Learning From The "Biggest Losers" Who Couldn't Maintain Weight Loss
If you’re like me, and have been overweight in your lifetime, you know all too well what a struggle it is to keep the weight off. Losing the weight is the easy part. Keeping the weight off is a whole new metabolic boosting ball game.
There has been a lot of controversy about the "Biggest Losers" not being able to maintain their weight loss. I’m going to help separate fact from media hype, so this doesn’t happen to you. I'm going to fill you in on what the stories don't say that you need to know if you’re serious about losing weight and keeping it off for good.
Rule #1 is don’t believe everything you read or see on television. For the most part, just about everything you read or see on television is paid for by a sponsor who wants to sell you the alternative methods that are most likely medical procedures you need to keep the weight off.
I’ve struggled and have all the metabolic disadvantages possible; from hypothyroid to being menopausal, combined with the fact that I love food and live to eat (I think I'm the world’s biggest food addict). All this made losing weight and keeping it off difficult, but not impossible. I was depressed and stuck in every area of my life, but I found that when my food is in order, my whole life falls into order.
There are simple all-natural, highly effective and convenient solutions that anyone can do to lose weight, and if they continue, will keep it off. These simple solutions are a lot less expensive than living overweight, not to mention the emotional price.
The toughest part is dealing with denial. Denial will keep you stuck, allowing faulty thinking and fear to kick in, keeping you stuck exactly where you are. Bear in mind that whatever takes the weight off is also what keeps the weight off for good. Whatever weight loss method you choose needs to be sustainable for life.
Don't let that last sentence scare you. I remember hearing that and thinking, "how long do I need to drink these shakes, take these supplements, and eat like this?" A funny thing happened, however; once I reached my goal weight. For the first time in my life I didn’t want to go back to my old ways of eating. I not only surpassed my goal weight (I was 40 pounds heavier) but also felt better emotionally and had more energy, so I got off the couch. What you see today is a by-product of that weight loss.
Below is what you need to know when reading media reports when it comes to exercise and the "Biggest Losers." I have worked closely with a few "Biggest Loser" contestants, and I can tell you firsthand they struggled because they didn’t have a livable, reliable, sustainable lifestyle in place.
DILEMMA: "Biggest Losers" relied mostly on excessive, joint-damaging exercise every day that is not practical in real life.
The "Biggest Loser" contestants worked out for at least five hours daily, allowing them to eat more calories without slowing their metabolism down. In real life when you have family and a full-time job you can’t work out for five hours. Even if you could, it's damaging to your joints and you shouldn’t. Everything is about balance, starting with eating enough of the right foods.
As a weight loss specialist, I specifically suggest metabolic boosting foods to offset your dead metabolism instead of eating whatever you want. Often the foods you insist on eating are the very foods that initially caused you to gain weight. There are also the health halo foods that cause weight gain. For instance, did you know that if you have hypothyroidism, kale can inhibit your thyroid, making it even harder to lose weight? People are adding kale to their diets, juicing excessive amounts, and even adding it to their protein shakes because the media says to do so.
The bottom line is that things aren’t always as they seem. For the "Biggest Losers", it's not that losing weight affected their ability to keep it off. It's more the reality that they could not continue doing the unrealistic steps that the show had them doing to take the weight off.
DILEMMA: "Biggest Losers" ate more calories than most of us can because they were over-exercising.
In a perfect world this would work fine—eat what you want and exercise it off in the gym. In the real world, it’s just not realistic.
I’ve suffered from this issue. As a trainer and bodybuilder, I ate super healthy yet didn’t lose an ounce. Looking in the rearview mirror, I can be honest and say I was an exercise addict, and this will not work when you're trying to lose weight or maintain weight loss. At some point, your joints can’t take the stress from that excessive amount of exercise, so you have to cut back to a normal, more realistic amount. When this happens, it must also be remembered to cut back on the eating as well.
I don’t know about you, but the days I don’t exercise are the days that I tend to eat the worst, making this the perfect set up for weight gain. It’s not the weight loss that was the problem for the "Biggest Losers", it’s faulty thinking that stops them from achieving their sustainable goals and living a leaner lifestyle.
There are five facts you need to know to lose weight (1 pound a day) and keep it off for life.
- Fact: If you have been, or are overweight, your metabolism is negatively affected and slower.
- Fact: If you go back to your old ways of eating and drinking you will gain the weight back.
- Fact: If you are over 40, have diabetes, or are hypothyroid (it’s even worse if you're female), losing weight is harder for you due to your metabolism being slower.
- Fact: If you can pinch more than an inch of belly fat, losing weight will be difficult for you and will require an aggressive approach vs. the old-fashioned, outdated methods of losing weight slowly.
- Fact: You can’t starve yourself or exercise the weight away, or rely on surgical procedures such as LAP BAND® or gastric bypass to fix the problem.
The bottom line is you’ve got to set yourself up for lasting weight loss success by living a leaner lifestyle.
There are some foolproof ways that are backed by science that will help keep your metabolism running at an optimal speed, so you lose 1 pound a day and keep it off for life if you continue to do what it takes. Just because you lose weight doesn’t mean your metabolism is fixed. It simply means you found the right way of eating to make it work. So why would you ever consider stopping?
Think of it this way: If you found a way to make money, and it began working and changed your life, why would you stop? If you stopped working at that job you would also stop making money. Weight loss is no different.
It's a very emotional journey, and this is what the media conveniently leaves out. One of my favorite sayings from Overeaters Anonymous is, "It works if you continue to work it.” As a metabolic expert, I can tell you that in 25+ years I've never met a person whose body would not let them lose weight, no matter what they were dealing with.
The real question is will that person do what it takes? It’s not a case of "will it work?" It's a case of are they willing to do it and how badly do they want it. I wish someone had told me that while I was overweight and struggling. It would have saved me a lot of frustration and despair. I missed a lot of my life because I hated myself and my body. That’s why I created the Metabolic Boosting Lose 1 Pound Per Day Kit. I want to be the change you seek, and I want to make losing weight faster, easier, and permanent!
There's more hope than you think, and here's why.....
Step One on the LynFit System is to drink a LynFit Complete Protein Shake to boost your metabolism by 25 percent. This offsets the slow metabolism issues most of us struggle with. It's what makes the LynFit Complete Protein Shake different from all the rest. It tastes unbelievably delicious while most of the other shakes you find on store shelves are yucky tasting, so you don’t want to drink them. The high quality of whey used in LynFit shakes (LynFit uses a minimum of 80 percent whey compared to other shakes that use 25 percent or less) makes it metabolic boosting while blocking cortisol (a hormone that's secreted when you are under stress). This is something that vegan shakes or lower quality shakes will never do.
You do need to cut calories to successfully lose weight, and this calorie-cutting can slow your metabolism. However, every time you drink a LynFit metabolic boosting Complete Protein Shake or eat a LynFit Lean Bar you trick your body into thinking you've just eaten a big meal. In turn, your metabolism speeds up, keeping you from regaining the weight you've lost. When it comes to your metabolism and weight loss, you have to boost it to lose it. Keep in mind however that not all shakes will do what a LynFit shake does. LynFit Shakes and Lean Bars are specifically designed for this very purpose.
I couldn’t lose weight easily, no matter how hard or how much I worked out. I learned from the pros how to take it a step further since I live in the real world and can’t live five hours a day in the gym. I learned that the smart use of safe supplements to naturally boost my metabolism was another bullet in my leaner lifestyle holster. You too can follow the steps below to further enhance your weight loss or weight maintenance.
There are more ways to make sure your metabolic engine stays running at an optimal pace 24 hours a day. Of course, food is 90 percent of your weight loss success, so if you're not losing you’re not eating the right food for your metabolic engine. Be sure to read more on thermogenic eating and what foods are thermogenic, as well as irresistibly delicious thermogenic recipes in The Metabolism Solution.
If you’re serious about reshaping your body and boosting your metabolism with the right kind of exercise, be sure to check out my metabolic boosting workouts while you’re reading. They are only 30 minutes in length and can be broken up into shorter sessions to suit your lifestyle. You’ll not only transform your body; you will keep getting better, even as you age.
Are you ready to lose that weight for good? Thousands, just like you, already have. They've not only lost the weight, but they've kept it off while living a normal life.
Real people like Lisa, Sam, Vanessa, and Teresa below. You can do it!
Wedding Day Makeover
If done correctly, fast weight loss isn't always a bad thing. The goal should always be to protect your health and feel good. While waiting to the last minute to get started on weight loss for the "big day" isn't the perfect scenario, there are a few aggressive tricks that can make weight loss faster and easier without sacrificing health.
One of the oldest and most successful ways to lose weight is to deplete your glycogen storage, so your body releases stored fluid, making you feel and look less bloated. It jump-starts and turbocharges your metabolism allowing your body to burn off stored fat vs. constantly having to process your not-so-healthy eating choices. There is a catch, however.....
To deplete glycogen storage and lose weight, you need to reduce calories. However, when calories are reduced your metabolism slows down unless you do the three things listed below.
The bottom line is that food is 90 percent of your weight loss success, so that's where your big focus needs to be. If you're not losing weight as you should, you're not eating correctly for weight loss.
While we've discussed the three Change-Outs used for fast weight loss, there are other ways to boost your metabolism—such as the smart use of safe supplements. Listed below are five Diet Sabotagers and their supplement solution:
- Struggle with hunger, cravings, and depression: LynFit Carb Edge
- Struggle with losing body fat in certain areas: LynFit Cutting Edge, LynFit Accelerator
- Struggle with low energy and fatigue: LynFit Daily Power Shot
- Struggle with making poor snack choices: LynFit Lean Bars
- Struggle with a lack of time to make a LynFit Protein Shake: Eat a LynFit Lean Bar instead
Here's wishing you success in getting into shape for your next big occasion.
Lazy Man's Yoga: You Don't Even Have To Get Out Of Bed
Getting a man to try a Yoga class can be a challenge. But guys and gals should know there are a lot of male professional athletes that swear by it.
You don't have to have the perfect environment or latest in workout fashion to stretch, but it is imperative that you stretch. Tightness is the #1 reason people their doctors for ailments. From sore backs to stiff necks and shoulders — it's all about keeping your muscles flexible.
Have you ever noticed that when you have tight hamstrings, it also pulls your whole body down? Your shoulders go up to around ear level, and you have the "little old person" posture. When your hamstrings are flexible, it allows you to stand up straighter with your shoulders pulled back. You regain the youthful-looking posture and appear taller.
Here are some gentle Yoga moves for even the laziest of the lazy that you don't even have to get out of the bed to do. They are the secret to keeping your body flexible and youthful.
(The moves are shown in the video above)
- The Back Fixer (Lying 90° Stretch)
- Lying Inner Thigh Stretch
- Lying Outer Thigh Stretch
- The Butt Stretch/Hip Opener
- Stretch Everything Out
Practice these gentle moves and I promise your muscles will thank you for it!
Five Exercise Moves To Flip The Fat-Burning Switch On
"I don't have time....."
"I don't have a gym membership....."
"I don't have any equipment at home....."
I'm going to remove all your excuses right now. No more ifs, ands, or buts. Between my delicious thermogenic recipes and these five exercise moves that can be done in your home with no equipment needed, you just cannot make anymore excuses.
Did you know that you are supposed to empty the glycogen (stored carbohydrates) in your muscles every week? That's why exercise is so important when it comes to losing weight. But not all exercise is created equal, and the exercises below are the best when it comes to lowering glycogen levels, so you boost your metabolism. When glycogen storage is depleted, fat burning increases. It’s just that simple.
One of the best ways to kick-start the fat burning process is to go low carb for two consecutive days every week. This taps into your glycogen storage for fuel, which signals your body to burn off the stored fat (LynFit's Metabolic Boosting Lose 1 Pound Per Day Kit is specifically geared for this rapid fat loss).
If you're struggling to lose weight, do this: limit your total carbs for at least two consecutive days every week. Carbs need to be under 100 grams total per day. For women over 40 with sluggish metabolisms, you may need to lower your carbs to 60 or less. You'll know by your weight loss.
This requires you to know how many carbs are in the foods you eat, and you'll need some discipline to restrict your intake. Your discipline will be rewarded with a visible difference in body fat within the first week.
After two days, slowly resume your usual intake, or better yet, live lean every day. *Women over 40 with sluggish metabolisms may need to do this 4–5 days per week for weight loss due to the slowing of your metabolism as you age.
Here are five exercises that flip the fat burning switch on and train your body to burn more fat. The best part, they also supercharge your metabolism, and they don't require any fitness equipment. In fact, you don't even have to leave your house. Perform these moves in a "drill style” for one solid minute without stopping for best results.
- Step-Ups: Standing up straight, step up onto the chair. Pause and gently return to your starting position (the floor). Be sure to keep your back straight and your abs pulled in. That's one repetition. Aim to do ten on each leg. You can alternate sides or do all of your repetitions on the same leg.
- Tricep Dips: Place your hands at the edge of your chair. Lower your body to the floor. Use your arms to raise yourself back up. Be sure to keep your body close to the seat of the chair and squeeze your arms at the top of the move.
- Push-Ups: Lay down face first on the floor and hands next to your chest. Push yourself up until your body is parallel with the floor. Keep your body straight and your core tight.
- Plank Crunch: Lie face first on the floor, body straight. Come up on your elbows and toes, using your abs to lift. Hold as long as you can, aiming for one minute.
- Side Core Raise: Lying on your side on your elbow, lift your body off the floor using your core. Too hard, use an arm or leg to help at first.
These moves can transform your body in less than 10 minutes and create that leaner look. And, don't wreck your results by drinking the wrong protein shake or juicing. Keep your carbs low to keep losing weight.
More information about these movements and other exercise moves can be found in The Metabolism Solution.
The 1-Minute-A-Day Metabolic Boosting Workout Challenge
The biggest excuse on the planet when it comes to working out is that we are just too busy. Forget trying to make it to an hour-long workout class. Add in travel time, and it’s another missed workout day. No judgement here — I've been there.
How would you like to burn double the calories in half the time without stepping foot in the gym? Metabolic boosting workouts are your answer. They are "HIT" (High-Intensity Training) workouts that are specifically geared to boost your metabolism and lower cortisol (stress hormone) that may be stopping you from losing weight.
Metabolic boosting workouts are so efficient that in just a few minutes (with no equipment at all) you’ll burn more calories than you would from a steady-pace run on the treadmill. Better yet, you'll keep burning fat and calories long after the workout is over. Bottom line, you have no excuses.
This 1-minute exercise drill, which you do each day, uses a unique combination of metabolic boosting exercises (from my book The Metabolism Solution) that you'll perform for 60 seconds each for each exercise. Instead of resting (you can if you need to) you’ll work different opposing muscle groups while the muscles you used previously rest and recover.
This method reshapes your body with adding bulk. You'll also improve your strength and endurance while toning your entire body. The whole workout may take you 20-30 minutes. You'll be challenged, so prepare to sweat. If needed, you can break these moves down into 1-minute drills until you have time to do the entire workout. Not feeling up to par? That’s okay. You can go at your own pace and do what you can. There's never a good reason not to exercise.
Aim to work out every day for two weeks until you are hooked and can’t live without exercise. This is the dirty little secret the celebrities on the red carpet use to get in shape. Take a break from your current workout and put these moves to the test if you’re trying to lose weight and shrink and reshape your upper and lower body.
- Metabolic workouts melt double the calories in ½ the time of other workouts
- Metabolic workouts boost your metabolism without boosting your appetite
- Metabolic workouts help to reduce cortisol levels (stress hormones), which is the key to melting off fat while other workouts can actually raise cortisol levels, stopping weight loss
- Can be done at home in 1-minute increments, or if you have time, you can go for the 30-minute sessions. It’s your, workout you decide. The bottom line is you've got to get it done!
Are you ready to take the 14-Day Metabolic Boosting Workout Challenge? All you need is a pair of dumbbells. No dumbbells? Use water bottles. Here's your daily gameplan, so you have no excuses!
NOTE: Photos of all these movements can be found in The Metabolism Solution. Also, the exercise for the day will be shown on my Facebook Page on that day, so make sure to follow me at https://www.facebook.com/LisaLynnFitness/
|The Exercise Component||The Food & Behavioral Modification Fix|
|Day 1: Deep squat to front raise||Drink more water|
|Day 2: Stiff leg dead lift||Eat a green apple as a snack|
|Day 3: The butt/hip stretch||Choose fish vs. chicken|
|Day 4: Front lunge with dumbbell side raise||Take a multi-vitamin|
|Day 5: Bent over dumbbell row in lunge position||Eat ½ the amount you normally would|
|Day 6: The lying inner thigh stretch||Don't eat after 7 p.m.|
|Day 7: Push-ups||Eat and additional veggie vs. starch|
|Day 8: Lying rear flies||Journal your food intake|
|Day 9: Side core raise||Don't eat any processed food|
|Day 10: Plank||Count your fat grams (stay under 20)|
|Day 11: Stretch-out 90° stretch||Count your carb grams (stay under 80)|
|Day 12: Side lunge with arm curl||Count your calories (goal weight x 10)|
|Day 13: Tricep dip||Stay away from any trigger food today|
|Day 14: Walk outside or in-place||Go to bed by 10 p.m.|
For more tips just like these, see The Metabolism Solution!
Boost Your Metabolism Naturally
Think that dream body isn't possible? Well, the secret is out. You can lose the weight and melt away belly fat in a fast and easy way. Make this year better than the last.
How many times have you started a diet on Monday only to throw in the towel by Tuesday? Too many diets can be frustrating and difficult to stick to. If you have tried every fitness program and diet on the planet, from Paleo to juicing, or even the “gluten free” craze, you’ll want to try the Lose 1 Pound a Day Plan to boost your metabolism. It’ll help you melt stubborn fat and keep it off for good.
WHAT IS METABOLISM?
Metabolism is the process by which the body breaks down food to produce energy. When we 're young, it's easy to lose weight. We can diet and exercise and easily lose weight. However, as we age, it becomes increasingly more difficult to lose weight. Our metabolism creates the wrong environment for weight loss; such as intense cravings for the wrong foods, fatigue, lack of energy, mood swings and depression. We begin to rapidly pack on pounds, especially around our stomach, hips, and thighs. That makes it even harder to lose weight no matter how hard you try. Our weight gain switch gets stuck in the "On" position as we get older.
By the time you hit 40 (for many of us this starts after graduating high school), our metabolism begins to slow down 5 percent every decade, making it practically impossible to lose weight. In fact, one out of three overweight people have a metabolic issue known as metabolic resistance that manifests itself through such conditions as pre-diabetes, high cholesterol, and haywire hormones that need to be addressed to lose weight—No matter how much time you're spending in the gym.
The good news is that you have more control over your metabolism than you think and can control this metabolic nightmare.
Eat thermogenically to recalibrate your appetite and switch your cravings to "off". It can be as simple as starting your day with LynFit Whey 12 hours after your last meal to boost metabolism by 25 percent while blocking cortisol. This makes it easier to burn off stubborn belly fat.
Take (1) LynFit Accelerator to heat up your metabolism and accelerate weight loss safely and naturally.
NOTE: Not all protein shakes are created equal. This specific whey is the most powerful whey when it comes to boosting your metabolism. It contains the exact amount of amino acids your body needs to feed the muscle, preventing your metabolism from slowing down while starving the fat, so it leaves. It also tastes delicious.
LynFit Accelerator isn't your typical fat burner. It is a multi–ingredient approach that works quickly to reset your metabolism. Unlike single ingredient supplements that don’t work as well, LynFit Accelerator contains the pharmaceutical grade superstar ingredient, raspberry ketones, and contains an ingredient that blunts the hunger signal because it makes you feel full. You'll see and feel a difference in the same day. You won't find this quality on store shelves.
For 30 percent faster results, empty the capsule into your shake.
Burn the fat faster and easier by replacing your mid-morning snack with tea and take (1) LynFit Cutting Edge supplement.
Take (1) LynFit Cutting Edge with L-Carnitine immediately after your workout, or 1–2 hours after your Protein Shake for breakfast to persuade your body to burn fat by transporting fat into the cell, so it's guaranteed to be burned as fuel and not stored.
LynFit Cutting Edge is also a multi-ingredient approach that science says is 20-times more effective than single ingredient supplements. It saves you time and money as well.
This is my favorite because the complex in it also helps your brain make serotonin, so you feel good fast. If you’re already working out, you’ll want to take this before and after your workout to force your body to burn fat.
Curb cravings and reshape your body by curbing your munchies before they begin. Munch on a green apple and take (1) LynFit Carb Edge supplement. Carb Edge enhances thyroid function that normally slows down when your trying to lose weight. It balances blood sugar levels that cause you to crave. This is also the trick to changing the shape of your body. You'll see your body lean out and trim down. Most people see results in the same week.
NOTE: LynFit Carb Edge also takes the multi-ingredient approach. It contains white kidney bean extract that blocks 65 percent of the unwanted carbs from being absorbed, so you eat more and absorb less.
You’ll see a difference within the same week. What could be more motivating than that? Get started today!
Superfoods For Super Pain Relief From Rheumatoid Arthritis
Janine Rose refers to her days suffering from rheumatoid arthritis as her Dark, Depressed Days. She remembers not being able to walk to the mailbox or grab a steering wheel because the pain was too excruciating. Her hands became so swollen that she couldn’t do a thing except lie flat and wait for the pain to subside. The fatigue and exhaustion were like nothing she had ever experienced and it took over her life completely; or shall we say, killed any life that might have been.
She already knew the cause was rheumatoid arthritis, but that didn’t make it easier. The sheer amount of medications she had to take had its set of side-effects. Medications that many people don’t have access to because their outrageous cost is financially crippling without insurance. Though treatments for rheumatoid arthritis did bring some relief, it caused her weight to reach an all-time high of 211 lbs. The depression became so severe that all she wanted to do was eat and sleep (read Janine's story HERE). She admits that her horrific eating habits were also contributing to rheumatoid arthritis and also rendering the medications ineffective. The demand for more necessary medications continued, so the vicious cycle continued.
Now it's 8 years later, and the 49-year-old mom has lost 88 lbs. and holding. Janine has managed to keep the weight off despite the fact that rheumatoid arthritis tends to come back to haunt every once in a while. Pain recurrence can set you back mentally and physically and cause your weight to skyrocket if you aren’t careful. Especially if you need to take medications that are known to increase blood sugar levels that cause extreme cravings and water retention. This shows up as excess pounds on the scale that can lead to even deeper depression.
Janine has found a way to do what may seem impossible when rheumatoid arthritis strikes that has kept her on the road to success. She has managed to keep her weight off and is learning to take better care of her health by staying on top of her care. People who are on top of their care tend to do better overall when it comes to keeping the weight off and managing symptoms.
Janine’s doctor couldn’t be happier that she has managed to keep her weight off and that she has found a way to modify her metabolic boosting workouts, allowing her to continue to exercise. She says the training provides quite a mood boost — something we all know we need when we aren’t feeling well.
Here are some suggestions I gave Janine when her rheumatoid arthritis symptoms came back to haunt her recently. Management, metabolic boosting tips may help you as well if you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or any pain-related illness.
Sometimes food becomes our only comfort when we are in pain. It’s important to stick to your plan now more than ever when symptoms flare up. Food is the problem, not the solution. Stay tight on your thermogenic eating plan available in The Metabolism Solution.
Fall is full of superfoods that can do more than delight your taste buds. If you’re not careful, however, you might eat foods that cause weight gain that can trigger inflammation, leaving you feeling worse than you did before you ate the so-called superfoods. Here are some seasonal favorites that contain nutrients that may help lessen the pain associated with any type of arthritis. They also help boost metabolism, making weight loss easier. Try to incorporate these foods and nutrients into your diet to ease pain and keep your weight under control. Maintaining a healthy weight helps prevent additional stress on your joints and your mind. That is a critical step when it comes to managing any pain.
For starters, limit pumpkin and winter squashes. While they are healthy superfoods, they also spike blood sugar levels that can trigger a rheumatoid arthritis attack or increase pain. Don’t be fooled by the health halo claims. If you're trying to lose weight the rules are different when managing any pain, especially arthritis.
A is for Awesome Apples. You already know how much I love apples when it comes to boosting metabolism and melting fat. What you might not know is how good they are for pain relief. Apples are always associated with fall, which brings emotional pleasure. That bright, firm apple is also a healthy rheumatoid arthritis snack. Apples are high in fiber, meaning they fill you up and cut hunger, kill cravings and balance blood sugar — that is key. This makes it easier to maintain your weight or even drop a few pounds. One thing most experts agree on is apples are a great fruit, period.
Because of all the different varieties of apples, they are very versatile in terms of how you can cook with them. You can add them to savory dishes as well as enjoy them as dessert. Try my Apple Whey Crispalicous found in The Metabolism Solution for an irresistibly delicious dessert that helps with your aches and pains.
C is for Curry or Curcumin. Some spices, such as turmeric, are being investigated for potential health benefits. Turmeric is a mild spice that gives Indian curries their characteristic yellow color. In fact, it’s what makes mustard yellow. Curry can be added to fall soups and stews (see the Good for Your Chicken Stew recipe in The Metabolism Solution) to cook healthy foods for rheumatoid arthritis that deliver an anti-inflammatory boost.
Turmeric (Curry) has a mild anti-inflammatory effect. If you’re trying to reduce inflammation, the more ways you can help yourself the better you’ll feel. It's not yet clear how much of the spice is needed to get a measurable effect on rheumatoid arthritis. You need to like it to get enough. That being said, I suggest turmeric from LynFit Recovery Agent instead to ensure your body gets what it needs for pain relief. Using spices is always a healthy way to add flavor and variety to foods when managing pain or your weight.
Anytime you can use spice for flavor rather than salt, it's a good for metabolic boosting.
G is for Go Nuts. But not all nuts are created equal. While most nuts are an excellent source of heart-healthy unsaturated fats, some nuts, such as walnuts, also contain Omega 3 fatty acids that can fight inflammation. That puts them in the rheumatoid arthritis superfoods category. I like them as a weight loss expert because no one ever overeats on walnuts, but I’ve seen many a woman polish off a bag of pistachios despite the cost. I find it amazing how we never seem to notice the expense of our cheats.
Nuts are also cholesterol-free, making them a healthy snack. Just don't overdo it. Nuts are calorie-dense, so watch your portion size. It's best to stick to a small handful — about an ounce.
The Apple Whey Crispalicious recipe in The Metabolism Solution includes walnuts, so you’ll be getting two superfoods in one snack.
K is for Kale. Kale has traditionally been a cool-weather green, although its nutritional powers make it a year-round favorite and celebrity recently, and for good reason. Like other leafy green vegetables, kale is rich in anti-inflammatory antioxidants and vitamins K and C. It's also high in fiber, making it a great rheumatoid arthritis super-food.
Kale can be cooked, eaten raw in a salad, or baked into crispy kale chips for a healthy on-the-go snack. Try my Kale Chips found in The Metabolism Solution. They are not only good for you; they taste great too. Don’t tell your kids it's kale, or that they are good for you, and they will devour them. That worked for me in my house.
S is for Salmon. If you're on my metabolic boosting programs, you know how I feel about salmon. Coldwater fish such as salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, and even anchovies, contain inflammation-fighting Omega 3 fatty acids. Try to have (2) or more 3–4 oz. portions each week. Check out the recipes in The Metabolism Solution. Try them over and over, adding your favorite spices until you find a way to enjoy them.For fast relief, stick to your plan and drink your Complete Protein Shakes. They also help in healing, which is directly correlated with pain relief. Don’t allow pain to take you off your weight loss game. You shouldn’t suffer either. Try these superfoods, and as always, please keep me posted on your successes. I love to hear about them!
The Power Of Your Posture
Did you know that correcting your posture not only makes you look better, but it also powers up your metabolism? Good posture is not just about appearing to be slimmer; it can help you shed unwanted pounds as well. It takes more effort to maintain good posture, and that is why proper posture burns more calories than slouching. Proper posture also improves respiration, which improves blood flow and revs your metabolism. Now you're burning even more calories.
Anyone can improve posture — anywhere, anytime. Even while you sit at your desk. And you thought you couldn't exercise, making you doomed to gain weight. We need to pay proper attention to our posture, whether we're walking, sitting, or lifting weights.
Posture helps keep our bones straight too. It's a fact of life that as we age our bone mass inevitably decreases. The spine becomes compressed, which is why we lose height. If you're prone to osteoporosis you're much more likely to develop that "hump back look" that is not only unhealthy, it ages us as well.
The simple, slimming, most efficient, posture solutions to maintain strong bones are to stand tall and lift weights. Orthopedists who treat pain are the first to suggest weight lifting as your priority training method. They don't suggest Pilates, yoga, or the fun class at the gym — for good reason. Weight lifting is the #1 way to strengthen your bones. You cannot find a better form of exercise. What comes in second place you ask?
Walking — not running and for good reason. Walking works your whole body. Every time your foot hits the treadmill or pavement it strengthens your bones. Running can be more injurious to your body and tends to cause stress fractures. They are not only painful but counter-productive to what you're trying to accomplish. If you're attempting to lose weight, the Metabolic Core Walk found in The Metabolism Solution is the answer. You can do it every day with no gym required.
Equally important is strengthening your core muscles. The LynFit Lean Core Workout is for everyone and can be done anywhere. What makes the LynFit Lean Core Workout different? It not only flattens your abs, but it also strengthens your core from a physical therapy perspective, vs. a bunch of pretty and fun moves.
Bottom line — no matter what ails you, poor posture makes it worse and worsens spinal compression. The best way to avoid excessive medical bills is to stop slouching and stand up straight.
Here is a little slimming posture power — do this now:
- Stand up straight with your shoulders pulled back and your stomach pulled in
- Avoid allowing your head to tilt forward or backward
- Keep your head stacked on top of your spine (think of a bowling ball on top of a broomstick)
- Keep your knees slightly bent (if your legs are excessively tight this may affect your posture more than you realize, negatively affecting your entire body and will "show" in your posture by your alignment)
- Be sure to balance your weight on both feet equally. Doing this barefoot is best as it can help correct some of your foot problems
- Now, it's all connected. Can you feel the difference?
Read The Metabolism Solution for more information on Posture Power.