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10 Super Sneaky Weight Loss Tips

By |November 4th, 2013|

Many of us would love to lose those few extra pounds.

The problem is that restricting what we are eating sounds difficult, and we aren’t sure we’ll be able to stick with it or even want to stick with it.

These tips are sneaky because you don’t have to actually restrict anything! You just add foods or change the way you eat. Pick out one or two that work with your lifestyle and have fun!

1. Eat a handful of raw, soaked nuts and seeds 20 minutes before meals.

  • Twenty minutes is the time it takes for your body to tell your brain that it has received nutrition.
  • Your brain then decides you do not need to eat so much more.
  • Nuts contain protein and good slimming fats.

2. Eat half a Grapefruit before each meal.

  • Remember the trendy 80’s diet involving gorging on grapefruit to lose tons of weight? It was highly restrictive.
  • But, you can lose up to a pound a week by eating half a grapefruit before sensible meals!
  • Or eat whatever you usually do and lose 3.6 pounds in 12 weeks. (Research at the Nutrition and Medical Research Centre at Scripps Clinic)

3. Smelling food can trick your brain into thinking you’ve eaten.

  • A study found those who inhaled peppermint scent every 2 hours ate 2,700 calories LESS per week than normal.
  • That’s a fat loss of more than half a pound a week!

4. Brush your teeth.

  • When you feel like you want to indulge in something not healthy, try brushing your teeth with mint-flavored toothpaste.
  • You typically won’t feel like eating when there is a minty flavor in their mouth and toothpaste makes most foods taste bad.

5. Do not eat while watching TV.

  • It increases your calories by 40 percent more than usual.

6. Spice up your food.

  • Adding hot spices to your meals can reduce hunger. (Study in the British Journal of Nutrition)
  • Capsaicin (found in chilies) triggers your brain to release feel-good endorphins. (Scientists at the State University of New York at Buffalo)

7. Eat with chopsticks. For some of you, this will be a major way to lose weight because you will not be able to eat your food at all!

  • When eating with chopsticks, more attention is required in picking up food from the plate. The bite size and portions are smaller.
  • It takes more time helping you to slow down and enjoy.
  • May help you realize you’re full sooner and then you’ll wind up eating less!

8. Take 10 minutes to eat a treat.

  • This habit could totally reduce your cravings!
  • Take out one serving of your favorite treat.
  • Allow a minute to smell it, look at it and think about it.
  • Now take one small bite, chewing slowly, focus on the texture and taste, and then swallow.
  • Before the next bite, ask yourself if you really want more.
  • Repeat this sequence with your treat 20 times. This should take about 10 minutes.
  • “Many of our participants …. didn’t enjoy the treat as much as they thought they would, or they were content after just a couple of bites and were better able to stop eating when they were satisfied.” – Lesley Lutes, PhD, at department of psychology at East Carolina University.

9. Get enough sleep and rest.

  • People gain weight when not getting enough sleep.
  • Even just a few nights of sleep deprivation can lead to immediate weight gain. (Research University of Pennsylvania)

10. Focus on Nutrients, Not Calorie Counting

  • Eat lots of whole foods and vegetables and make sure you have healthy meals and snacks with smart carbs, protein, and fat.
  • Filling up with high-nutrient foods […]

Can a Gluten Free Diet Help You Lose Weight?

By |September 14th, 2013|

Celebrities world wide are raving about weight loss benefits of gluten free, but does it really work?

Oprah Winfrey, Miley Cyrus and diagnosed celiac Elisabeth Hasselbeck all said they lost weight going gluten free. Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jenny McCarthy, Kim Kardashian and Emmy Rossum have also joined the crowd.

“Everyone should try no gluten for a week! The change in your skin, (physical) and mental health is amazing! U won’t go back!” tweeted Miley Cyrus.

BUT….. there is no real research validating  that people will lose weight eating gluten free. In fact there are studies showing  going gluten free has no effect on weight loss.

Mayo Clinic’s gluten expert, Joseph Murray MD says there is no evidence that a gluten free diet will affect weight loss.  The study conducted on celiac patients on a gluten free diet found some gained weight, some lost weight, and some did not change. AM J CLIN NUTR 79: 669, 2004 SOURCE: NUTRITION ACTION. JAN/FEB 2013. GUT MYTHS

BUT …… what I have seen and what our testing shows is that most people are not doing well with gluten in their diet and are sensitive to gluten.

Why are so many gluten sensitive?

Gluten protein is difficult for many people to digest, often passing through the stomach undigested.  This undigested gluten then enters the small intestine and  irritates the intestines wall, causing inflammation and other problems.  Irritated intestines will leak undigested foods and toxins into the blood and lymph on the outside of the intestinal wall.

 

Fact: 3 million people in the United States (adults and children) have celiac disease. – U.S. National Institute of Health estimates. There is no treatment for celiac disease. The only thing to do is a gluten-free diet which eliminates most of the symptoms. Goldie Hawn and Juliette Lewis are just a few celebrities who have Celiac’s disease.

Going gluten-free isn’t easy.  Gluten is a protein found in many foods not just in wheat products, it is in other grains, beers, imitation meats and even things like soy sauce, pickles and hot dogs.

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Why is it that many people lose weight going gluten free?

They eat less starchy foods that are full of gluten.  All that bread, pasta, pizza, bagels, muffins, cakes and many snack foods do not work for a gluten free diet.  Guess what?  They lose weight. Anyone would lose weight eliminating all those carbohydrates and unhealthy foods.

So what do they eat?  They eat more veggies and lean meat, which may also be responsible for the weight loss.

 Why is it that many people GAIN WEIGHT going gluten free?

Answer: They start buying  gluten free substitutes.

BUT…. those gluten free breads, cookies, cakes and cereals are usually higher in calories than the wheat based products.  They are filled with starchy ingredients such as tapioca starch, potato starch, or corn starch and even lots of sugar to make them taste good.

Some  smart innovative people make their own gluten free substitutes.

Unfortunately….. most of the gluten free recipe books and the ones online have the same problem.  They are full of starch and even sugar!

Store bought, and home-made gluten free goodies taste so good that it is easy to eat lots and lots. There are so many other Dangers of Common Gluten Free Products.

Stop buying your gluten free products at supermarkets or even health food stores and making them with those unhealthy starches.

Make your own food with whole grains. Ok, that is not easy because as I said most gluten recipes have 30% to 70% starch!  I have spent years creating healthy gluten free […]

Brown Rice vs White Rice: Benefits and Cautions

By |July 3rd, 2011|

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Rice feeds the world!

Three billion people worldwide depend on rice for over half of  their daily calorie intake.  Most of them eat white rice.

Without rice, even the cleverest housewife cannot cook.
Chinese Proverb

Could the hippies and macrobiotics, two of the biggest brown rice proponents be wrong?  What are the differences between brown and white rice, and what are the benefits of each?

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