Thursday, August 18, 2011

Trendy Diet and Fitness Tips to Get You Motivated

If your diet and fitness program needs a few zingers to keep you motivated check out these hot tips, just in time for summer!

1. Eat lighter and lighter throughout the day: Everyone knows that reducing your calorie intake will help you lose weight. But it's also important to know WHEN to eat to make the best of your diet and fitness plan. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it gets your motor running. So consume your largest portion at this time to help keep your body moving and your hunger levels in check. Lunch portion should be smaller than breakfast but still a good size. Your dinner portion should be your smallest size and really limit those after dinner snacks. Eating up until bedtime can really affect your sleep. If you can stop eating 2-3 hours before bed, you'll notice a difference in the quality of your sleep.

2. Sauce it up!

If your diet is bland and boring chances are you're not going to stick to it. Unfortunately a lot of sauces to add to your foods are rich in calories, along with taste. Don't give up! There are plenty of rich in flavour substitutes for you to try next time you're grilling meat.

Some of your choices consist of:

• Teriyaki Sauce
• Tomato Sauce
• Hot Sauce
• Reduced-salt Soy Sauce
• Mustard
• Salsa
• Vinegar (so many different flavors)

3. Supplements and Vitamins

If you find it hard to get in your daily dose of nutrients you should be turning to supplements and vitamins to help you out. They're quick and easy to take and add much benefit to your daily diet and fitness goals. Just make sure you're taking whole food supplements, like Juiceplus+ and/or good fats and whole food powder meal replacement shakes. It's just as important to research your supplements as you do your foods.

4. Get your ZZZZ's

While you sleep your body is deep in rest and recovering from all the hard work you did throughout that day. A lack of quality sleep will affect you in a physical and mental way the following day. It's important to try and get the 6-8 hours of sleep that is recommended in order to keep your diet and fitness goals at the top of your list.

5. Put Fibre in Every Meal

Fibre not only aids with digestion but it will also make you store less of the fat you do eat. Eat an apple with breakfast. Try to have a salad a day. Eat multi-grain breads instead of white. Little choices like these make a huge impact on your physique over time.

6. Walk...More!

Find a way to walk more each and every day. This is in addition to any existing workout plan you may be following. Walk instead of drive when possible. Stairs instead of elevators. A brisk walk after dinner to help with digestion. Even an extra mile a day adds up. Your total volume of exercise compiles over time to burn extra calories every day to get you and keep you lean. 1 mile a day is 7 miles a week and 30 some odd miles a month. That's a lot of calories.

7. Switch from Coffee to Tea

Although coffee contains no sugar it increases glucose levels and increases the glycemic response to food you eat with a coffee. The higher your glycemic response, the more likely you are to store the food you eat as fat. So make the switch to tea to keep your glycemic index low and help prevent weight gain.

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