My top 5 tips for losing weight
1. Drink more water. It’s extremely common for someone to think they are hungry, when really they need water. Aim for drinking half of your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, drink at least 80 ounces of water in a day. If you drink coffee or work out, you need to drink more water. Personally, I aim for getting my full body weight in ounces each day.
Try this: drink a full glass of water before you eat each meal. Bonus: drink a glass of water before you have a snack as well.
2. Eat as many vegetables as possible. Why didn’t I say fruit? Because fruit has a lot of sugar. That being said, I do support eating fruit as well, as long as your diet also consists of vegetables and whole, unprocessed food. Furthermore, if you’re deciding between grabbing a processed food or a piece of fruit, please, choose the fruit! (Note: please stay away from store-bought fruit juices, these are loaded with sugar and promote weight gain).
Try this: as a snack have sliced bell peppers or carrots with hummus.
3. Stop eating dairy, gluten and processed food. Dairy and gluten are the top two foods that people have issues with. Dairy is mucus forming and can create more inflammation. Gluten causes over 100 symptoms, ranging from acne and headaches to IBS and bloating. I know it’s not possible to completely eliminate these foods, but the more you stay away from them, the better you will feel. I’ve watched people lose weight by cutting out dairy and gluten.
Try this: instead of pasta, try spaghetti squash. It’s delicious, easy, and so much healthier for you. Here’s my super easy spaghetti squash recipe recipe: http://purejillian.com/recipes/pure-jillians-super-easy-spaghetti-squash/
4. Eat less sugar. People are literally addicted to sugar. Many individuals usually try to stay away from high fat foods because they think fat in your food will turn into fat in the body. This isn’t necessarily true. If you eat too many unhealthy calories, yes, the “fat” will be converted into fat in the body, but so will protein, carbohydrates and sugar. Compared to fat, sugar is really the bigger issue. People tend to eat too much sugar, which gets stored as fat in the body. Furthermore, the more sugar you eat, the more you crave it. This makes you more hungry, thus you eat more. Another issue caused by eating too much sugar is candida, a yeast that grows in the body and feeds on sugar (candida makes you crave sugar). Signs of candida overgrowth in the body are feeling run down or tired, bloating, constipation, having an autoimmune disease, ADD, eczema, anxiety, depression, UTIs, allergies and sugar or carb cravings.
Try this: If you have strong sugar cravings or need something sweet once in awhile, have an apple with raw almond butter. There is still sugar in the apple, but it’s better for you than eating a candy bar because you’re getting fiber and nutrients with the apple. Also, try using stevia. Stevia is the healthiest natural sweetener on the market and you can pick it up at most health food stores. I make my own sugar-free pudding that tastes amazing. I soak 2-3 tbsp of chia seeds in unsweetened almond milk with a few pinches of stevia. The chia seeds soak up the liquid and become jelly-like. You may have to add more almond milk if it gets too thick. Play around with it: add more stevia (if needed) or cinnamon. This delicious treat always satisfies my sugar cravings.
5. Work out. I say that weight loss is 80% diet and 20% working out. Diet influences weight loss more than working out, in my opinion. However, working out is still very important.
Try this: aim for getting at least 3 longer workouts in each week (over 45 minutes). When you extend your workouts, your body goes into fat-burning mode. Also, try a workout that incorporates cardio and strength training at the same time, this type of workout burns the most fat. You want your heart racing and your muscles burning.
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