Something you should know…

Quick And Efficient Tips In Losing Weight

Regulate salt intake in food

Did you know that cutting down on salt intake can help women in shedding up to 1.5kg of weight? Overconsumption of salt can cause the body to store extra water to dilute the presence of salt that leads to water retention. The symptoms are inclusive of bloating and swollen ankles. 1g of salt equals to retaining an extra kilo of water weight.

Sleep on it!

There has been research that indicates those who slept 5 hours and less are more likely to gain 13kg and more as compared to those who slept 7 hours every night. The reason for this weight gain is due to sleep deprivation that lowers the metabolic rate and increases our desire to consume comfort food. Therefore, the extra 30 minutes of sleep can actually help in letting you feel more refreshed, make better food choices and increase your basal metabolic rate in burning more calories.

Avoid having a heavy breakfast

The digestive ability of the body in the morning and night is at its weakest, thus a heavy breakfast actually burdens your body. The optimum time for consuming a heavy meal should be at noon as that is when the digestive system is at its peak. A healthy and light breakfast can be inclusive of foods like fresh fruits, complex carbohydrates and fresh juice to give you the necessary energy in going about your daily activities.

Engage in physical activities

This means that you should try to incorporate activities like joining classes such as zumba, taking a walk or running to get your body moving. These simple exercises can not only burn extra calories through sweating but also release endorphins which are hormones linked to pleasure and positive emotions.

Soft drinks and sauces are bad for you

Often, many foods have too much sauce that dramatically increase the salt and sugar content of your favourite local dishes which applies to soft drinks as well. These high caloric items and only add towards your expanding waistline in piling up the pounds. So go easy on these items and make a conscious decision to opt for healthier choices instead.

Tips For Food Pairing

I’d suggest the following food pairs for better health during the day:
Choose lean protein or complex carbohydrates with plant fat for breakfast, eat fresh fruit with nuts mid-morning or mid-afternoon, have your main starch at lunch with plant fat, or you could opt for a big green salad with beans, and have lean protein with vegetables for dinner.

Here are some great combinations:
  1. Oatmeal + pecans
  2. Egg whites + avocado
  3. Orange + walnuts
  4. Greek yogurt + berries
  5. Cottage cheese + pineapple
  6. Whole grain bread + peanut butter
  7. Hummus + raw veggies
  8. Spinach + cannellini beans
  9. Fish + asparagus
  10. Chicken + broccoli

Some Options For 24 Hours Of Ideal Eating

BREAKFAST: Mushroom omelet, avocado toast, vegan pancakes with butter, or strawberries and apple slices.

LUNCH: Baked potato with steamed broccoli, spinach-and-white bean salad, lentil soup with roasted cauliflower, or sashimi with seaweed salad.

SNACK: Green salad, orange with kiwi slices, cucumbers and hummus, or celery with peanut butter.

DINNER: Chicken breast with asparagus, lamb with cauliflower rice, brown rice with sauteed mixed veggies, or roasted peppers stuffed with millet.

Slimming Tips For Accelerated Weight Loss

Beauty Rule 1

The stomach secretes different kinds of juices when we eat different kinds of foods. Non-concentrated foods are much simpler for the body to digest than concentrated foods. We can handle most concentrated foods pretty well, but we can eat only one type at a time in order to maximize digestion. It is a huge Beauty Energy drain to ask our bodies to eat two different types of concentrated foods at one time. The two main types of concentrated foods that we will discuss first are starches and proteins, which leads us to the next Beauty Rule.

Beauty Rule 2: Proteins and starches don’t mix

As your read these words, perhaps some favourite or long-accepted food combinations pop into your head: bagels and cream cheese, turkey sandwiches, eggs with toast, sushi rolls, grilled fish and wild rice, filet mignon and potatoes au gratin, chicken pad thai. Yep, these are all improper food combinations.

To understand why protein and starches don’t pair well together, you have to understand how these concentrated foods digest.

PROTEIN: In the stomach a concentrated protein requires an acidic environment to be broken down, an environment that includes hydrochloric acid and enzyme called pepsin.

Now think back to high school chemistry class. What happens when an acid and an alkaline are put together? They neutralize each other. To use the words of Dr. Norman Walker, eating carbohydrates with protein at the same time results in a “serious chemical situation to contend with.”

Since the food is not breaking down naturally, what do our poor glands do next? Our stomach has to secrete more digestive juices to try to break down the food, but because there are still opposing digestive enzymes at work, they are neutralized again and again. The digestion of the carbohydrates is interfered with by the presence of the acidic digestive juices, and at the same time the proteins are prevented from digesting properly or completely in the presence of the alkaline digestive juices.

Beauty Rule 3: Vegetables are neutral

Vegetables are wonderful alkaline, non-concentrated foods. They are simple for our body to digest and are considered absolutely neutral. If you love roasted chicken or steamed tilapia fish, eat it along with some steamed vegetables and a raw green salad. If you are in the mood for a starchy dish, maybe some pasta salad or a baked yam, eat it with some vegetables.

Beauty Rule 4: Mixing two starches is okay

Even though starches are concentrated foods, they aren’t as complicated to digest as protein. While simple meals are always best, two different starches are okay to eat at once.

Beauty Rule 5: Mixing two different types of animal protein is not okay

Proteins as a whole are the hardest food group to break down. Proteins are comprised of complex chains of amino acids, each with a very different character and chemical makeup. Our bodies must break down protein into amino acids in order to digest or assimilate them. Since the body has to concentrate so much energy on breaking down each protein, only one protein at a time should be consumed. Otherwise, the proteins will not fully and efficiently digest, and they will putrefy in the digestive tract.

Animal proteins are much more complex and difficult to break down than plant proteins, which include seeds, nuts and sea algae, and this means this rule is really only applicable to animal proteins. You can mix plant proteins without a problem, so, for example, having seeds and nuts together is fine. But surf and turf, eggs with ham, or an appetizer containing fish followed by a chicken main dish are all bad combinations. Two kinds of fish or two kinds of poultry eaten together at the same meal are all okay, but remember to keep meals as simple as possible to preserve Beauty Energy.

Beauty Rule 6: Fats should be eaten moderately with protein (animal and plant) but are okay to eat with carbohydrates

Fat mixes well with starches but has somewhat of an inhibiting effect on the digestion of protein. You can pair minimal amounts of fat with protein, but it is best not to eat a large amount of fat with any protein. Even if you are eating an all-raw meal, it is best not to mix a lot of nuts (protein) together with a whole avocado (fat)! This could prevent efficient weight loss. A plentiful supply of green vegetables can be used to counteract the interaction between a moderate amount of protein and raw fat. For instance, if you are having a piece of fish over a nice green salad, it is okay to have a little oil on the salad, but go easy on it and eat up a good portion of the alkaline greens first. But if weight loss is truly the goal, it would be best to skip the oil altogether and let the protein digest perfectly on its own!

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5 Ways To Lose Weight

Form a diet that minimizes starches, sugars

Starches and sugars form a huge part of our daily diets, but are the worst foods for weight management. Bad starches and sugars to stay away from include: rice, noodles, prata, potato chips, fries, white breads, pastries, soft drinks, candies, and cakes. Increase your fibre intake to reduce the amount of time food stays in your tummy and increase detoxification.

Starving yourself might make you gain weight instead

This is a common mistake a lot of women make. As the body realizes it is getting less food, its metabolism slows down in order to save energy. When this happens, your body starts eating its muscle supply, basically, consuming lean tissue instead of fat reserves.

The really unfortunate thing is that if you do manage to lose weight by starving yourself, it’s really hard for your body to stay lean. Your body’s balance is lost as fats accumulate while you start eating normally. This is because muscles that were destroyed, take a long time to rebuild compared to fat accumulation.

Stress can cause weight-gain

When your body is under stress, it releases cortisol, a counter-stress hormone. Cortisol programs us to want to accumulate and store food into fat, as a warning to impending stress stimuli.

The converse is also true; eating becomes a psychological mechanism that responds to stress to replicate the level of cortisol that was inherent. This is why “comfort food” is a never a raw carrot stick and also why obesity is a first world problem. We are addicted to cheap calories.

Burn more calories than you take in

This is actually the most direct way to think about weight loss. To lose one pound of weight in a day, you must burn 3,500 more calories than you take in as food. A huge part of creating this weight loss, is to increase your fat-free mass. This directly increases your basal metabolic rate, intense exercise will spike metabolic rates by 30% during activity. But it is your base rate that determines your consistent calorie metabolism all day. Do not use crash diets to create this deficit.

Drink water instead of sugary drinks

Many doctors recommend that males get 13 cups of water per day, which works out to 3 liters, while women are recommended to drink 9 cups per day, about 2.2 liters. You can add lemon or grapefruit extracts which exude some carbohydrate-burning properties.