Step 1: Eat protein and dairy to curb cravings throughout the day.
Protein and dairy are the perfect satiating combo to start off your day. High-protein foods take longer to digest than other foods, so not only are you fuller for longer, but your body’s metabolism is working harder to digest it – making you burn more fat. Also leucine, an amino acid found in diary, stimulates muscle building in your body, a key part of getting lean.
Jim Karas suggests this breakfast to help you get started – and it’s all less than 500 calories!
- 2 eggs over easy
- 2 pieces of Ezekiel bread
- 2 slices of turkey bacon
- 2% string cheese
Step 2: Flatten out with fiber.
One of the best things you can incorporate into your diet when trying to maintain a lean body is fiber. It keeps everything in your body regular, and eliminates bloating. It also helps maintain your blood sugar at a healthy even level, so you’re not feeling hungry. Fruits and veggies are a healthy source of fiber – especially artichokes, edamame and pears. Try to work at least 25 grams into your daily diet to keep your system moving.
Step 3: Strengthen to lengthen.
Becoming long and lean isn’t just about nutrition. Fitness is an important part of getting your dream figure. Gravity straps are a multi-functional fitness tool that attach to your door and you can use in the comfort of your own home. The versatile equipment uses your own body weight and multiple angles to strengthen every part of your body – especially your core.