Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lose weight and feel refreshed

Now there is no magic pill that will help you lose weight overnight, but there are a few simple guide lines that when followed properly will ensure weight loss with relative ease. Follow these simple easy to do rules for 1 month and I promise you that you will begin to lose weight! Its very likely to help you to stop having  low energy, stress, headaches, restless nights, etc etc.

1. Drink water only

For the next month stick with just water! No pop/soda, no coffee, no energy drinks, no fruit juices, no milk.
these drinks contains either high amounts of sugar, caffeine, or high fructose corn syrup. They all cause weight gain and do not aid in total health. Water is the champion here. Drink 2.5 to 4 Liters a day (a gallon is 3.78 Liters) Water not only hydrates you, it helps your circulation to carry nutrients all over your body much faster, as well as disperse waste. You will frequent that bathroom a bit more but its well worth it. When the urine is clear that means the kidneys and liver are functioning properly. When the urine is yellow is means the kidneys are working overtime and the liver needs to help out the kidneys with filtration. This is bad news because one of the main functions of the liver is to burn fat! So if the urine is clear the kidneys are doing there part and the liver is doing its part.

2. Eat Clean

When you prepare your breakfast, lunch, and dinner, keep wholesome healthy foods in mind like lean meats, whole grains, fresh fruits, fresh veggies. No dairy, no chips or pop/soda, avoid grains if you can help it like white bread and similar types. some good protein sources:  fish, chicken or turkey breasts, lean beef. Stay away from the canned stuff. Stay away from the cereals and processed foods. Cut out the breads, cereals, dairy products,  they only add to health issues and further weight gain. If you can not live without grains then chose wholesome grains like whole grain and wheat. Cut out all the junk. No candy, no chips, no ice cream, leave all of that stuff behind. Forget fast food!

3. Eat several small meals

This sounds much more difficult than it actually is. Eat breakfast, then prepare a snack like some almonds or walnuts and celery, then eat lunch, after lunch another snack maybe a chicken breast wrapped in romaine lettuce, then eat dinner. Yes snacking in between breakfast lunch and dinner is a good thing so long as what you are eating is relatively small and healthy! The idea behind several small meals is that it keeps your body's metabolism in a constant state of burning which will help burn off those extra calories that used to mean extra pounds! If you go longer than 3 hours without eating the body switches to a catabolic state which means it essentially breaks down muscle which is not good because more muscle we have to stronger our metabolism!

4. Go on walks!

This should be a no brainer, but how many times do we come home after work and plop down on the couch and start in on a bag of chips while we flip through the channels? How about a nice half hour walk instead. Take the dog, listen to some music or audio books, walk with a loved one or a friend, or just go by yourself and enjoy the evening or morning which ever you prefer to walk. It clears your mind and relaxes you.

Get plenty of Rest

8 or more hours of sleep a night are very important for the body to repair and recover, as well as fighting off any infections or colds coming your way! When you are well rested your body operates much more efficiently from digestion to energy surplus, sleep is a must!

Thats pretty much it. Most problems today are nothing more than a vicious cycle. You are cranky, tired, and stressed out because you didn't get enough sleep so you start eating and drinking junk foods to try and get more energy to feel better, but you just dehydrated yourself and your body is in shock from all the sugar you gave it so the liver is overflowing with glycogen and is released into the blood stream which isn't circulating fast enough to dispose of it so it gets stored as fat, meanwhile your lack of sleep is slowing down your metabolism and you only eat once or twice that day. You finally get home too tired to do anything but watch tv and eat junk food just so you can do it all over again tomorrow.... STOP IT!!!!!!!!!! These simple rules will help anyone stuck in that rut or sometimes find themselves in that rut to break free and find rejuvenation!!