Holidays, vacations and celebrations can take a toll on our figure. When all is said and done, we’re left with those extra, unwanted pounds, our pants acting as a constant reminder that we’ve got some work to do.
When it comes to weight loss, there’s no limit to the number of excuses we tell ourselves to wait or not do anything about it at all.Have you ever found yourself saying or thinking, “My husband/wife loves me the way I am, so why change?”,“I’ll start my diet on Monday” or “I don’t have the time”? I suppose the real question is, who hasn’t?
The real test, however, is how you feel when you look at yourself in the mirror or how you feel in your clothing. Do you truly like what you see? Do you feel confident? Or are you uncomfortable in your own skin?
Diets are not exactly the easiest thing to get started on. Why? Well, the traditional idea of a “diet” involves restrictions, sometimes lots of them! Who wants that? It’s natural for us to NOT want to feel restricted.
It was for this reason exactly that I wrote my book, “The Power of Your Metabolism”.
What I discovered was that you don’t need to starve or restrict yourself in order to lose weight. In fact, doing so only goes against your efforts in the long run. Counting calories, eating less or restricting one’s diet to only salads, for example, does not really improve the metabolism, which is what your focus SHOULD be on.
There are various factors that can improve the metabolism and several that will slow it. What you want to do then is do MORE of those things that improve the metabolism.
So, to simplify things, here are a few points that HELP the metabolism and some that HARM the metabolism:
WHAT HELPS THE METABOLISM:
– Drinking a lot of water.
– Eating more protein (eggs, meat, etc).
– Eating more vegetables and salads.
– Taking high-quality, potent vitamins.
– Eating a high-protein, low carb breakfast.
– Reducing any stress in your life.
– Ensuring that you have regular bowel movements.
WHAT HARMS THE METABOLISM:
– Drinking regular or diet soda.
– Not drinking enough water.
– Not eating enough vegetables.
– Consuming a lot of refined carbohydrates (bread, pasta, candy, etc).
– Not having breakfast.
– Living a mostly sedentary lifestyle.
– Having a high levels of stress.
Now, diet is also important factor when it comes to improving the metabolism, but as you can see from above, it is not the only one! However, without it, you may not make any progress. The good news is that you can still eat everything, as long as you know how to correctly proportion out your meals so that great part of it HELPS your metabolism.
As you may or may not know, the types of food that cause you to gain the most amount of weight are those that cause your body to produce a large amount of the hormone insulin. When this hormone is produced in excess, along with glucose (blood sugar), the food you eat is converted into body fat. Therefore, the best strategy is to consume mostly those types of food that produce a small amount of insulin. To keep things simple, we will call the foods that produce a small amount of insulin “S” (slimming) foods and the ones that produce a large amount of insulin, “F” (fattening) foods.
Some examples of “S” (slimming) foods would include meats, eggs, cheese, nuts, salad and non-starchy vegetables (broccoli, green beans, kale, etc).
Some examples of “F” (fattening) foods would include bread, pasta, rice, starchy vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc), candy, etc.
Basically, as long as you keep your “F” (fattening) foods to no more than 1/3rd of your meal, you will be able to slim down, as the majority of what you’re consuming will produce a small amount of insulin in the body.
In my book, “The Power of Your Metabolism”, I refer to this diet as the “2×1 Diet”. In other words, consider that every meal you eat is divided into 3 equal portions. 2 of those potions would consist of “S” (slimming) foods, like chicken or salad, while only 1 portion (1/3rd of the meal) would consist of “F” (fattening) foods, like pasta or bread.
If you’d like to learn more about this in detail or any other factors that can contribute to a slow metabolism or difficulty losing weight, read my book “The Power of Your Metabolism”. As I mentioned earlier, diet is an important factor, but it is not the only one that can make it hard to lose weight!
Try applying 2×1 Diet to start. However, if you find that diet alone does not resolve your weight problems, feel free to contact us for help at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-574-8438.
Frank Suárez, Obesity and Metabolism Specialist