A Few Tips On How To Lose That Stubborn Fat
- Limit Dairy Foods – Dairy, while a great source of calcium and vitamin D, may inhibit fat loss in some susceptible individuals (those who are sensitive to dairy) via an overly insulin-genic mechanism. An individual does not have to be lactose intolerant for dairy to have an effect. It can be as simple as a small allergic reaction, slight gut inflammation or an exaggerated insulin response that may cause water retention, bloating or simply hinder fat loss.
- Eliminate all sweeteners (natural and artificial) – Sweeteners can cause GI upset and water retention. Be aware of natural sugar alcohols like xylitol, erythritol, malitol and sorbitol as well as artificial ones. This suggestion includes sucralose in coffee, diet sodas and drinks, gelatins, candy and gum. Stevia, however, is an herb and will be your best option if you want to keep a zero calorie sweetener in your diet.
- Increase intake of green leafy vegetables – These include spinach, kale, Swiss chard, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, cucumbers, celery and mustard/collard greens. High in B vitamins and chockfull of water and relatively high in fiber (compared to total carbs), green leafy vegetables help shed water and help optimize the acid-based balance in the body for efficient fat burning, by providing plenty of potassium, magnesium and calcium. Be aware of broccoli and cauliflower, as they can cause bloating in susceptible people. Start out with smaller servings of these.
- Choose ‘clean’ carbs and pay attention to gluten – Some people may need to be aware of gluten-containing grains like whole wheat breads, pastas and cereals since they can cause slight to moderate allergic reactions in susceptible people. This kind of metabolic dysfunction can disrupt the ability to burn fat. Instead, choose mostly hypoallergenic carbs like yams, potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, beans and starchy vegetables (squash, zucchini, eggplant). Fruits like melons, apples, pears, grapefruits and berries are also great clean carb choices.
- Limit beverages other than water – Limit all juices, sodas (even diet, especially diet!), sweet tea, milk, half-and-half, sports drinks, energy drinks (even sugar free) and zero calorie, sweetened waters. Drink plain H2O in a recommended amount of 3-4 liters per day. Other permissible fat burning beverages include 1-2 cups of unsweetened green tea per day (a good optionn to provide the extract EGCC) and organic coffee, taken black (1-2 cups/day).
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