To lose weight fast and keep it off, you must adopt a healthy lifestyle that involves making healthier food choices and keeping yourself physically active on a daily basis. As quick fixes to their weight problem, some people opt for yo-yo dieting, which can be harmful to the health. Yo-yo dieting, also known as ‘weight cycling’, is also believed to be ineffective because most dieters gain back more weight than they lost. Yet, if you’re struggling to lose weight, it may be that you’re doing it the wrong way. These 5 simple tips can help you shed the excess flab and keep you on the right track to reach your goals. Read - Weight loss: Include these 5 Ayurvedic medicines in your diet to lose weight and get a flat tummy
If you want to lose weight, you’d better avoid special “low-carb” products that are full of carbs. This should be obvious, but creative marketers are doing all they can to fool you (and get your money). They will tell you that you can eat cookies, pasta, ice cream, bread and plenty of chocolate on a low-carb diet, as long as you buy their brand. They’re full of carbohydrates. Don’t be fooled.
Appetite suppressants are either pills, drinks, supplements or whole foods that help keep you from overeating. Natural appetite suppressants — which have some similarities to commercial weight loss pills but some important differences — may help tackle some of these issues related to obesity or emotional eating in part by balancing levels of “hunger hormones,” such as ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin and leptin rise and fall throughout the day depending on things like how much you’ve recently eaten, your mood, stress level, sleep, genetics, current weight and level of inflammation. In other words, there’s a lot at play when it comes to suppressing or stimulating your daily appetite.
Participants in the green tea extract group also had improvements in cholesterol levels and elevated levels of adiponectin compared to the placebo group. Low levels of adiponectin have been tied to problems like insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and increased inflammation. EGCG, the most abundant green tea catechin and a powerful bioactive constituent, has also been shown to act like a cancer-fighting compound and promote thermogenic activities in studies, therefore decreasing fat cell proliferation and helping burn body fat for energy. (3)
A basic, healthy diet should include at least 3 nutritious meals a day and 1 or 2 snacks. A well-balanced diet is made up of carbohydrate-rich foods, protein, and some fat – but not too much. No foods have to be completely eliminated for a balanced diet. You can still enjoy high-fat, high-sugar foods in moderation. Healthy living is about not denial and deprivation but balance. Health Canada has a guide called Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide that is a good reference for balanced eating.
"When going out for fast food, I used to get the large-size value meal. Now, I satisfy a craving by ordering just one item: a small order of fries or a six-piece box of chicken nuggets. So far, I've shaved off 16 pounds in seven weeks, and I'm on track to being thinner than my high school self for my 10-year reunion later this year." —Miranda Jarrell, Birmingham, AL
Dairy products contain varying amounts of lactose (milk sugar), which slows down weight loss. What’s more, part of the protein in milk generates a significant insulin response, which can have the same effect. Consequently, cutting back on dairy products may accelerate weight loss. This applies especially to dairy products typically lacking in fat, such as regular milk and various yogurts, but be careful with full-fat dairy such as cream and cheese all the same. And don’t forget whey protein powder, which is pure milk protein.
Two appetite suppressants - sibutramine (Reductil) and rimonabant (Acomplia) - were taken off the UK market in recent years. Both went through clinical trials but once people widely began using them, dangerous side-effects were reported. Side effects from one drug included making the people taking them feel suicidal, while another drug increased the chances of having a non-fatal heart attack or stroke.
Based on blood samples and standardized questionnaires, the results showed that adding thylakoids to the subjects’ breakfasts suppressed hunger and increased secretion of cholecystokinin from three hours on. The thylakoids also prevented reactive hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar that results from insulin and blood sugar swings from high to low following a high-carb meal). “This study therefore suggests that the dietary addition of thylakoids could aid efforts to reduce food intake and prevent compensational eating later in the day, which may help to reduce body weight over time,” concluded the researchers.
Dairy products such as cream and cheeses. They work well in cooking as they satisfy. The problem is if you’re munching a lot of cheese in front of the TV in the evening… without being hungry. Be careful with that. Or lots of cream with dessert, when you’re actually already full and just keep eating because it tastes good. Or another common culprit: loads of heavy cream in the coffee, many times per day.
The most recent thylakoid study conducted by the Swedish researchers helps to confirm thylakoid’s role as a natural appetite suppressant even more. This study, in overweight women, found that adding thylakoids to a high carbohydrate meal again decreased feelings of hunger and elevated the satiety hormone cholecystokinin. Twenty moderately overweight female subjects received test meals on three different occasions; two thylakoid enriched and one control, separated by one week. The test meals consisted of a high carbohydrate breakfast, with or without addition of thylakoids.
How can you know if you are within your natural and healthy weight range? The body mass index (BMI) is a good way to see if you have a healthy weight. There are many BMI calculators available on the internet. Men and women between the ages of 20 and 65 can use the BMI. However, it doesn't apply to pregnant or breast-feeding women, very muscular people, or endurance athletes. With BMI, there is a wide range of weight that is considered healthy for a given height. That's because healthy bodies come in many shapes and sizes.
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Because they’re loaded with benefits, virtually free from calories and easy to use on all sorts of recipes, there’s basically no reason for anything but love for spices. There’s evidence that including more spices and herbs in your diet (especially turmeric, black pepper and cayenne pepper) can help you reduce intake of things like flavor enhancers, salt and sugar while helping you reduce weight gain without having negative effects. Try adding some to homemade tea or detox drinks, marinades, on top of fish or other proteins, in a stir-fry, on veggies, or in soups.