4."Clean" protein can help you get lean.
"Clean" means low in fat (under 5-7 grams per serving). Choosing the highest quality proteins will allow our bodies to use them as energy rather than store them on our hips and thighs. The best sources of clean, lean proteins for women are protein shakes, egg whites, all fish and seafood, turkey breast, nonfat cottage cheese, and high-quality protein bars that have at least 15 grams of protein (watch out for bars with excessive sugar and sodium). These are excellent ways to nourish our bodies and replace lost nutrients.
High-fat proteins will have the opposite effect, and will cause our bodies to store fat. Your body will not burn stored fat if you continue to give it high-fat foods, regardless of how much you exercise. Your goal is to feed the muscle and starve the fat, causing some of those extra pounds to melt away.
5. Fiber helps you stay full.
You should be eating 25-30 grams of fiber every day. This is the key to staying full so you won’t be tempted to graze. Fiber will also keep your blood sugar in check. Always aim for veggies whenever you can, and remember 10 half-cup servings of vegetables is the daily goal. If you struggle to get enough fiber, get some calorie-free fiber packets and add them to your water to help you with portion control and regularity. Konjac fiber is one of the best sources of fiber and will help balance your hormones.
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