No amount of crash dieting or juice cleanses will give you a flat stomach that lasts more than just a few miserable—and hungry—days. Learn how to nourish, transform, and sustain your best body yet through a balanced diet and these expert tips.
Hold the Creamer
You don’t have to ditch coffee, but you should pump the breaks on a sugary dairy creamer. Swap it out with 1 tbsp. of coconut oil or MCT oil. Skim milk and sugary creamers cause spikes in blood sugar that trigger your hunger hormone that it’s time to eat again–in less than a few hours. MCT oil (one of the key ingredients in the trendy Bulletproof coffee) stands for medium chain triglyceride oil.
Late Night Snack Attacks
Sure, a late-night slice of pizza every now and then isn’t going to kill you. However, if you want to tighten up your nutrition, you should know about the 12-hour window rule. The first 6-8 hours after eating dinner, your body is focused on digestion, however, the last four hours are dedicated to fat-burning. If we indulge right before we hit the sheets, the leptin (an energy hormone) in our body signals the brain that no energy is required, and thus, you won’t burn any fat while you sleep.
Go To Bed
People who sleep more happen to weigh less—and you’ll just feel better, too. Lack of sleep literally has your hunger hormones screaming at you to eat and your satiety hormones short-circuiting.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Drink water slowly throughout the day to effectively utilize and optimize H2O rather than just, well, relieving it. Water supports detoxification, weight loss, fights fatigue, prevents headaches, improves skin, prevents cramps, and more.
Ditch Processed Snacks
If you’re going to snack, make it count. Stop snacking on processed food. In the chance you need what she calls a “bridge snack” between meals, reach for protein- or fat-based options like raw vegetables with dressing, avocado, nuts, or a hard-boiled egg.