If your goal is to lose weight, forget about high-protein diets and other strategies to lose weight that will only leave you feeling frustrated. What you need to do is to learn how to balance your intake without having to deprive yourself.
Never pass up breakfast! It’s the most important meal of the day. Skipping a meal because you want to lose weight throws you into a vicious circle, which turns eating into something bad that leads to weight gain, when it actually is critical fuel your body needs in order to function. When you put restraints on your body, it goes into “starvation” mode. The second you give in to temptation, it will immediately store what you eat in order cope when you go back to your restricted eating habits. This means you’ll gain weight instead of lose it.
Start your day with a warm beverage such as tea or coffee. Have a slice of whole grain toast with jam along with a yogurt and a fruit. These are guaranteed to satisfy your nutritional intake without affecting your ability to lose weight.
When it’s time for lunch, try our turkey and zucchini bake. If you eat a vegetarian diet, you can nix the turkey and use another source of plant-based protein instead. Getting familiar with carbs, protein and fat can be useful when you’re putting together your meal plans. For dessert, you can try a slice of cheese on bread with a fruit.
If you’re physically active, don’t forget to have a small snack before or after your workout. A handful of raisins can do the trick.
Take a puff pastry sheet and fill it with ground beef stuffing and spices. Serve it with a side salad drizzled with a light vinaigrette to get some extra fiber, then end your meal on a sweet note with some yogurt.
If your goal is to gain muscle, you should also watch what you eat because your diet affects your ability to bulk up. There are many diet mistakes to avoid.
As a perfect example of a muscle-building breakfast, try a hot beverage like tea or coffee with two slices of whole grain bread topped with some almond or sesame butter. Serve it with a yogurt mixed with raisins and 50 g of rolled oats. Then add a boiled egg and a fruit to satisfy your daily protein intake.
Lunch is important when you’re trying to gain muscle. Whip up a corn and tomato salad as an appetizer. Next, make our tuna lasagna. Finish off your meal with some melon sorbet.
Before you do regular and high-intensity exercise, you need a healthy snack. Try two handfuls of almonds, which are one of the top 10 foods to eat for athletic performance.
End your active day with a bang and have a surimi and hearts of palm salad as an appetizer. Make our marinated lemon chicken with a side of 50 g of rice. For dessert, have some yogurt with a fruit.
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