There is no denying that to lose weight consistently you must be burning more calories on a daily basis than you consume, making it important to participate in frequent exercise while remaining mindful of the amount of food you’re eating.
What some of us are unaware of, however, is that there are other tricks that you can incorporate into your daily lifestyle to essentially ‘hack’ your diet or metabolism and shed those pesky pounds even more quickly.
Eat a Low-Carb, High Fat Breakfast
Eating a strictly low-carb of ketogenic is not absolutely necessary for weight loss, but we can borrow from that approach by eating what is essentially a ketogenic breakfast.
A perfect example of this kind of breakfast would be something like whole eggs fried in organic coconut oil with some fresh spinach on the side; this meal could also be made into a tasty omelet. To ensure a decent variety of saturated and unsaturated fats you might also want to add a handful of almonds on the side.
What this style of eating does is effectively ‘program’ your metabolism to burn fat more preferentially as fuel through the day. This is achieved by keeping your insulin levels low (no carbs) while encouraging your body to produce lipolytic or fat-burning enzymes by consuming a large dose of healthy fats.
The added benefit of this is that you’ll avoid the mid-morning crash that can often result from a heavy breakfast of cereal or toast.
Drink Lemon Water
This incredibly simple trick involves adding freshly squeezed lemon juice to your water that you sip on through the day, helping to alkalinize and reduce acidity in your body while also making your water taste a little better in the process.
To make this even more effective, take some warm lemon water on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.
The warmth of the water will help to facilitate absorption of phytonutrients such as D-limonene, a potent liver toxin and antioxidant.
Your liver is a vital fat-burning organ within your body, so keeping it healthy and free of toxic materials can work wonders for increasing your body’s overall ability to oxidize or burn fatty acids.
Eat More Protein
Although you need to be burning more calories than you consume to lose weight, it is not enough to simply look at calories as, well, calories.
The body utilizes the macronutrients protein, carbohydrates, and fat differently, and it actually requires more energy (calories) for your body to digest protein than it does for the other two.
This means that by replacing some of your carbohydrate calories with protein calories, your body will automatically be burning more net calories throughout the day, effectively giving you a measurable metabolic boost!
Protein is also far more satiating than refined carbohydrates, so it will help to keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Implementing this is very easy; instead of eating a big plate full of rice or pasta with a slither of chicken, simply your portion of starchy carbs and replace it with a double serving of your meat of choice.