It’s not that complicated to lose weight. All you have to do is eliminate sugar, eat lots of vegetables, especially beans, consume only vegetable protein and to increase the intake of healthy fats. You will also have to eat 3 smaller meals and avoid eating after 7pm. And maybe the most important thing, you will have to do some light-weight training.
We are rarely aware that unhealthy weight gain in many cases is the result of hormones working in our body. The stress hormone is directly linked to weight gain, overconsumption and obesity. But it is not all about the stress and genetics, the food we eat is responsible for how our hormones work. With this 3-step regimen you can successfully keep activate your fat-burning hormones and with that your weight-gain hormones will be in balance so you will lose weight in a healthy manner
Cut All Sugar Out
The first thing you have to think of when you want lose the extra pounds you have is the negative role carbohydrates play on your weight. First of all, carbohydrate deposits you ingest when you eat food high in sugar, such as starchy vegetables, alcohol, cookies, candy, processed foods with added sugar, give you easy energy that your body uses instead of burning your fat reserves. So, you immediately need to cut down all carbs from your diet.
Important: If you don’t complete step 1, you can’t proceed to step 2.
1. Increase Consumption of Vegetables
You need to significantly increase the vegetable intake per day, especially of the greens and beans. Raw and steamed greens burn much more calories or energy when digesting, and this is exactly what you need to lose weight. What’s more, they are rich in fiber and that is great for intestinal cleansing. If you want optimal results, you can have greens for breakfast and large salads for lunch and dinner.
2. Juicing Vegetables as an Alternative
Juicing vegetables can be beneficial when it comes to weight loss, but when depleted of fiber, juiced veggies are not as cleansing as fresh ones. If you have blood sugar problems, dark greens such as celery, kale, parsley and spinach are particularly beneficial. If you want to add more protein to your juice, it is recommended to use asparagus, string beans and cauliflower. To sweeten the taste, use lime as opposed to carrots, beets or apples. If you add 6 tbsps. hemp seeds and 2 tsps. freshly ground flax seeds into your juice you will get a great alternative for a meal.
3. Consume Vegetable Protein Only and Use Healthy Oil/Fat
If you want to lose the extra fat you will need to replace all animal protein with legumes such as beans and lentils. Coconut oil is a great replacement to butter, and olive oil to sunflower oil. You will also need to gradually cut down the carbohydrates from vegetables such as rice and other whole grains to half a serving.
Your body depends on protein to build new muscle and tissue during exercise. Both protein and oil (fat) keep you full longer while curbing unhealthy cravings. Because of this you’ll need to include some healthy oil and a good portion of protein with each meal, because if you don’t, you’ll be craving for carbs as you’ll be nutrient deficient.
Follow a Tight Eating Schedule
If you want to lose weight, you’ll have to train your body and mindset not to crave for food after 7 pm. 5 or 4pm is the latest it’s recommended for someone to have a meal. All your body needs to burn fat is 3 small meals or 2 meals and a salad for dinner. You should cut off all sugary drinks, including natural fruit juices, and start drinking lemon water or herbal teas between meals.
Skipping meals isn’t recommended because it won’t do you any good. You can opt for a late breakfast or an early dinner though. It’s very helpful if you’re cooking your meals, eating slowly and stopping when you feel full.
Important: This phase can take you a few weeks or even a month.
Step 4# (Optional)
Light Weight Training
Exercise 30 Minutes Every Other Day
Last, but not least, when you’re losing weight it is very important to add some light weight exercise because it stimulates the burning of your fat reserves. Only 30-minutes exercise every other day can help your body build new muscles from protein which activates the burning of your fat reserves.
Start with a 10-minute solid cardio, like running or biking to warm up and increase your heart rate and then do some weight training to build muscle. It is best if you do at least two sets of each relaxing for 1- 2 minutes in between sets, do the exercises until you start feeling some muscle strain.