Lose your unwanted belly fat with coconut oil!

Coconut oil is one of the most weight loss-friendly fats in the world. Rich in a combination of fatty acids, it promotes optimal metabolism function which ultimately helps with weight loss!

Several studies show that by simply adding coconut oil to your diet, you can lose fat – especially the “dangerous” fat in your abdominal area, which has been linked to chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

To learn more about how coconut oil can help you lose weight and belly fat, keep reading!

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Four ways that coconut oil helps with fat loss

#1: Coconut oil boosts your energy levels

Coconut oil is comprised mainly of medium-chain triglycerides AKA MCTs and lauric acid. This essential fatty acid metabolises differently in comparison to other saturated fats, such as those you find in dairy and meat products.

Your body doesn’t store MCTs as fat, but instead transports them directly to your liver, where they’re quickly converted into energy. So what does this mean for your weight loss efforts?

By adding two or three tablespoons to your daily dietary regimen, you’ll boost your energy levels by an average of 5% for a full 24-hour period! I find that adding coconut oil to my morning smoothie is the best way to get my energy kick for the day.

#2: Coconut oil decreases hunger and curbs pesky cravings

You already know that MCTs go directly to your liver during digestion. Not only does this provide your body with a natural energy boost, the processing of MCTs also forms keytone bodies, which have the added benefit of reducing hunger and curbing cravings.

I recommend enjoying two to three tablespoons of coconut oil each day to feel fuller for longer and to kick the habit of snacking on unhealthy foods between meals. You can enjoy the oil in tea, coffee, smoothies or directly from the jar!

#3: Coconut oil burns fat amazingly fast

Are you looking to reduce your daily caloric intake and lose weight faster without compromising your health? Well, then, you’re in the right place. Coconut oil enhances your body’s ability to digest food and absorb nutrients so that you can eat less without feeling unsatisfied, tired or weak all the time.

Plus, because coconut oil is a natural mood enhancer, eating it daily will help you reduce your stress levels and feel more motivated to partake in heart-healthy activities, which will only help you burn off persistent fat stores even faster – bonus!

Consuming coconut oil regularly will power up your body’s fat-burning potential – especially for losing stubborn belly fat. It will also regulate your appetite, improve digestion and just make you feel great!

#4: Coconut oil helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels

Because your body absorbs coconut oil easily without the need for digestive enzymes, your pancreas is less stressed and able to produce insulin more effectively. Plus, as a saturated fat, coconut oil makes it easier for your cells to bind with insulin during digestion.

When your body has the required amounts of insulin, your cells get the glucose (or blood sugar) that they need to fuel your daily activities. So how exactly does this translate into belly fat loss?

A daily serving or two of coconut oil will help your body maintain healthy blood sugar levels by promoting the efficient use and production of insulin. As a result this will provide your cells with more glucose to give you energy and help you lose fat.

PS: Just remember – coconut oil is high in calories, so it’s important that you use it in moderation. I recommend limiting your intake to one or two tablespoons a day to avoid unwittingly sabotaging your weight loss efforts. Good luck!

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Does a low-carb diet really beat a low-fat diet?

You’ve heard of the low-carb and the low-fat diet – but which one’s better for weight loss?

 

Ask anyone hip to the headlines, and they’re likely to say low-carb. A low-carb diet decreases a hormone in your body called insulin, which helps regulate fat tissue. It’s thought that lowering insulin levels give you a metabolic, fat-burning edge.

 

Kevin Hall, a metabolism researcher at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases in the US wanted to test this theory. His small but rigorous new trial with the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) published in the journal Cell Metabolism, concludes that the theory is in fact flawed!

 

According to Hall’s findings, a low-fat diet may have many more merits than a low-carb diet. Keep reading to find out why.

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An American research team set out to find out if a low-carb diet is better for weight loss than a low-fat diet

Any study trying to accurately answer a nutrition question has to get a little obsessive. Why? Well, because nutrition research is notoriously difficult to do well. So Hall and his team designed the most rigorous study they could.

The team recruited 19 obese people who volunteered to stay at the NIH clinic centre where every shred of food and every second of exercise was prescribed and monitored by scientists. Hall wanted to answer a basic question: How does an obese body adapt to cutting carbohydrates from the diet, versus cutting fat from the diet?

“Unless we do the kind of study that we’ve done here, where we basically lock people up for an extended period of time, control everything, and make sure we know exactly what they eat, then we don’t have the kind of control that’s required to answer these really basic questions,” Hall reported.

So for a pair of two-week stays, the volunteers lived in a metabolic ward where they ate the same thing every day for snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Each person tried two different diets; both identical in calories. One diet cut 30% of their total calories (all coming from reductions in dietary fat while keeping carbs and protein the same). The other cut calories from carbs (keeping fat and protein the same).

Hall said this was the first time a study has ever just selectively reduced these individual nutrients as opposed to changing multiple nutrients at once. Using special equipment, the researchers were able to see exactly how their bodies were burning both calories and fat.

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How a low-carb diet affects the body differently to a low-fat diet

People ended up losing weight on both diets, but they lost more on the reduced-carb diet. That didn’t surprise Hall at all, he said. “We’ve known for quite some time that reduction of dietary carbs causes an excess of water loss,” he reported. Therefore, weight loss from cutting carbs may be due to water loss.

As expected – and in keeping with the theory about carb-cutting – insulin levels went down and fat burning went up. However, on the low-fat diet, people lost more fat. “Despite not changing insulin one bit!” Hall said.

So how’s this possible? The exact mechanism is yet to be determined, but Hall has a couple of ideas. “When we cut fat in people’s diets, the body doesn’t recognise that we’ve done that in terms of metabolism, so it keeps burning the same number of calories and fat as it did before.” Hall says this surprised him. He thought the body would somehow respond to the reduction in fat – but it didn’t.

Hall explained: “Insulin is a hormone that’s particularly reactive to changes in carbohydrate. What I Was sort of hoping to find was an analogous hormone that was responsive to changes in fat in the diet and altered metabolism.” But he didn’t find that… He said it might not even exist.

What the team did find, though, was that cutting 800 calories of fat resulted in the body burning just as much fat as before. In contrast, on a low-carb diet, metabolism changes. Insulin levels, carb-burning and fat-burning all change – but only by about 400 calories a day, Hall said.

This means that low-carb dieters had a net deficit of about 400 calories per day – but those on the low-fat diet had a net deficit of about 800 calories per day, resulting in a bit less body fat.

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So which diet should you opt for – low-carb or low-fat?

Hall cautions against changing your diet based on the results of his study. He says the differences in fat loss here were small, and so were the numbers of volunteers in the study due to the expenses involved. “What happens to 19 people on a metabolic ward may not apply to the general population out in the real world who are trying to lose weight,” commented Lydia Bazzano, a professor in nutrition research at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in LA.

Hall said that more research is necessary before we can use this information of his. However, the takeaway remains that the theory about metabolism that has previously been used to recommend low-carb diet plans doesn’t hold water. In fact, if anything, the low-fat diet seemed to offer more metabolic advantage, Hall noted.

If metabolism doesn’t necessarily tip the scale in favour of one diet over another, what else will? In Hall’s experiments, he’s currently exploring the possibility that the brain could respond differently to one diet versus another.

The bottom line? In my opinion, it’s that the best diet, whether low-carb or low-fat, is the one you manage to stick to.

Four ways in which women are totally different to men when it comes to weight loss

You’ve heard the saying a thousand times before… Men are from Mars, women are from Venus. But what you might not have known is that this is true even in terms of weight loss.

 

For various biological and psychological reasons, women tend to have a very different relationship with food than men do. Take this example: For a 2009 study, researchers had a small group of men and women fats for 20 hours, then undergo brains scans while being presented their favourite foods, like chocolate cake and pizza.

 

The team then asked the volunteers to smell and look at the foods, but not eat them. In the end, researchers found that both men and women could stifle the urge to eat when asked to try, but only men showed an actual decrease in activity in the motivation centres of their brains.

 

In other words, unlike men’s brains, the women’s brains were still driving them to indulge. Scientists say this could be due to hormonal differences, or simply because women are hard-wired to eat when food is available because they need more body fat than men do. Interesting right? Here are some other ways in which us ladies differ to men when it comes to trying to lose weight…

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Four things women do differently when it comes to weight loss

#1: They look at the scale differently

Many (not all) of the men I know are pretty objective about the number on the scale. They view it simply as a piece of data. For many women, however, an increase or no change (or even not enough of a decrease) can trigger real feelings – anger, frustration or depression. This then leads to a loss of motivation. Sound like you? Then banish the scale! Becoming obsessed with weighing yourself in can actually prevent you from achieving your goals.

#2: They handle stress differently

One of the top weight loss derailers for women? Emotional eating. It can be true for men as well, but there’s a definite disparity. One reason is that most men have habitual activities to help them cope with stress, like playing golf. But women, on the other hand, enjoy blowing off steam through eating or drinking. For example, a girls’ night. If food has become your go-to way to either disconnect from intense emotions or cope with stress, no amount of willpower will break that pattern. What you need to then do it address your emotions.

#3: They need a different kind of support

I find that support can make or break weight loss success – especially for women. Many of my girlfriends feel that their significant others or family members don’t lend support and in turn subtly sabotage their healthy efforts (“just have a bite”, “let’s just order a pizza”…). Most women really need someone in their corner who gets it, cheers on small successes, and who isn’t going to talk them out of continuing on a healthy path.

#4: They take an all-or-nothing approach

While it’s generally not true for men, women tend to have an all-or-nothing approach to weight loss. By this I mean that one “bad” meal or day leads to throwing in the towel for good. But deep down, we know it’s not realistic, right? Nor is it necessary to go through life never eating a dessert or having fries on the side. The best solution, I find, is to plan in advance. Indulge every now and again, and then move on – without guilt.

If you’re a lady, some of these may not hold true for you. If that’s the case, I think it’s important to know what helps you boost your personal stick-with-it-ness. Regardless of your gender, though, understanding that is an important key to losing weight successfully – and keeping it off for good!

Get in shape effortlessly with this refreshing fat flush water recipe

Do you want to rid your body of unwanted toxins and lose a bit of weight in the process? Then look no further than this incredible fat flush water recipe developed by the much-respected Dr Oz!

 

All you’ll need are a couple of simple ingredients and a pitcher. Ready to find out more?

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How to make your own fat flush water

You’ll need:

  • 1 slice grapefruit
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 tangerine
  • 2 peppermint leaves
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 handful ice

Method:

Mix all of the ingredients together in a pitcher and then decant into a water bottle so you can enjoy it throughout the day.

How this water will help you lose weight

Grapefruit is great for fighting fat and helping to control your appetite. Cucumbers aid in digestion and help to control bloating. Everything in this recipe offers a useful purpose that works with other ingredients to help you easily flush fat from your system!

If you’re looking to lose weight before summer comes around, this is a very effective and wonderfully refreshing recipe to try.

Melt away your fat and flush your body clean of toxins with pink Himalayan salt!

Are you trying to lose weight or detox? Pink Himalayan salt can really help!

 

How’s that possible you ask? You see, common table salt binds water in your body’s tissue, which leads to water retention and cellulite. But when you replace table salt with pink Himalayan salt, your body is able to release extra water as well as harmful toxins.

 

Let me tell you more about how you can use this pink salt to rid your body of fat and toxins…

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How to lose weight with pink Himalayan salt

Summer is coming, so why not invest in a tub of pink Himalayan salt to shed those excess kilos and clean out your system? There are a few different ways you can use it. For example:

  • You can drink it: Drink a teaspoon of the salt in one cup of filtered water in the morning on an empty stomach to boost your metabolism.
  • You can eat it: Simply swap out refined salt for pink Himalayan salt in your shaker to promote fat loss.
  • You can rub it on your skin: Give your body a dry brush massage with the salt to remove dead skin cells and eliminate impurities.
  • You can bath in it: Take a bath with one cup of the salt in your bathwater once or twice a week to flush out toxins.

Where to buy pink Himalayan salt

Your best bet is to have a look at your local health store. Most pharmacies also stock it.

Four foods that’ll rev up your metabolism

Here’s the problem with many diets: They focus on what you shouldn’t have instead of what you should have.

 

I’ve started so many diets that have left me feeling so deprived because all they seemed to do was tell me what I’m not allowed to eat. The restrictions become so frustrating! And usually lead me to give up on the diet all at once…

 

So here’s what I’ve learned as a result: Before you dump sugary, highly reactive foods that stall fat loss and leave you feeling sluggish into your body, you must fuel up on healthy, crave-busting foods. They’ll stop you from feeling hungry, reaching for the junk and giving up on your diet!

 

You probably already from about the usual appetite-curbing adds on like fibre-rich veggies and green tea. And yes, those do work great. But I’m going to let you in one some unique, off-the-beaten-path ones that’ll rev up your metabolism so you blast more fat and feel fantastic!

 

Best of all, they taste delicious, so they’ll be easy to incorporate into your diet.

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Add these four foods to your diet for lasting fat loss

#1: Lemon juice

I’m sure you’ve heard that having hot lemon water in the morning is good for digestion. Turns out, a few tablespoons of lemon juice just before or during a meal may also help lower your blood sugar response from that meal. You can also have a glass of sparkling water with lemon during your meal if straight lemon juice is too strong for you.

#2: Cinnamon

What’s not to love about this delicious spice? It tastes so good, can curb a sweet tooth, and helps balance blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity! I love sprinkling this spice on top of nut butter smoothies or protein pancakes. There are many different ways to enjoy cinnamon!

#3: Kefir

Speaking of a sweet tooth, kefir can also help zap sugar cravings. The sour taste of cultured or fermented foods like this one kills your sweet tooth and feeds the good bacteria in your body. My favourite kefir is made from coconut water. You can also shop online for culture starter kits to make your own!

#4: Coconut milk

Coconut milk is a kitchen staple for everything from cooking to baking. It has some seriously impressive antiviral and antibacterial properties, which makes it the perfect food to eat to keep up a good balance of good bacteria in your body.

I’m always on the lookout for healthy little-known add-ons that increase your metabolism while ditching the excess kilos. Keep your eyes peeled for more metabolism-boosting “secrets”!