Here at Granite Fitness, we are always thinking of ways to help you eat healthily and lose weight. today we have a guest post from a lady by the name of Diana Keulian, who is the creator of the Family Friendly Fat Burning Foods system. Today she will be sharing with you seven tips to make healthy meals that help you lose fat.
Wouldn’t it be great if all your favorite comfort meals naturally promoted fat loss? Diane thinks that would be awesome. Her old favorite comfort meals were fried fish tacos, fully-loaded veggie burritos, angel hair pasta with mizithra cheese and cheese-smothered veggie burgers with fries. Yummmmmmmm! Unfortunately these old favorites brought on rapid fat storage.
Due to her love of food, Diane went from a size 4 to a size 12 in her twenties . In her frustration she tried portion control, and began to limit the amount of foods that she ate. This began a yo-yo cycle of eating less food one day, more the next, and never seeing the results she wanted. Over the past few years she has read countless books on nutrition and have finally landed on the formula for creating meals that promote fat loss, and taste good while doing it. Oh and this method of eating has effortlessly brought her back to that size 4 🙂
Here is what she discovered…
Tip #1) Focus On Protein
The base of a fat burning meal is a healthy serving of quality, lean protein. Choose from organic, hormone-free chicken, pork, beef, lamb, veal, fish or eggs. No wonder she was gaining weight! Most of her favorite meals had very little to do with protein. After giving up meat at age 12, she spent the next 18 years as a junk food vegetarian. Most of my meals were made up of processed grains and sugar.
Why is protein so important? Protein supports and fuels your lean tissues, namely your muscles, and does not have an effect on blood sugar levels, which would promote fat storage.
Tip #2) Ditch Grains and Refined Sugar
A fat burning meal does not contain a serving of grains or starches. Yes, she realises that this goes against everything that we have been taught or experienced with dinners. Most meals are plated with a jumbo serving of noodles, pasta, potatoes, rice, has been breaded or is served with bread, tortillas, chips or buns.
As she learnt the hard way, these carbs are more than we need, and end up being stored as fat. And, yes, it is possible to create fat-burning dinners that satisfy even the hungriest meat-and-potatoes members of your family. This was the hardest part for her to get used to. Grains and sugar are filled with fat-promoting carbs, and as you saw above, her favorite meals were all carb-ed out.
There’s really no reason, other than habit, to eat grains or sugar on a regular basis. Once she removed these from her diet, and got out of the habit of eating them, she no longer craved or even found her old favorites very appealing.
Tip #3) Bring On The Veggies
After you remove the grains and sugars from your meal, add a bunch of fiber-filled veggies instead. One of her favorite things to do now when building a fat burning meal is to get a bowl, add a few handfuls of organic spinach and arugula, and then top it with protein and some cooked veggies. Add a light homemade dressing and you’re looking at the perfect, quick fat burning meal.
Fiber-filled veggies are important for many reasons in addition to the fiber. They are filled with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, all of which your body needs. They are also very low in calories compared to the amount of space that they take up in your stomach. So you’ll get full faster on fewer calories.
Tip #4) Quality Ingredients
Ingredients are the building blocks to a healthy meal so pay attention to the quality of the ingredients you use. Fast food just isn’t going to cut it! Be willing to spend a little more on the foods that you eat. Quality is much more important that quantity.
When choosing meat look for organic, antibiotic and hormone-free. Avoid processed meats, like lunchmeats, as these contain potentially harmful additives and lots of salt. Also avoid highly processed soy fake meats.
Choose foods that are:
- Fresh, organic and seasonal
- Pronounceable ingredients
- Whole foods
Tip #5) Use A Healthy Cooking Method
The method in which you cook your meal determines how many calories, how much added fat, and the number of nutrients that survive.
Don’t prepare meals like this:
- Fried and battered
- Processed and packaged
- Doused with cream sauce
Choose these cooking methods:
Tip #6) Cook With Coconut Oil
She used to always cook with vegetable oil, never realizing how harmful it was to her fat loss efforts. Unfortunately most people use harmful, unstable and fat promoting oils when they cook.
The good news is that coconut oil is an amazing, healthy oil that not only tastes great but also helps promote fat loss. Among its many benefits, coconut oil is stable, even at high temperatures. It’s filled with lauric acid, which boosts the immune system and helps ward off infections.
Best of all, coconut oil has been shown to increase metabolism and thyroid activity, which boosts fat burning.
Tip #7) Enjoy Dessert of Fresh Fruit
When is the last time that you bit into a fresh, organic, perfectly ripe piece of fruit? Delicious, wasn’t it? She used to overlook fruit as the perfect dessert that it is, and instead would eat artificially flavored, cane sugar sweetened, processed desserts that encourage rapid weight gain and declined health.
She won’t say that ice cream and chocolate don’t taste awesome, because they do. But eating desserts like that on a regular basis is one of the big reasons that I kept gaining weight back in my twenties. By making the simple switch from refined sugar desserts to desserts of organic, fresh fruit she was able to lose weight without feeling deprived.
Let’s bring fruit back to its rightful place as our favorite, most popular after-dinner sweet. Out with the refined sugar and corn syrup and in with Nature’s sweetest gift…fresh fruit.
Hope that you have enjoyed these tips. Diane is walking proof that this way of eating truly delivers results without deprivation or boring, bland meals. She loves food WAY too much to give up flavorful, delicious dinners, snacks and desserts. In fact, she’s so passionate about creating fat burning foods that she’s put all of my best recipes and eating secrets together into a full Family Friendly Fat Burning Meals program.
This system has over 100 of her family’s favorite fat burning recipes – which she used to effortlessly reverse the weight she had gained in my twenties. It’s tasty stuff like Chicken Enchiladas, Baked Chicken Nuggets, Make-Your-Own Tacos, Healthy Brownies, Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies and much, much more. Check out her Family Friendly Fat Burning Meals Program below:
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