10 Bizarre Weight Loss Tips That Really Work

Reader’s Digest published an article for bizarre weight loss tips and believe it or not, I have heard of most of them and they do have some science behind them.  Here is the list they put out:

  1. Sniff a banana, apple or peppermint: The more frequently people sniffed, the less hungry they were and the more weight they lost—an average of 30 pounds each. One theory is that sniffing the food tricks the brain into thinking you’re actually eating it.
  2. Eat a bigger breakfast than dinner: According to the physicians of The Doctors, in a recent study one group of obese women consumed 700 calories at breakfast, 500 at lunch, and 200 at dinner. Another group ate the same foods but had 200 calories in the a.m. and 700 at night. After 13 months, the big-breakfast eaters shed 18 pounds, while the big-dinner eaters lost only about seven.
  3. Tie one on: “A number of French women wear a ribbon around their waist and underneath their clothes when they go out for dinner. It keeps them conscious of the tummy—particularly if the ribbon starts to feel tighter as the evening goes on!”
  4. Hang a mirror opposite your seat at the table: One study found that eating in front of mirrors slashed the amount people ate by nearly one-third. Seems having to look yourself in the eye reflects back some of your own inner standards and goals, and reminds you of why you’re trying to lose weight in the first place.
  5. Take a picture of your food: Rather than writing down every morsel, take a picture of it; a visual account may help curb your intake. “Snapping photos and then looking back at them can make people stop and think before indulging.”
  6. If you must eat candy, stick with wrapped candy: People ate 30 percent less candy when they had to unwrap it first, a Swiss study found. Peeling off the wrapper requires effort, which can make you eat less.
  7. Light a vanilla scented candle after your meal: The aroma has been shown to dampen dessert cravings. One group of 160 volunteers actually lost an average of 4.5 pounds each by wearing vanilla-scented patches.
  8. Surround yourself with blue: There’s a good reason you won’t see many fast-food restaurants decorated in blue: the color functions as an appetite suppressant. Researchers have found that people eat 33 percent less in a blue room; the bluish light that results evidently makes food look less appealing. So eat on blue plates, dress in blue while you eat, and use a blue tablecloth. Avoid red, yellow, and orange; studies find they encourage eating.
  9. Turn the lights up and the tunes down: Restaurants don’t just dim the lights to create a romantic atmosphere; they do it so you order more food. Low lighting lowers eating inhibitions. As for music, soft tunes playing in the background actually encourage more leisurely chewing and goes against hurry-up, stress-related, mindless eating patterns.
  10. Eat 3 fewer bites of your meal: One less treat a day, or one less glass of orange juice. Doing any of these can save you about 100 calories a day, and that alone is enough to prevent you from gaining the two pounds most people mindlessly pack on each year.

More Info On Low Carb Diets From Dr. Mercola

I ran across this article from Dr. Mercola website while searching what doctors think of low carb diets and had to share it with you.  See below to see his opinion on a low carb diet and I will say that I totally respect his opinions!  Please know that this entire article below is taken from his website: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/01/31/high-fat-low-carb-diet-benefits.aspx

If you want to read more, click the link above…

“Your body can burn both carbs and fat, but your body will burn carbs first. As long as you’re eating carbs, your body will try to burn those first. They’re like the bully cutting in line. You may just think of them as kind of a throw-away nutrient too, because your body cannot store high levels of carb.

You have to try to oxidize them and burn them first. But if you’re carb intolerant, which is highly prevalent in this country, you can’t burn carbs, by definition, very well.

Your body then only has one alternative, and that’s to convert the carbs you eat into fat. That happens to a greater extent to folks who are insulin resistant or carb intolerant. That really sets the stage for a lot of metabolic problems. Again coming back to how do you train the body to burn more fat; it all starts with removing the availability of carbohydrate because, as long as it’s there, it’s going to take precedence, and will simultaneously inhibit burning of fat.

These are very sensitive and exquisite mechanisms in place for this to work. You eat just a single meal of carbs and your fat-burning shuts down right away.

This is why a low- nonfiber carb diet works so well to shift fuel use over to fat. You restrict the amount of glucose and starches that you’re consuming, and your body naturally shifts over to preferring fat for fuel. It does take some time to adapt to that. Your cells have to shift over their machinery to handle the increased levels of fat and lipid-based fuels. It takes a matter of weeks to get that adaptation.

But once it’s there, they’re fairly robust adaptations that don’t just go away. This is why there is an adaptation period to a low-carb diet. It can be disrupted though if you reintroduce carbs. But a lot of the adaptations do remain.”

Finding Your Ideal Carb Level

According to Volek, a level of non-fiber carbs that allows you to enter into nutritional ketosis (a metabolic state associated with an increased production of ketones in your liver; it’s the biological reflection of being able to burn fat) is on average about 50 grams per day or less of digestible or absorbable carbohydrates. However, we all vary how we respond to the same food, so this is not an exact recommendation.

Some people can be in a full fat-burning state with full ketosis at a level of non-fiber carbs that’s higher than 50 grams; maybe 70 or 80 grams. Others, especially if you’re insulin resistant or have type 2 diabetes, may require less than 40 grams or even 30 grams per day.

Again, it bears repeating that when we say carbohydrates, we’re referring to non-fiber carbs only. If you look at the nutrition facts on a processed food package, it will list total carbs, and that’s not what we’re talking about. Don’t get confused about this or you’ll get really nervous. You do need carbs, but you need most all of them from vegetables.

By volume, vegetables are not very calorie-dense. You could have an 85 percent fat diet, and the volume of the fat would be one-tenth the volume of the vegetables you’re eating.

To find your personal carb limit, it’s important to actually measure your ketones, which can be done either through urine, breath, or blood. This will give you an objective measure of whether or not you’re truly in ketosis, rather than just counting the grams of carbohydrates you consume.

“That even varies within a person over time,” Volek says. “You may be able to tolerate more carbs when you’re in your 20s, but suddenly now you’re in middle age and the same level of carbs is resulting in a few extra inches on your waist, your blood sugars are creeping up, you now have prediabetes, or worse.

The appropriate level of carb for an individual is bit of a moving target, but it is a very important element to personalizing a diet, which I think is fundamental to this idea of personalized nutrition. It’s finding the appropriate level of carb for you at any given point in your lifespan that allows you to maintain health.”

Research has shown that ketosis is a very safe and a therapeutic metabolic state to be in, especially if you’re diabetic or suffering from carb intolerance. But there are people who are naturally very insulin sensitive and carb tolerant that don’t need to be in ketosis to thrive. So there’s certainly room for flexibility, depending on your individual situation.”

Dr. Mercola

Need a Good Weight Loss Supplement? Try CLA Burn by Alora!

Let me start off by saying I am not one to talk a lot about weight loss supplements but when we received this one in our store (nutrition house) I was very impressed.  It’s called CLA Burn by Alora.  The reason I love this product is because it has all of the ingredients that I would recommend by itself and this product has them all!  Let me start by saying that this product has fat burners, energy boosters and stress busters!  I am going to break it down a little for you and why I love this product.  First it is All natural, Soy free, GMO free, Gluten free and sweetened with Stevia not artificial sweeteners.  Let’s look at the ingredients and know that they are all standardized extracts which means they guarantee their potency:

CLA (2000mg): CLA is derived from 100% pure safflower oil.   It inhibits the absorption of fat by blocking an enzyme called lipoprotein which helps the body absorb fat into cells.  Think of fat melting this way: When you put fat in a frying pan and turn on the fire, what happens? The fat heats up and melts.  This process happens in the body when fat is broken down or lipolysis occurs (lipo = fat; lysis = break down), and energy is made to create heat, or thermogenesis.  That’s how exercise works to melt fat: Exercise expends energy, which creates heat.   It reduces body fat while maintaining lean body mass.

Green Coffee Bean (350mg): Extracted from the green coffee bean (unroasted coffee beans) this contains the active ingredient Chlorogenic Acid (CA), which helps to burn fat.  (Most of the CA is removed when roasting coffee beans.)    Studies show that it can reduce the absorption of carbohydrates from the digestive tract, which lowers blood sugar and insulin spikes.  Some studies have shown that CA can reduce fat absorbed from the foods you eat as well as reduce fat stored in the liver.  It can also improve the function of the fat burning hormone adiponectin.  On top of this CA has also been shown to drastically improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Cissus Quadrangularis (250mg): This supplement has been shown to decrease body fat composition, decrease waist circumference, improve blood sugar control, and reduce appetite in humans.  It may also reduce the absorption of fats and carbohydrates, blocking these calories from entering the blood stream through the intestines.  It also may further increase lean muscle mass and promote muscle building, helping to support increased metabolism.

Green Tea Extract (200mg): I talk a lot about green tea for its anti-oxidant properties as well as to reduce stress and increase energy but it is well known for its fat burning properties.  Know that you would have to drink 5-7 cups of green tea to get somewhat close to this amount.

L-Theanine (50mg): Extracted from green tea, L-Theanine helps to reduce stress levels.  Remember that it is difficult to lose weight when you are stressed because your body is in a fight or flight response and it stores fat automatically because it doesn’t know how long you are going to run or fight so it HAS to store fat for future energy.  L-Theanine is also a known fat burner.

Astragin (50mg) (Astragalus & Ginseng): Increases bioavailability of the above ingredients as well as increase energy and support the immune system.  The increased bioavailability of all the nutrients present in this formula makes it even more efficient at producing the desired effects of fat burning, increased energy, endurance and recovery.

What a great synergistic combination of ingredients to help you lose weight!  If you are interested in trying this, let me know and I will let you know what nutrition house store carries them that is closest to you.

What Vitamins Should I Take While Following a Low Carb Diet?

As far as vitamins when cutting out carbs, I will always recommend a good quality multi vitamin.  This assures you will get all of the vitamins and minerals that the body needs.  There are many multi vitamins that are gender specific as you should be taking women’s multi if you are a woman and men’s multi if you are a man.  Also, if you are over 40 you should be taking a vitamin geared to your age group as well as they will have added ingredients to protect you from age related issues like hormonal imbalances, heart protection, cancer prevention etc.

Fish oil is my second recommendation and this will take care of both at the same time.  When following a low carb diet it is important to add more good fats.  I personally take MCT oil daily.  This oil comes from coconut and body builders and dieters use it to help them burn fat and stay in ketosis.  In case you are unaware, ketosis means the body is using fat for energy instead of sugar (carbs).  You can read more about both ketosis and MCT oil on my previous blogs.  You can use MCT oil in your shakes, salad dressings or just take a shot of it with your meals.

Other fats that you should include in your diet are coconut oil, olive oil, butter and avocado’s.  Smoothies as a snack is a great way to get in more MCT oil and dense nutrients.  My smoothies include a protein powder, MCT oil, a greens powder and berries powder.  I also add liquid fish oils.  You couldn’t possibly eat all day long and get the amount of nutrients in this shake.  Also, I never use fresh or frozen fruit as they are too high in carbs.  I literally put water in my shaker cup, add the protein, oils, and powders, shake and go.  It’s low carb and easy to make.

Teas for Weight Loss

Millions of people love to drink tea.  It’s soothing and tasty.  Because herbal tea is a very low-calorie beverage, it can help you reduce your overall calorie intake when used in place of higher-calorie beverages which is beneficial when you’re trying to shed pounds.  There are so many kinds of teas available but the most popular and researched are regular black tea, green tea and white tea.  That’s because they are a good source of flavonoids which are potent antioxidants, meaning they protect you from degenerative diseases.  Flavonoids are one class of phytonutrients (plant nutrients) which provide the plants with their colorful pigments. Within the flavonoid family are about 4,000 subtypes that offer a range of health benefits.  This is why eating a diet of different colors offers different protection depending on the color.  Teas have a type of flavonoid called “catechins” that may boost metabolism and help your body break down fats more quickly. And the caffeine in many teas increases your energy, causing your body to burn more calories. These two compounds probably work best together for weight loss.  Keep in mind there are many teas that do not have caffeine.  Personally I cannot do any caffeine.  I am extremely sensitive to it so I am well versed in what teas that are naturally caffeine free.  Keep in mind that when drinking tea to lose weight, it typically takes 4-5 cups per day.

Some teas have weight loss properties which is what I am going to discuss today.  Let’s have a look at some of them.

Black Tea:  Research suggests substances called “polyphenols” in black tea might help block fat from being absorbed in the intestines but only if you drink it black.  Adding milk might inhibit its fat burning properties.

Green Tea:  Very high in “catechins” particularly EGCG.  Green tea is a known fat burner, especially in the belly area.  It triggers fat for release and then speeds up the liver’s capacity for turning that fat into energy.  We actually sell EGCG in capsule form in our stores to reduce stress.  Remember that if you are high stressed your weight loss efforts will be deterred because your body in high stress goes into a ‘fight or flight’ mode which causes your body to store fat.

Matcha Tea:  Like green tea, Matcha tea is very high in EGCG, in fact it has more than green tea.  It will help to boost your metabolism and burn fat.

Oolong Tea:  Like green tea, it’s a rich source of “catechins”.  In one study, more than two-thirds of overweight people who drank oolong tea every day for six weeks lost more than 2 pounds and trimmed belly fat.

White Tea:  Some studies show that white tea speeds up the breakdown of existing fat cells and blocks the formation of new ones.

Rooibos Tea:  This tea is high in the flavonoid called “aspalathin” which research shows can reduce stress hormones that trigger hunger and fat storage.

Yerba Mate Tea:  Yerba Mate contains high levels of “mateine” which is a stimulant similar to caffeine but without the known side effects of caffeine.  Mateine can increase your metabolism and increase your energy, thereby burning fat in the process.  It also has a relaxing effect which helps to reduce stress levels (and now we know what stress does to your weight loss efforts).  Yerba mate has been known to stop craving and helps you feel fuller, longer so you are less likely to overeat.

Can Detoxing Help Me Lose Weight?

Do you experience any of these symptoms for prolonged periods of time?

  • No energy even after a good sleep
  • Poor digestion and bloating
  • Acne
  • Irritability
  • Brain fog (trouble thinking)
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Weight gain
  • White or yellow coated tongue
  • Bad breath
  • Moodiness

You could need a detox.  Our bodies are bombarded by toxins in our environment and food.  So how does detoxing help me with weight loss?  One of the jobs of the fat cell is to hold and sequester toxins keeping them from the vital organs.  When we detox, we release the toxins from the cells thus releasing the fat with it.  It is important that you drink a lot of water during detox to flush out the toxins and fat.  I will often put people on a detox program when they want to lose weight to kick start the release of fat.

So how does one detox?  There are so many detox programs (kits) available today at nutrition house.  You can start by doing a liver detox first, then a full body detox.  Some kits are for one week, some for 2 weeks and some for 30 days.  Some of them are really easy to follow you simply take the products as directed on the product.  I always suggest that you don’t eat red meat or pork during the detox to give the digestive system a break.  Proteins such as fish and chicken are far easier to digest.  I also suggest that you don’t eat any wheat or gluten or dairy during the detox phase.  This will not only help you lose weight quicker but you will feel so much more energy after 48-72 hours.

After the detox phase, stick to the keto diet as instructed in my blog.  You should have lost some weight during the detox which will keep you motivated to continue with your low carb diet.  Visit your local nutrition house store and ask the sales expert to guide you to the right detox for you.  Good luck!

Proper Digestion is Vital for Weight Loss

One of the secrets to weight loss is proper digestion. The fat collecting around your mid-section is a reflection of the direct relationship between sluggish digestion, slow metabolism and weight gain. By increasing digestive efficiency you can effectively shed extra fat, boost metabolism and support nearly every other area of health in the process.  Digestion is at the very center of our core health. It sets the foundation for health, happiness and well-being. We now have greater insight into the many roles digestion plays in immunity, hormonal balance, and even mental and emotional health. Traditional healing practices around the world have long recognized these relationships. In fact, some Eastern medical systems treat nearly every disease by addressing the digestive system. When we optimize our digestion, everything else comes into balance including your weight.

“Optimal digestive function means we’re breaking down food properly, absorbing enough of the right nutrients and eliminating the waste that we don’t need. It’s a very organized, efficient and meticulous process. But we need energy to perform these tasks, and much of that energy comes from nutrients we digest. It seems like a bit of a catch-22: We need energy in order for our digestive system to break down food, but we get much of that energy from food. If digestion is sluggish, we can’t break down nutrients properly to get more energy. This creates a vicious cycle that leads to a type of malnutrition in our cells, tissues and organs. Wastes build up, you retain water and your body converts excess calories to fat, since the body isn’t digesting them properly.

Usually, this cycle starts with unhealthy dietary habits: eating too many processed foods that hinder digestive function by depleting our enzymes, probiotics and other factors critical for strong digestion. Unhealthy foods, particularly refined sugars, also spike glucose and insulin. The result is inflammation — another major culprit in weight gain and slow metabolism.”  Dr. Isaac Eliaz

Basically every food group needs a specific enzyme to break it down and be absorbed.  Amylase breaks down starches, protease breaks down protein, lipase breaks down lipids (fats) lactase breaks down lactose (milk sugar) etc.  Let’s use lactose intolerance as an example that most of us have heard of.  Lactose is simply 2 milk sugars attached to each other.  It requires lactase (the milk digesting enzyme) to break it down into single molecules.  Humans are the only species that drink milk past the weaning stage and who drink milk from another species so we are not well designed to drink milk because many of us stop producing lactase past the weaning stage.  When you cannot break down a food, it sits in the gut and causes gas and bloating.  Over time if you are not paying attention to this, it could wear down the gut lining causing leaky gut syndrome and over a longer period of time, could cause autoimmune issues.

You know when your mouth waters just thinking about food?  That’s amylase, your starch digesting enzyme which is produced in you saliva and your pancreas.  That’s your body preparing for digestion.  The pancreas secretes all 3 types of enzymes so if you don’t have a pancreas you are going to have digestive issues, especially when it comes to fat and protein.

So what to do?  The first thing you should do is rule out food intolerance’s.  Eliminate all milk and milk products from your diet as well as gluten, corn and soy for at least 10 days to 2 weeks.  Then drink a huge glass of milk and see how you feel.  Did you get gas and bloating?  If so then you probably have an intolerance to dairy.  Add back each food group separately so you know which food is the culprit.  Don’t ignore the signs because food intolerance’s can cause a plethora of issues down the road as mentioned above.

It’s also possible that you don’t have enough enzymes in your gut to break down your food.  The truth is, most of us think that we have too much acid in our guts thus giving us heartburn where the truth is actually quite the opposite.  In most cases, you do not have ENOUGH digestive enzymes to break down your foods.  The churning action of the stomach muscles physically breaks down the food. The stomach then releases acids and enzymes for the breakdown of food. What happens when you eat and you don’t have enough enzymes to break down the food is that it sits in the gut and causes gas and bloating.  You will also give bacteria a perfect environment to feast on the undigested foods, causing a bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine.  This will cause the heavy bloated feeling and the heartburn.

If you are not breaking down your food properly, you will not absorb the nutrients from the food causing a lot of problems due to a nutritional deficiency.  This will cause weight gain because your body is “starving” for nutrients and becomes very efficient at storing fat for future energy.

I suggest taking a full spectrum digestive enzyme as well as a probiotic supplement and your symptoms should disappear pretty quickly but if you have food intolerance’s, you need to give up those foods and find a healthy alternative for them.  You should all know how I feel about gluten (and weight gain) by now and I have given you many alternatives for gluten-laden foods in this blog.  Just use your imagination and be prepared at all times.