In the run-up to summer, adjusting your diet ever so slightly can result in massive changes to your physique. Seemingly innocuous tips for eating, and how to eat, really are the difference between reaching your goals and falling just short. We’ve put together 5 tips you should seek to incorporate over the next couple of months.
1. CAYENNE PEPPER
This will be welcomed by all the spice enthusiasts out there. Believe it or not, but there have been multiple links between eating spicy foods & boosting your metabolism! The primary reason for this is a compound called capsaicin, which is found in abundance in Cayenne Peppers. This has been linked with both burning fat and boosting your metabolism. Add this spice into your dishes for flavour and for purpose!
2. COCONUT OIL
Coconut Oil is making a serious burst in the fitness world as the primary source of fat in athlete’s diets of late. Previously, coconut oil had been overlooked as it’s a mainly saturated fat – which is historically a type of fat you’re told to limit. However, coconut oil is ice in MCTs and has been shown to temporarily speed your metabolism. Another interesting feature of this food is that it contains less calories than most fats (8.2 calories per gram versus 9), which may not seem like much initially, but certainly adds up over a week or month! Opt for his as your source of fat, and you’ll find yourself burning more calories while eating less.
3. GREEN TEA
Although not specifically a food, on the final stretch to summer it is certainly worth your while adding a cup of green tea into your daily routine in place of your regular tea! Green tea is loaded with antioxidants that will sweep up free radicals lurking in your body which may have been causing water retention & flush them out. It is also a staple ingredient in most fat-burners as it has strong links with speeding metabolisms!
4. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple Cider Vinegar isn’t exactly the sweetest tasting, but it does provide a nice burst of flavour to whatever it’s added. We recommend adding a splash of it into your protein shakes & meals if you can’t stomach it on its own. Apple Cider Vinegar has been shown to reduce blood sugar spikes after meals, helping you avoid the associated fat-storage.
We’re major fans of carbohydrate here at Clean Cut, and we’re sure you are too. We feel they’re the most satisfying macronutrient, and so it is easy to over-indulge on them! A clever method of combatting this is to eat whole grains as your source of carbohydrates rather than processed white carbs. This will allow you to feel fuller for longer and provide a steady release of energy throughout the day!