Weight loss is such a loaded topic and there are so many fads and opinions, so apart from draconic regimes and the obvious daily exercise, here are some uncomplicated tips you can grab from the kitchen to help you feel a little lighter:
Some Deliciously Easy Tonics
It’s so quick and easy to make up these tonics all you have to do is replace your usual cuppa with a cup of some natural weight-loss goodness:
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar acts as an appetite suppressor and when you have it with a meal helps you feel fuller for longer. It has even been found that it can help regulate insulin levels, and prevent blood sugar spikes. Poorly regulated insulin can turn into unwanted fat. It is also thought to suppress fat accumulation and stimulate the metabolism.
Add two tabelspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar to a glass of water and drink 3 times a day an hour before meals. You can sweeten it with some raw honey.
Raw honey and cinnamon
This is a popular weight-loss recipe and is divinely spicy and sweet. Raw honey has a beneficial effect on your blood sugar, that doesn’t cause a sugar rush and also nourishes your body so you don’t get hungry, while cinnamon has been found to increase glucose metabolism and stabilize blood sugar. This combo also acts as a tonic for your gut as it is anti-parasitic.
• Steep a teaspoon of cinnamon in some pure boiled water
• Once the water has cooled, stir in one tablespoon of raw honey
• Drink twice a day
Dandelion acts as a diuretic, so helps you shed water retention, which is an aspect of feeling a little bloated and larger than we’d like. It also stimulates gastric secretions and so helps you break down fats in your meals more effectively. Drink a cup or three of Dandelion tea every day to reap the benefits.
Sage tea has stimulant, diuretic and antioxidant properties. It helps boost your metabolic rate so you use more calories. It’s also really calming, so it helps you cope with stress that can lead to imbalanced hormones that in turn can lead to weight-gain. Drink some sage tea instead of your usual cup o’ hot something.
You can make sage tea by pouring a cup of hot water over one tablespoon of dried sage leaves, covering it and leaving it to steep for 15 minutes.
Hot water and lemon
Drink a glass of hot water with a squeeze of lemon first thing in the morning.
This will help increase your metabolism and also helps you break down body fat. The pectin in the lemon helps control cravings you may have and the lemon juice has a healthy alkaline effect on your blood. Hot water also helps to flush fat out your cells more easily. You can add a bit of raw honey, but be sure to let the water cool down enough before you do.
Having a glass of hot water by itself is even simpler and can be very beneficial too.
Ginseng is another friendly plant that helps regulate blood sugar and acts as an energy-boosting tonic. When you have more energy you are less likely to crave fattening foods like high sugar treats and unhealthy deep-fried temptations. You can get some Ginseng tea here.
It’s become quite accepted lately that there are different kinds of fats and that adding the right kind of fats to your diet can in fact make you thinner. Adding some good fats to each meal can help you feel fuller for longer and is also really good for the lubrication and healthy functioning of your organs, from your brain to your skin.
Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil
Cold-pressed Coconut Oil is a wonderfully easy weight-loss remedy. It’s full of healthy medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCTs) that boost metabolism. MCTs are immediately available because they go intact straight to the liver to be used. This means you have more energy and also aren’t storing the fat you’re eating. Coconut oil is an appetite suppressant of note and to top it off, ups your metabolism.
All you need to do to benefit from this wonder oil is take a tablespoon of coconut oil twice a day, preferably before meals to help prevent cravings taking over your meal. You can also add it to your smoothies, and make all sorts of yummy recipes with it.
Protein is more complex for your body to digest – it has to work for the calories. Protein also makes you feel fuller for longer. Your muscles are made using amino acids in proteins, so eating more protein helps you build lean muscle and uses more calories at the same time. And when you have leaner, healthier muscles, you feel better, look better and have more strength to get out and about.
If you don’t eat meat, there are some easy ways to get healthy protein in. Eating plants like Kale and hemp will provide you with all the necessary amino acids and proteins. Adding a protein powder to your smoothies and cereals is another way to up your protein intake at each meal.
Pectins, psyllium, glucomannan and guar gum are all soluble fibers that thicken in water. These sit in your gut and slow down your digestion so you feel full longer. Fiber seems to have a particular effect on belly fat when it comes to weight loss. You can get fiber in by snacking on fruits like apples and pears, or adding flax seeds to your baking or smoothies.
Taking a supplement can be an easy fuss-free way to support weight-loss too and there are supplements that use natural elements that have been found to be useful:
Losing weight is not only about your health, it’s about feeling good about yourself and comfortable in your own skin, and some healthy daily habits are a way of showing yourself some love and commitment!