Over the years I’ve tried many ways to battle the fat loss fight; some successful, some not. But like most things, over time you get better at it and learn what works best for your body.
Today I want to share with you 5 simple changes I made that helped me boost my fat loss in the hope that it will work for you too.
1. Get a good night sleep
So many women compromise the number of hours of shut-eye they get. Lack of sleep makes your hormones turn in the wrong direction and can negatively impact your insulin sensitivity. If you don’t get a good night’s sleep your energy levels will drop throughout the day and you’ll turn to food for a quick pick-me-up.
Give it a go; skip the late night TV, switch off the laptop, and go to bed early! (Check out my article on top 5 ways to avoid a bad nights' sleep).
2. Stress Less
EVERYONE is stressed these days, and that’s because we are also so ‘crazy-busy’. Our lifestyles leave us exhausted both mentally and physically so we turn to coffee and other stimulants to help keep up with it all.
If you get stressed quite easily, then you need to read this book: Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff (And Its All Small Stuff) by Dr Richard Carlson. The biggest lesson I took from this book is that “my in tray is always going to be full”, we are always going to have things on our to-do list (even when we die our to do list won’t be empty!).
One of the best ways I cope with stress is through meditation; you can download a meditation app to your smart phone and just take 5 minutes a day to rest, relax, and recover (Check out my article on meditation benefits for women: how 5 minutes a day can change your life).
3. Cleanse your body of excess Estrogen
Toxins are everywhere; in the air we breathe, the food we eat and the skincare products we use.
If you don’t eat organic then you’re consuming an excess of hormones and antibiotics from meat, and pesticides from fruit and vegetables (both of which attribute to excess estrogen).
Here are a few tips on how to cleanse your body of excess Estrogen:
- Eat a plant-heavy diet with lots of fibre to keep your digestion running smoothly.
- Make sure any meat and dairy products you buy are from grass fed animals that have lived in a free-range environment and have no antibiotics or added hormones.
- Keep your gut bacteria healthy with a good probiotic.
- Eat Organic Fruits and Vegetables.
- Consume more cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, and bok choy (organic of course!); they contain sulphur and produce I3C, which is involved in balance and detoxification of estrogen.
- Drink Green tea
- Vitamin B and fish oils are great
- Opt for Organic Coffee where you can
4. Reduce your alcohol consumption
There was a time where I had a glass of wine every night until I learned that alcohol basically shuts down your metabolism.
When alcohol passes through your liver, instead of filtering and removing it from your body, your liver forms acetate and your body burns off acetate before it burns fat. The more you drink alcohol, the more acetate in your body and the slower the fat burning process will be.
Eliminate your alcohol consumption COMPLETELY and once you’re at the point of maintaining your weight you can slowly introduce a few alcoholic beverages each week (of course avoiding carb and sugar filled drinks).
Also, be mindful that the grapes used to make that wine you love are sprayed with pesticides so opt for organic wines instead. Organic wines are becoming more common on liquor shelves these days so keep a look out.
5. Stay Positive
Losing fat can take a lot of time for many women; there will be days you will look and feel fantastic and days where you are ‘over it’ and want to throw the towel in.
It’s important to stay positive and keep at it because a year from now you will wish you would have started today. The only way to get results is to persist and continue with what you’re doing. Keep your mind strong and stay positive.
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