When it comes to trying to lose weight people are willing to try all sort of crazy things, including everything from crash dieting to not eating at all. But the reality is that the formula for achieving health and maintaining an ideal weight is actually incredibly easy, and comprised of only two things: diet and exercise. Good nutrition and an active lifestyle are the basic building blocks of health, and when approached properly, are a fail-proof method.
When it comes to exercise, the formula is quite simple: a consistent regimen including regular cardio and strength training will do the trick. However when it comes to diet, things seem to get a little more tricky. Considering all the long exhausting work days and overly-busy schedules, it often times seems hard to eat healthy consistently. However it doesn’t have to be, and the truth is that it can actually be quite easy, as well as delicious!
One method to try for starters is to increase your consumption of foods that will work to boost your metabolism. “Metabolism” is basically the amount of energy (or calories) that your body burns to maintain itself, so ingesting a higher percentage of foods that increase metabolism is a great way start creating and maintaining an ideal baseline weight.
The rest of this article will tell you about some great dietary options that may surprise you, and/or may already be a part of your diet.
Almonds – full of vitamin E, protein, fiber, and the good kind of calories, almonds are a healthy choice for snacking in-between meals to sustain you.
Whey Protein & Wheat Grass – full of the best kinds of amino acids, whey protein and wheat grass are also great antioxidants, and will help enhance your health and achieve optimal overall performance in your body.
Salmon & Turkey – both naturally low in fat and high in protein, turkey contains high quantities of vitamins B1 and B6, zinc, and potassium, while salmon has large amounts of omega-3s, selenium, niacin, magnesium, and vitamins B6 and B12.
Spinach – one of the best foods you could ever feed yourself, period.
Water – almost two-thirds of our body weight is comprised of water, so it stands to reason that staying hydrated and consuming an ideal amount of water (eight 8-oz glasses a day) will help keep ALL of our internal systems running as smoothly as possible.
A few other great choices include blueberries, oats, spicy foods, broccoli, grapefruit, beans, legumes and green tea.