6. Eat spicy food
Spices are great circulatory stimulants that increase the body temperature, which in turn speeds up the metabolism. A very healthy and low-calorie spice you should include in your diet is cayenne pepper, which powerfully stimulates the digestive tract, increasing the flow of enzyme production and aiding the body in burning excess amounts of fat. Also, it can be a great addition of flavor to your most bland meals!
7. Keep track of calories
It’s really not that difficult to do – all products come with a disclaimer about their nutritional value, and some restaurants do the same with their meals now as well. Take notice and even better, write the numbers down. Be sure that the effort you put into counting the amount of calories and protein you consume will pay off in the end, because you have a slim chance of losing weight if you don’t know what you’re eating. Another benefit of this is that you could be less compelled to eat certain types of food (read junk food) once you learn how packed with calories they actually are!
8. Forget about sugar-filled drinks
Fruit juices off the shelf and soft drinks containing carbonated water and artificials sweeteners are bad for your health on so many levels that they’re almost not even worth discussing, especially in terms of a bodybuilding diet. The amount of sugar in them skyrockets the blood sugar and increses the levels of insulin – resulting, of course, in weight gain. Stick to water and plain coffee and tea and you’ll notice the results right away.
9. Take out the carbs from the evening meal
While carbs may be useful for boosting of the energy levels during a busy day or an intense workout, they can be a destructive force in your diet later in the evening. If you consume a lot of carbs at night your blood sugar levels will soar, resulting in increased production of insulin that interferes with your fat-burning goals. Simply put, stay away from large portions of carbs before going to bed.
Read more here: Counting Carbs – How Many Do You Need?
10. Consume more natural stimulants
Use natural stimulants to boost your metabolism and energy levels – black coffee and green and black tea are a great choice. Sure, soft drinks and chocolate can act as stimulants as well, but you really don’t want to consume all that refined sugar. In addition, green tea is loaded with antioxidants that flush toxins out of the body and actually reduces the appetite.
11. Buy high quality fat-burning supplements
Don’t stuff your body with random junk. Spend some time researching and pick good quality products that are effective, even if they are a bit more expensive. It will most likely pay off!
Do you have any personal experiences or tips you would like to share? Feel free to do so in the comment section below!