This is a topic that I'm very passionate about because I see a lot of people either getting the wrong advice or they are taking short cuts and getting discouraged. Weight loss is a very important topic with most people and some don't even fully understand how to accomplish their goals without counting calories, checking their BMI, or over-exercising.
Weight loss is so much more than counting calories and exercising!
Some people aren't able to lose weight because of certain health issues such as depleted adrenal gland function, low thyroid function, and diabetes. However, even though these health issues present a problem when trying to lose weight, it doesn't mean that you can't. I will discuss these topics in a later post.
Now please remember, I am not here to discourage or demean in any way. I am writing this because I want you to be encouraged and inspired to achieve your goals. This is why I write the books I write. Because I believe that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their goals and remain positive about themselves no matter what.
I will be the first to tell you that I hate fad diets and fad workouts. What I recommend to my clients and my readers, is to create a diet that works well with their health needs, gives them a little (and I mean little) splurge on the weekend, is still healthy and organic, but allows them to still enjoy eating. The best way to plan your meal is by remembering to eat mostly vegetables, a palm's size of protein, lots of fiber, and very little sugar (whether that be fruit or some sort of sweet).
"Prediabetics who ate 30 grams of fiber per day lost nearly the same amount of weight as those who cut calories and limited their fat intake; they also improved their cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar." - Dr. Mercola/mercola.com
Soluble fiber, found in cucumbers, blueberries, beans, and nuts. Soluble fiber dissolves into a gel-like texture, helping to slow down your digestion. This helps you to feel full longer, which can help with weight control
Insoluble fiber, found in foods like dark green leafy vegetables, green beans, celery, and carrots, does not dissolve and helps add bulk to your stool. This helps food to move through your digestive tract more quickly for healthy elimination
Make sure you are eating high quality fiber and staying away from all processed forms of fiber. Whole grains are fine but I recommend that you avoid them as much as possible because they can raise insulin levels (thus, you might as well eat a candy bar-but don't!).
Spices are also amazing for reducing fat-