Saturday, April 8, 2017

5 Proven Tips To Help You Lose Weight

It's time to put off with the old and on with the new. With another year under our belts it's also time for some new resolutions. One of the most popular New Year's resolutions for people each and every year is to lose weight.

Don't let losing weight be some fly by night fad for you but let it be a lasting commitment that will follow you all the way to 2018 and beyond. It's time to live a slim and healthy lifestyle and the best time to start losing weight and living healthy is now.

So what's a good starting point to living healthy and losing weight? Here are some proven tips for you to put to use right away. No procrastinating!

Tip #1- Eat Fat Burning Foods (that's a no-brainer huh?):

Some of the top fat burning foods that you can eat are:

1. Grass-fed beef or bison: Most people that eat meat have no idea what their meat has been eating. The majority of cattle that is slaughtered and fed to us today was raised on a corn and soybean diet.

The idea here is to eat meat that was raised on grass. The main reason for this is because this type of meat has higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids which are very healthy for us. It might be somewhat of a challenge for you at first to find this type of meat but if you have an organic grocery store in your area you'll be able to find it.

If you don't have that type of store in your area then a search online for grass-fed beef will provide you with the results you need.

2. Avocados: Although avocados get a bad rap sometimes about being a fatty food, in reality, avocados contain only healthy fats. They also help to reduce your appetite.

3. Whole eggs: And I do mean whole eggs, yolk and all.

4. Nuts: Go nuts about nuts, unless of course you have an allergy to nuts.

5. Berries

Tip #2- It's important to control your blood-sugar response before you eat a meal:

Controlling your blood-sugar response before each meal helps your body to stay in fat burning mode at all times. This trick works by helping keep your body's insulin levels low after you eat a meal thus keeping your body from depositing extra body fat.

Ok, so how is this done? First, let me bust a myth. You may have heard about this little trick before and the substances that it involves. Those three substances are: vinegar, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Well, scratch the vinegar off your list and just go with the lemon juice or cinnamon.

Taking vinegar before a meal in hopes of regulating your blood-sugar response to that meal simply does not work (Ever tried choking down a spoonful or two of vinegar? Thank your lucky stars that this doesn't work).

Do this instead: First, choose your weapon of choice, whether it be lemon juice or cinnamon. If you choose lemon juice (my lips are puckering already just thinking about it, but I would still take it than vinegar) then take 3 Tbsp of fresh squeezed lemon juice before each meal.

Take note that I said "fresh squeezed lemon juice" as in don't use store bought lemon juice that is loaded with preservatives and additives. If you choose cinnamon then there are three types of cinnamon that you can take. The most effective type of cinnamon to take pre-meal is Saigon cinnamon which is also known as Vietnamese cinnamon. If you can't find Saigon cinnamon then Cassia cinnamon comes in second place for effectiveness and in third place is Ceylon cinnamon.

Tip #3- Use Your "Sniffer"

This one is an old trick and kind of weird but it has been proven to be effective and that's what we care about the most- things that actually work. Here's how this one works:

Our sense of smell is connected directly to our brains perception of how much we eat. Therefore, we can use our sense of smell to "trick" our brains into believing how much we ate when in reality we didn't eat all that much.

Enough of how it works though, I'm getting confused just thinking about it. Here's what you do: Find the scents peppermint, banana, and green apple (the little vials of essential oils are the most convenient). You're going to be sniffing these scents before you eat, not all at the same time but one scent a month.

For example, in month one you sniff the scent of peppermint before each time you eat. The second month you sniff green apple and the third month you sniff banana and you just keep rotating these three scents.

Sniff the scent for that month five minutes before your main meals, five minutes before any snacks (which should be healthy, like nuts), and any other time throughout the day that you feel hungry. The proper way to sniff the scent is to plug one nostril and sniff three times in the opposite nostril, then do the same with the other nostril and then eat.

I promise you this is not a prank. You're going to look funny sniffing a vial of peppermint, green apple or banana before you eat but look who's starting to look sexy, slim and trim. It just depends on how bad you want it.

Tip #4- Supplement your diet with Astaxanthin

Don't ask me to pronounce that because I can't. So what is this funny sounding stuff called Astaxanthin and how do I get it?

Astaxanthin is an antioxidant that is found in different types of food. The main sources are found in salmon, shrimp and krill. The way astaxanthin works is by increasing the usage of your fat as an energy source. You can think of it as being thermogenic.

Don't worry, you're not going to have to eat mounds of salmon, shrimp and krill to get your daily dose of astaxanthin. The easiest way to supplement your diet with astaxanthin is by taking krill oil. You can usually find this at your local health food or grocery store and if that fails you can find it on the Internet.

Tip #5- Exercise! (I bet you thought this tip was going to be another fancy trick huh?)

It goes without saying that exercise of some kind on a daily basis is very beneficial to us humans. Whether it be just a brisk walk or jog in the morning, jumping rope for 30 minutes a day, or lifting weights or any other form of exercise.

Whatever type of exercise that your personal trainer, doctor or program provides for you, it's important to exercise. Find what exercise routine works for you and stick to it.

RELATED: Best Fat Burning Exercises and Workouts

Here's an order of daily steps that you can do from the information that this article has given you.

First and foremost, always eat healthy. There's a ton of information out there on how to do that.

Second, take steps to control your blood-sugar levels by either taking 2 table spoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice or cinnamon pills before each meal. Doing this will help regulate your blood-sugar and insulin levels after a meal, and will keep your body in fat burning mode.

Third, sniff away at the scents that I mentioned above. They will help control your appetite and those mid-night refrigerator raids.

Fourth, supplement your diet with Krill oil or more importantly astaxanthin which is found in krill oil.

And fifth, find an exercise routine that works for you and stick to it!
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