A dietitian who has a better body aged 31 than she did in her twenties has revealed the four easy ways to boost your metabolism and lose weight, without having to starve yourself.
Leanne Ward, from Brisbane, got her dream figure by eating more, ditching calorie counting and ‘listening to her body’ when it comes to working out.
Now, Leanne encourages others to do the same and said you’ll never be truly lean if you’re caught in the binge and restrict cycle.
‘I went from restricting every week, being a crazy cardio bunny and eating my emotions to finally understanding and listening to my body, weight training, doing things to decrease my stress levels and ditching the perfectionism with my eating,’ Leanne posted on Instagram.
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A dietitian who has a better body aged 31 than she did in her twenties revealed the four easy ways to boost your metabolism, without having to starve yourself (pictured in 2014 and 2020)
Leanne Ward (pictured), from Brisbane, got her dream figure by eating more, ditching calorie counting and ‘listening to her body’ when it comes to working out
‘The majority of women I work with cannot lose body fat or keep it off as they are stuck in the restrict/binge cycle or they have a poor relationship with food/their body.’
Leanne said that hating your body will ‘never’ get you results, nor will cutting out your favourite foods.
‘If you want to lose body fat for good, you must heal your relationship with food first,’ she said.
‘Change takes time but I promise it is worth the investment.’
To boost your metabolism, Leanne (pictured) said you need to have protein with every meal, lift heavy weights, get good quality sleep every night and avoid living in a calorie deficit
When it comes to boosting your metabolism in order to get lean, the sports dietitian recommends that you have protein with every meal, lift heavy weights, get good quality sleep every night and avoid living in a calorie deficit.
‘Actively dieting slows your metabolic rate and the only way to boost it is by coming out of it and eating more,’ Leanne said on TikTok.
‘Sometimes improving your metabolism means eating more, coming out of the deficit, and gaining a little to then be able to lose the weight again.’
The dietitian said somewhere between seven and nine hours is the recommended amount of sleep.
But, more importantly than this, you should focus on the quality of your sleep, which means limiting blue light before you go to sleep, avoiding alcohol close to bedtime and making sure there is space between your dinner and when you go to bed.
‘Actively dieting slows your metabolic rate and the only way to boost it is by coming out of it and eating more,’ Leanne (pictured) said
Leanne revealed that by understanding our metabolisms better, we can get on top of our bodies and get our dream physique.
‘Metabolic health is so important,’ she concluded.
‘When you’re eating well, exercising regularly and sleeping well, your metabolic rate should be good.
‘The worst thing you can do for your rate is to diet for long periods of time.’
Thousands of people who saw Leanne’s video said they would use her tips in their bid to improve their metabolism and slim down.
‘Thank you for sharing,’ one person wrote.
Others said they will stop dieting and prioritise eating more and better foods.
Previously, Leanne has shared a typical day on her plate – and it includes plenty of fresh wholefoods and treats (pictured throughout her body transformation)
What is a typical day on Leanne’s plate?
MEAL ONE: High protein Greek yoghurt, wholegrain flaky cereal and fresh berries topped with nuts and seeds. Green tea.
MEAL TWO: Boiled egg, banana and coffee.
MEAL THREE: High fibre wrap with tinned tuna, cheese, grated carrot, lettuce and tomato. Black or herbal tea without sugar.
MEAL FOUR: Another portion of high protein Greek yoghurt with two tablespoons of homemade granola filled with nuts, seeds and dried cranberries.
MEAL FIVE: Teriyaki salmon with greens and 100 grams of brown rice with herbal tea.
MEAL SIX: Homemade peanut butter protein balls.
Previously, Leanne shared a typical day on her plate – and it includes plenty of fresh wholefoods and treats.
For her first meal of the day, Leanne will enjoy high protein Greek yoghurt with ‘wholegrain flaky cereal and fresh berries’.
She’ll top this with a sprinkling of nuts and seeds and wash it down with a green tea.
For her second meal of the day, the clinical and sports dietitian said typically she’ll have a ‘boiled egg and a banana with a coffee’.
Lunch – or Leanne’s third meal of the day – is a high fibre wrap with tinned tuna, cheese, grated carrot, lettuce and tomato.
Again, she’ll enjoy black or herbal tea with this – without sugar.
In the afternoon, Leanne said she’ll have another portion of high protein Greek yoghurt with two tablespoons of homemade granola (comprising nuts, seeds and dried cranberries).
The evening meal normally consists of something like ‘teriyaki salmon with greens and 100 grams of brown rice with herbal tea’.
‘Meal six is homemade peanut butter protein balls,’ she added.
Explaining why she eats as she does, Leanne said ‘I don’t count calories or deprive myself’.
‘If there’s a celebration at work then of course I’ll eat cake, but it’s an occasional food.
‘As are things like alcohol, takeaway, sweets and fried foods. If you make the basis of your diet wholefoods, then there’s always room for occasional treats, too.’
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