Summer is the season for swimming, salads, vacations and fun-filled days in the sun. Although it might be tempting to count calories to slim down for beach season, low-calorie fad diets are not sustainable and can actually decrease your metabolism. There’s really no need to deprive yourself in order to lose weight. Try these simple tips to minimize your waistline, while maximizing your health.
1. Focus On Nutrients
Stop counting calories and start focusing on nutrients by choosing whole foods over processed products. Whole foods, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, meats, poultry, fish, and seafood are much higher in fat-burning nutrients and lower in sugar than man-made products.
2. Replace Refined Carbs
3. Sweeten With Stevia
The average American eats over 150 pounds of sugar annually! One simple way to strip sugar from your daily diet is to switch from refined sugars and artificial sweeteners to Stevia. Stevia is an all-natural herbal sweetener that consists of zero sugar, zero carbs, zero calories, and has zero effect on blood glucose.
4. Pack In Protein
Protein is a power food that increases your metabolism by 30 percent, supports the growth of muscle mass, reduces carb/sugar cravings and provides high satiation.
5. Eat Natural Fats
Good fats from quality sources, such as coconut oil, pastured butter, olive oil, wild salmon and walnuts, are extremely healthful and essential for fat loss. Natural fats also help stabilize insulin levels, which is essential to burn body fat.
Sample Fat Loss Menu
Beverage: filtered water with fresh lemon juice
Breakfast: free-range egg omelet with buffalo sausage & spinach
Beverage: organic green tea with Stevia
Snack: walnuts & blueberries
Lunch: grass-fed steak salad with arugula, tomatoes, avocado & lime vinaigrette
Beverage: ginger iced tea with mint leaves
Snack: celery & almond butter
Dinner: wild salmon with cabbage sautéed in pastured butter
Would you like to lose weight, reduce inflammation, improve sleep, increase energy and feel better on a daily basis? Contact Certified Nutritionist and Kitchen Coach, Cate Ritter, to improve your health now!