- Try to get at least 3 hours or more of exercise a week. Preferably MORE. Make sure you do equal weight training to cardiovascular exercise.
Weights are important because they build muscle. More muscle equals a faster metabolism so you can eat more without gaining weight. And you will get rid of those old lady turkey arms…
- But do you know what? Exercise alone won’t make you lose weight. It takes about an hour to burn 400 calories walking briskly. Have a mocha latte afterwards, and all those results are gone. POOF!
- I would say when you are trying to lose weight your diet is 70% important and exercising is 30% important.
I see a lot of women at my gym who exercise a lot, yet they are still overweight. Obviously, they are eating the wrong things.
- CLA or Conjugated Linoleic Acid: This Amino Acid is supposed to reduce body fat, increase lean muscle mass, and enhance fat burning.
- Cut out all refined flours, white rice, and corn from your diet.
That means giving up bagels, buns, wheat bread, tortillas, white rice, cookies, cakes, etc. You can have one type of bread only: The sprouted, whole grain flourless type. Ezekiel is one brand you can find in a lot of shops. But only one slice Why not corn tortillas, you ask? OK you can have a corn tortilla once in awhile but don’t make a habit of it. But no cornbread. Ever. All of the refined grains increase insulin in the body and make the body receptive to depositing fat. It’s a bummer.
- Cut out all added sweeteners, real and artificial!
Real sugar, corn sugar and artificial low calorie sweeteners. That means no more diet sodas, the bloggers go to drink, right? The body tastes the artificial sweetness and automatically craves more. It’s also said that although diet sodas don’t have any calories, they make you bloated. Just ask Dr OZ! You need to shock your body into not craving sugar. If you really need something sweet have apiece of fruit. I didn’t say it would be easy!
- Make sure you eat lean protein in every meal and snack.
Greek yogurt, no oil hummus, nuts, and a tiny bit of cheese (1 ounce) are great snack items.
- Never skip meals.
If you aren’t hungry at lunchtime or breakfast eat something anyway. When you skip meals your metabolism slows down.
- Give up white potatoes in all forms.
Eat potatoes, look like a potato, it’s as simple as that. Although they are a vegetable, they have so much starch in them, your body is tricked into believing they are sugar.
- Eat as many vegetables and most fruits as you want!
Get a good cookbook and look up some good side vegetable recipes because while you are trying to lose weight you will be eating mostly vegetables, lean protein. just don’t put lots of butter or oil on them. Go easy on bananas, sweet potatoes, and carrots which have a lot of starch.
- Try out whole grain side dishes instead or your usual refined flour sides
Quinoa, couscous, barley, brown rice, and amaranth all make good replacements for bread and potatoes. Plus they have tons of fiber in them that you need.
- Drink a large glass of water before every meal.
It will help to fill you up and is great for your skin.
- Don’t eat anything after dinner!
No popcorn in front of the TV, no snacking at the fridge, nothing. Your body needs to have time to burn fat while you sleep. If it is busy digesting, it won’t burn any fat. Why not take advantage of your body’s natural fat burning process?
I think the one thing that works best for me in the no bread rule. I would love to hear back from you if you try some of these tips. Let me know if they work for you!
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