Top 7 Ingredients for Weight Loss

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Looking for a simple solution to staying healthy and maybe even losing a little weight?

You’re not alone.

I talk to people all the time who want simple solutions for life-long problems.

If there were a simple,easy way to lose those extra pounds off your belly, wouldn’t everyone be doing it?

I probably don’t need to tell you about the risks if you are overweight…but someone has to!

Obesity has increasingly evolved into a health crisis, causing a variety of complications and increased risks in an array of illnesses. Obesity is a major contributorto the development and progression of disorders such as insulinresistance, hyperinsulinemia, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovasculardisease.

The formula for weight loss and maintaining optimal weight must take into consideration a multitude of factors including metabolic rate (the amount of energy your body needs to function), blood sugar regulation and activity level.

It’s important not to depend on any one food, nutrient or dietary formula to stimulate weight loss.

The most crucial element is to lower calorie intake via food and increase activity level by exercise. Watch out for fads! All food does contain calories, so if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is! Weight loss does not occur magically.

And so, I advocate variety being the spice of life!

Even better, I do this for valid scientific reasons! Paleolithic Aboriginal tribes in Australia studied in their natural habitat have been shown to have eaten over a 100 different foods per day. (Compare that to the average Western diet—sugar, dairy, wheat, soy, cow’s meat, potato, pork, corn syrup… Need I say more!)

To help strip off unwanted pounds, I have a simple formula—eat foods that fill you up, and eat foods that speed up your metabolism. Then move a lot! Throw in some human growth hormone-stimulating exercises…and you’re on a roll!

Here are my Top 7 Ingredients for Weight Loss:

1.  Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a superstar of soluble fibre, absorbing 12 times their volume in water, and containing the highest known levels of omega-3’s in any food. Soluble fibre expands throughout the digestive process, making you feel full for hours. It also keeps you “regular” stimulating healthy digestion.

weight loss2.  Green Tea

Green tea extract has been shown to create a considerable increase in energy expenditure, plus has a positive effect on fat breakdown. Researchers theorize that this may be due to the theanine in the green tea rather than the caffeine—theanine is an amino acid that is helpful for brain balance, fatigue, and both physical and mental energy.

3.  Coconut Oil

Aside from palm oil, breast milk and raw unprocessed full-fat cow’s milk, coconut oil is the only food to naturally contain medium-chain fatty acids. MCFAs are broken down in your liver, boosting energy and burning existing fat. The fast rate of oxidation of MCFA leads to greater energy expenditure. In addition, coconut oil also makes you feel full, so you’re likely to eat less.

4.  Cacao

A rat study showed that Cacao may lower cholesterol and moderate blood-sugar levels. Whether you believe the rats or not, Cacao is delicious raw, in chocolate or hot chocolate.

Cacao also contains antioxidant polyphenols which are protective against several diseases—including cardiovascular diseases and cancers—and demonstrate anti-inflammatory properties.

5.  Caffeine—e.g. Coffee/ Black Tea

Caffeine in small doses has shown promise at increasing metabolism, particularly within one hour of intake. Caffeine before exercise may be a way of boosting fat-loss.

The scientific literature doesn’t recommend large intakes of caffeine. One cup of coffee a day may provide benefit, but more than that, may be too much, and may have the opposite effect as it’s difficult to digest, requiring various liver detoxification processes. It also places a burden and stress on the adrenal glands.

Since most people over-stress their adrenal glands in the modern world, it is crucial to provide “rest days” and make sure your intake is not too excessive.

6.  Chili

Good news for chili-lovers! That Indian curry may have some health benefits after all!

Chili and its active component capsaicin has been shown to enhance energy and fat metabolism. I recommend only moderate amounts though.

7. Water

Clean water is vital for human health.

Since we contain between 55-78 percent of water, we require adequate water for optimal cell functioning and the detoxification required to aid weight-loss. The more active you are and the warmer the climate, the greater the loss of hydration, and concomitantly the greater the need for water.

Keep your fluids up during and after exercise to aid recovery.

So there you have it, 7 small and simple things to add to your daily diet. Now just add some exercise in there and you’re body will be feeling better in no time :)

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