Common sense goes a long way however it seems to be lacking these days in many people – maybe because in our education system there seems to be more emphasis on academia rather than general common sense and the ability to ‘’think outside the box’’ a little. Today all we want to do is apply some basic common sense to your current lifestyle in order to help you get a bit leaner, stronger and ultimately healthier.
There are going to be no drastic changes which will turn things on its head – just basic changes you can make which will be significant in the long run.
Eat More Vegetables
Most people don’t eat enough fibre which instantly means their digestive tract probably isn’t all that healthy. It also means it is likely their body will struggle to manage certain foods as efficiently, especially carbohydrates. Eat plenty of cruciferous veg such as broccoli, carrots, peppers, mushrooms, onion, spinach, cauliflower, kale and others which fit this category. If you don’t like them then chop them up and throw them into a pan and ‘’stir fry’’ them – served with lean meat and sweet potato they make a delicious side serving. Aim to have a serving of these super foods with each meal! You can’t really overdo it – that’s more fibre and more vital micronutrients for your body (vitamins and minerals!!).
Drink More Water
Frighteningly some studies suggest that up to 80% of the UK are dehydrated which is just crazy!! We are made up approximately 70% from water, we THRIVE on being hydrated. If you are in a near constant state of dehydration you are going to carry more body fat, be susceptible to more toxins within the body and be less functional. Aim for 1 litre per 50lbs of body weight as a good guideline.
Eat More Protein
Protein has an undeserving stigma attached to it, almost like it is ‘’Hulk’’ food and should therefore be avoided by anyone who doesn’t want to turn ‘’green’’ with mass. Not true. Protein is essential for health and beyond that having plenty of it will have many benefits in your quest for fat loss. Protein dense foods elevate metabolism, they also support steady blood sugar levels and improve satiety which makes for a healthier, leaner and more satisfied you. Aim for 4-6 portions a day from quality sources including poultry, fish, beef, venison and eggs as well as whey protein!
By making minor changes to the way you eat you can make a massive impact on your health and physique/figure for the better!