By Lorna Vanderhaeghe
If weight loss were as simple as reducing calories and running the treadmill we would all be thin. There are many factors contributing to our expanding waist line and that is why diets generally don’t work. Most dieters gain all the weight they have lost and more within 60 days of halting a calorie-reduced diet. Weight loss can be effortless when we adopt a new way of eating and add a couple of nutritional supplements that get to the root of the weight problem.
Food that fights Fat
Eat protein at every meal and eat only protein for breakfast — an egg, a chicken breast, a protein shake, protein powder in organic unsweetened yogurt for example. To make it simple the piece of protein should be the size of your palm.
Stop eating all white foods — white bread, white pasta, white sugar, white flour, white potatoes. If you have a doughy belly, then stop eating grains too. Women lose weight fast when they eliminate grains from their diet — sometimes several pounds a week. Grains are starches that convert into sugars.
Don’t drink fruit juice. You would never sit down and eat 8 apples at once but when you drink a glass of apple juice, you drink the sugar and water of 8 apples without the fiber. Fruit juice disrupts blood sugar.
Eat dark green vegetables at lunch and dinner with a palm-sized piece of protein. Eat a snack in between and make sure it is protein (like a piece of cheese). Get a large ziplock freezer bag and fill it in the morning with broccoli, sugar snap peas, celery sticks, carrots, and more. Eat vegetables throughout the day — your blood sugar will be balanced and you will never feel hungry.
Drink water flavored with ginger or fresh lemon. Drink herbal teas through the day.
And add two clinically researched nutritional supplements to super charge weight loss and bust belly fat.
CLA with Green Tea Extract
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a fatty-acid supplement that is a fat that melts fat. In a 90-day, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study published in 2000 in the Journal of Nutrition, CLA users experienced fat loss with an average weight reduction of seven pounds and an increase in lean muscle. There was a 20 percent decrease in body fat. CLA also stops fat from coming back once dieting stops, research has found. Incredibly, CLA has also been found to help with weight loss even if people don’t change their lifestyle although I don’t recommend this.
In June 2009, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported on 45 postmenopausal women who were obese and who had type 2 diabetes. They took 8,000mg of CLA per day with food for 16 weeks. The women were told not to diet or exercise any differently during the trial. The researchers found that CLA significantly reduced the women’s body mass index (BMI) and resulted in a four-pound weight loss. Just think if they would have eaten for fat loss too!
Green Tea Enhances Fat Loss
One study revealed participants who took green tea extract capsules daily increased their fat burning without accelerating their heart rate. The capsules safely enhanced fat burning. A 2010 study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition involved 35 obese subjects with metabolic syndrome. (Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of factors that increase risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes; these factors include a large waistline, low “good” HDL cholesterol, as well as high blood pressure, high triglycerides (blood fats) and high blood sugar levels.) At the end of eight weeks, the green tea group experienced significant decreases in body weight compared to the control group. Do not use de-caffeinated green tea as it is the caffeine along with the other constituents of the green tea that effectively enhances fat-burning, thus improving fat loss.
Belly Fat Busting Chirositol
Belly fat is a stubborn problem. No number of sit-ups and crunches make it disappear. We know there is a connection between our expanding waistlines and our hormones. The main hormone contributing to belly fat is insulin. Insulin is a powerful hormone that, when in excess, also causes an elevation in circulating male hormones in women which can cause male facial hair growth and acne too. In men, elevated insulin results in a beer bellyand breasts. Elevated insulin promotes high cholesterol, diabetes, weight gain, and excess belly fat. Skin tags are an early sign of pre-diabetes.
Thankfully, busting belly fat and normalizing insulin just got easier. The nutrient Chirositol (pronounced “kur-au-sitol”), researched in over 30 studies at the Virginia Medical School, works to keep blood sugar in the healthy range. Chirositol has been shown to reduce appetite and improve our happy hormone serotonin, which halts sugar cravings and controls appetite. But Chirositol really shines in fighting belly fat in both men and women.
Combine a fat burning diet, CLA and green tea extract with Chirositol and weight loss will be effortless.
Lorna Vanderhaeghe is Canada’s leading women’s natural health expert. With degrees in biochemistry and nutrition, she is the author of 11 books including A Smart Women’s Guide to Weight Loss. Visit: www.hormonehelp.com