How to Burn Fat More Effectively by Changing the Way You Eat

If you’ve ever attempted to lose a certain number of pounds for whatever reason (to look better in a bikini, become fit enough to complete a triathlon, or lower your risk for certain diseases), then you’ll know that it’s quite a challenging endeavor. Generally, a weight loss regimen would involve making stringent changes to your diet, fitting a regular workout routine into your daily schedule, and adjusting your lifestyle to accommodate changes that would help you better take your new healthy habits to heart. Indeed, all these will involve a significant amount of effort to stay on top of, and many people find themselves wobbling every now and then or giving up completely without ever reaching their target weight.

Perhaps there’s a smarter route?

Of course, any weight-loss journey will require resolve and hard work but aside from the usual diet-exercise-lifestyle change combination, there may be a wiser strategy for achieving that goal weight — one that focuses more on eating better. There are a number of diets claiming to have the better or quickest results but one in particular deserves a closer look because of its straightforward focus on helping people consume more nutritious and beneficial food.

It’s called the Paleo diet.

Here are the fundamental principles of the Paleo diet that will help you discover how to burn fat more effectively just by changing the way you eat.

1. Eat more protein. The Paleo diet takes inspiration from the food groups consumed by people’s pre-agricultural ancestors — humans who were primarily hunters-gatherers. They ate seafood, meat and other animal products, and their protein intake on average made up 19 to 35 percent of their diet.

2. Consume more fiber. Fruits and vegetables (non-starchy kinds) are the best sources of dietary fiber available.

3. Step away from carbohydrates. Whole grains cannot compare to fresh fruits and vegetables in terms of providing the right quality of carbohydrates with low glycemic index (meaning consuming these won’t cause spikes in blood sugar levels).

4. Drop your sodium, up your potassium. Because the Paleo diet discourages people from eating processed foods, their diet will have lower levels of sodium and higher levels of potassium — the right balance that promotes the health of the heart, kidneys and other organs and helps prevent stroke, heart disease and high blood pressure.

5. Maintain the acid-alkaline balance. Too much acid after digestion (produced by meats, salt, cheese, legumes, etc.) can cause problems like high blood pressure, muscle and bone loss, higher kidney stone risks and asthma. Eating fruits and vegetables (that are alkaline-yielding) helps keep the correct balance.

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