The amount of people with way too much body weight is growing, unfortunately. Every third person in the USA is obese. Apart from feeling strange in their own body, overweight people have a much higher risk for cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. So I can understand quite well that they’re asking: What is best way to lose weight fast? In this post you’ll find: 5 tips lose belly fat.
Love yourself as you are and become lighthearted – the foundation of weight loss.
Let me be clear: I do not promise you a miracle drug or diet that finally works this time. But rather I invite you become familiar with your body which is your personal sacred space. And please do appreciate your body as such. If you hate it – and be it ever so heavy -, you’re on the wrong track. Instead it needs your affection and love to gain its balance back.
These are the five tips: 1) get to know your body, 2) appreciate the role of stress, 3) look for power foods, 4) get rid of acidity, and 5) start a glycemic diet.
1. A Journey Through Human Body
Understanding the cycle of your metabolism is key here. It’s all about the transformation of the nutrition on your plate into energy, muscles, hormones and emotions – into you. From there we ask ourselves what to put on the plate in the first place.
Olfactory cells detect the smell of delicious barbeque or fresh doughnuts, have the mouth-watering and awaken the desire for the first bite. The hypothalamus is the part of your brain where the center for appetite is located. The blood sends information about the level of sugar and the fat cells if they need supplies. Right there lies the somatic (bodily) intelligence with the wisdom of old about the needs for our body.
Get Back in Touch with your Body
The majority of us is detached from this wisdom because we don’t eat when we’re hungry anymore. And when we eat, how often do we only take empty calories! Instead for a fresh apple your corrupted desires go for a sweet apple pie. How does fat get on your hips then?
When your stomach is full and there’s enough energy available, certain hormones tell the brain: “Stop eating!” With obese persons this communication doesn’t work anymore. In this case the superfluous fat is being transported to the existing fat cells which are accumulated around your waste. And if there’s some fat left, more fat cells are built, all capable of extending their size a thousand times; as if a pinhead becomes a golf ball.
2. What’s the Effect of Stress
There’s no way around it: In the long run, permanent stress does make you fat, because every time you go through a phase of shock, the survival program kicks in. This automatism stems from the early ages of hunting and gathering. No matter if you’re facing an aggressive bear, a personal insult or a difficult exam, the immediate alarm mode causes you to fight, flight or freeze.
All at once this Vicious Circle Stress activates stress hormones like insulin mobilizing sugar reserves for the muscles to work. But since many stress situations today don’t need a hands on solution, there’s too much sugar in the blood. Moreover, soft drinks, alcohol, sweets, potatoes and white flour add to the sugar overload and cause an imbalance in the metabolism.
The Yoyo-Effect on Blood Sugar
In the end, this mechanism causes the sugar level of your blood to drop and initiates a false alarm in the form of ravenous appetite. Then you eat everything you can grab and your body gets more sugar he doesn’t need. Finally, the superfluous energy is then transformed into fat.
Too many insulin shocks in a row can cause diabetes type 2. Usually it was a problem of older folks but becomes more and more a problem among younger ones. Anyway, here lies the clue why regular sport is healthy because you run away the stress hormones. In the words of a great book title: Healing through Exercise.
3. Stress Relief Foods
Adjust your sense of nutrition. First of all, forget processed and turn to organic food. Remember, all you need is available in nature. Take your time and go to a market where you can see the colors and smell the taste of seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Especially go for the stress killer number one: magnesium! It functions like oil in a machine and regulates the supply of calcium for your glands and muscles. That way you can lower the level of the stress hormones as well as hard and tense muscles.
Best stress killer snacks in between are nuts, especially cashews and almonds, and (black) chocolate (70% or more cacao). The latter because it’s best in bringing your blood sugar back into balance. Further more eat spinach, whole grain bread, cheese and chicken.
Basically, take no sweet drinks, no sugar and no aspartame!! And apply methods and techniques to relax, reduce stress and strengthen your immune system. So you can step out of the vicious circle. You’ll find more info on this site.
4. Alkalize and Detox
Isn’t our language an incredible teacher, full of wisdom and insight? So for example you call somebody who is full of negativity and devoid of humor a sourpuss, and you bet this person has a bad immune system and is always indisposed or ill. Measuring the ph-value of his blood would show a rather sour or acid quality far below 7 which is neutral.
It is proven now that negative thoughts and feelings lead towards an acid environment and thus to many ailments, illnesses and premature aging, not the least of it is obesity. Basically the fountain of youth and health lies in your intestines, the key to a strong immune system.
As an immediate measurement you have to follow to steps: 1) eat and drink alkaline food. 2) Detox and neutralize your body. I’ll go into that topic in a future post. For now get a first idea in the book The 21-Day Sugar Detox.
5. Food List with Low Glycemic Index
Finally, I’ll give you a valuable tip. Remember the beginning of this post where I talked about the level of blood sugar which is crucial if you want to lose belly fat quickly. Once you understand how to steer the energy in your blood with the right nutrition then you can avoid the vicious circle of ever-growing and hungry fat cells.
The glycemic index (click on chart below) classifies foods according to their effect on the level of blood sugar. If you follow this advice to look for values below 55, then insulin production will be regulated and fat will burn. Additional benefits are: less hunger, better IQ, infarct protection, muscle booster, stronger immunity, no gout, diabetes prevention.
As a rule of thumb: imagine you throw all you want to eat into a bathtub full of water. Only eat what is swimming on the surface like apples.
Also don’t forget proteins, they are real fat burner. Because the body needs energy to transform them into body’s own proteins. Best are: eggs, fish, white meat (chicken, veal), wild game, pulses, soy (non GMO!), nuts, whole grain, dairy products.
Let Me Summarize
- The stress hormone cortisol causes you to have appetite.
- Instinctively, you’re tempted to grab for sweets.
- Uncontrolled eating causes extra psychic stress (remorse).
- The stress spiral sets in: Stress – Ravenous Appetite – Uncontrolled Eating – Over Weight – More Stress …
Enjoy your new way of life following these 5 tips and let me know how it goes! I’m looking forward to your comments below.