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8 Glasses A Day Keeps The Fat Away

The transparent, colourless liquid (H2O) which falls from the sky as rain, issues from the ground as springs and composes ¾ of the earth’s surface in the form of rivers lakes etc. (Webster’s New Lexicon Dictionary)

 

Water is probably the single, most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off. One of the things we take most for granted, water plays a very important role in permanent weight loss. It aids in suppressing the appetite naturally and metabolising stored fat.

 

Studies show that a increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits. The kidneys do not function properly without enough water. When this occurs, some of the load is passed on to the liver has to aid the kidneys, it cannot function efficiently. Consequently, the liver metabolises less fat, thus fat remains stored in the body and weight loss ceases.

 

Many people, whose bodies retain water, drink less water, hoping to eliminate the problem. The body sees this action as a threat to its survival, so it attempts to hold on to every drop. Water is then stored in spaces outside the body’s cells. This causes swollen feet, hands and legs. Diuretics offer only temporary relief. The best way to overcome excess water retention is to give the body what it needs, which is plenty of water! Only then can stored water be released.

 

Overweight people need more water than thin people. Larger people have a large metabolic load. Water also helps to maintain proper muscle tone by giving muscles their natural ability to contract and by preventing dehydration. It helps prevent sagging skin that usually follows weight loss. Shrinking cells are plumped up by water. The complexion then appears clean, healthy and resilient. Water also flushes wastes from the body and thus eliminates constipation. The endocrine gland function improves, thus the entire system functions more efficiently.

 

Water not only accomplishes all of the things listed above, but it also works with fibre to create a satisfied feeling and help subdue hunger pangs. At least 6 – 8 glasses of water per day is recommended.

 

* REMEMBER *

 

“WHAT GOES THROUGH THE LIPS,

 

MUST GO ON THE HIPS”

 

BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF.

10 Tips for Your Metabolism

  1. Eat breakfast within 45 minutes of waking up. Your body has fasted all night while asleep, and needs food to start your metabolism in the morning. Remember research shows that those who don’t eat breakfast within 90 minutes of waking up are 147% more likely to be obese
  2. Eat every 2-3 hours. Your metabolism consistently needs calories to stay elevated. When you skip a meal, your metabolism crashes. Eat 5 or 6 small meals per day at spaced intervals, and you’ll experience less hunger and a higher metabolism– which equals more weight loss.
  3. Eat a balance of protein and complex carbs. Imagine an empty plate, with1/3 of the plate lean protein (fish, chicken, turkey, tofu) and the other 2/3 of the plate complex carbs (dark green salad with heart healthy dressing like olive oil and lemon juice, sweet potato, steamed vegetables)
  4. Stay hydrated. Drink your personal recommend amount EG; 1ltr for 25kg of body weight.
  5. If you need to snack, snack on protein. Find health sources of protein that you can enjoy for ~100 – 150 calories. Looking for low sugar, low fat options like almonds, egg whites, cottage cheese, soy nuts and of course the best…Herbalife protein bars.
  6. Incorporate strength training and cardio. Lean muscle mass is the key to burning fat and calories. No ladies, you will not get bulky. Muscle is the single most important predictor or how well you metabolise your food, how many calories and body fat you burn
  7. Say no to sugar. When you eat sugar you throw your metabolic switch into fat storage mode. Focus on foods with a low glycemic index, meaning foods that are low in sugar and help support healthy blood sugar levels
  8. Add some spice to life. When you eat spicy foods, it boosts up your metabolism. Have fun with the cayenne pepper and hot salsa (just lose the chips)
  9. Get sleep. People who do not sleep for 7-8 hours a night are more prone to weight gain. A tip: shut off the TV and use that hour for an extra night of sleep.
  10. Avoid stress. Easier said than done, but stress can actually lead to weight gain, especially around the tummy. Why? Physical and emotional stress elevates cortisol levels, which slows your metabolism