The focus of dieting isn’t actually about eating less. Instead, it’s about eating the right foods that are nutrient-rich and that keep you full. When you restrict your calories too much, you actually send a signal to your body telling it that you’re trying to starve it.
It responds by lowering your metabolism and burning away muscle tissue…which are the last things you want if you’re trying to lose weight and maintain a healthy body.
So what’s the REAL way to lose weight?
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Eat More Protein
Your body needs protein to maintain lean muscle. Also, protein often does an amazing job of keeping you feeling full for a longer period of time. Add a serving, like 3 ounces of lean meat, 2 tablespoons of nuts, or 8 ounces of low-fat yogurt, to every meal and snack. Plus, research shows that protein can up postmeal calorie burn by as much as 35 percent.
Be More Active At Work
Whether you sit or stand at work may play as big a role in your waistline as your fitness routine. Missouri University researchers discovered that inactivity (4 hours or more) causes a near shut-down of an enzyme that controls fat and cholesterol metabolism. To keep this enzyme active and increase your fat-burning, break up long periods of downtime by standing up–for example, while talking on the phone.
Enjoy Spicy Foods
Capsaicin, the compound that gives chile peppers their heat, can also boost your metabolism. Eating about 1 tablespoon of chopped peppers (red or green) boosts your sympathetic nervous system (responsible for your fight-or-flight response), according to a study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology. So try adding chile peppers to salsas, and keep a jar of red-pepper flakes on hand.