How Food Intolerance becomes the REAL Cause of Weight Gain

How Food Intolerance becomes the REAL Cause of Weight Gain

Here’s a question for you: If you wanted to be your leanest, fittest self and follow the healthiest diet in the world, what would you eat?

You’re probably thinking egg-white veggie omelets, maybe some Greek-style nonfat yogurt, low-calorie whey protein shakes, and perhaps a soy-based veggie burger on a whole-grain bun.

Here’s the real bummer: These so-called healthy foods could be holding your health and your weight hostage.

Sadly, you might be eating these and other foods regularly. You probably don’t even like some of them and only choose them because you are “supposed to.”

How disappointing to discover you’re doing everything “right” yet nothing is working!  The scale won’t budge, your pants won’t zip, and you frequently feel tired, moody, and achy.
The Virgin Diet
According to my good friend, Celebrity Nutrition and Fitness Expert JJ Virgin, foods you think are healthy could be sabotaging your weight-loss efforts. She says food intolerances become the hidden source of weight loss resistance for many people.

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5 Herbs and Spices for Weight Loss

5 Herbs and Spices for Weight Loss

Losing weight can be a frustrating experience, particularly when the numbers on the scale are slow to budge. The good news is that small changes in your diet can yield big results.

Instead of reaching for salt to flavor your food, consider adding a bit of spicy heat to stoke your metabolic fires.

Here are five herbs and spices that will help melt away those unwanted pounds.

1. Cayenne Pepper -- If you want to add a kick to your food while boosting metabolism and burning calories, cayenne pepper will do the trick. Cayenne pepper also curbs your appetite, which makes it easier to curb temptations between meals.

This spicy pepper not only boosts your metabolism by 25%; it also causes your temperature to rise. Subsequently, as your body forces the cool-down process, you’ll burn more calories.

2. Cumin – If you want to lower cholesterol levels while losing weight and shedding fat, adding two or three teaspoons of cumin to your diet may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Cumin also aids in digestion and energy production.

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5 Foods That Boost Your Metabolism

5 Foods That Boost Your Metabolism

Losing weight can seem like a project instead of a process: counting calories and fat grams, tracking your headway at the gym, and focusing on “the number” instead of inches lost is a lot to keep track of. You already know that you can boost your metabolism with regular exercise, but did you know that you can include certain foods into your diet to stoke your calorie-burning furnace?

It’s true.

Here are five foods you can add to your diet to give you an added edge on your weight loss journey.

Oatmeal. Eating oatmeal at breakfast is a great way to start your day. Your body has to work harder to metabolize oatmeal because of its rich fiber content, and you’ll get the added benefit of reducing your cholesterol when eaten on a regular basis. For best results, choose steel cut oats instead of rolled oats. The steel cut varieties are lower in calories and contain no sugar.

Spices. Spices are a great way to not only flavor your food, but they also possess amazing metabolism boosting benefits. Below are just a few spices you can add to your food to burn calories more quickly.

  • Cinnamon
  • Cayenne
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Black Pepper
  • Mustard Seed

When you reach for a flavor enhancer, consider adding a calorie-burning option instead of salt.

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7 Steps for Losing Weight Naturally

7 Steps for Losing Weight Naturally

For many of us, stepping on the scales can be an uneasy experience because the numbers we see don’t always represent the ideal weight that we have in mind. Although we often measure weight in pounds, our body mass index (BMI) is a more appropriate measure of whether we are overnight.

An individual whose BMI is 18.5 or less is considered underweight; whereas an individual with a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. The healthiest BMI is considered to be between 18.5 and 24.9. However, if your BMI measures between 25 and 29.9, you’re in the slightly overweight zone.

You can calculate your body mass by following the steps below:

• Multiply your height in inches times your height in inches.
• Divide your weight by the number you arrived at in the step above.
• Multiply the number you came up with in in the step above this one by 705.

If your BMI measures 25 or above, you’ll want to take steps to reduce your weight. Here are seven steps you can follow to naturally lose weight.

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3 Weight Loss Myths

3 Weight Loss Myths

There’s no shortage of information available for individuals who want to lose weight. For some, the weight seems to melt away with a few dietary modifications and moderate exercise. Others, however, seem to struggle to lose just a few pounds.

The confusion lies in the conflicting information that is available today. Conduct an Internet search or walk down the health section in any bookstore, and you’ll see a multitude of claims made by “experts” who promise to give you the secret to remarkable results.

Unfortunately, many of these claims tout immense weight loss in just a few days or a few weeks. To the contrary, any eating plan that promises a quick fix will probably not lead to long-term success. That’s why it’s essential to change your lifestyle by eating healthier and exercising more frequently instead of embarking on a “diet” that will make you miserable and lead to nowhere.

Let’s lay to rest three of the most common myths that could be sabotaging your weight loss goals.

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5 Surprising Reasons Why You May Be Gaining Weight

5 Surprising Reasons Why You May Be Gaining Weight

Weight gain is frustrating, particularly when your clothes feel tighter without any major changes in your lifestyle. However, did you know that there are several factors that can make you gain weight or prevent you from losing it? It’s true. The addition of those extra pounds may be directly related to how your body reacts to the physical processes within it.

Sleep Deprivation. We need sleep to keep our bodily systems in check. The fewer hours of sleep we get at night, the more sleep debt we accumulate during the day. Getting enough sleep – 7.5 hours is considered the average need – is important because it keeps two important hormones in check: leptin and ghrelin. When you are sleep deprived, these two hormones will not do their jobs effectively.

Leptin tells your body when it is satiated (that feeling of fullness) and lets you know when it is time to stop eating. However, when you don’t get enough sleep, your body will produce less leptin. The result? You’ll eat more often during the day and may grab “quick fix” snack foods to appease your hunger, especially in the work place or late at night.

Ghrelin is the hormone that tells us when we’re hungry. If you don’t get enough sleep at night, your body will produce more ghrelin, and you’ll feel hungrier more often. More ghrelin production coupled with less leptin production most often results in overeating. That’s why it’s common to compensate for these hormonal imbalances by eating more frequently throughout the day.

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