What Should Your Typical Fat Burning Meal
Your typical fat burning meal should have the right balance of carbohydrate, protein and fat. And the food you choose should be as natural as possible. Not only that – the size of the portion should be neither too small nor too large.
To get an idea of what I mean, look at these metabolism boosting meal plans.
So ... what is the right balance for an effective fat burning meal?
Imagine having a dinner plate in front of you.
Fill a quarter of that plate with lean protein such as meat, poultry, fish and shellfish. Fill another quarter with high fibre complex carbohydrate such as wholemeal bread, rye bread, whole wheat pasta and brown rice. Fill the remaining half of the plate with fresh vegetables which provide proteins, carbohydrate, fibre, vitamins and minerals that you need.
This is your perfect fat burning meal which will keep your metabolism cranking.
Now where does fat come in?
Use extra-virgin olive oil and coconut oil in cooking or as a salad dressing. Other sources of good fat include avocado, nuts and fish oils.
You'll also get good fats from fish such as sardines and salmon.
How big should your fat burning meal be?
Over the last few decades, packages and portion sizes have ballooned. (So have the people!) The dinner plates I inherited from my grandma are only 25cm in diameter. These days, the standard plate size is 30cm or larger.
The size of the plate does matter.
The bigger the plate, the more food you'll tend to put on it – and the more likely you are to eat more than you need. So, beware! Aim to have a 25cm plate for your perfect meal size.
Apart from having a smaller plate, here are some tips you can use to keep your serving size in check.
- Don't be afraid to leave a bit of food on your plate as soon as you start to feel full. Don't stuff yourself.
- Avoid eating food that's labelled “jumbo”, “super size” or even “big”. These tend to be out of all proportion to the amount you should be eating. You might have noticed that even fruits today are much larger than they used to be. But you should really try to avoid eating oversize fruits. You can easily end up eating more than you need. Just because they're good for you doesn't mean you should eat them in large quantities. Calories can pile up.
- Instead of drinking a glass of fruit juice with your meal, eat the fruit itself. The fruit has a lot less calories and a lot more fibre and minerals to offer.
Many women complain about carrying unsightly extra fat on their bodies.
Yet they still gobble down a huge burger in front of the TV. Or they grab a large portion of fish and chips whenever they fancy. At the other end of the spectrum, many women follow strict diets where they end up starving themselves.
Either way, you won't achieve your best shape.
The only way you'll be in your best shape is by having a well balanced diet that keeps your metabolism motoring in the fast lane. Eat healthy balanced meals at least 90% of the time, and you'll never have to worry about your weight problem again.
Enjoy your fat burning meals, exercise regularly and you'll be on the fast route to your best shape.
More Recommended Reading
You’ve probably heard a lot about mono- and poly-unsaturated fats being good for you. And how saturated fats are the bad guys. (You can almost see them looking evil under a black hat, with wraparound shades, a pencil moustache, and a machine gun in a fiddle case.)
Anyway, it turns out that they’re not all bad guys. In fact you actually need quite a bit of saturated fat for optimum fitness. Find out Who Are Those Good Guy Saturated Fats?
Oh ... one more thing ...
To help you choose exactly which food you should eat, also check out my
Healthy Food List.
Good luck in your fat burning efforts. :-)
Gassenheimer, L. (2007) Perfect Portion, Dorling Kindersley Limited, London.
Cosgrove, R. (2009) The Female Body Breakthrough, Rodale, New York.
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