Five Quick Weight Loss Tips That Work

If you’re like tens of millions of Americans battling a bulging midsection, you’ve probably heard a wide variety of opinions on the subject of clean eating.  Unfortunately, most of this information conflicts with competing dietary advice from some other source, so it’s difficult to know what to eat in order to lose fat and restore your body composition to a healthy state.

Fortunately, while it might take a while to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to diets that work, clean eating is not all that difficult to understand.  It basically just comes down to eating unadulterated foods with as little human processing involved as feasible.

Unfortunately, that broad prescription means removing an equally broad category of foods, which happen to form the staple of the American diet currently.  Processed carbohydrates – everything made from flour – form a terribly unhealthy percentage of our total caloric intake, which is dangerous on two fronts.

First, flours and grains contain gobs of gluten, a protein that is the plant’s natural defense against predation.  Gluten wreaks havoc on the human digestive tract.  Second, flours and other processed grains sends our insulin levels through the roof.   Insulin causes the body to store fat, and excess insulin means extra body fat, among other dangerous results.

Here are five weight loss tips that will help tip the scales in your favor.

  1. Stop eating grains.  Yes, it’s definitely going to be hard, but the hidden damage caused by gluten impacts every cell in your body.
  2. Stop eating sugared foods.  High fructose corn syrup is especially devastating (contained in fruit juices, sodas, and sports drinks).
  3. Exercise with high intensity.  Ten minutes of high intensity exercise beats two hours of plodding along (see crossfit.com).
  4. Eat meats and vegetables as the backbone of your diet.  Don’t be scared.  They’re delicious.
  5. Get lots of sleep.  Lack of sleep undermines health in general, but also leads to extra cortisol, which is a stress hormone that has been demonstrated to cause excess fat storage around the midsection.

Modern society doesn’t make healthy living easy, but it’s definitely a worthwhile investment of time and effort.

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