body temperature through producing sweat, so make sure you replenish your body with water. Skip the sodas and juices high in processed sugars (HFCS) that create empty calories that turn into the type of fat that is hard to burn off and instead, add fresh fruit to your drinking water if you want a taste of flavor. Drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning will jump start your metabolism to help burn fat. Eight glasses a day or a half gallon should do the trick.
Eat lean protein.
Protein is necessary to rebuild muscle once you’ve worked hard to tear them apart. Stay away from fried foods and eat baked or sauteed lean proteins like skinless chicken breasts, lean turkey or freshwater fish like tilapia. If you are a vegetarian, eating tofu or stocking up on lentils, chia seeds or quinoa are great substitutes for meat proteins.