To lose that last 5 pounds, you have to rev up your metabolism and at the same time lower your body’s production of cortisol (the stress hormone) which promotes fat storage. It’ll take about 3 to 4 weeks and here are some tips to help you achieve your goal.
- Focus on fiber rich foods that your body has to work hard to break down and also form a coating on the intestinal walls that prevents some of the absorption of calories from other foods. When you lose weight, fat exits through the bowel and fiber aids that exit strategy. EAT dark leafy greens, cauliflower, asparagus, cucumbers, mushrooms, quinoa, raw almonds and low sugar fruits such as Asian pears, kiwi and grapefruit. ADD egg whites, turkey, chicken and wild caught fish.
- Forget FAT FREE and SUGAR FREE. When you take the fat out of dairy, the natural milk sugar gets into the bloodstream faster. Sugar free is a no no because the body can’t process chemical sweeteners, so they get stored in your fat and they impair your body’s ability to release that fat for fuel.
- BE CALORIE CLEVER. Make wise substitutions. Try using lemon juice and balsamic vinegar instead of olive oil for salad dressing.
- CUT CALORIES AND ALCOHOL. Caffeine stimulates the adrenals to produce cortisol and alcohol both slows metabolism and is readily stored as fat.
Does this make sense? Maybe, maybe not! But maybe its worth a try and give yourself a goal of two weeks at a time and see if you lose that extra 5 pounds that seems to be sitting in your tummy or love handles.