You may have heard the saying, “Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym.” There is truth to this, as good nutrition is essential if you want to lose body fat. For starters, reduce your intake of processed foods. These are commonly packed with sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.
Eating too much sugar can cause weight gain and increase your risk of metabolic diseases. Instead, focus on consuming higher amounts of protein. High-protein diets have been linked to greater feelings of fullness that may translate to lower calorie intake.
A study of overweight and obese men showed that when protein made up 25% of their calorie intake, appetite control and feelings of fullness increased by 60%. Moreover, a protein intake of around 25–30% of your daily calories may increase your metabolism by up to 100 calories per day.