Maylin Rodriguez-Paez, RNdiet claims shown on TV. And trust us, if it sounds too good to be true, it is.
The reality is that you can’t lose weight "miraculously". No amount of creams or wraps will shrink your waist, neither will wishful thinking.
Why? Because losing weight takes hard work.
So if you're looking for a weight loss strategy that will actually work, start here. Ready to take some notes?
Cut and Burn Calories to Lose WeightHave you ever heard of the 250 Principle? It’s actually very simple: Cut an extra 250 calories a day from your diet, and burn an extra 250 calories every day.
1. Cutting 250 calories
We hate to break it to you, but you need to control your mouth to drop the pounds. Now, we’re not asking you to starve or resort to an all-grapefruit diet. All we’re asking is that you cut 250 calories from your diet daily. Sound easy enough?
If you don’t count calories, that’s okay. Just get familiar with the foods that can easily provide 100 calories or more in a serving and cut them out. Sodas come to mind as do many others. Don't be afraid to check out those nutrition labels. They really do help!
2. Burning 250 calories
Exercise is not always seemingly fun, but it really can be. The idea is to get your body moving. Do you have to prepare for a marathon or exercise at the gym all day? No. All you have to do is burn 250 extra calories a day. An hour of brisk walking, dancing or bike riding can easily get you there.
So far, we’ve suggested that you cut 250 calories and burn 250 calories daily. This equates to about a pound of weight loss a week, which is both safe AND do-able.
Blood Testing for Weight LossDid you know that blood tests can help you lose weight? They can help you pinpoint issues that may be causing your weight-related problems. Here are some examples:
- Fasting insulin: Insulin allows your cells to use sugar. High levels may cause excess body fat.
- Leptin: Leptin is a hormone that controls appetite. It reaches your brain to “switch off” hunger signals. Elevated levels can lead to over-eating.
- C-reactive protein (CRP): CRP is a measure of inflammation. It can bind to leptin and prevent it from reaching your brain.
- Thyroid hormones: Thyroid hormones indicate how well your thyroid gland is working. Even a slightly low-functioning thyroid can lead to unnecessary weight gain.
Supplements for Weight LossThere really are a variety of nutrients for weight loss that work, but which are right for you?
The best way to find out is to identify your problems with blood tests so that you can supplement accordingly. Supplementation may then help you correct the underlying metabolic issues which have been hindering your weight loss goals.
For example, if you have elevated CRP and leptin levels, African mango seed extract (Irvingia) may be right for you. Research shows it supports weight loss and lowers CRP levels.
In one placebo-controlled study, those taking a seed extract of Irvingia gabonensis, a West African traditional food, lost 12.8 pounds on average over 10 weeks. The placebo group lost less than 0.7 pounds on average.1
The Bottom LineLosing weight does take work, but it’s definitely not impossible.
If you’re serious about losing weight, please consider what we've outlined in this post. We can even help you with the process if you’d like.
How? Just give our health advisors a call and they’ll point you in the right direction. You can reach them directly (and for free) at: 1-800-226-2370.
You don’t have to “go it alone” or shoot in the dark. Help is just a phone call away...literally.
Reference:1. Lipids Health Dis. 2009 Mar 2;8:7.
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