These tips will not only lead to increased fat burning, but help to prevent and improve many health conditions and lead to a more overall healthy lifestyle.
9 Quick and Easy Fat Loss Tips
- Avoid petrochemicals in hygiene products
Many mainstream brands of hygiene products and cosmetics contain petrochemicals (oil based poisons) known to disrupt hormones in the body. These chemicals fall into a class known as “Xenoestrogens”. Xeno in the Latin language means ‘foreign’, so this quite literally translates to foreign, estrogenic chemicals. Raising estrogen levels of the body will promote the storage of unwanted fat. Toxins are often fat soluble as well, meaning they will store in body fat. Toxic chemicals should be avoided in general when trying to rid body fat, for the body will not want to burn toxic fat tissue, and will look to other sources to burn for energy if the fat is too overloaded. Fat is more of a toxin issue today than a calorie issue.
- Avoid sources of fluoride
Fluoride is a toxic byproduct of heavy industry and is found in many sources through our daily lives. In chemistry class, fluoride is known as a “halogen gas”. Another halogen gas is the element iodine. In nutrition class, we are taught that iodine is required by our thyroid to produce metabolism hormones. Unfortunately, we are seldom taught to connect the dots together within these subjects. If there is fluoride within our bodies, it will displace the iodine in our thyroid and decrease the metabolic hormone levels in our body.
Common sources of fluoride include:
– Dental products like toothpaste and mouthwash
– Pharmaceuticals such as antibiotics and antidepressants
– Gasses emitted from cooking with nonstick cookware
– Many pesticides and herbicides (choose organic foods!)
- Drink enough water
Water is needed to flush toxins out of the body. Our typical habits of coffee, energy drinks, and alcohol severely dehydrate us. Many feelings of hunger may actually be the body yearning for more water instead of more food. Drinking enough water will decrease appetite, detoxify, and lead to more overall energy.
- Eat plenty of dietary fiber
Fiber is a nutrient that the majority of people in “civilized” society severely lack. The average adult should be shooting for at least 25 grams per day. If we don’t get enough fiber to move everything out of our bowels, the sludge can stay and toxins reabsorbed into the bloodstream through the intestinal lining. Fiber is crucial for detoxification. Choosing fibrous will also help you feel fuller longer and satiate appetite.
- Eat fermented foods or take a daily probiotic supplement
The probiotics in our gut make an enormous amount of serotonin. Many researchers have begun calling our digestive system our “second brain”, or more scientifically our enteric nervous system. The boost in serotonin will help increase mood and decrease anxiety, reducing the chances of stress eating and choosing sugary foods simply to make us feel better.
- Sleep 7-8 hours per night and get to bed by 10:00
Quality sleep = increased fat burning. If you don’t have quality sleep, there will be more stress hormones produced within the body. These stress hormones will turn on a fight or flight response where more of the calories eaten will turn to body fat, and the extra stress will lead us to reach for comfort food.
- Stop eating 2 hours before bed
The calories from any food eaten too soon before bed will not have enough time to be burned off by the body before the metabolism will slow during the sleep cycle. Carbohydrate foods will especially have a tendency to store as fat during sleep if eaten too late.
Meditation may sound as if it’s becoming cliché. Do it anyway. Meditation will help to reduce the level off stress hormones in the body. It will also calm down the mental state and produce more feelings of groundedness.
- Strength train
More muscle on the body will require more calories and energy to move. Strength training with weights will lead to more muscle on the body rather than long bouts of cardiovascular exercise. Strength training will also help stimulate the production of human growth hormone and anabolic hormones helpful for burning fat. Make sure you only train enough where you can recover from the exercise, as too much strength training can increase the levels of stress on the body and break the body down if done in excess.