I decided to write this newsletter because this is the time of year my phone starts to ring off the hook. Everyone wants to lose weight fast before they reveal themselves in their bathing suits. While I have many great tips I wanted to relay, some simple, effortless, and surprisingly unknown effective tummy-flattening secrets.
Tip 1: Breathing. It is one of the most effective ways to relieving stress. Stress is the culprit to late-night binging on pints of Ben and Jerry’s. There is scientific evidence that stress in itself can lead to developing excess belly fat. The stress hormone cortisol may cause your body to store more fat cells around your waist. Try taking 10 deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth ten times a day. This seemingly easy tip produces amazing results.
Tip 2: Sweeteners and Sodas. Another misconception I come across everyday is that if you consume a lot of artificial sweeteners and consume a lot of diet soda that you are saving calories and will lose weight. That’s a huge misconception. Aspartame and Splenda are what I call “Frankenstein foods”. Our body screams in horror when we digest it and does not recognize it, so in effect does not know how to break it down.
Tip 3: Fat does not make you fat. In actuality, a little bit of fat everyday helps to reduce fat in your body. My favorite fats are coconut oil, my new addiction. I use it for baking, cooking and even spread it on my toast. Some of my other favorite fats are almonds, avocados, nut butters, and olive oil.
Tip 4: Water. When you are craving sweets drink a large glass of water and squeeze your favorite citrus in it (orange, lime, or lemon) and drink and see within 15 minutes if your sugar craving goes away.
Tip 5: Sleep. Try to get a full 8 hours of sleep.
Tip 6: Swap your morning coffee for a cup of green tea.
Tip 7: Fill your plate with as many antioxidant fruits or veggies at every meal as possible. They replenish the body and brain, full of fiber, making you feel satisfied, unlike a quick bag of chips that would leave you craving more.
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Dawn Lerman, MA, CHHC, LCAT