While fat loss is essential, getting the right amount of nutrients in meals is even more critical for a healthy immune system and gut biome. A healthy immune system does not guarantee to survive the coronavirus, but it does improve the odds of surviving. Fat loss should never occur at the expense of your health or fitness. How can you use the timing of your meals for fat loss?
During week three, I continued to track my nutrients and started to track my sleep habits. The communication between me and my body vastly improved. When I say communication, I mean understanding how your body responds to your diet and activities. By the end of week three, I was in complete charge of my body. I was enjoying what I ate, never hungry, and burning fat. I used two apps to track my nutrients, daily activities, and sleep. The apps I used were MyFitnessPal and UnderArmour. After 2020, UnderArmour merged with MyFitnessPal to become MapMyFitness. I used the information I collected from MyFitnessPal and UnderArmour to learn more about my body and behaviors.
Diet for fat loss and fitness journey that involves timing meals.
During week three, I used time as an additional factor in managing nutrients. I ate my first meal at 7 am, and my last meal by 5 pm. Also, I ate three meals a day and did not eat any snacks between meals. I drank plenty of water throughout the day and before every meal. Consequently, I continued to use the taste of the rainbow strategy with my fruits and vegetables because of my results and the adventure of finding different colored foods to eat. Furthermore, I enjoyed mixing the spices and herbs, which improved my taste buds and satiety.
I first discovered two pleasant surprises: I could bread fish, chicken, and other meats with spices and fry them in olive oil without giving up the great taste of fried foods. Second I discovered that sautéing bell peppers, ginger, garlic, and spinach in a pan with olive oil provided me with many nutrients and tasted delicious. Olive oil is an excellent source of fat that prevents cholesterol, provides additional calories, and improves the taste of many meals. The taste of food is essential to me. As a result, I can’t stay on a diet if the food doesn’t taste good. Also, I am fortunate because my mom taught me how to cook when I was eight years old. Consequently, I am so comfortable in the kitchen. Usually, I create my dishes and try new things with old recipes.
You can use walking and standing activities to increase your metabolism and burn belly fat.
I completed 32,003 steps for the week, which was 4,572 steps a day. I burned 402 calories walking, which was 57 calories. Eventually, as my energy increased, I walked 10,000 steps a day and sometimes 20,000 steps a day. I achieved my weight loss for week three through my diet, standing, and walking occasionally. Standing is a vertical plank, which works the legs and butt, the body’s largest muscle groups. Standing is an activity that does not get the credit it deserves. It burns twice as much energy as sitting, and it does not require me to go anywhere or do anything. I stood while I worked, watched tv, cooked, and graded papers.
Do you know the magic number of calories to burn belly fat?
After week three, my waistline was 36 inches, and my weight was 184 pounds. I lost two pounds of weight. My results for the third week were positive. By the numbers: I consumed 11,223 calories for the week, which averaged 1603 calories a day. My meals were 29% protein, 24% fat, and 47% carbohydrates on average. My fiber to carbohydrate ratio was 25%, and my sugar to fiber ratio was 153%. Everyone has a magic number they must reach to lose weight. My magic number is 1500, which is a few calories less than my metabolic resting rate. I know, without a doubt, if I eat around 1500 calories or less, no matter what else I do, I am going to lose weight.
I lowered my calorie intake by eating foods dense in nutrients, avoiding empty calorie foods and processed foods, and drinking plenty of water.
The great thing about this week was my energy level was high. Consequently, I was never hungry or craved foods that sabotage my fat loss plan. Also, I continued to explore the idea that calories are the currency of the body.
In conclusion, I consumed foods like spinach and salmon that were nutrient-dense, cost me fewer calories, and provided me with many nutrients. Later, I learned how to meet my nutrients for less than 1500 calories.