3 Things Keeping You From Getting Lean

There are many things in our lives that keep us from reaching our fitness goals. The key is to eliminate as many of those things as possible, and sometimes this means defining what those things are. Here are 3 things that keep you from getting lean.

1. Speed-Eating

Savoring your food helps keep you from overeating. If you scarf down your meal, you will be onto your next course before allowing the necessary time for your body to tell your brain you are full. No need to deny yourself food, just eat it slowly.

Tip: chew each bite 25 times before swallowing.

2. Skipping Meals or Snacks

Eating numerous times a day forces your metabolism to work extra hard to break down the food you consumed. Match that with healthy eating habits, and you are on your way to a leaner body. On the contrary, not eating can mess up your body’s ability to control your appetite. If you skip breakfast or healthy snacks between meals, your more likely to eat large portions during your larger meals.

Tip: Spread your calories out into three meals of about 500-700 (depending on your workout routine and body size) calories each, and two snacks of 100 to 200 calories each.

3. Your Stress Level

When you’re stressed, your body puts its production of cortisol and insulin in high gear. This means your appetite increases, and we all know what happens next, you go for the sweets and fats. When food is your weapon to battle stress, you activate the part of your brain that some call the “reward section”. After that reward feeling wears off, you’ll reach again for the same treats that made you feel calm and relaxed in the first place:more food.

Tip: Take deep breathes and drink some water.

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