Lose Weight by Following your Body’s Natural Rhythm

Your body is a machine with uptimes and downtimes. By better understanding your body, and how that machine works, you’ll be able to maximize your energy while minimizing your weight. The most important step is becoming more aware of your daily cycle. For most people, the cycle means getting up in the morning, ramping up to the most active hours between from 9-5, cooling down and relaxing in the evenings, and then settling into bed for a snooze.

The main meal of the day for the majority of people is in the evening: hot meals are cooked for suppertime, and it’s a time for families to be together. Unfortunately, this is completely at odds with the daily cycle.

By consuming the largest meal of the day in the evening, an individual doesn’t have a chance to burn off those calories. After filling up on supper, your body rests, relaxes, and then goes to bed. The energy absorbed from the food has nowhere to go.

And this is doubly true for the much-loved midnight snack. Because you are going right to sleep, the energy from your quick peanut-butter sandwich will not be used.

So your body stores it as fat.

One alternative is to have your large meal of the day when you are most active. Many Europeans traditionally eat their dominant meal at midday. They then head back to work, get active, and the calories are burned off. By planning your meals this way, the calories you absorb will be able to be put to use, rather than simply converted to fat.

Better still is another option, and a more revolutionary approach to eating: abandon the idea of large meals altogether. Rather than consuming all your food in breakfast, lunch, and supper, many health enthusiasts advocate snacking all day long.

The idea behind all-day snacking is this: when your body gets a large amount of food, it is genetically programmed to use it and save it in the most efficient way possible. For primitive man, this was essential. He couldn’t always find animals or plants to eat, so when he did have food, he would stock up. His body stored fat to get him through the lean times.

By consuming small amount of food throughout the day, the “feast” genes are never activated. Your body doesn’t make an extra effort to save your food as fat.

It’s a strange idea. Meals are the cornerstone of much of our social lives and they provide a release from the stresses of the day.

Realistically, the all-day snacking diet may not be practical for most people. Nevertheless, a variation on it can still be helpful. Rather than preparing the usual size breakfast, lunch and dinner, try for half-size or less. Make up for this difference by snacking throughout your active day on such foods as plain nuts (no honey roasted peanuts, and no fatty cashews or peanuts. Almonds are excellent), raw vegetables such as carrots and broccoli, and hard boiled eggs.

With this plan, you should taper off your snacking 3 or 4 hours before bedtime. By balancing your meals this way, your body will be less likely to react to your meals by storing energy. The food you consume will be used by your body, and won’t turn into those few extra pounds.

5 Foods That Burn Fat

If you have ever gone on a “crazy diet” you know how the pounds that you shed come right back as soon as you stop dieting. Starvation diets are no way to lose weight, the weight loss is temporary at best and because the diet is difficult to sustain long-term, you end up binge eating and put back all the pounds that you lost.

Only a diet that you can maintain on a long term basis will help you lose weight and keep it away for good. Eating the right food will not only give you a feeling of satisfaction but it will also help you burn more fat. Yes, that’s right. Certain types of food can actually help you burn more fat.

MUFA (Mono Unsaturated fatty Acids) is a healthy form of fat that promotes fat burning, especially the belly fat. Fat burning foods contain MUFA; consuming these in every meal provides an extra boost when it comes to losing fat from the body.

Trick your body into burning fat by eating these super foods:

1) Peanut Butter

Nuts like peanuts, almonds, cashew nuts, walnuts, hazel nuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios and pine nuts contain plenty of MUFA. Raw peanut butter, though high caloric, is healthy food. When consumed in moderation, it actually helps burn fat and improves the cholesterol profile by lowering the LDL which is bad cholesterol. Processed peanut butter may have added trans-fatty acids, which are not that great for losing fat. Opt for less refined or natural peanut butter to add that extra zing to your meal.

2) Dark Chocolate

Yes, you read it right. Chocolate lovers can eat chocolate without feeling guilty or worrying about its effect on the waistline. Indulge yourself with a few squares of dark chocolate to satisfy your craving and to sharpen your diet.  Dark chocolate has plenty of anti oxidants and also lecithin, caffeine and theobromine, which are natural stimulants that help burn fat. Lecithin helps mobilize stubborn fat which will help you lose weight naturally and without starving yourself. Dark chocolate also contains MUFA in the form of oleic acid. You get the best results from 78% or higher levels of cocoa in your chocolate.

 3) Green Tea

The benefits of Green Tea have been proven time and again. Green Tea is mentioned even in the International Journal of Obesity. The journal points out that Green Tea contains polyphenols that stimulates the body to burn fat. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states that it also boosts your metabolism. Green Tea also mildly suppresses appetite so you eat less. Since Green Tea is also a diuretic, it helps lose excess water from your body which makes you look bloated. Green Tea is known to reduce fat especially in the belly area.

4) Cinnamon

Many spices help burn fat is Cinnamon tops the list. Adding just a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon to your food will help metabolize sugars more effectively. Excess sugar in the blood can lead to fat storage, so cinnamon helps reduce the body’s tendency to store fat. With the combination of a metabolism boost and balanced blood sugar levels, cinnamon can lead to some incredible fat burning. Add cinnamon to you oatmeal to add flavor and lose weight.

5) Chilli Peppers

Capsaicin which is present in chilli peppers is a great anti oxidant, blood sugar stabilizer and calorie burner. Hot chilli peppers can add spice to your life, satisfy your appetite and kick your metabolism into high gear. Chilli peppers burn off fat through chemical combustion rather than storing it in the body.

6 Tips for Effective Weight Loss

Want to lose weight? For successful weight loss, the basic principle is to take in less calories than what you burn. You may have tried various diets and weight loss workouts and failed to see results. What’s the real secret to effective weight loss? Is there a special program you should join? Does a miracle weight loss product exist? Quite surprisingly for many people, the secret to effective weight loss is no secret at all. In fact, the secret comprises of ordinary things you may already be doing, but you’re doing them incorrectly.

If you want to start losing weight for real, here are 6 things you need to start doing:

1. Monitor what you’re eating.

Start keeping a food journal. Record your daily food intake, along with their calorie values. This is a great way to open up your eyes to how much calories you’re putting into your body and it gives you a better idea of how much more work you need to do in order to get rid of your excess weight.

2. Improve your diet.

This is something most people already know but find hard to do because of all the temptations. Eliminate the tempting unhealthy foods by not bringing them into the house. Keep your pantry stocked with healthy and nutritious foods you can snack on when you get hungry. Avoid buying unhealthy food choices. Learn to the art of substitution when preparing meals.

3. Increase the intensity of your cardio workouts.

Here’s a good rule of thumb to determine whether or not your cardio workouts are working for you: if you’re able to carry on a relaxed conversation with someone while exercising, it’s time to increase the intensity of your workout. You should still be able to talk but only in short sentences and only if you take a breath after every sentence.

4. Do weight training.

You may be working out on a regular basis but if your workouts are comprised of cardio and aerobics, you won’t lose weight very quickly. For better results, incorporate weight training to your regular exercise program. The average adult can do about 10 bicep curls using a 10-lb dumbbell. Weight training is a great way to build muscle and increase metabolism. As the workouts get easier, gradually increase the weight and the number of repetitions to keep burning more fat.

5. Periodically change your workout.

You need not get on a new exercise program every week. Just mix up your routines a little bit every now and then to keep you from getting bored with what you’re doing. Keep in mind that more variety in your workouts will build more muscle, and ultimately will burn more fat and calories.

6. Reward yourself.

Positive reinforcement is one of the best things you can do to keep yourself motivated toward losing weight. Set small goals and each time you reach a goal, give yourself a corresponding reward. This will give you the inspiration you need to reach your ultimate weight loss goal.