Most people want to lose weight – whether it’s on the scale … maybe you want to lose 5 or 10 or 25 lbs. Or maybe in specific body parts or areas… such as the stomach for most people, especially men. And legs, butt, and maybe arms for women.
And most of us want to do it for vanity reasons – we just want to look better and feel more confident.
And of course, there are good reasons to lose unwanted fat for longevity and better health, especially belly fat – which is the unhealthiest of all fats because it surrounds all of your organs.1
Unfortunately, most people do all the wrong things when it comes to losing weight and the end result is a slower metabolism, muscle loss, wrinkles, and low energy levels.
The worst part is they end up screwing up their hormones long-term, which inevitably causes them to gain all the weight back and usually, some more.
So today I’m going to make things super simple and easy for you.
I’ll reveal 8 clinically proven ways that will allow you to lose unwanted weight, decrease unhealthy belly fat, build muscle, and tone up in the process … with the end result being that you’ll look and feel younger.
And the best part is that you’ll be able to maintain the positive results long-term because you’ll have a faster metabolism and better “fat-burning” hormones.
1 – Don’t Drink Your Calories
One of the easiest ways to get rid of hidden calories is to not DRINK your calories. This means no shakes, smoothies, sodas, Alcohol, fruit juices, coffee with “stuff” in there, or anything else.
The main problem is that all of these drinks have sugar in them and part of this sugar is made up of fructose…. Which is found in fruit and table sugar.
The main issue with fructose is that your body can only store a limited amount and the rest gets converted to fat, especially belly fat.2,3
Just remember that all sugar causes blood sugar problems and insulin resistance, which causes weight gain and muscle loss.3
So this basically means you drink primarily water, tea, black coffee, and maybe low-calorie “green drinks” that contain no sugar.
2 – Eat The RIGHT Carbs
There’s nothing wrong with carbohydrates, IF you eat the right ones. Most “man-made” carbohydrates shoot up your blood sugar and store the calories as fat, instead of getting used up for energy.
The good news is that there are many healthy carbs that actually increase your metabolism and burn fat, plus they taste good too…. Such as yams, sweet potatoes, millet, white rice, and others.
I’ll discuss them in detail in a future article and also reveal the best time to eat carbs and how much, to maximize your energy levels and NOT get them stored as fat!
3 – Eat The RIGHT Protein
We all need to eat protein, they are essential to health. Protein increases your metabolism, reduces cravings, improves hormones, burns belly fat, and helps maintain muscle.4,5,6
Unfortunately, most people eat too much of the wrong proteins — which actually ends up causing more health issues.
Limit your protein to about 25-30 grams per meal, so it’s better digested and puts less stress on your liver and kidneys.5
In my next article, I’ll let you know all the good and bad protein sources. The ones that increase and decrease your metabolism and which ones are the best for your health — for REDUCING disease, rather than increasing it.
4 – Eat Vegetables
Eating vegetables is very important, especially when you eat protein. This is because protein is acidic and you want to vegetables to help alkalize your body and reduce inflammation.7
Additionally, vegetables have lots of fiber – which speeds up weight loss and keeps you full8
Unfortunately, most people just don’t eat enough vegetables, or they prepare them incorrectly or unknowingly, eat vegetables that actually cause health issues such as inflammation, allergies, and colon problems.
I’ll discuss all of this in detail in a future article. However, do your best to eat some vegetables with all of your meals – raw or steamed. Try to get a variety of colors, but the emphasis should be on the green ones.
5 – Eat Healthy Fats
Most people are afraid of fats. They think that eating fat makes you fat. This is not true. In fact, certain fats help increase your metabolism, improve your hormones, and burn more fat in stubborn areas.
Unfortunately, most people are not getting enough of the good fats and are getting too much of the wrong, unhealthy fats…. Those that cause inflammation and actually slow down your metabolism.
People mistakenly believe that “vegetable” or “seed” oils such as canola, sesame, soybean, sunflower, corn, and similar “supermarket” oils are good for them. But, they aren’t because they’re high in Omega 6 fats, which cause inflammation, insulin resistance, and the slowing of your metabolism.
Better to eat macadamia nut, grapeseed, specific forms of extra virgin olive oil, and raw nuts.
I’ll get into more details in the future, including what foods to avoid eating fats with and the best times of the day to fat.
6 – Sleep Better
One of the best tips I can give for better overall health is for you to sleep better. This is because quality sleep improves all of your hormones – by improving your fat burning, and youth hormones while reducing your stress hormones.
Sleep also heals and detoxifies your body – which is needed for you to get rid of unwanted fat.
However, you’ll notice I didn’t say sleep “more”… I said sleep BETTER.
Most people don’t sleep enough and if they do, it’s the poor quality which means your body never fully repairs itself. And I’ll get deeper into this in the future.
Just do yourself a favor and try to at least go to bed 30-60 minutes earlier each night, this alone will improve the quality of your sleep.
7 – Exercise
The right form of exercise is vital for improving your metabolism, burning stubborn fat, and most importantly, maintaining and building muscle.9,10
Remember, the more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism and the more calories you’ll burn doing nothing. 9,10
In fact, one of the primary reasons for gaining fat as you age is because you’re also losing muscle each year.
Of course, as with anything – there are good and wrong forms of exercise. For example, running is a “bad” form of exercise and I’ll get into the details about this in my next article.
What’s important is that you lift weights – machines, cables, free weights, or even your own body weight.9
8 – Taking Specific Nutrients
Did you know that if your body is lacking specific nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and herbs, you’ll constantly crave food, especially carbohydrates? Your thyroid and metabolism will slow down, as well as the production of important fat-burning hormones.
This is why I put so much emphasis on what you eat – to make sure you get these specific nutrients that 99% of us are lacking.
Sadly, because of genetics and aging, most of us aren’t able to absorb these nutrients as well as we did when we were younger or people who have “skinny” genetics.
So by taking specific nutrients and herbs, you can literally turn on your “fat-burning” genes, reduce your appetite AND increase your energy levels… all day long.
So there you have it. I’ve given you 8 clinically proven ways to lose stubborn fat, gain muscle, and increase your metabolism, so you can look and feel younger.
Please start implementing at least one of the solutions that you’ve learned today. You don’t have to do them all at once. Pick the easiest one for you, take action, and keep making improvements every day.