To get perfect abs you need to maximize your body’s ability to burn fat and to avoid storing too much of it. To do that you have to develop healthy eating habits. You see, it isn’t just what you eat which determines how much fat you’ll store, but how you eat it as well.
Why More is Often Better
The common conception about eating to lose fat is to reduce your calorie consumption by as much as possible. This can, in fact, have the opposite effect.
By cutting down too much on your calories you’re sending a signal to your body: “There’s something wrong, I don’t have enough food”.
Your body then responds as nature and millions of years of evolution has taught it, but reducing the rate in which your body burns calories, your metabolism, in other words. Your body’s first goal is self preservation, and to do that it tries to minimize calorie burning whenever it feels you’re not getting enough food.
What this means is that if you try to cut down too much calories your body will also be burning less calories. It’s like fighting an uphill battle, you will constantly need to reduce your calorie intake and your body will respond accordingly, until you will find yourself hungry all the time, and feel compelled to eat more. What will then happen is that you’ll have a slow metabolism and will be eating far more than you did. You will actually gain weight, not lose it.
Eat 5-6 Meals Each Day
Your Metabolism not only changes through weeks and months of eating right, it does so during the day on numerous occasions. One of the ways to prevent a metabolic dip is to stop your body from feeling hungry. You can do that by eating more often. Instead of eating 3 large meals each day, try to eat 5-6 smaller meals and space them out so that you never go more that 2-3 hours without food.
Now, this doesn’t mean you can increase your calorie consumption (at least it doesn’t have to mean that). What it means is that you need to spread out the calories that you eat throughout the day so that you never go hungry.
It isn’t just hunger your body feels, eating more often will help you avoid feeling hungry as well. This will help you fight cravings and prevent overeating episodes.
When you eat 5-6 meals they don’t have to be big ones. Some of them can be little more than a snack. It’s just that you keep your body fed and your metabolism racing.
Eating More of the right Things
Boosting your metabolism doesn’t come from just eating more often, it comes from eating the rigth things as well. If you eat fast foods 5-6 times a day, you won’t have a flat stomach any time soon, I guarantee it, but if you eat high satiety foods, rich in fiber, lean protein, and low on sugar, you will feel full throughout the day and find it easier to avoid overeating.
Furthermore, some foods can provide a short-term metabolic boost and actually help you to burn fat faster.See the Fat burning Foods List I set up and try to incorporate some of those food items into your eating routine.
Stop Emotional Eating and Stress Eating
One of the worst things which plague those of us who try to burn off body fat and tone our abs is emotional eating. To some degree, we are all emotional eaters. We all tend to eat more of the wrong things in certain situations. Some of us eat when we’re bored, others when we’re sad or lonely. The biggest cause of emotional eating on a daily basis in the modern society is stress.
Stress triggers our desire for comfort and food is one of the easiest sources of comfort we can find. And the modern society with long work hours, the need to juggle between career, school, and work, and the constant rat-race to an ever elusive success, is highly stressful.
Regardless of the cause, emotional eating is all about feeding a psychological hunger instead of your physical one. And it can make any fat burning process that much more difficult.
Whatever causes you to emotionally overeat, realize that this is something which has to be taken care of. If you need some tips on this topic, check out this page I set up: How to Stop emotional eating
For more healthy eating tips go here: Healthy Eating Habits – Part 2
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