There are hundreds of reasons to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle, like wanting to fit into the new cruiser motorcycle gear or get back to your high school fitness weight—but that decision sometimes comes with stalls and plateaus after a whoosh of loss. These stalls can last weeks, or even months, at a time, and can be super-hard to break. However, there are ways that you can encourage your body to get back on the fat-burning wagon.
See You Later, Carbs!
You’ve heard of diets that say you need to cut out carbs entirely, but what most of those diets mean is junky carbs, like cookies, cakes, and foods that have zero nutritional value. Carbs like vegetables are nutrient-dense, low in calories, and recommended as part of a well-balanced and nourishing meal.
Ergo, when you kiss carbs goodbye, make sure you keep the carbs that matter, like leafy greens and other nutrient-packed veggies. Say bye-bye to sugar-laden carbs that spike your insulin levels. Fruits are somewhere in middle, so eat your favorite fruits like you would indulge in an after-dinner dessert.
Pack on the Protein and Pair Each Meal with a Good, Heart-Healthy Fat, like Avocados or Salmon
Protein paired with a good heart-healthy fat should be the bulk of your meals. When combined with a nutrient-dense carb, like a mixed greens salad or green beans, your meal becomes a powerhouse of nutrition that your body will thank you for.
What are some good protein and heart-healthy fat pairs? For breakfast, spice up a grilled avocado with a drizzle of siracha over a spoonful of water-packed tuna. Or, for dinner, grilled a well-seasoned chicken breast and toss it over a bed of fresh spinach with sprinklings of salt, pepper, oil, and vinegar.
Nix the Addictions like Alcohol and Cigarettes [Vaping Included]
Food and sugar can be addictions as big as alcohol and drugs. The best thing you can do to improve your health and longevity is to nix those addictions and focus that energy elsewhere. You have it within your power to reset your body’s metabolism and health to positive levels. You simply need a little discipline and passion for steering mind and body in a healthier direction.