If you’ve been trying for some time to lose weight, you might be at the end of your rope when it comes to diet and exercise. You try to remain active and you watch what you eat, but the pounds just don’t seem to be coming off. At New Vision Nutrition, we love helping people jumpstart their weight loss journey with healthy and nutritious meals, but we know that adding two or three of our entrees to your day won’t magically make you drop those unwanted pounds. Our meals can help you have more energy for working out and help you reduce your daily caloric intake, but there are other steps you’ll have to take to truly reach your weight loss goals. In this blog, we’ll cover five tips you can use to start your journey.
Change Your Cooking Oil
If you enjoy cooking for yourself, it’s important to consider what oil you’re using to fry or saute your food. If you’re currently using canola or vegetable oil, try switching to coconut oil. Coconut oil can boost metabolism and has been shown to reduce appetite. The fats found in coconut oil are also metabolized differently than other fats.
Cut Down on Refined Carbs
Refined carbohydrates include sugar and grains that have had their fibrous nutritious components removed (such as pasta and white bread). Refined carbs can cause your blood sugar to spike, which can make you hungry, meaning you might end up eating more.
Get More Sleep
There have been studies that show a good night’s sleep can be connected to weight loss. When you’re well-rested, your body can burn more calories, plus, you’ll have more energy to be active during the day. Also, going to bed earlier means you won’t be tempted to have those late night snacks!
Eat More Protein
Everyone knows that eating healthy protein can help you feel fuller and give you more energy. This can lead to eating fewer “empty” calories and boost your body’s metabolism. Our weight loss meal plans all incorporate protein, including beef, chicken, and fish!
Drink Plenty of Water
If you opt for fruit juices or shakes every morning, try supplementing one glass of the sweet stuff with a glass of water. Drinking water before meals can also help with weight loss, and enough H20 during the day will help you avoid dehydration and fatigue.
When you’re trying to lose weight, and you’ve seemingly tried everything under the sun, it can be best to take a simpler approach. You don’t have to overdo it in the gym or cut out everything you love to eat – simply rethink what you’re eating, when you’re eating it, and how active you are. A few small changes could be the key to dropping those unwanted pounds, and at New Vision, we would love to be a part of your journey. Look through our meal plans for men and women today, and we know you’ll find options that fit your lifestyle and please your palate.