Best Foods For Natural Weight Loss

Apples – They contain pectin, vitamin C, flavonoids, antioxidants, minerals, dietary fiber and many more.

Watermelon – It lowers blood pressure and hypertension. Drinking your vitamins with fresh watermelon juice ensures maximum absorption.

Avocado – They contain all the healthy fats like Omega 3 and monounsaturated fat. As well as potassium and amino acid lecithin.

Tumeric Herb – High on the list of healthy herbs. It has anti cancer and antioxidant priorities but mainly it is known for its contribution to loosing unwanted weight.

Chocolate – Helps with weight loss and eating it in small amounts reduces systolic blood pressure and bad cholesterol by 5.3 percent. Note: Make sure chocolate is butter or coconut oil based instead of hydrogenated vegetable fats. Also natural sugar rather than fructose corn syrup and GMO sugar.

Celery – It takes more calories to burn celery than you gain from it. It is also High in vitamin C, calcium and apigenin.

 

Reasons You’re Not Loosing Weight

You Overcompensate For Exercise.

Often people comfort/reward themselves with food after exercise. And more than often they eat more that they burnt during exercise.

You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep

Too little sleep slows down the metabolism, effects exercise performance (because of the lack of energy) and increases the appetite. It can also increase stress levels and add to weight gain.

Drinking To Much Sugary Drinks

Stick to fresh juices and water. Even when drinking fresh juices, keep an eye on the quantity. If you used 5 apples, and 4 oranges for example, make sure that you can eat that same amount without using the juicer. So make a selection of fruits and veggies you can eat in one portion and juice it. Do not use more.

You’re Eating Large Portions

Eating too much of anything causes weight gain. Try keeping to fist size portions. If you find you are still hungry, wait 1-2 hours before eating another portion or having a snack.

You’re Eating Too Little

Your body has a natural instinct to protect itself so when you eat too little it automatically goes into starvation mode, causing your metabolism to slow down drastically and your body to hoard fats & calories.

Mental Health

Express Emotions

You need to find an outlet for your emotions even if it is in a diary, the confession booth or with a boxing bag. A friend, a family member or even a shrink is a preferred option but people are different and some are not comfortable with sharing their feelings with others.

Eat Well

It’s the circle of life. What we put inside our bodies physically shows on the outside and determine how we feel about ourselves. So be careful of what you eat because how we feel about ourselves and how we see ourselves, is the most important thing of all.

Keep in Touch

Keeping in touch with different people, people who think and do things differently as to how you do, is what pulls you out of your comfort zone sometimes to make you experience things you would not have experienced otherwise. Stepping out of your comfort zone, experiencing new things, is what makes you grow as a person.

‘ME’ Time

Take a break and spend time on yourself, just you. Working on yourself is very rewarding. It is difficult to find the balance in life but even more so to find it within yourself. You cannot expect someone to love and accept you fully if you do not love and accept yourself.

Keep Active

Not only does exercise produce the “happy hormone” (endorphins) but it results in a better physical body which in turn boosts your self esteem. You will love yourself more.

Substance abuse

Stay as far away as possible. Any substance gives you a temporary boost and then when the effects wear off you fall down further then before. I’m not saying a glass of wine or two with a meal or a cold beer after a long day is a bad idea. I’m just saying that moderation is the key.

Do Something You’re Good At.

By doing something you are good at you concentrate on you strong points and boost yourself up. So use your time and energy on something that brings you positive feed back.

Care for Others

By caring for others and helping where your help is needed, you efforts will be appreciated and their appreciation will make you feel good about yourself.

Health Tips no.1

  • For varicose veins – Horse chestnut, a herb that strengthens the veins and reduces swelling.
  • Vitamin D is crucial for the absorption of calcium which in turn gives strong bones. Sunbathing for short periods of time without sunscreen will give you a natural dose of Vitamin D, vital for your immune system.
  • If you are struggling with bad breath, invest in a tongue scrape, removing all access bacteria and plaque.
  • To improve activity in lungs and breathing, drink cordyceps capsules and do deep breathing exercises.
  • Coconut Oil is good for: the immune system, digestion, hair, skin and weight loss around the waist.
  • Rosemary helps with: mental capacity, respiratory problems, indigestion and preventing cancer.
  • Totally avoid Fructose, BPA and MSG. They are toxins that promotes weight gain.
  • I know it’s a cliche, but take the stairs when ever you can.
  • When eating pizza, don’t drink an ice cold drink with it. When the cold liquid hits the melted cheese, the cheese solidifies and causes indigestion.
  • Never go grocery shopping when hungry. You always end up buying way more than needed and spending unnecessary money. Not good for the body or the wallet.
  • Set out a fruit bowl on the counter and never let any rot, always use them.
  • Stretch as often as you can. It keeps your body functioning better.

Basic Healthy Dayly Habits

Every morning when you stumble out of bed, drink a cup of luke warm water with some fresh lemon juice. It gives your metabolism a kick start for the day. Then you go about your business; showering, yoga, getting dressed or what ever you do in the mornings before work.

When your finished, sit down and have your breakfast while listening to some relaxing Oscar Peterson or Ludovico Einaudi. People tend to rush in the mornings, gobbling down their food while running for the door. This can cause indigestion which in turn slows down your metabolism drastically and causes discomfort. Not a good start for the day. Thus, take a seat and savor what you eat. Studies show that being conscious of what you put in your body by using all your senses (look at it, smell it, taste it, savor it) helps the body to act appropriately to what it receives.

A personal breakfast choice for me these days are pastries. It was something I picked up while in Italy. They sometimes eat the previous evenings dessert for breakfast which are usually apple pie or a cheese cake of some sorts. But traditionally a croissant or a nice pastry or Nutella on toast is a everyday breakfast. I settled for different kinds of interesting croissants, one each morning. This was a strange concept for me, coming from South Africa where bacon and eggs are traditionally considered a good breakfast. But it seems to work for me. The sugar gives me the boost I need for the day and the starch gets properly used and digested because I keep busy for the rest of the day, not giving it chance to lie in my stomach and get stored into fat. I snack on fruit or nuts before lunch to keep my metabolism going and then some nice veggies or a wrap is ideal for lunch.

Try and keep the portions of what ever you eat to the size of your stomach. Eat regularly though, every three hours is ideal to keep your metabolism working at its best.

Try and get at least 30 min of exercise a day. Jason Stathum is a 45 year old actor who is the biggest action hero of his time. He does all his own stunts and has a killer body without the help of any supplements. All he does is 40 min of exercise a day, but then he makes those minutes count. So don’t waste your time by feebly spinning in the gym like your on a country outing. Use your body for 30 min a day and use it to it full extent.

I love to find an empty studio somewhere, put my earphones in, pick up 1 kg weights in each hand and dance like I’m alone in my room. I kick my legs up in the air, jump high, dance from corner to corner, get get heart rate up until I find myself either laughing or crying. That’s the thing about dancing, it works whether you’re happy or sad, relaxed or angry. Its about putting emotions into motion. It’s great self therapy and after I exhaust myself, I switch my music to jazz, lie on the floor and stretch every single muscle in my body. At night I sleep like a baby and wake up bursting with energy.

Avoid eating dinner after 8 o’clock or shortly before sleeping. If the food does not get a chance to digest properly before sleep, your body will automatically put it in storage.