By this point in your weight loss efforts, you are likely feeling and looking better. So in this episode, we’re going to talk about what you should, and shouldn’t, put into your body as we move into the home stretch.
Say hello to some dark goodness every morning with a cup or two of black coffee without sugar or creme. While coffee has many virtues, such as helping get you going in the morning, and helping you deal with people who are naturally way too perky in the first parts of the day, it can also help with weight loss.
Along with accelerating your metabolism, coffee contains chlorogenic acid, which slows down the rate at which your body absorbs carbohydrates, a type of food often converted to fat. It also contains adrenaline hormones, which your body uses to break down fatty tissue into the blood.
So one good bit of news about your new lifestyle is that it contains plenty of coffee.
For many, one bad bit of news is that your new lifestyle shouldn’t include alcohol. Alcohol supplies double the empty calories as carbohydrates or protein, and also increases hunger and food cravings.
And that’s not the end of the bad news of alcohol. It can also
- Damage, liver, kidney, digestion and stomach function.
- Lower testosterone levels
- Raise blood pressure, heart rate and risks of cardiac arrest.
Most snack foods are also on your no-go list. They are full of fat, sugar and fast-burning carbs that your body will convert to fat. So the slimmer, healthier you needs to give them a pass.
Say yes to green tea. Some nutritionists claim it is the healthiest beverage on earth, save maybe water. Green tea has been known to
- Improve health
- Stimulate the brain
- Promote fat burning
- Lower the risks of certain cancers
- Prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases in old age
- Improve dental health
- Lower the risk of Type II diabetes.
With all these benefits, say yes to green tea.
Curb the carbs but promote the protein. Eating protein—rich foods can help your body burn fat by giving it the required fuel and nutrients to do so. Protein also makes you feel full while shrinking your food cravings and appetite. In short, you can feel more fulfilled while still eating less when you consume protein.
Water before Meals
Water is life. And to improve your life, drink more water. Water before meals helps you feel more full, so you eat less. Drinking lots of water also speeds up your metabolism and promotes general overall health.
Water will help to
- Boost your immune system
- Increase energy
- Flush toxins from your system
- Regulate skin complexion
- Prevent headaches and body aches
- Strengthen muscles.
Part of your new, healthy lifestyle should include keeping a water bottle with you whenever possible and refilling it several times during the day.
One Last tidbit to Chew On
One last bit of advice, whatever food you take in, chew it well. Well chewed food will digest easier. This will save resources your body can use to burn fat and build muscle. It will also help you feel full that much faster.
Be sure to check out some of our previous blogs for healthy recipes, including an array of desserts. And stay tuned to our social media channels for more treats and tips to come.
Next time, we will leave you on a high note, and tell you where to go after the five weeks has ended.