Nowadays, many people want to achieve successful weight loss process. In fact, losing weight is not that difficult if you are consistent and patient about these things: cut down the intake of sugar, eat a lot of veggies, increase the intake of healthy fats and oils, eat 3 small meals, exercise regularly, and don’t eat after 7 p.m.
However, sometimes unhealthy or sudden weight gain can occur as a result of hormonal imbalance in the body. Stress hormone is one of the hormones that is mostly linked to over-consumption, obesity, or weight gain. Food as well, is responsible for the function of the hormones. Therefore, in today’s article, we are going to present a 3-step regimen which will balance your hormones and help you lose some weight in a healthy way.
REMOVE SUGAR INTAKE
If you want to lose weight, you should exclude food that contain carbs, such as cookies, processed foods, starchy vegetables, and alcohol. They will provide energy, which your body is going to use it for something else instead for burning the fat reserves.
To go to step 2, you must complete step 1!
INCREASE VEGETABLE CONSUMPTION
You must increase the consumption of vegetables e.g. greens and beans. If you consume them raw and steamed, you are going to need more energy and calories to digest them. That’s is actually what you need for the beginning process of losing weight. They are rich in fibers, meaning that they are good for the intestines. Here’s a tip: eat greens for breakfast and then have a big portion of salad for lunch and dinner. You will be amazed by the results!
JUICING VEGETABLES AS AN ALTERNATIVE
Homemade and freshly prepared smoothies or juices which consist of veggies and fruits are extremely rich in fiber. They are actually what you need to consume when you’re trying to lose some weight. People suffering from high levels of sugar in the blood need to consume more dark greens, such as parsley, spinach, celery, and kale. If you want, you can add more proteins such as string beans, cauliflower, and asparagus. Optionally, you can sweeten up the juice with beats, apples, and carrots. If you add 2 tbsp. of flax seed, you will make a perfect substitute for your meal.
CONSUME ONLY VEGETABLE PROTEIN AND USE HEALTHY FAT/OIL
Replace protein from animal origin with legumes (lentils and beans). In case you cannot imagine your diet without consumption of butter, replace it with coconut oil. Use olive oil instead of sunflower oil. Cut down the intake of carbs gradually, such as rice and whole grains.
The body needs proteins in order to build new muscles tissues during our workout. Eating more protein and healthy fat/oil, will help you to stay full for longer period of time and to avoid unhealthy food cravings. Ensure eating good portion of protein with each meal. In case you don’t, you will have cravings for unhealthy food and disturb the results.
FOLLOW A TIGHT EATING SCHEDULE
When deciding to begin a weight loss process, you need to train your mind and body not to crave for food later than 7 p.m. Your latest meal should be around 5 p.m. Eating 3 smaller meals will help you burn fat. Stop consuming natural fruit juices or sugary drinks. Instead, use lemon water or herbal teas. Don’t skip meals. Eat your breakfast early and dinner. Ensure that you eat cooked meals always and eat them slowly. Stop when you feel full!
IMPORTANT: To complete this phase, you will probably need a couple of weeks or months.
STEP 4 (OPTIONAL)
LIGHT WEIGHT TRAINING
30 minutes of light weight training is recommended to be done every other day! It will help you to build new protein muscles and remove fat reserves.
RECOMMENDATION: Begin with a 10-minute cardio, such as running or biking in order to increase your heart rate and warm up. Make 2 sets of each at least and relax for a couple of minutes between the sets. Do them until you start feeling some muscle strain!