Choose good fats over bad (almond, canola and
olive oil over butter or lard)
Choose whole, unprocessed carbs over refined
carbs (potatoes over two minute noodles)
Choose lean protein sources (fish, lean cuts of
meat, low fat dairy and eggs, tofu and beans over meat pies and sausage rolls)
Zinc is an important micro-nutrient for taste acuity and may also be helpful in ensuring that you enjoy the foods you eat to their maximum.
If that desire for a sugar fix becomes too much consider replacing some sugar in your diet with
Stevia, which is a natural super sweet alternative. It will deliver far fewer calories for the same sweet hit, adding up to increased weight loss.
but not too much!
Work your way into your new exercise regime
steadily and consistently to avoid injuries and psychological fatigue.
We know that the body responds best when it
is pushed out of its comfort zone, but that means just stepping up the
intensity one day at a time.
This is easy to do. Choose your exercise
and do it at an intensity that you can no longer hold a conversation. This should always be the case.
And donít forget the incidental exercise Ė
taking the stairs, doing housework and short walks all burn extra calories.
Once youíre in the habit, these little changes to your behaviour become
Some interesting studies recently have
shown that people who train too hard tend to unconsciously eat too much following
their exercise as well. The lesson is
clear that training too hard can backfire.
5. Use Supplements
The weight loss industry probably has more
quack medicine than any other. The holy
weight loss pill is everyoneís dream. And it is just that, a dream.
There are medicines and supplements that
can boost metabolism, but many of them operate by increasing blood pressure and
core temperature. This is called thermogenesis and can be dangerous if not very
carefully monitored by experienced users. They act in a similar way to how
amphetamines affect human body.
The most reliable and safe way to boost
your metabolism is to do regular exercise.
There certainly are well known vitamins and
minerals which can assist a person trying to shed some kilograms. Hereís another mini list of them:
- The Vitamin B group is primarily responsible for metabolising carbohydrates
and proteins into energy. Vitamin B
doesnít give you energy, it allows
your body to more readily obtain its own energy stores. Vitamin B is found in
highest concentrations in meat, so if you have cut a lot of meat out of your
diet, you may be deficient.
If so, youíll be feeling
lethargic and slow you wonít want to do the exercise necessary to lose that
weight. Contemplate taking a Vitamin B Complex supplement.
Chromium is another mineral that plays an important role in energy metabolism - it plays a key role in regulating blood sugar levels and may be worth considering.
Ė Anti-oxidants kill free radicals. They can prevent cancer and keep you
looking younger. We are only just now
unlocking all that they can do. They are
found in lots of natural products, primarily fresh fruit and vegetables.
But when dieting, many people choose to restrict their fruit intake, and
if on a carb-restricted diet, they may also cut out some very healthy
vegetables. One solution to this is to
take some anti-oxidant supplements. Our
Q10 range is some of the highest quality available.
Grape Seed is also another very useful natural antioxidant which has a high potency procyanidins (OPC's).
Ė Some dieters will cut out the most obvious source of calories - fats and
oils. But they do so at their own
peril. The mountain of evidence which
now supports the human need for fish oils is overwhelming.
Eating lots of oily fish or taking a good supplement can improve cardio
and brain function and lower bad cholesterol levels. It may even improve your
joints and movement. One product that can do all that? Whatís not to like? That
fishy odour? It is absent from the new formulations!
Protein SupplementsĖ Not everyone will
need to supplement their diet with additional protein, but those who are
serious about losing weight whilst maintaining good health should consider it carefully.
Protein is the nutrient required by the human body to rebuild and grow
all our muscles. A new health regime is
likely to put the body under greater physical stress which will require more
protein for growth and repair. This will
be occurring at exactly the same time as many will be cutting out the milk,
cheese, chocolate and steak which were contributing to their protein
needs. So it is a double whammy.
The solution may be to carefully choose lean protein sources, of which
many are available. But a good quality
protein powder can work wonders as a quick solution after a workout, on the
run, or to top up a breakfast low in protein.
new protein powders come in many great flavours, can be mixed with water, milk
or juice and donít require a blender.
Consider putting a tub in your cupboard.
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