Shed Weight with Protein
As you know, protein is critical for muscle repair and proper recovery, but it can also help you suppress appetite by keeping hunger pangs at bay. Researchers at the Cambridge University and The University of Sydney found that people who ate a daily diet comprising of fifteen percent protein consumed less calories protein – 1036 fewer calories over four days – than those whose diet is ten percent.
Ditch the Low-calorie Drinks
Low-calorie drinks are popular but don’t let the label fool you. Research from Yale University found that diet drinks can actually hinder weight loss by making you crave sugary foods. These drinks are usually full with artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame and saccharin, which boost blood sugar levels thus increasing your desire for unhealthy snacking and the likelihood of overeating.
Banish the Booze
You may like your beer, but in excess it can wreak havoc on your weight loss and training performance. According to a Swedish study published in the journal Obesity, consuming alcohol boosts cortisol levels and diminishes testosterone in men, thus leading to an accumulation of abdominal fat. Not only that, researchers at the University of Helsinki found that alcohol hinders post-workout recovery by cutting the delivery of fatty acids and carbohydrates for the body.
Make It Consistent
Though the above eating guidelines can help you lose the pounds for good, what makes the difference is consistent action. In other words, you need to implement what you’ve just learned on a regular basis – at least up to the point where you start getting the desired results. To be consistent with your running weight loss program, you need to take small steps, think baby steps. Seek incremental progress, not perfection, as the famous alcoholic anonymous saying goes.