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How To Lose Weight: The Best Food Combinations

How To Lose Weight: The Best Food Combinations

If you have tried every single diet to slim down and failed, try eating particular foods together. It will make your weight loss process easier, while introducing you to certain food combinations that will help your body balance itself and eliminate toxins.

Here are some food combinations that will work well with your diet plan. Get ready for a trip to a grocery store and you’ll soon start shedding your unwanted weight.

1. Berries on top

Oatmeal and Berries

Oatmeal topped with berries is a delicious fat-burning breakfast option. Each food contains insoluble fiber that controls hunger. Plus, berries are packed with micronutrients that assist in weight loss and they can stop fat from forming as well.

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Yogurt and Berries

A combination of calcium and vitamin D can significantly decrease belly fat and fat absorption. Fiber-packed berries will complement these nutrients. Enjoy this tasty duo as a quick breakfast or afternoon snack.

Walnuts and Berries

Insoluble fiber in berries helps feed the healthy bacteria in your gut, triggering production of a fatty acid that reduces inflammation throughout your body. Pairing berries with the good polyunsaturated fats in walnuts reduces fat storage and improves insulin metabolism.

Ricotta and Berries

Calcium-rich foods like ricotta can help your body metabolize fat more efficiently. According to the research, topping it with berries decreases the formation of fat cells by up to 73 percent.

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2. Sprinkle some cinnamon

Yogurt and Cinnamon

A study found that diets rich in both calcium and vitamin C can significantly decrease the amount of fat the body absorbs and stores. When you add a sprinkle of cinnamon, not only does it taste great, but it also contains powerful antioxidants.

Coffee and Cinnamon

Cinnamon is practically calorie-free and can add a major flavor punch to your morning cup of joe. What’s more, it contains powerful antioxidants that are proven to reduce the accumulation of belly fat. So, next time you stop by your local coffee shop for some caffeine, don’t hesitate to sprinkle some cinnamon in your cup.

3. Add freshly squeezed citrus

White Tea and Lemon

White tea works in distinct ways to help strip away fat from your body. It can simultaneously boost the breakdown of fat and block the formation of fat cells. Secondly, the tea is a rich source of antioxidants that trigger the release of fat from cells and help speed the ability to turn fat into energy. The vitamin C in just half a lemon can boost fat burning by as much as 25 percent.

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Water and Citrus Fruits

A pitcher of ice water with sliced whole lemons, oranges, or grapefruit is a great substitute for sugary beverages. The citrus peels add a powerful antioxidant that stimulates liver enzymes, helping to get rid of toxins in the body and flush fat from your system.

4. Spice it up with peppers

Cayenne and Chicken

When you are almost ready to grill chicken at your family party, sprinkle a dash of cayenne powder over it. Protein-rich foods like poultry with chili pepper can increase calorie burn by as much as 35 percent or more.

Peppers and Eggs

Grab a pepper and a few eggs and get crackin’. Eggs boost your metabolism and peppers are a good source of vitamin C. Getting an adequate amount of vitamin C can help fight off cortisol, a hormone that causes fat to accumulate around your waist.

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Peppers and Potatoes

Science reveals that spuds are actually powerful hunger tamers that can help you lose weight. In fact, researchers found that potatoes are actually more filling than brown rice and oatmeal. The root vegetable is also a good source of potassium, so they can help you look slimmer almost immediately. Enjoy a baked potato with a bit of olive oil and fresh black pepper.

5. Start loving spinach

Spinach and Bananas

Slightly green bananas are rich in something called resistant starch. This type of starch boosts satiety and resists digestion. So the body has to work harder to digest the food, which promotes fat oxidation and reduces abdominal fat. What’s more, bananas are rich in potassium, a nutrient that helps banish pesky bloat, making you look skinnier and more fit than you actually are. The next time you are about to head out to a gym, make yourself a fat-fighting smoothie of spinach and bananas before you go.

Spinach and Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is rich in monounsaturated fats that help ward off hunger. And high-volume, low-calorie greens like spinach help fill you up without filling you out. Studies show that women who eat foods with high water content, such as leafy greens, have lower BMIs and smaller waistlines than those who don’t.

6. Simply season your favorite fish with these Asian spices

Tuna and Ginger

Have you wondered why they serve ginger slices at the sushi restaurant? Ginger accelerates gastric emptying and blocks several genes and enzymes in the body that promote inflammation. Tuna is a primo source of a type of omega-3 fat that can ward off stress chemicals that promote flab storage and regulate fat genes in the stomach, stopping belly fat cells from growing larger.

Salmon and Garlic

Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and muscle-building protein, and a winner when it comes to reducing inflammation. The more muscle you have on your body, the higher your metabolic rate. Just throw garlic into the mix. It will fight off your stubborn belly fat. According to the research, women who ingested 80 milligrams of garlic extract a day for 12 weeks lost weight and reduced their BMI significantly.

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Last Updated on October 5, 2020

Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

Intermittent fasting weight loss is a type of diet that’s rapidly growing in popularity and becoming the way to lose weight. Scientists and nutrition experts like it, too. New books and articles on the topic are being published daily. Intermittent fasting is also popular with followers of the Paleo diet since our ancestors appear to have eaten this way for thousands of years.

I’ve been following this type of diet myself for 2 years. Doing so helped me lose and keep off 70 pounds without ever having to count calories, limit carbohydrates, or eat 6 to 7 meals a day.

This article teaches you all about intermittent fasting weight loss and details why it is one of the best weight loss diet hacks around. Once you finish, you will be able to implement into your diet and experience the benefits it offers almost immediately.

What Is Intermittent Fasting?

As you may have figured from its name, intermittent fasting weight loss is a diet plan where you set fasting periods during the day. This is usually between 16-20 consecutive hours, but it can be as little as 12 hours or as much as 24 hours (or even 36 hours).

While fasting you can eat and drink low calorie or calorie-free foods. Think coffee, tea, water, and vegetables.

The more time you spend fasting every day, the better your results. You can do these fasts as often as you like. Again, the more often you do so, the better[1].

Getting Started With Intermittent Fasting

Following this diet plan is super simple. All you have to do is choose a period of time during the day that you will fast. This should be between 16-20 hours.

The longer you fast each day, the better. Don’t worry about calorie restriction or measuring carbohydrates. Just focus on going about your day until it’s time to eat.

It’s best to choose a set period of time to conduct your fast. I like to fast from 8 PM to 4 PM the following afternoon. I’ll then have my first meal of the day and a snack or two a few hours later. Once 8 o’clock rolls around, it’s back to fasting.

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My experience with intermittent fasting is that it’s best to start with a 16 hour fast (i.e. 8PM one evening to 12PM the next day) for the first 1-2 weeks. Once you are comfortable with this schedule, you can increase the amount of time you spend fasting. Do this by adding 30 minutes to each fast until you get to where you are fasting for 20 hours at a time.

You don’t have to fast every day in the beginning either. You may be more comfortable breaking in slowly with 2 or 3 days per week, or trying alternate day fasting. Add additional days of intermittent fasting as you become more comfortable with this style of eating.

Tips To Make Intermittent Fasting Easier

1. Drink Plenty of Water

Squeeze a little lemon or lime juice into your water to help get rid of any cravings you experience. You can also drink coffee, tea, or other calorie-free beverages. After a few weeks, you will find that intermittent fasting keeps you from craving sugar entirely.

2. Take in Caffeine in the Morning and Early Afternoon

The caffeine in coffee and tea may actually make intermittent fasting weight loss a little easier since it’s good for curbing your appetite. Be careful not to overindulge as this may lead to you feeling a little too wired. I also recommend these natural energy boosting tips to keep you going during the day.

3. Avoid Artificially Flavored Drinks

One type of calorie-free drink that should be avoided are diet sodas and other beverages that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Sweet & Low. Studies show that the can actually stimulate your appetite[2] like a drink that contains sugar and cause you to overeat.

4. Don’t Gorge at Your First Meal

The first meal after your fast should be the amount of food you typically eat. Binging will only make you feel awful and diminish the benefits you get from the fast.

To avoid this, try creating meal plans, at least for the first few weeks. This will help you get into the rhythm of eating regularly portioned meals during your eating window.

5. Minimize Processed Carbohydrates and Sugars

While intermittent fasting does make it possible to eat a little looser than normal, you should still eat as little bread, pasta, rice, etc. as possible.

Focus instead on eating protein from beef, fish, or pork, carbohydrates from vegetables, fruit, and sweet potatoes, and healthy fats from foods like almonds, avocados, fish, and olive oil.

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You can find some carb sources that will aid your weight loss journey here.

How Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight

Eating this way has many benefits with regard to weight loss. The first is that when you’re fasting, your body will be forced to use its stored body fat for energy. Burning calories this way, instead of from the food you’re eating throughout the day, will help you experience significant weight loss, but specifically lose weight from any excess body fat you’re carrying.

This means that you won’t just be thinner, but you will also look better and be much healthier than if you lose weight the old-fashioned way[3].

Intermittent fasting can help optimize the release of the key fat-burning hormones in your body. This is especially true for the two most important hormones: human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin.

Human growth hormone plays a key role in turning on your body’s fat-burning furnace so that it gets the calories you need to work and play from stored body fat. Studies show that fasting can significantly increase the production of HGH[4].

The influence intermittent fasting weight loss has on insulin is just as impressive and possibly more important. Keeping your insulin levels low and steady is key to losing excess fat and keeping it off.

Diets that are rich in processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice) and simple sugars (candy, cookies, and soda) have the opposite effect. They cause your insulin levels to rapidly spike and then crash every time you eat one of these foods. The net result of this phenomenon is that your body will store more of what you eat as excess body fat instead of burning it off as energy.

Chronically elevating your insulin levels like this can also lead to the development of type II diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. Intermittent fasting easily solves this problem.

One study found that men who participated in intermittent fasting had “dramatically lower insulin levels and significantly improved insulin sensitivity”[5].

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This happens because you’re not giving your body food, so it will not produce insulin, allowing insulin levels to balance out until you eat again. This helps your body stay in a calorie and fa-burning state. You’ll also find that it gives you more energy throughout the day.

Another great weight loss benefit of intermittent fasting is that hunger pangs and cravings that may normally plague you throughout the day will be reduced, if not altogether eliminated. This is probably due to its ability to balance your insulin and blood sugar levels and, in turn, help correct other hormonal imbalances.

Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss FAQs

Now that you know what intermittent fasting is and how to get started, it’s time to answer your other questions.

Below are answers to the questions frequently asked about intermittent fasting. These answers should help you and make getting started a lot easier.

How Much Weight Will I Lose?

The amount of weight you lose with fasting is determined by how often and long your fasts are, what you eat afterward, and other factors. Fasting for 16-20 hours a day can help you safely lose 2-3 pounds of fat every week.

While losing this much weight every week is great, it’s how it makes it happen that’s really cool. Losing weight with intermittent fasting means that you will never have to count calories or plan and prepare several meals a day.

Can I Work out While Fasting?

Yes, you can. In fact, doing the right type of workout while fasting will help you lose weight faster and even build muscle.

The best workouts to do while fasting for weight loss are 3-4 intense strength training workouts weekly. This means anything from standard strength training to kettlebell or body weight workouts.

Focus on doing 3-4 total body exercises per workout with as little rest as possible between sets. Doing this will help you burn more calories during and after your workout. You’ll also build muscle, which will help you look and feel better as the weight comes off.

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Won’t I Lose Muscle When I Fast?

First of all, you aren’t fasting long enough for your body to start breaking down muscle for energy. You have, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of calories from your stored body fat to use before that will begin to happen. Studies actually show that even after fasting for 3 days, no muscle is lost.

Is Fasting Safe?

As long as you are healthy, not pregnant, and aren’t taking medications, fasting is safe. Like all diets, you should discuss it with your doctor before beginning an intermittent fasting style of dieting.

I also feel that it may not be smart to follow this type of diet when you’re especially stressed. Since this diet can be a little stress-inducing at first, doing so when your ability to be relatively stress-free and rested probably isn’t a good idea.

Are There Any Supplements I Can Take to Make Fasting Easier?

As with any other weight loss plan, it’s a good idea to take a few nutritional supplements to ensure that your daily requirements are met. This includes a once or twice daily multi-vitamin, fish oil, and vitamin D.

I’ve also found taking 10 grams of branch chain amino acids before and after my workouts really helps, too. They’re great for giving you more energy during your workout and decreasing post-workout muscle soreness.

For supplements to specifically help with digestion, check out this article.

Conclusion

Now you know what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you lose weight quickly, safely, and pretty much effortlessly.

If you want to give it a try, find a fasting schedule that fits with you lifestyle and give it a go.

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