Here are 5 simple tips to lose weight & feel great:
1. Eat more fat
What? Doesn't fat make you fat? No. We have been told to cut fats from our diet, that low-fat, margarine and carbohydrates would make us slim. Since that time, we have only gotten heavier. The truth is, we need fat for our body to function. Every cell needs fat to give us energy, allow our hair to shine, our nails to grow and our skin to look youthful. When we switch to low-fat diets, not only do we increase our sugar intake (low-fat yoghurt has 7g of sugar - the same as a soft drink!), we also deprive our body of much-needed nutrients. The result is we get wrinkles easier, we crave more food and we don't have energy. Including healthy fats in your life, like butter, coconut oil, meat fat, avocados and nuts, will ensure you get some of the nutrition your body is craving. Fat is the only thing that satiates us - gives us the sensation of being satisfied. So bring back the butter!
(side note - vegetable oils and margarine are not "good fats". These are man-made, heat-destroyed seed oils that diminish our health. Our body doesn't recognise these oils and stores them in our fat cells so that we don't get sick from having them floating around in our body)
2. Eat less sugar
This one seems obvious, but there is sugar lurking in every processed product we consume. It gets broken down and disguised as other names, but sugar is added to almost all diet products. Otherwise they don't taste good!
Sugar is also lurking in other products we may consume every day. Bread, pasta and rice all turn to sugar very quickly in the body, giving us a surge of energy, which if we don't use immediately, gets stored as fat. If our diet mainly consists of carbohydrates, we may feel hungry much more often as our body is not craving calories, it is hungry for nutrients. So, decreasing the amount of processed food and white carbohydrates we eat, and increasing the fat will help us feel fuller and increase our health and energy.
3. Slow down
In our busy lives, we often don't take the time to sit down and appreciate our food. We eat at the computer, standing up, running around. Our super intelligent body has a communication system between our stomach and our brain, and when we start to get full, the stomach tells the brain "that's enough!" However if we eat rapidly, by the time the stomach tells the brain enough, we have already over eaten. If we sit down, smell our food, eat slowly, chew every mouthful, we will naturally eat less.
4. Go big - medium - small.
Eat a large breakfast, medium lunch, and small dinner. Our bodies go in to cleaning mode from 3pm - 3am, so if at 7pm we eat a big meal, most of the night is spent in digestion, instead of in rest and recovery. We've all eaten a large, late meal and woken up the next morning feeling tired - because our body was busy processing the food instead of cleaning up. Try eating a full-fat breakfast (like bacon, eggs and vegetables fried in butter) a medium lunch (like a lamb chop & salad) and a small dinner (stir-fried veges, or soup) and give your body the chance to heal.
5. Introduce coconut oil
Coconut oil is a superfood of its own right. It balances weight, increases metabolism and helps to heal digestion processes. A full explanation of the benefits of coconut oil can be found further down the blog.
I'd love to hear from you! What's your favourite tip to simplify healthy living?
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