The last percentage most of us took seriously was probably during college when grades mattered! And the logic behind that was to land that dream job with a good percentage or grade! Well, never mind. Whether we are in our dream job or not thats a completely different perspective, but today we will be discussing about another percentage you might want to pay heed to!
Body fat percentage is as simple as the name suggests. It is the percentage of fat in your body. And having a higher percentage of body fat is like inviting some serious health issues. So heres the deal about body fat percentage. About 20% of body fat for men and 30% for women is what is considered ideal. Anything beyond this is high. Why women have a higher cut off? Duh, because men cant bear a child!
In accordance to all this, heres a list of things thatd help you cut down BFP big time. Lets see what are those!
Most Nuts and Seeds
Sunflower seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Peanuts, Almonds, Walnuts are all high in protein. Apart from building muscle Protein also aids in burning fat. From flab to fab, huh? Try going nuts over nuts! Why didnt anybody tell us this before?
Oh, did I mention the yummy Peanut Butter?
Other Protein Power Houses
Other sources of protein include Lean Meat (Skin-out Chicken, Turkey), Fatty Fish (Sardines, Salmon, Tuna and Mackerel), Eggs and Low-Fat Dairy. That cup of cottage cheese? Yes please!
Citrus Fruits and Berries
Fruits from both the citrus and berry family are super rich in antioxidants and Potassium. One slice of lemon in your morning water and your metabolism kickstarts. That dull skin from yesterday starts brightening up, just like that. And berries, edge forward and eat them to glory.
Whoever said you need to go pick the leaves yourself if you want to lose weight from Green tea definitely didnt know anything about Catechins. As per Gympik’s Nutritionist and Dietitian Sujetha Shetty “Catechins in green tea boosts the weight loss process. It increases the metabolism thus helping you burn more fat.”
Beans, Legumes and Whole Grains
Beans and legumes in combination with small portions of whole grains and cereals cut out the fat storage acutely.
Needless to say, green leafy veggies, bananas, asparagus, avocados and most of the salad-able vegetables are like the Gods of good foods. When you go to the mattress against weight loss, well theyre going to be your best troops!
Herbs and spices are your new best friends
Adding spices and herbs to make your food taste hotter and spicier is a good way to reduce your body fat percentage. We are not kidding. Chili peppers have been proven to spike metabolism. So, go right ahead and spice up that boring salad of yours. However, dont confuse the spicing and herbing liberty with dressing. Dressing, unfortunately, makes it a little difficult for you to fit in the favorite dress of yours. So, better do away with it.
H2O is not Hard to Obtain
Hydrate! Water is life. Somebody said it right. Water has numerous benefits all of which are very well known. To name a few it helps flush out toxins, promotes weight loss, improves complexion and most importantly boosts immunity. If drinking water just as it is, is boring then try some fruit infused water!
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Before we sign off, dont forget to pace and space your meals properly. Eat slowly. Chew your food well and make sure you have your meals on time. Indulge in healthier dessert options in tinier portions. Maybe some Red wine and dark chocolate? Savor them for flavor only.
All said and done, we need to understand well that there are no shortcuts. Getting the diet in place is just one half. The other half needs you to work out! Its engraved in the holy grail of health and fitness, Diet + Workout = Results. Faster, better and long-lasting results.