Sooner or later it happens to each of us. We reach a point in our lives where we need to lose weight, build, muscle, and trim down fat.
Sometimes it is just something that slips on us. We change jobs and spend more hours behind a desk. With little physical movement, we quickly get out of shape. Maybe we are recovering from an illness or maybe we have recently given birth which can cause the “Baby Blues” to kick in.
Whatever is shifting our world whether physical or emotional. The bottom line is we are doing (or not doing) something different. Our metabolism is not where it should be. Whatever it is, we need to make some changes before our little problem becomes a big problem.
The good news
Your body is a perfect machine. It burns fat for fuel. It is only when you have deprived it of protein that it will take the fuel it needs to support your organs from other places in the body. To put it simply, if you consume the right amount of fat, protein, and carbs, your body rewards you with a body that is in good shape. If you do some type of exercise you will build muscle and muscle requires more food to maintain.
Katherine Tallmadge, M.A., R. D., a registered dietitian, author of “Diet Simple: 195 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations” explains it this way, “Muscle mass increases metabolism”. It gives you more energy and it allows your body to work at its peak performance.
Drinks that will help you lose weight (Or will they?)
There are a lot of people who swear that green tea will allow the drinker to magically melt away. Green tea has a lot of good health benefits. Research shows that adding green tea to your diet with no other changes will have a moderate change in your weight loss. The studies, research, and data that has been gathered through the years is conflicting. We do know green tea is a healthy drink.
One study showed out of 40,500 adults in Japan that drink 5 cups of green tea or more each day, were 26% less likely to die of cardiovascular disease. They also have lower cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure.
It may be the act of sitting for a few moments and having a cup of tea that keeps everyone relaxed.
Coffee is the most consumed in the world. It is served in many ways, filtered, pressed, and many other ways based on the customs of the country. If you drink regular coffee, you will feel the jolt of caffeine give you a kick and start your day. As your day goes on, coffee will continue to give you a boost if you feel yourself begin to run down. Most of us stop drinking it later in the day so they can relax at dinner.
Note: Brown Fat
According to research done by The Independent in the UK, consumption of coffee Brown fat in your body is used to burn sugar and fat, usually to supply heat for the body. Drinking coffee will burn that fat storage leaving only tough, stored fat to use for energy.
Red wine gets credit for being good for the body. Many people around the world swear by a glass of red wine just before bed to balance their system, calm the nerves, and settle the stomach.
Research shows that wine made from dark-colored muscadine grapes contain a chemical called ellagic acid. Ellagic acid dramatically slowed the growth of fat cells in the body and the formation of new ones. The chemical boosts your metabolism of fatty acids in liver cells.
The three beverages above all have properties that will help you lose weight. We could go on. There are probably hundreds of beverages that provide some support to parts of the body that will help you lose weight. If you have a specific problem that they address, the loss can be significant. However, without question, the one liquid that every person on the planet needs to drink is water. Every person’s body is made up primarily of water. Water is needed for the organs to function. Water is needed so much that the body signals you when you are not consuming enough.
How water helps with weight loss
We may need water – not food
Many times the body sends signals to us letting us know we are dehydrated. However, we do not always understand the message and we believe we are getting signals to eat. If we instead, drink a glass of water, we might find the craving will be satisfied.
Substitute drinks with calories
You can lose more weight by passing on the soda, coffee, and other beverages and drinking water. Add flavor and some fun nutrition by adding fresh or frozen fruit to your water. Berries, melons, lemon, and Kiwi will do the trick. You will drink more, get a boost from your water, and the pounds will cooperate.
Boost Metabolism which metabolizes stored fat
As in the post above, drinking water switches your body to a metabolism burning machine by increasing the number of calories you burn. If you are retaining fluid, water will flush out your system. If you drink at least 8 – 8-ounce glasses per day, it will slow your appetite. Water helps the vital organs in your body function and helps to remove waste.
Every person in the world needs water to live. If we gain excess pounds, water is the single most important drink to reach for. It is important to understand, there is no one thing you can do to magically get in shape. Your body is designed to need healthy food, water, and exercise. But, water is the single thing you can do today. You will feel results immediately, and water will never give you a side effect. So grab your water bottle and get started. There is no time like today to begin on your healthy journey.