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6 Weight Loss Friendly Foods!

1. Kale

In recent years Kale has ruled as King of weight loss foods. 1 cup of raw kale contains just 33 calories and so will fill you up without increasing your calorie count! Kale also includes lots of good vitamins and mineral, including around 80 mg of Vitamin C (MORE than your daily requirements) and LOADS of Vitamin A and Vitamin K.

2. Avocado

Don’t avocados have loads of fat in them? Won’t it send my cholesterol through the roof? Wrong. In fact in a study published in the Journal of American Heart Association they trialed 45 overweight people on a number of diets. In one diet they had a lower total fat intake but did not eat avocado. In the second diet, there was more fat but each participant ate an avocado a day. The results were astonishing – despite eating more fat the LDL (bad cholesterol) results in the avocado group were lower than the other groups.

3. Tuna

Tuna is low calorie but high protein meaning you stay fuller for longer.

4. Eggs

Eggs can a great way to get lots of essential nutrients in. We also tend to eat them in the morning – the perfect time as they are a source high in protein. Typically eating a high protein breakfast can promote weight loss because you feel more full and are less likely to be reaching for the snack drawer at 11 am.

There are a number of specialised programmes across the country that can help you make an individual weight loss plan

5. Salmon

Another fish that makes the list is Salmon. Again (there’s a theme here) its a rich protein source meaning you stay fuller for longer and don’t reach for snacks. But apart from that, it’s a great source of omega-3 which has been shown in certain studies to leave people more satisfied with their meals. It’s also an easy dish to prepare so is perfect for those with a busy lifestyle.

6. Popcorn

Seems like an odd one but popcorn is a great snack that doesn’t have a high-calorie count. In fact, a bowl of popcorn might only be about 100 calories. If you can’t break the habit of snacking then switching to popcorn as a snack is probably a good idea. It will allow you to slowly wean yourself off snacking but without taking in loads of calories. It’s also a great source of fiber – which can help gastrointestinal transit and is great for people who suffer from things like Irritable Bowel Syndrome!

 

What about a program?

 

If all this is a bit confusing – and you aren’t quite sure about cholesterol, fats, protein nutrients and everything in between then maybe it’s time to call in the professionals. There are a number of specialised programmes across the country that can help you make an individual weight loss plan tailored to your exact goals. Many of these aren’t backed by science – so make sure you pick a plan such as Medifast – that has a number of trials about its weight loss effects.

Why Sugar is So Harmful

Far too many people misunderstand what fat really is and how it comes about. Simply eating something that has fat in it will not cause you to gain excessive amounts of weight over something else. When your body consumes calories, sugar calories, it needs to consume fiber at the same time. Fruits and vegetables have fiber in them so that when you consume the natural sugars they contain you also consume fiber simultaneously. When you consume this it goes into the liver and is processed on a slow and regular basis which converts into energy immediately.

SoftDrinks SugarWhen you do not consume the fiber and you only consume the sugar in something such as a Coke, cookies, or other processed and prepackaged foods, you do not get fiber and instead, you get a higher amount of sugar. Your liver begins to work overtime because it has to process all of the sugar you consumed at the exact same time. When it goes into overdrive the pancreas tries to help by releasing insulin. The high rates of insulin release by your pancreas cause your blood sugar levels to spike. If you do not burn off all of that insulin right then and there, it will almost immediately turn into fat and be stored in your body.

When you do not consume the fiber and you only consume the sugar in something such as a Coke, cookies, or other processed and prepackaged foods, you do not get fiber and instead, you get a higher amount of sugar. Your liver begins to work overtime because it has to process all of the sugar you consumed at the exact same time. When it goes into overdrive the pancreas tries to help by releasing insulin. The high rates of insulin release by your pancreas cause your blood sugar levels to spike. If you do not burn off all of that insulin right then and there, it will almost immediately turn into fat and be stored in your body.

Getting rid of fat which already exists is so much harder than simply keeping the fat off of your body by not consuming contents that have high doses of sugar such as sodas and processed foods.

SugarIn order to avoid items which are high in sugar and bad for your body, you should avoid purchasing products that are already made. You should have to make your meals. You should have to cook and put effort into preparing what you eat. You should not buy something which you can shove in your freezer and simply reheat later. You should not buy something that comes in a box or a bag that you get to open and eat immediately. You should not cover your healthy and natural foods like lettuce with dressings that are high in sugar. These are all things can simply be avoided.

It is imperative that people understand that losing weight is not simply a one-time deal. Burning off existing fat maybe a one time deal in and of itself but in order to keep that fat off to stay healthy no matter what your size or weight you have to begin by changing your lifestyle. Staying healthy truly is a lifestyle choice you have to choose to do it for ever. There is no alternative there is no fast and there is no way to cheat your way out of this.

You need to eat healthier foods that are natural whole foods which are plant-based, exercise regularly, and stay hydrated. Do not let weight loss company trick you into believing that you can change your health and size in one instant and never have to put any work out ever again. Do not let food or soda companies trick you into thinking that consuming a soda counts as no calories or that it helps you lose weight or that it is healthier than simple water.

Why Fat Free is Not the Way to Eat When Losing Weight

Far too many people today are concerned with fat. Fat is a fad. Every few years there’s a new nutritional fad that comes on the market. Sometimes it’s the no carb diet. Sometimes it’s the no fat diet. Sometimes it’s anything in between it’s no white food or no salty food or no dressing or only salad. Whatever form the new bad arrives in, it is simply the same game.

canstockphoto6988825Today the current fad is gluten-free. But pay attention to the labels of what food products you are buying. You may not realize it but everything on the market today offer some form of fat-free alternative. This came about when the First Lady, Michelle Obama, created a program to improve the food that is served to children and get them to exercise. The negative press that this was causing for many of the food production companies caused them to Fake interest and support in this movement. They did this by agreeing to remove a certain number of calories from the marketplace. That is what the press covered. But the problem is that they did not remove calories. Instead, they simply created fat-free versions of everything that they still produce and put on the shelves today. If you look in your store you will see that there is a regular Coke and a fat-free or Coke zero. You will see that there is a regular packet of Oreo cookies and there is a reduced fat version of Oreo cookies.

Losing WeightIf you look closely you will see that all they really did was reduce on average every item on the shelf by 10 calories. but what is really tricky is that they took out the fat or reduce the fat which makes the food taste very bad. To compensate for knowing that their food would taste bad when they removed the fat these companies added massive amounts of sugar and salt. Add a massive amount of sugar they also worked with current legislation to remove the daily value percentage of sugar from all nutritional labels. If you look carefully on any food nutritional label you will see that across from calories, fats, salt, and any other ingredients to list the percentage of your daily value which that item makes up. You will see that something has 120 g of salt which constitutes 12% of your daily value, for example. But what you will not see anymore is what percentage of the daily value sugar takes. By not being able to see that the double, triple, and sometimes quadrupled amounts of sugar in the products amount to access percentages of your daily value far beyond what you should consume in any single day, you are tricked into believing that fat-free items will help you lose weight. But what you don’t realize is that just because something is fat does not mean it’s healthy and will help you to lose fat.

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