Worried about those ten or more pounds you gained over the holiday season? Thinking of a crash diet to shed a few pounds from winter’s inactivity? Unfortunately, less than 2% of people who go on a diet, regardless of the type, keep the weight off after a year. In the long run, the more you diet the more weight you gain. This occurs because dieting lowers metabolic rate ““ the rate at which you burn off calories ““ by putting the body in a conservation mode. Here’s what you can do to get your weight loss mode activated
Eat More Fat Burning Foods
Snacking on citrus fruits between meals can help you get rid of unwanted fat. That’s because they’re a terrific source of vitamin C, which increases fat burning by converting an amino acid called tyrosine into adrenaline. Another effective fat reducer is lecithin, found mainly in soybeans, which is a proven cholesterol-lowering agent to bolster your body’s ability to dissolve fatty deposits. Eat more apples, applesauce, berries and non-tropical fresh fruit. They’re high in pectin, which limits the amount of fat your cells can absorb. Pectin can also lower your cholesterol and levels of body fat.
Flavour Foods that Fight Water Retention
Asparagus contains the chemical asparagine, an alkaloid that stimulates the kidneys, improves fluid elimination, breaks down fat and helps to remove waste from the body. Beets are another diuretic food that assists the lymphatics, liver and kidneys to flush out body fats and water. Brussels sprouts are also friendly in that aspect. They’re especially stimulating to the pancreas, which releases hormones and enzymes that improve waste elimination. Cabbage contains sulphur and iodine ““ natural diuretics that help melt away fat.
Other vegetables that help rid the body of excess water, waste or fat include carrots, celery, cucumbers, horseradish, onions, tomatoes, lettuce and garlic. Each day, munch on a salad featuring these vegetables. For extra health benefits, and still more diuretic and fat-dissolving action, dress your salad with a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Why not combine the vinegar with flaxseed oil, which also has special metabolism-boosting properties
Remember Fabulous Fiber
High fiber foods control weight effectively by reducing the caloric density of the diet. This slows the rate of calorie ingestion and leaves you feeling fuller longer. Foods earning top marks for fiber include the brans of grains, psyllium seed powder, ground flaxseeds, root vegetables like carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, turnips and kohlrabi, green beans, green peas and unsalted seeds and nuts. Try adding two to three tablespoons of ground flaxseeds to your morning whole-grain cereal. To avoid gas and bloating, build up gradually to this amount. This simple act will reward you with a highly beneficial fat-lowering effect
Take a Daily Health Boosting Meal Replacement Drink
One sure way to incorporate fat burning foods, fiber, a lower caloric intake and foods that fight water retention, is to take a meal replacement drink containing all of the above. I personally take a whole food meal replacement formulated by professional Ironman triathlete and author Brendan Brazier. It contains abundant and complete protein coming entirely from plant sources (hemp, flax, yellow pea, brown rice, chlorella) yet it contains no soy.
When shopping for a meal replacement, make sure it is all natural, nutritionally dense and contains enzymes, essential fatty acids, fibre, friendly bacteria and antioxidants. Furthermore, ensure it is free of common allergens such as corn, dairy, gluten, wheat and yeast and avoid those that contain maltodextrin, added sugars or artificial sweeteners. An ideal meal replacement should also have a low glycemic index which is a ranking of carbohydrates based on their immediate effect on blood glucose (blood sugar) levels. Low glycemic index foods tend to keep blood sugar and insulin levels more stable, thus preventing excessive fat storage
Choose Safe and Effective Weight Loss Supplements
Unfortunately, there are no magic bullets for weight loss. The following natural products, however, can help make the process easier:
- Chitosan is derived from chitin, which is extracted from the hard parts of shellfish. When taken before a meal (three or four 500 mg capsules), chitosan binds fat in the small intestine blocking its absorption.
- 5-HTP (5-Hydroxy L-Tryptophan) raises the circulating levels of serotonin and melatonin. These neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) are needed for sleep, mood regulation and appetite control.
- L-Tyrosine promotes the healthy functioning of the adrenal, pituitary and thyroid glands (thyroid hormone is made in the body from tyrosine). Tyrosine converts into norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that suppresses appetite.
- Kelp is a source of iodine as well as dozens of other minerals. It has a mild fat burning effect, possibly because of its ability to stimulate the thyroid gland.
I don’t like making foregone conclusions when it comes to diet.
Because not any two people are exactly the same, everyone does get different results from the same diet. That’s why the best thing you can do for your diet and your ultimate healthy, is to try different approaches and see how they work for you.
- Do you feel better with certain foods?
- How about when you wake up first thing in the morning? Are you sharp and focused?
- Are you sleeping well? Losing weight? And so on…
Learn to know yourself and the foods that work for your body, that is one of the very best things you can do for your long term health!