3 Nutrition Hacks for Fat Loss and Health
Working out consistently (and effectively) is an essential part of any healthy lifestyle. It tones your muscles, raises your metabolism, tightens your core and gives you functional strength and endurance. Plus, the mental health benefits are empowering- you feel stronger, more confident, healthier, and even happier!
The only bummer is that you can seriously slow or completely sabotage your weight loss results by eating poorly. There’s nothing quite as frustrating as working out hard and not seeing results!
To keep you from giving up in frustration, I’ve put together the following 3 Fat Loss Hacks to amp up your results.
Why am I calling these hacks? A hack is used to get results faster. These hacks will fool your taste-buds and your mouth into thinking that you’re eating your old high calorie favorites, when, in fact, you’ll actually be eating a meal with fewer calories, fewer unnecessary carbs, more nutrients and more fiber.
This means quicker fat loss and a flatter tummy faster without eating less or counting calories!
That sounds fantastic, right? So let’s dig right in…
✅ Fat Loss Hack #1: RICE
Rice is a big part of many a meal. There’s white rice, brown rice, stir fried rice, sticky rice, wild rice and the list goes on. All of these kinds of rice (yes, even brown rice) are packed with carbs and calories. This is great, if you are a growing child or an athlete, but not so great for someone with a sedentary job and a fat loss goal.
Rather than give up rice completely, because that would make your veggies and protein look really lonely on a half-empty plate, let’s turn to Fat Loss Hack #1.
💚 CAULIFLOWER RICE: Now, don’t knock it until you give this food trick a try. To make rice from cauliflower, first wash it and trim the leaves and stems. Chop into small pieces and then run those pieces through a food processor with the grating attachment. This will result in a rice-like consistency. Place the cauliflower rice in a large skillet with a Tablespoon of olive oil and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and you are good to go. Serve your normal vegetable and meat dishes over a bed of cauliflower rice just as you would traditional rice. You can even purchase riced Cauliflower, ready to heat and enjoy.
✅ Fat Loss Hack #2: NOODLES
Have you ever noticed that when you crave your favorite pasta dish, you’re actually craving the flavors of the sauce? Noodles alone are pretty bland and unspectacular. The magic is in the sauce.
Noodles, like traditional rice, are packed with calories and unnecessary carbs that can get in the way of your fat loss results. So, rather than just eating a bowl of sauce, try Fat Loss Hack #2.
💚 ZUCCHINI NOODLES: Again, try this trick and I think that you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Wash a zucchini, and then run a vegetable peeler down its sides, creating long, wide noodles. Stop when you reach the inner, seedy part of the zucchini. These raw, zucchini noodles do not require any cooking, simply throw them onto your plate and top with your favorite pasta sauce. (Of course, I’m assuming that you’re not going to use a white, cream-based sauce, but that’s another article for another day.)
✅ Fat Loss Hack #3: BREAD, BUNS, TORTILLAS
Cauliflower rice and zucchini noodles are all fine and dandy for those meals that you prepare at home, but what about your meals eaten out? Many restaurant meals revolve around bread, buns or tortillas. These things are tasty, yet filled with extra calories and unnecessary carbs that add to those unwanted pounds.
That’s when you turn to Fat Loss Hack #3.
💚 THE LETTUCE WRAP: This trick is more popular than the first two, so you may already be familiar with it. How does it work? When ordering your meal, be it a sandwich, burger or tacos, ask that it be wrapped in lettuce in place of the bread, bun or tortilla. Most places are really cool about it, and you end up getting to eat the good part of the meal – the protein and flavors—without the carb-filled extras. If for some reason the restaurant is unable to wrap it in lettuce for you, then ask for the filling to be placed on a pile of greens and eat it with a fork.
💚 Now, let's be clear that I don't think carbs are "bad" or that they should be avoided completely. It's just that these daily refined/starchy carbs are a huge amount of unnecessary calories for most of us with very little nutritional value. There are Essential Amino Acids (proteins), Essential Fatty Acids (healthy fats) but there are NO ESSENTIAL CARBS. 😱
A healthy diet will probably include some carbohydrates, but excess refined carbs, starches and sugars will be stored as body fat if not burned off. (and remember that "You can't outrun your fork.") So, focus on consuming plenty of veggies and proteins and a little bit of healthy fats, and enjoy carbs in moderation.
💚 Try these 3 Fat Loss Hacks out most of the time for the next 30 days, and see how quickly your fat loss results ramp up. The improved results might motivate you to workout more consistently, which will then add to an even greater level of fitness.
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