12. One Cheat Meal A Week
Research reveals that it is alright to have one cheat meal every week because controlling and restricting your calories throughout the week is not a realistic and effective solution to lose weight or maintain weight loss in the long-run. Truth be told, it’s just not sustainable. If you maintain a strict calorie-restricting diet for a short-term period and receive remarkable weight loss benefits, you are highly likely to gain a lot of rebound weight when you resume your normal diet.
You see, hormones tend to influence our body’s desires to eat food, along with its ability to burn fat. And there is very little we can do to control their activities, except creating a wholesome hormonal balance.
Cheat meals aren’t just good for your cravings and hormones, but they also have several psychological benefits. For instance, cheat meals increase thyroid hormones, mostly in the form of converting T4 into T3. They also reduce the levels of reverse T3, which prevents the activity of T3 and aids in boosting the metabolism.
The human body has an impressive ability to adapt to change, so if you reduce your caloric consumption, your body with adapt to this change and its survival mechanism will lower your metabolism. One cheat meal a week will surprise your metabolism, and increase your weight-loss success in the long-run.
It will prevent those sudden pangs of hunger and sugary cravings, along with brimming up your muscles with energy storage, especially glycogen, which aids in maintaining energy levels, and enhancing muscle endurance for grueling workouts.
13. Always Eat Fresh & Organic Products
When picking out your grocery items, seek out nothing but locally grown, fresh and organic sources of dairy products, wild fish, eggs, and meat. You see, farm grown and processed varieties contain harmful pesticides, damaging toxins, hormones and certain additives that disturb the functioning of bodily hormones.