The older we get, the more challenging it becomes to lose weight. Don’t we all wish we were back in our early teens, able to eat and drink whatever we want and not pile on the pounds as easily as we do now!
Of course, overeating is the main culprit to putting on weight, especially when we overeat at night time.
As we get older, our growth hormone and testosterone levels naturally start to decline. High blood sugar levels hampers the production of both hormones and triggers fat storage.
Our top tip is to eat little and often throughout the day, aiming to eat every four hours max, and skip the carbs on the last meal.
Some of you may be thinking ‘What!?!? i can’t go without carbs for dinner. I’ll go hungry. And what will I eat?’
Well if you’ve been eating perfectly portioned meals throughout the day, you won’t feel like you’re missing out at your evening meal with no carbs. And you won’t go hungry either! Here’s how you can create a filling, no carb evening meal in 4 simple steps:
Base your healthy low-carb dinner on non-starchy vegetables. Avoid carb-loaded sides like potatoes and pasta. Instead, prepare foods such as mushrooms, asparagus and leafy greens. Though these vegetables do contain small amounts of digestible carbs, the difference they make to your overall carb count is negligible.
Add a good source of protein. A no-carb dinner should include a good source of satisfying protein. Choose a palm sized portion of fish, chicken, pork or beef.
Include some healthy fats. This will make your meal tastier and more satisfying. By encouraging this feeling of satiation, you will be more likely to stick to this way of eating and to be successful with your weight loss. You can use about 1 tbsp. of olive oil or coconut oil to cook your protein or non-starchy vegetables. You could also add a few avocado slices or olives, or a thumb sized portion of nuts, seeds or nut butter to your meal.
Have a carb-free drink. Avoid fizzy drinks, fruit juices or any other sweetened beverages. Water is probably the best way to stay hydrated. If you find the taste of plain water boring, try adding lime or lemon juice. You can also have tea instead of water with your meal.
Struggling for dinner inspiration?
Why not try these pork loin steaks with a homemade spinach and basil sauce with a few cherry tomatoes and a nice big fistful of veggies. This meal is so tasty and filling, you'll almost forget there are no carbs in there!
Ingredients (Serves 4):
What are you planning on having for dinner tonight? Try ditching the carbs, adding extra veg and see how you feel after that.
Better yet, try it for a week and see how it helps with your weight loss.