If you’re like I used to be, you’ve likely been struggling to release excess weight for a while.
And, also like me, you’ve likely tried a number of diets and strategies that haven’t worked.
I know how frustrating this can be, and how confusing it is to try to make sense of all the conflicting nutritional information out there.
There are so many approaches:
It feels impossible to know what’s right for you! It makes no wonder you are confused when it comes to what to eat.
If you’ve been struggling to lose weight and keep it off, chances are that your metabolism is out of whack.
And, going on a restrictive diet will just make things worse.
I’m going to be diving deeper into this topic in the coming days, but for now I want to share 3 foods that will help you work WITH your metabolism instead of AGAINST it.
#1 Green Tea
Why Green Tea Helps With Weight Loss…
When green tea is consumed, it increases thermogenesis or the rate at which your body burns calories. This means that you can do the same level of activity but burn more calories throughout the day.
In one study, participants were given green tea on a daily basis, but made no changes to the food they ate or exercise they did. At the end of 90 days, participants lost an average of 2.64 pounds, ¾ inch from their waistline and reduced their body mass index—not bad considering that no dietary or exercise changes were part of the study.
In another 12-week study, participants were placed on a diet where they were provided three meals per day. All the food was prepared for the participants. Half of the group consumed green tea. Those in the green tea group lost significantly more weight—24 pounds—over the 12-week period.
Aside from weight loss, there are many health benefits to drinking green tea, including preventing cancer, reducing inflammation, and overall heart health.
My favorite form of green tea is Matcha – a more concentrated, powdered form of green tea.
#2 Coconut Oil
Why Coconut Oil Helps with Weight Loss
When you think about weight loss, you might think you should minimize fat consumption, but this type of thinking may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts.
Instead, think about consuming the right types of fat.
One of the fats that has been found to be particularly beneficial for weight loss is coconut oil.
Consuming coconut oil is very different than consuming other types of fat, because it reacts differently within your body. Most types of dietary fats contain long-chain fatty acids, but coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are metabolized in a unique way.
When you consume the MCTs in coconut oil, they move from the digestive tract to the liver. Since the MCTs in coconut oil are “thermogenic,” meaning that they require a higher amount of energy to digest and metabolize, they help to boost your metabolism and provide you with additional energy throughout the day.
Since the body processes MCTs in this way, they increase the energy that is expended (compared with other types of fats). When energy is used at higher levels, fat loss occurs.
My favorite ways to use coconut oil are for stir frying vegetables and to make popcorn (yum!). When buying coconut oil, be sure to choose unrefined coconut oil.
#3 Flax Seeds
How Flax Seeds Help with Weight Loss
Flax seeds are high in both soluble and insoluble fiber, which are important elements of a healthy diet.
Fiber is beneficial for weight loss in a few ways.
First, it helps you feel full for a longer period of time, helping you consume less food.
Second, the fiber content in flax seeds helps control your blood sugar levels.
Maintaining lower blood sugar levels supports weight loss, because when your blood sugar levels are high, your body is more likely to store fat.
Flax seeds also contain omega-3 essential fatty acids which have been shown to boost metabolism and speed up weight loss. And like fiber, the healthy fats found in flax seeds are beneficial because they slow down digestion and help keep you satiated.
My favorite ways to use flax seeds are to add a tablespoon of ground flax seeds to a smoothie and sprinkling ground flax on a bowl of oatmeal in the morning. When purchasing flax seeds, be sure to by the whole seed. You can grind them at home in a coffee grinder. The ground seeds will stay good for a week in the refrigerator.
Here’s the thing about flax seeds. Your body will not digest whole flax seeds; they will pass in the stool the same way they went into your mouth, whole and intact. Flax seeds need to be crushed, broken up, and ground up to be bio-available. Otherwise they are just great bits of fiber that pass undigested through your system.
Start integrating these foods into your diet and let me know how it goes!
I have a lot more to share with you about how to lose weight (and keep it off) in a way that’s really health and sustainable.
Deprivation diets are NOT the answer. There’s a better way and I can’t wait to share this with you.
I’ve been sharing my strategies for lasting weight loss with clients for over three years and they can’t believe how much easier it’s been for them to release excess weight and keep it off.
I’m incredibly excited to share these same strategies with you!
Next week, I’m going to dig much deeper into this topic during a FREE webinar…so that you can finally lose all the weight you want (for good)!