You don’t have to eat less or cut carbs. These 3 food hacks can help you lose fat by simply tweaking what you’re already doing. Many women (including me at one time), find fat loss a difficult task. It can be but it certainly doesn’t have to be.
Here are 3 things I do regularly with how I eat that promote fat loss. They don’t require much extra effort. It’s just about strategy! As you know, whether it’s training or a food approach, I’m all about a strategic approach.
1. CARB MANIPULATION
Like I said in the first sentence of this post, you don’t have to lower your carb intake. I mean… you always can if you’d like. Carb cycling is something I play with from time to time like before an event or vacation for a “more serious” approach to Fat Loss. If you’re really interested in that, follow the Nutrition Kick Start in the Eat Your Way Lean Mean Plan,
Buttt, what I am referring to with carbohydrate manipulation has to do with the size of your carb portions in relation to:
- time of the day
- your workout
TIME OF THE DAY: think of carbs are energy. The body uses carbohydrates as fuel for us to complete our daily activities. As the day progresses, most of us find ourselves winding down…. you can find me binging on Law & Order SVU episodes after 9 PM most nights haha – that doesn’t require much energy aka carbs. Therefore, slightly curb your carb intake later in the day! Again, I’m not suggesting less carbs in a day just less later in the day as compared to the AM.
YOUR WORKOUT: if you’re a fellow weight training chick, you are a carb-burning machine! If I’m being real honest, I love lifting for what it is AND for it allowing me to eat lots haha. Our bodies require a lot of energy and carbs to get through a strenuous workout, so slightly larger carb meals around your workout is a great way to get to your goals both in the gym and physically!
2. SWITCH UP YOUR STYLE
This isn’t something you’d think to do but it’s really important… switch up what you eat. I always tell people the best meal plan is the one you can stick to long-term. It’s why I am so passionate about making sure my meal plan is maintainable and including delicious meals (not just “healthy” tasty, real tasty).
If you’re someone who eat eggs and toast for breakfast every AM and you’ve been doing that for 3 years, try something new! Make a smoothie in the morning. Swap your usual chicken for ground turkey. Or instead of grabbing your usual apples at the grocery store, purchase pineapple!
I suggest this for two reasons: 1) mentally, enjoying different foods will keep you more interested in healthy eating because it’s fresh and new 2) different foods boast different benefits to the body. By varying what we eat, we can help our bodies perform optimally and prevent fat storage!
3. ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS
This is a newer area of importance for me. It’s not directly related to fat loss but it certainly help you feel tighter and leaner. I’m always interested in various health topics and one that’s constantly coming across my radar is inflammation. Basically, we all
NITTY GRITTY INFLAMATION SCIENCE: for those who are unfamiliar (or those who don’t nerd out like me) inflammation is a process in which the body’s white cells release chemicals into the blood or affected tissues to protect the body against foreign substances. This naturally occurring process can cause redness, warmth and swelling. It’s a very beneficial process in situations when we stub our toe for example.
However, when there’s no need for the inflammatory response, the chronic inflammation does harm to our body. Chronic inflammation is linked to things like stress, lack of exercise and of course, food. A lot of this is associated with depression and low energy too (I won’t go into all that I’ve read but if you’re interested, it’s definitely worth some research!)
I am certainly not suggesting we are all suffering from chronic inflammation but I like to take a proactive stance by including more foods known to reduce inflammation. These foods do not directly help us drop pounds but the promote overall health and wellness, which is certainly an essential step to maintaining a healthy body fat level.
10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods I Eat Regularly:
- Brussels Sprouts
- Black Beans
- Raw Oats
- Red Bell Peppers
- Bone Broth
Like I said, the key to including more of the foods I listed above (and many others!) are to promote inner health which becomes visible on the outside as well.
Alrighty, those are the 3 food hacks I have for you that can help you shed some excess body fat. I like to share “hacks” because very likely, these aren’t huge changes for you but they can have big results.
Keep up all your good work in the kitchen… it’s just as important as what you’re doing in the gym, As always, if you need more help with nutrition, I highly suggest you check out my Eat Your Way Lean Meal Plan!