When you look at all the diets out there, it’s no wonder there isn’t even more confusion. Unfortunately, diets get a bad rap, mostly because of the way people think about them. “Going on a diet,” which creates the vision of something restrictive, austere and definitely not fun, is not the way you want to think about dieting. Instead, think of the Latin root of the word “diet,” which means “way of life”… or “way of eating.”
Let’s take a look at making easy changes in your diet, without having to call it something like the “Grapefruit Diet” or the “Mediterranean Diet” in order for you to accomplish your goals.
Saturated fat in your diet is one of the things that makes it hard for you to lose weight, because it is very difficult for the liver to metabolize. Eating food that is difficult for the body to digest takes more energy, and therefore lessens the body’s ability to let go of the energy… in other words lose fat (which is basically “stored energy”). The kind of fat you eat is key. Your body needs fat to function properly, and the best fats come from seafood, sea greens, nuts and seeds, which also help to curb cravings by initiating a satiety response.
Water can get you over diet plateaus. Dehydration slows your resting metabolic rates and can cause waste products to build up in tissues. Water is the single best detoxifier around. Make sure you get at least 8 8-oz. glasses of water a day. You can also drink herbal teas to substitute for some of the water.
We all know that too much caffeine is not good for us, but having a little caffeine (like a cup of black tea) after a meal raises thermogenesis (calorie burning) and boots your metabolic rate, helping to burn fat. Spices like ginger, cinnamon, garlic, mustard and cayenne have these same properties.
Fruits and Vegetables
Can’t say enough about fruits and vegetables. These high-fiber foods are a big key to successful body toning and must be incorporated into all diet plans. Humans are meant to eat fruits and vegetables; it should be the staple of your diet. Raw, steamed, grilled or roasted… all of these ways of preparing vegetables are great (just nothing fried). Its best to eat fruits raw.
Fruits and vegetables will help you establish regular elimination and relieve colon congestion. If your colon is sluggish, your body hangs on to toxins and wastes that would normally be removed through elimination channels. This build-up of waste materials slows down all systems and your weight loss efforts.
Daily exercise is one of the most important keys to successful weight loss plans. Exercise releases fat from the cells and exercising early in the day can raise metabolism by as much as 25%. Exercising before breakfast is best, because the body dips into the fat it has stored (resulting in quick energy). A 3-mile walk burns up 250 calories, and in about 2 weeks, you’ll lose a pound of extra fat. That’s 3 pounds a month and 30 pounds a year, just making a few adjustments in your diet.
Make your “diet” your “way of life” and accomplish your weight loss goals.