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Boost Your Thyroid to Boost Your Weight Loss
If your metabolism is a revved engine, thyroid hormone is the gas. But when you have hypothyroidism, or your thyroid has begun to slow down (which is inevitable as we age), your thyroid gland doesn’t make enough of the hormone. A slower metabolism can make it hard to lose weight, but it has other negative effects as well, such as fatigue and weakness. Here's how to get a metabolism boost when hypothyroidism is slowing it down.
Hypothyroidism and Metabolism: What’s the Connection?
Thyroid hormone isn’t the only component involved in metabolism, but thyroid hormone is essential and is needed to run nearly every organ system in the body.
More often, problems with losing weight have to do with fluid buildup, which can happen when a slower metabolism causes a slower heart rate.
Other symptoms of hypothyroidism may include fatigue, sleepiness, weak muscles, constipation, feeling cold, cognitive problems, dry skin, a hoarse voice, lower appetite, joint pain, and menstrual changes.
According to the Canadian Thyroid Association, an estimated 200 million people in the world have some type/form of thyroid disease, and more than 20 million Americans have a thyroid disorder, with less than half being properly diagnosed.
This certainly was my story, and I struggled for years with depression and weight gain. With the debilitating fatigue, I was always getting sick, yet my doctors couldn't agree on the proper way to treat it or if they should treat it all, despite my suffering.
The more I learn about the thyroid, the more I realize we need to be in touch with our body and keep them nourished and healthy—especially our thyroid function. Sadly, doctors don't take it seriously enough, despite the fact that the thyroid gland controls every organ function, specifically our metabolism.
As we age, it's inevitable that our thyroid function will decline. It will also decline when we decrease calories and try to lose weight. Thyroid hormones also directly affect heart rate, cholesterol levels, muscle contractions and relaxation, skin and hair growth, mood, and memory (brain fog). What I find the most annoying is the upset to the digestive system, also known as constipation, that can cause us to get stuck in a weight gain rut.
Weight gain, difficulty losing weight, and fatigue are the most common symptoms of hypothyroidism. As you can see, they certainly aren't the only ones.
An underactive thyroid can also severely affect your health, and it's going undetected. Some endocrinologists will go so far to say they think the blood test for low thyroid function are a waste of time, leaving you to rely on knowing your body and to be able to recognize when it's not functioning properly.
In this article, I'm going to help you understand why you need to boost your thyroid, even if you've never struggled with thyroid issues before. At some point, as you age, you will be dealing with a sluggish thyroid.
Bottom line — without enough thyroid hormone, which is produced by keeping your thyroid well-nourished and healthy, every system in your body slows down. You'll feel tired and sleep a lot but never feel recovered. Weight gain almost always occurs, which is why most people end up at their doctors for treatment. Without enough thyroid hormone, attaining your ideal weight and melting body fat is practically impossible.
How is hypothyroidism diagnosed?
An optimal TSH level should be less than 4.0, not the currently accepted 4.7 rebooted by most labs—which is why most good endocrinologists believe the blood test for this is a waste of time and money.
Free T3 and Free T4 should be the middle of your lab's reference range, and your thyroid antibodies should be negative.
I always suggest that my clients get copies of all lab reports and carefully read them over to stay on top of findings your doctor could easily miss, or dismiss because they don't feel it's worthy. If you don't feel well, speak up until you get your needs met. Frankly, I suggest finding another doctor who will listen to you. It's not just your weight loss that will suffer—your health depends on it.
What symptoms should you pay attention to?
Thyroid symptoms vary greatly and not all individuals will show the same signs. If you are experiencing two or more of the following symptoms, you should consult your doctor and begin to nourish/boost your thyroid right away.
- Unexplained weight gain or inability to lose weight
- Constipation / digestive issues
- Food intolerances
- Frequently feeling cold despite the room temperature or intolerance to cold
- Dry skin
- Brittle hair
- Splitting nails
- Hair loss
- Irregular menses or heavy menstrual bleeding
- Poor memory
- Decreased sex drive/libido
These symptoms are not the worst part of a hypothyroidism diagnosis. It doesn't end once you begin treatment. Taking medication for thyroid issues doesn't fix or cure your condition, it only treats the symptoms. So if you thought you would just get a prescription for thyroid medication and you would magically begin to lose weight, and your troubles would be over, you couldn't be more wrong. Sadly I see this dilemma all too often, and that's why it's important to treat your thyroid holistically to get the results improvements you’re looking for.
I spend 10 hours or more weekly studying thyroid issues and seeking alternative ideas. I turn over every rock, searching global ideas, vs. one-trick pony methods. Here is what I've found.
The thyroid gland needs very specific nourishment to stay healthy and function optimally. It requires outside help by taking supplements daily, such as LynFit Thyro-Boost. The thyroid functions best when fed the proper diet and requires specific exercise (not all exercise is created equal). The more you support your thyroid, the better it will be.
Before we begin nourishing your thyroid to boost its function, it's important to understand what's slowing it, to begin with. Hypothyroidism is a very complex disorder that can also be caused for different reasons, even if you never struggled with it before.
What are some reasons your thyroid may be slowing down?
- High cortisol levels (stress hormones) that may interfere with the conversion of thyroid hormones into the active form that closely regulates metabolism.
- Excess consumption of soy-based food products and beverages may decrease thyroid activity in the body. Now you know why I hate most protein bars and shakes (especially vegan ones) that are made from cheap soy. That's why they cost less than $2.
- Nutritional deficiencies may also prevent proper manufacturing or functioning of the thyroid hormones in the body. For example, iodine (found in seafood and iodized salt, but not sea salt), zinc, tyrosine, and selenium are necessary for optimal function of the thyroid.
- Not getting enough sleep can change your metabolism, according to the National Sleep Foundation, which recommends that most adults get about seven to nine hours of sleep a night. If you're not sleeping, you need LynFit Lean Sleep. It helps to balance hormones and makes melting belly fat off easier. It will help you sleep without slowing your metabolism the way other night time sleep aids may.
- High levels of estrogen (being overweight can cause this) or a deficiency of progesterone can hinder thyroid function. Many menopausal women using estrogen replacement therapy drugs or supplements can develop symptoms of an underactive thyroid and may need to increase medication and or supplement dosages to help boost thyroid function and begin to lose weight.
- The thyroid may fail to produce enough thyroid hormone as a result of an autoimmune response against the thyroid (Hashimoto's Thyroiditis) or many other thyroid problems within thyroid function itself.
- Toxic levels of mercury that typically result from mercury fillings in the mouth or from consuming large amounts of mercury-laden ocean fish inhibit thyroid function. Worst offenders: swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish, shark and most tuna (see The Metabolism Solution for the best choices).
- Consuming foods that contain gluten. WARNING—it's lurking in a lot of foods, especially most diet and weight loss, low-carb foods such as Medifast, and many others. My philosophy is when in doubt, don't! LynFit Nutrition always makes sure gluten is not found in any of our supplements or meal replacement shakes or protein bars. Can you say that about the one you’re eating every day?
- Eating too many raw cruciferous vegetables, also known as goitrogens, that interfere with thyroid function or its ability to use iodine (food for your thyroid). Foods you are probably eating every day such as kale, (you know the big bunch you add to your shake every day) as well as broccoli, cabbage Brussels sprouts, just to name a few. It’s okay to eat a small amount of these foods if they are lightly steamed.
- Eating too many peanuts and peanut butter. This popular legume is very acidic and contains those pesky goitrogens. This includes PB2.
- Overconsumption of soy and flaxseed oil (including flax seeds). These oils can act like estrogen and may force the thyroid to make more than usual which eventually wears it out, so it doesn't function as well.
I’m sure you’re saying, "Oh my! I eat those foods every day. It's no wonder I can't lose an ounce." I've been there, and I know firsthand how that feels. That's exactly why I specialize in weight loss for difficult metabolisms. I'm in the club too.
Not to worry—it's not your fault, and there's more hope than you think. If you follow the special instructions provided you will begin to lose weight faster and easier than ever before. If your weight loss slows, reread this and get back on track 100 percent, and you'll begin to lose weight again.
THE THREE-STEP PLAN TO BOOST YOUR THYROID AND POWER UP YOUR METABOLISM
If you have been experiencing thyroid symptoms, or you even think you have, there are natural methods that may help support your thyroid function. The good news is you can and should incorporate these steps along with your doctor's advice to address your symptoms. The more ways you can support your thyroid the better it will function. Do not rely on medication to alleviate your thyroid issues. It just won't be enough to help with your weight loss.
Boost #1: Avoid The Thyroid Destroyers for 14 Days
To boost your thyroid, you'll need to remove the foods that have been keeping it running optimally while helping to balance your hormones. Some of these foods may be forcing your thyroid to work harder so avoiding them for two weeks may help alleviate some of your symptoms.
Raw cruciferous vegetables: These are the vegetables that contain goitrogens that may interfere with the thyroid's ability to use iodine. Lightly steaming these vegetables helps but it's best to avoid them for two weeks.
- Soy and flaxseed oils (as well as flax seeds):. These oils can act like estrogen and may force the thyroid to make more hormone than usual, wearing it out and eventually slowing it down. *NOTE: Most store-bought weight loss products, especially cereal, and protein bars, contain soybean oil.
- Peanut butter and peanuts: This popular legume is very acidic and contains goitrogens.
High Mercury fish: Mercury is a well-known thyroid disruptor. Stick to white fish (refer to The Metabolism Solution for the best choices). Remember, the lighter and whiter the fish, the better for your metabolism. A high-fat fish and may contain higher levels of mercury. The worst offenders are (salmon is good for you but is a high-fat fish):
It's best to avoid the foods mentioned above for two weeks. Remember to replace them with the foods your thyroid loves, such as white fish, whey and leafy greens like spinach, and romaine. Use oils such as extra-virgin olive oil, sesame oil, or cold pressed canola oil. The best option is to take (2) LynFit Pure Omega 3 every day to feed your thyroid. LynFit Pure Omega 3 is purified to make certain it's pure and free of all contaminants, making it the best Omega 3 you can buy.
If you decide not to remove these foods, you'll be aggravating the imbalance you have in your stress hormones and blood sugar hormones while also hampering your metabolism, which may prevent you from losing weight and increase your symptoms.
The following foods should also be removed and avoided from your diet for 14 days to help detox your body of thyroid inhibitors. These foods are considered inflammatory or allergenic, meaning they also can cause joint aches and pains.
Pre-made store-bought protein shakes (this does not include LynFit Protein Shakes — LynFit Whey Protein Shakes are the only one of its kind that are micro-filtered to remove all traces of dairy products.
Gluten products and foods that contain gluten:
Potatoes — White potatoes and sweet potatoes
Palm kernel oil
Limit your intake of safflower and sunflower oil. A good virgin olive oil is allowed.
- Alcohol — cut out completely
- Caffeine — decrease or eliminate, if possible. If you absolutely must have a cup of coffee in the morning, drink it black, or use LynFit Complete Protein Shake as a leaner creamer.
Any food that contains sugar, such as soda, juice, packaged foods, candies
- Citrus fruits — use sparingly (lemons and ½ cup of grapefruit are allowed). All others should be avoided for 14 days.
Red meats and processed proteins:
When in doubt — don't!
Boost #2: Consume the following thyroid-favorite, anti-inflammatory, thyroid-boosting foods/nutrients for 14 days (Aim for at least one serving daily)
- Vitamin A to activate your thyroid balance. The best way to get you Vitamin A is in LynFit Daily Power Shot. You can also get Vitamin A from eating ½ cup of tomatoes.
Iodine: This nutrient is a thyroid-favorite food, and we don't get enough of it. Iodine is essential for healthy thyroid function because it helps it produce the hormone thyroxine, or T4, one of the metabolic hormones produced by your Thyroid when it's working properly. The best way to meet your requirement for iodine is by taking LynFit Thyro-Boost three times daily.
You can also get iodine be eating seaweed, or making sure to eat seafood and fish. Seafood and fish contain iodine which is why it's the best food to eat when losing weight; however, it's best to supplement with LynFit Thyro-Boost to guarantee you're getting the proper amount.
Selenium: Mandatory for normal thyroid function. The best way to meet your daily Selenium requirement is through LynFit Daily Power Shot.
Brazil nuts also contain Selenium. Remember, however, that Brazil nuts are very high in calories so eat only one.
Tyrosine: This essential amino acid is necessary because our thyroid gland combines it with iodine order to make thyroid hormone. If you're deficient in it (and most women are because they don't eat enough protein), your thyroid can't perform its task. That why it's critical that you drink a LynFit Metabolic Boosting Protein Shake every day to provide your body with what it needs while boosting your metabolism, making weight loss faster and easier. Tyrosine is also found in LynFit Thyro-Boost.
You can also get Tyrosine eating egg whites and turkey breast.
- There have been studies suggesting a connection between hypothyroidism and vitamin D deficiency. For instance, research published in 2013 in the International Journal of Health Sciences found that people with hypothyroidism were deficient in vitamin D. The bottom line: Take a supplement like LynFit Vitamin D3 Boost if you’re deficient. Testing for deficiency is as easy as getting a blood test.
Vegetables: Unlimited amounts of vegetables except for corn. Don't forget to limit the cruciferous vegetables or at least steam them.
Starchy vegetables are not the best for weight loss and should be limited. These include squash, turnips, pumpkin, beets, carrots, and peas. If you eat them, limit to portion and frequency. If they disrupt your weight loss, it may be better to avoid them altogether. Especially during the two-week detox.
Limit or avoid oranges, tangerines, canned fruits, fruit toppings, raisins, dates, and dried fruits.
If weight loss isn't an issue and you’re still losing weight, your daily food list may also contain one serving of the following foods. Be sure to weigh and measure, so you know how much one serving is, and read labels as these foods may vary. Most of the time, one serving is a little less than the size of your fist.
- Rice or rice products, including gluten free rice cakes
- Beans: All beans are allowed during this time, however, be sure to measure your servings as beans are higher in calories than most of us expect, so we tend to overeat on them, which slows weight loss.
Nuts and seeds:
Lean proteins (2–3 servings daily)
LynFit Complete Whey Protein
All forms of fish and seafood except those previously mentioned (King Mackerel, Marlin, Orange Roughy, Shark, Swordfish, Tilefish, Ahi Tuna, Bigeye Tuna)
- Fats and oils: Canola, olive oil (extra virgin) and coconut oil are best. Be sure to measure out portions and stick to one serving daily.
Boost #3: Turbocharge your thyroid with a cheat day, also known as an upzig or refeed
While the weight loss process always includes becoming conscious of how many calories we eat and modifying accordingly so we lose weight, studies have shown that eating a cheat meal once a week is essential for anyone who is trying to lose weight. This is especially important for those of us who suffer from underactive thyroids.
Upzigging our calories prevent your body from going into starvation mode while decreasing your calories; aka dieting. It also helps to keep our T3, the active type, running optimally, which boosts metabolism and may help make losing weight faster and easier.
I don't suggest that you have your cheat meal until you've completed 14 days of the Boosting Plan. As a lifestyle, you may be able to have a cheat meal weekly.
How do you know how often you can cheat or on which foods you should cheat on? Your weight loss will dictate how often and on what you can cheat on. If you gain more than two pounds, you went too far. It's always easier not to gain weight in the first place, so you never have to lose it later. This can be a way to enjoy a glass of wine or your favorite dessert weekly, so you don't feel deprived.
Cheat days are a great way to incorporate special events like weddings or travel, so plan ahead, or plan on not losing!
Rev Up With the Right Kind of Exercise
We all have the ability to increase metabolism with exercise. Both cardiovascular and strength training exercise are important for boosting metabolism. Strength training exercises like weightlifting build muscles, which help burn more calories. Stretching, core, as well as cardio exercises, including walking, jogging, biking, swimming, and aerobics, also help boost metabolism.
Higher intensity cardio exercise is more effective at improving metabolism than lower intensity exercise, so try to do metabolic workouts and incorporate them into your exercise routine. Exercise can impair weight loss when you have hypothyroidism so if you’re feeling tired opt for Recovery Stretch or Lean Core instead until you feel better.
Bonus Tip — Keep a Food Diary
As The Metabolism Solution says, "If you bite it, write it!" Your daily caloric intake can quickly skyrocket unless you log everything you eat and drink. On the other hand, it can also help ensure that you're on track and not overeating. Keeping a thorough and honest food journal is important, especially for someone with hypothyroidism, to track your intake. A diet high in lean protein, healthy Omega 3 fats, and a lot of leafy green vegetables is best for thyroid function.
For optimal results, combine these boosting steps with the LynFit Lose 1 Pound Per Day Kit to turbocharge your weight loss.
- Lisa Lynn
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Introducing LynFit Thyro-Boost — A Natural & Effective Solution for a Sluggish Thyroid
The #1 reason people cannot lose weight and diets stop working is due to their thyroid slowing down as a result of the caloric restriction that's necessary for weight loss. So what are you supposed to do? Boost it to keep it functioning at an optimal pace so you begin losing weight again — and keep it off.
I struggled with thyroid issues that negatively affected my weight loss attempts, despite being treated with prescription medications. So finally, after 25 years, LynFit Nutrition brings you its first-ever thyroid enhancing formula.
LynFit Thyro-Boost is a unique, custom blended liquid supplement specifically designed to help fight symptoms of an underactive thyroid while reigniting your metabolism, allowing you to feel better fast.
LynFit Thyro-Boost is an all-natural cutting edge product that combines the most important potent ingredients all backed by scientific research. We use the most advanced methods such as a cold-extraction process to refine the most potent, bioavailable form of these ingredients possible. Then, we filter them into a liquid extract formula for maximum absorption.
This unique custom blend was designed to:
- Safely boost metabolism
- Improve mood
- Improve focus
- Improve energy
- Help alleviate dry skin, constipation, and hair loss associated with hypothyroidism
Prescription medications for thyroid issues simply treat the symptoms; they don't address the underlying issues. LynFit Thyro-Boost addresses the underlying issues and symptoms you face when you have an under-active thyroid such as intolerance to cold, constipation, hair loss, dry skin, and inability to lose weight, just to name a few.
An underactive thyroid affects every aspect of your life. Lack of energy and excess weight that you can't seem to lose, no matter how hard you try, may leave you drinking cup after cup of caffeine-loaded beverages that negatively affect your weight loss. Craving the wrong types of food can leave you depressed and hopeless. All of this can leave you feeling helpless and eventually stop trying, thinking it’s out of our control.
LynFit Nutrition specifically designed Thyro-Boost with all of this, and you, in mind.
LynFit Thyro-Boost can be used in conjunction with your prescription medication. It may actually make it work the way it should. Thyro-Boost nourishes the thyroid and supplies it with the fuel it needs to work properly, allowing it to do its job vs. doing the work for it, which eventually backfires and makes things worse.
LYNFIT'S PROPRIETARY PROCESS
Step #1: Provide the nourishment your thyroid needs to function from natural sources using pharmaceutical quality and dosing using extracts that have been cold extracted (heat damages the quality)
We combined the top three most important minerals to nourish your thyroid and make it healthy again such as Iodine, Selenium, and Tyrosine. We set out to find the most nutrient rich herbal and plant sources of these three super-hero ingredients, sought out the highest quality you can find in the United States only, and made sure they were handled with care, extracted only under the purist most advanced conditions.
LynFit Nutrition used only cold-extraction to ensure the ingredients you need to feel better don’t get destroyed in the processing. We found that this was the best way to get a potent, bioavailable concentrated form of these ingredients.
LynFit Nutrition uses only the best sources and will never cut corners. These nutrients weren’t artificially created in a lab and formed into a tablet because we know that hypothyroid bodies don’t have the best digestion, so you almost never get what your body needs the most. That’s why we went the extra mile and had it made in liquid form.
Step #2: Enhance thyroid hormone output with Coleus Forskohlii (also found in LynFit Carb Edge)
Coleus Forskohlii is an amazing ingredient that supercharges the thyroid, enhancing hormone output that tends to slow down when calories are reduced (especially when dieting to lose weight). It tricks your body into acting like a thin person and teaching it to burn more calories.
Because Thyro-Boost is a liquid extract, it easily soaks up the iodine for nourishment, so it builds up your thyroid to give it the fuel it needs to send thyroid hormones throughout your entire body. Feeding your thyroid is like fertilizing your garden—it helps everything move a little faster.
Step #3: Balance and optimize delicate hormone balance with Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha is known as an 'adaptogenic' herb. Studies confirm that it has a balancing effect. It has been known to balance cortisol (the fat storing, weight gain stress hormones), reduce fatigue, boost brain function, and even help alleviate depression and improve mood.
WHAT MAKES LYNFIT THYRO-BOOST DIFFERENT?
While most thyroid supplements give you synthetic Tyrosine (a chemical form), LynFit uses Spirulina, a natural form; blue-green algae, which has the highest concentration of Tyrosine of any other natural source. This high quality of Spirulina also has much more. Spirulina is also a good source of:
- Protein, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Copper, Iron, Iodine, Magnesium, Potassium, and Manganese
- A balance of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids
- Rich sources of antioxidants
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What exactly does Thyro-Boost do?
Thyro-Boost is a custom-blended natural remedy that provides your body with all the nutrients it needs to support your metabolism. Each ingredient was carefully chosen and hand-picked to nourish your body, assisting in the production of thyroid hormone, and the healthy functioning of your thyroid.
Q: How long should I use Thyro-Boost?
Thyro-Boost can be used as a daily nutritional supplement for those who struggle with an underactive thyroid. With an underactive thyroid, there isn’t a quick fix. We recommend adding it to your daily health regimen to truly get the most out of it.
Q: How soon will Thyro-Boost begin to work for me?
With regular use, most report noticeable improvements in energy levels and motivation in the first week or two (some sooner!) with continued, gradual improvements after that.
Q: How is Thyro-Boost made?
Thyro-Boost is a custom-blended, cutting edge product that combines the most important potent ingredients, all backed by scientific research. Best of all, we use a cold-extraction process to refine the most potent, bioavailable form of these ingredients possible. Then, we filter them into a liquid formula for maximum absorption.
Q: Is it okay to combine Thyro-Boost with other LynFit products?
Absolutely! In fact, we recommend it.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This dietary supplement product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Boost Your Metabolism By Boosting Your Fiber Intake With Lean Bars
Full confession — I'm addicted to LynFit Lean Bars. They have become my grab-and-go meal, and the #1 go-to food when I need to eat on the run or my sweet tooth yells and cravings hit (like every day). Thankfully, they satisfy me more than any candy, cookie, or cake.....seriously!
Since I've been eating Lean Bars daily, my health has improved, and I no longer fall off the weight loss wagon due to my ferocious, undying sweet tooth. So if you're a Lean Bar lover like me, you're going to love this great news. And if you're not, you just might change your mind after reading about this research.
By now I'm sure you're aware of fiber's importance and its reputation as a "keep you feeling full" nutritional hero. It gets even better, though. It turns out that certain fibers, such as prebiotic fiber (the kind found in LynFit Lean Bars), may also be a real superhero when it comes to the fountain of youth.
Research agrees. A new Australian study followed the diets and health statuses of over 1,600 adults for a 10-year period. At the beginning of the study, all the subjects were age 49 or over and free of any chronic disease. Over the course of the 10-year study period, only 15.5 percent of the subjects remained disease-free.
Looking at various aspects of diet, the researchers noted that fiber intake proved to be the most telling and biggest predictor of healthy aging, by a long shot. Study subjects that consumed the most fiber were 80 percent more likely to remain fully functional and free of any chronic disease.
These findings don't surprise me at all. Over the past 20 years, fiber has earned its reputation for its impressive list of full-service health benefits. Benefits that include reducing appetite, lowering glucose and cholesterol levels, improving digestive function, and most notably, feeding the all-important microbiome — better known as gut bacteria.
Prebiotics & Obesity
Although gastrointestinal physicians have long known that a disproportionate amount of unhealthy bacteria live in the guts of overweight patients, until now there has been no conclusive data on how prebiotic fiber might aid with considerable weight loss.
Now, however, findings show that not only do overweight individuals suffer from an unhealthy bacterial mix in the gut, but also incorporating a regimen of prebiotics into the diet helps these same overweight individuals lose weight, according to Belgian researchers at the Université Catholique de Louvain and published in the peer-reviewed British Journal of Nutrition.
There is now an enormous amount of research that has occurred on gut microbiome (gut bacteria). The forefront of this research has been looking directly at the microbiome and bacterial makeup, and its relationship to the development of obesity and being overweight. As with everything we say at LynFit, there must be good science behind it first. Medical credibility is #1 on our list.
Microbiome (gut bacteria) controls your health. Prebiotic fiber nourishes your gut microbes and keeps your gut strong and fit and in good working order. So it's crucial that you eat fibrous vegetables (see veggie examples HERE and in The Metabolism Solution) and at least one LynFit Lean Bar daily.
A LynFit Lean Bar A Day Keeps The Pounds Away
Our busy lives make it difficult to meet our daily fiber numbers, but if you eat a LynFit Lean Bar daily, you'll be more than a third of the way to nailing your daily fiber intake goal. Studies show we should consume 30 grams of fiber daily. Preferably the prebiotic fiber like that found in LynFit Lean Bars. This specific fiber will help keep you regular, which helps to keep your stomach flat, unlike other fibers that will bloat you.
That's exactly the reason I made sure LynFit Lean Bars contain as much prebiotic fiber as possible. Each Lean Bar contains 9–10 grams of a unique prebiotic fiber to help keep you regular and feeling full.
The truth is, you simply cannot buy a better protein bar!
To get the most health and metabolic boosting benefits from the fiber you eat, you need to have an abundance of good bacteria residing in your colon. Here are some key strategies for establishing and maintaining a robust supply of fat-fighting, beneficial gut bacteria:
- Eat a LynFit Lean Bar every day
- Make your own high-fiber protein shake/smoothie
- Make a fiber-bomb dessert: Pour pre-made LynFit Complete Protein Shake over fresh cut peaches
- Take 2–3 LynFit Raspberry Ketone Cleanse every night with dinner. LynFit Raspberry Ketone Cleanse is a custom blended supplement containing nutrients that help your body digest food, so you're less prone to constipation. It's gentle enough to use every day.
- It's crucial to eat an abundance of plant-based, high-fiber foods daily. Good bacteria feed off of fiber and the more "real food" fiber you eat, the more good bacteria you will have in your gut. This is the most effective and powerful of all these strategies. Honestly, if you don't eat an abundance of fiber, success is almost impossible.
- Include fermented foods that contain live bacteria in your diet. Foods like sauerkraut and kimchi.
- Include superstar fiber content fruits and veggies in your diet. Foods like raspberries, snow peas, green apples, pears, canned tomato products, pumpkin, cauliflower, spinach, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, Brussel sprouts, okra, and artichoke hearts.
- Eat more beans. Strive for one serving daily, but be careful to measure out your serving. Beans pack a calorie punch. If you're still in the weight loss phase, eat beans instead of your usual protein at dinner. A typical serving is only ¼–½ of a cup. Every bean is different so be sure to check labels. Measure for measure, beans provide more fiber than any other food (about 3–4 times more than other fruits and veggies). All of them are fiber superstars so choose the ones you enjoy the most.
- Don't take antibiotics unless medically indicated. And, if you must take an antibiotic, be sure to take a daily probiotic supplement as directed (over-the-counter) while you are on the antibiotic and for a full two weeks after that.
- Gardening is great for immunity. Get out in nature and get dirty. The soil contains a whole ecosystem of good bacteria. Gardening is highly recommended, especially vegetable gardening. Why not grow your own?
A startling recent discovery has shown that most overweight people have a bad mix of colon bacteria. This bad mix is technically called dysbiosis. What causes this type of bad bacterial mix to occur? It is the type of diet, often high-meat and saturated fat, that overweight people have eaten for many years.
Prebiotics are not probiotics. A probiotic is a live bacteria that you take by mouth, as in yogurt or a pill, in the hope that it will make a beneficial change in the digestive tract. A prebiotic, on the other hand, is a plant fiber, a specialized form of soluble fiber that has distinct actions within the colon.
Simply put, these fibers are the fuel that drives the very best bacteria already in the colon to vigorously multiply. We know these good bacteria can and do grow and divide every 20 minutes if there is enough nourishment around. Keeping a rich supply of the best prebiotics, found in LynFit Lean Bars, in the colon is simply the healthiest thing you can do to prevent dysbiosis in the colon.
Quite simply, prebiotics are what makes LynFit Lean Bars different from every other protein bar on the market. They are the best protein bar you can buy.
Lean Bars are LynFit's very own custom-blended protein bar. They are made fresh (some by hand, not machine-made), making sure to protect these superhero prebiotics. How special are they? Special enough that the band Chicago's own Tris Imboden considers them his go-to snack food. As Tris says, "I simply won't go on the road without a supply of LynFit Lean Bars!"
LynFit blends weight loss and health management together in its Lean Bars. By combining, it becomes a holistic approach, which is needed for lasting weight loss to occur.
An important note to remember — you cannot overdose on fiber. If mild bloating should occur as your body adjusts, simply reduce the amount you're consuming. Make sure you're drinking enough water to help flush things out. You may even want to try drinking hot water with lemon every day.
The prebiotics found in LynFit Lean Bars will tend to encourage an acidity within the colon. This is very healthy and is the desired effect as it's what protects us from disease. Thankfully, when this does happen, smelly rectal gas or flatus does not develop. When rectal gas no longer has a bad smell, you know you are getting enough fiber. And, if you haven't arrived at that point yet.......simple, go back and read above.
NOTE: You may need to make sure you're allowing yourself enough time each day to go to the bathroom. Sorry to be so graphic, but constipation affects almost everyone when they change their diet. It also slows down and masks weight loss.
A Leaky Gut?
When you have bad bacteria and dysbiosis in the colon, the colon wall itself weakens and allows toxins, unwanted chemicals, and even bacteria parts to seep into the bloodstream and reach your liver. Eventually, your general health declines due to the toxins that are released and absorbed.
Toxins are bad for everyone, especially if you're overweight. They lead to chronic inflammation (aches, pains, and stiffness) throughout the body, and contribute to high blood pressure and heart disease. They also contribute to obesity due to the rise in blood sugar levels.
Dysbiosis is clearly related to increased insulin resistance and difficulty in blood sugar control. However, medical trials have shown that correcting dysbiosis with prebiotics, like the ones found in LynFit Lean Bars, make Diabetes 2 easier to control.
Colon and breast cancer are also associated with obesity and dysbiosis. There is much research being done to unravel the cause and effect. It is known, however, that you are in a different and worse group altogether if you are overweight and have dysbiosis.
If bad bacteria are present, or you become constipated, your body may not absorb nutrients, liquids, vitamins, and the minerals it should. This leads to feelings of fatigue, cause illness, and prevents weight loss. Have you ever wondered why you can't lose weight when you're not eating much? Now you know. All the more reason for establishing and maintaining that robust supply of good gut bacteria. It's also a good reason to make sure you're not constipated by taking LynFit Raspberry Ketone Cleanse.
It is quite surprising that so much medical research has occurred so quickly in this area. So, let's review what we've learned:
- A predominance of good bacteria in the gut makes fewer calories than when bad bacteria are predominant.
- There is a hunger hormone made in the wall of the stomach. Less of this hormone is made when prebiotics are a rich part of your diet. You have less hunger.
- There are satiety or fullness hormones made in the wall of the small intestine. Prebiotics increase the release of these beneficial hormones to give you an earlier sense of fullness when you eat.
- A leaky gut is corrected, and the passage of toxins and other unwanted materials into the blood is slowed down or stopped.
- Blood sugar control is better, and there is less insulin resistance, which helps promote weight loss.
- Inflammation in the gut and body is reduced.
- Believe it or not, when a good bacterial balance is present in the gut, different chemical signals are sent to the brain via the blood stream. Positive behavioral emotions seem to occur, perhaps even changing your eating habits. Mood and emotions seem to improve.
For an easy-to-follow weight loss plan that includes LynFit Lean Bars, download the LynFit Lean Bar Diet HERE.
1. Delzenne, Nathalie M., Neyrinck, Audrey M., Cani, Patrice D. (2013) Gut microbiota and metabolic disorders: how prebiotic can work? Brit J of Nutr 109, Suppl. S2. S81-S85.
Boost Metabolism & Weight Loss While Supercharging Fat Loss!
Wanna drop a few pounds and melt off that stubborn belly fat? You can — all you need is a boost to jumpstart your weight loss and turn up your fat-burning by stacking your fat loss supplements.
- Burn fat
- Boost metabolism
- Crush cravings
- Improve energy and focus
The goal is to reduce body fat levels, and the best way to do this is to feed the muscle and starve the fat. Since muscle burns calories it's critical that you keep it. The best way to accomplish this is to follow the LynFit Advanced Metabolic Boosting Meal Plan.
The Advanced Metabolic Boosting Meal Plan is a low carb, low fat approach to losing weight and melting fat. It's the #1 way to lose weight faster and easier. It's also the healthiest way to lose weight. Since it's low in bad carbs and fat, but high in fiber (from vegetables) and lean proteins (such as LynFit Complete Protein Shakes, LynFit Lean Bars, and white fish), it helps to slow down the aging process as well. You cannot find a faster, easier, or better way to lose weight and melt belly fat.
Make sure you're drinking at least two LynFit Complete Protein Shakes daily to increase your metabolism and keep your hard earned muscle from being burned as fuel.
LynFit Complete Protein is unique due to the superior quality of whey that's used. This high-quality whey is also why it blocks cortisol levels from rising that may allow your body to store more fat. (NOTE: LynFit cannot guarantee theses results using other protein shakes and vegan proteins as they will not work the same way)
It doesn't matter if you're male or female, boosting your metabolism is the best way to supercharge your fat loss, creating fast, visible results that can be seen the first week you start.
The secret is stacking your fat loss supplements for maximum results. You'll burn more calories all day long, even while you sleep. Stacking fat loss supplements also prevent the metabolic slowdown that occurs when you reduce calories. LynFit's fat loss stack is the only fat loss formula that helps you overcome the common obstacles that will stop you from losing weight by addressing the underlying issues at the source, such as:
- Metabolic resistance (inability to lose weight)
- High blood sugar
- High blood pressure
- Depression and anxiety caused by improper diet
- Many, many more.....
Sometimes diet and exercise just aren't enough. That's where the smart use of safe supplements comes in. Below, are simple steps you can take to boost your metabolism and weight loss while supercharging your fat loss and reducing cellulite.
LYNFIT'S THERMOGENIC FAT LOSS STACK 101
Step One: Turn up the heat to increase your metabolism
Step Two: Prevent thyroid slowdown, regulate metabolism, and balance blood sugar levels
Step Three: Burn fat, kill cravings, and reduce cellulite
The most important time to take your fat loss stack is when you're not eating clean, so it's critical that you take your stack on vacation and your "off" days. Be sure to take them with a full glass of water or green tea each time.
You can download and print out an easy to use usage guide HERE.
More information about all these supplements can be found in The Metabolism Solution.
- Lisa Lynn
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Slimming Smoothie To Beat The Bloat & Boost Your Energy!
You'll find all different kinds of smoothies these days, but not all of them are good for weight loss. Some of them may be the very reason you can't keep your eyes open in the afternoon and feel bloated all the time.
To combat that, I'm going to show you a refreshing smoothie that is not only delicious, but also has Pokemon-Go super powers. This smoothie will help you rehydrate post-workout, rev up your fat burning, and beat the bloat.
When it comes to weight loss; beating bloat, and boosting energy, it's important to know what to add to them — and what NOT to add to them. That can make or break your weight loss and lead to feeling tired and bloated.
Nuts, nut milks, and nut butters such as peanut butter, almond milk, coconut milk, avocado, and chia seeds all add excessive amounts of fat. When you add them to your smoothie, you're also adding in their fat content, and effectively halting your weight loss. Adding even one tablespoon of these diet dealbreakers can use up your fat sugar budget for the whole day. After all, the whole objective to drinking a slimming meal replacement smoothie is to help reduce calorie levels and offset the not-so-good eating we all fall victim to.
While these foods may be very healthy, they also pack a big, bulky punch when it comes to additional calories in the form of fat, carbs, and diet-destroying sugar. Let's take a closer look at some of these smoothie mix-ins that cause bloat, and are better for weight gain vs. weight loss.
Vegetarian Proteins — they are not easy to digest and are not a complete protein unless you mix it with carbs, which is what you're trying to avoid. Vegan protein doesn't boost metabolism or block cortisol because it doesn't contain the right amount of specific ingredients your body needs.
1 tbsp. of peanut butter — has 8 grams of fat
¼ of an avocado — has 8 grams of fat
2 tbsp. of chia seeds — adds 6 grams of fat
1 cup of Almond Milk — adds 60 calories and 2.5 grams of fat, but the bigger issue is the 8 carb grams that come from sugar. Even if you buy unsweetened, you're still adding empty calories.
Adding excess fruit — yes, adding in excess fruit can be a diet dealbreaker because of the empty calories and excess sugar that can negatively impact your weight loss. Fat and sugar do nothing but make you feel bloated, block your weight loss, and zap your energy.
To reinforce, while healthy, these foods use up to ½ your daily fat budget. The bottom line is they add way too many calories to your breakfast, leaving you very little to slip up during the day, and the odds are you will—you're only human.
Now, let's turn the tables—using high-quality whey protein and NOT adding in these high-calorie ingredients can help you lose 15 pounds in one-year alone, with one simple step.
We're going to make a slimming smoothie that will boost your energy and weight loss while banishing bloat! This Tropical Slimming Smoothie will help you lose weight (up to a pound per day if you replace two meals with it), and energize you all day, without the highs and lows that energy drinks and gourmet coffee drinks create. And, you'll feel less bloated the same day you start leaning out your smoothie.
First off, if you want a clean smoothie, you've got to make it yourself. You want to use only LynFit Complete Protein as your base and only mix in low or no-calorie mix-ins (besides tasting absolutely delicious, you aren't adding any extra calories, carbs, or sugars).
When you use LynFit Complete Protein, your metabolism will not slow down as a result of dieting and eating less. In fact, just the opposite happens — you'll speed up your metabolism by 25 percent, boost energy, and reduce bloating.
So, here's the smoothie recipe you've been waiting for. The fruit smoothie that will help you lose weight, boost energy and banish bloat. All while hydrating you and providing all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy.
TROPICAL SLIMMING SMOOTHIE (hormone-free, soy-free, gluten-free, no fat added, no sugar added)
(2 scoops) LynFit Vanilla Complete Protein Shake
(1–2 ounces) LynFit Daily Power Shot (frozen tastes better)
(4–6) Ice cubes
(½ cup) Water
Blend the ingredients together until thoroughly combined and sip yourself slim — it's that simple! Takes less than a minute and costs less than a cup of coffee.
This DIY Tropical Slimming Smoothie not only saves you time and money, it saves you a lot of calories too. You'll lose over 400 calories and 10+ teaspoons of sugar. Sugar from fruit is the #1 reason for bloating.
Better yet, you'll be gaining some significant factors:
- A faster metabolism
- Revved up fat loss
- Sustained energy
- Nourished, healthy body
By adding LynFit Daily Power Shot to your LynFit Complete Protein Shake, you'll be rehydrating and replacing lost nutrients due to sweat and exercise. It will also add 90 essential nutrients and 60 trace minerals that your body cannot make on its own. You'll also be adding electrolytes to hydrate your body, which is the secret to banishing that bloated feeling.
LynFit Complete Protein has been clinically proven to deliver the highest quality protein you can buy. It's known for being a better hunger suppressor than eggs and some proteins; such as tuna and turkey. Simply put, it's just not some any old whey protein. It's the most rapidly digested of all supplemental proteins.
What does that mean to you? The amino acid in LynFit Complete Protein is rapidly absorbed, so the process of repair can be accelerated. Additionally, LynFit Complete Protein is loaded with health-building nutrients, including B-Complex vitamins, selenium, calcium, and iodine — the metabolic boosting secret.
Last thoughts: Make smoothies your go-to food when you're craving junk or feeling hungry. Hunger isn't a bad thing. It means your body needs nutrition, and that's exactly what you should feed it—not the stuff we normally reach for.
More go-to shake recipes can be found in The Metabolism Solution. You'll also find over 100 delicious thermogenic recipes that your whole family will absolutely love!
- Lisa Lynn
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Energize Your Body & Your Weight Loss
One of the worst parts about losing weight is a lack of energy. There are some things you need to be doing to avoid the dreaded energy slump. And the best news? You can do it without caffeine and sugar.
Power your energy and metabolism with protein. While fat contains more energy than protein (9 calories per gram compared to 4 calories per gram for protein), protein has a different advantage. Protein releases energy at a much slower rate, helping to prevent blood sugar fluctuations that not only sap energy but can also slow weight loss, especially if you overeat.
The best sources of protein when it comes to boosting energy and fat loss include the whey found in LynFit Complete Protein Shakes and LynFit Lean Bars, fish, poultry, egg whites, and cottage cheese. A more detailed protein list is found in The Metabolism Solution and the Advanced Metabolic Boosting Meal Plan.
Boost your energy with water—water works. Did you know being even a little dehydrated can slow your metabolism by three percent and make you feel groggy? It can also compromise brain function. If you're in doubt as to whether or not you're drinking enough water, chances are.....you're not.
While we've all heard "eight glasses of water a day keeps the pounds away" — this may not be enough when it comes to losing weight. It's best to drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water each day. It's very important to listen to your body and include numerous water-rich vegetables such as lettuce, cucumbers, celery, broccoli, tomatoes, and some fruits in your diet.
If you're following the Advanced Metabolic Boosting Meal Plan you're most likely getting your hydration needs met because you should be drinking a full glass of water each time you take your supplements and eating 5–10 servings of veggies daily.
Start your day with LynFit's energy water. Simply add one ounce (one serving) of LynFit Daily Power Shot to your water and drink up. It's delicious, and that makes reaching your daily water quota easier.
Avoid the caffeine crash—the buzz that wears off, leaving you feeling even worse than before. Like sugar, caffeine is only a temporary fix for lack of energy. Actually, lack of energy is almost always the reason for falling off track.
While it's okay to have a cup of coffee in the morning after you've had a full glass of water while taking your supplements, that doesn't mean it's okay to call one of those 24-ounce mugs a cup.
You don't have to quit caffeine completely or go cold turkey. Just be sure you're drinking your coffee black and without sugar. Better yet, add your coffee to your Complete Protein Shake for a delicious, healthier version. Or, try green tea after your first cup of coffee.
Green tea is one of the best hydrators. It has about a ¼ the caffeine of your average cup of coffee. Green tea contains catechins, a natural stimulant that boosts central nervous system activity to increase energy levels and fight fatigue while boosting immunity and fat loss.
If you really just can't quit coffee, and you're drinking it black, at least try to stick to only 2–3 cups daily. Be sure to stay caffeine-free after 12 noon so you don't affect your sleep. You need to be caffeine-free for six hours before bedtime, and you should be going to bed prior to 11:00 p.m.
Steer clear of sugar. Juice, juicing, as well as coffees with creamers or milk added, contain more sugar than soda. Sugar does give you a quick hit of energy. That's why we crave it. The harsh reality is that it also causes you to crash just as quickly as it lifted you up. It's a hard crash that also leads you to cravings.
The quick spike in blood sugar levels, and the dip afterward, can tax your body's adrenal system, your body's regulator of energy. This complication is why you feel so horrible coming off the white stuff. To prevent this damage, it's best to reach for a protein-packed snack like LynFit Lean Bars when the mid-afternoon cravings kick in. A handful of almonds or walnuts on top of your Complete Protein Shake is delicious and will hit that cravings spot.
Take your vitamins. Most of the time, when you lacking energy, it's your body's way of telling you it needs nutrients. Most times, we give it what it doesn't need vs. what it does need. Why not get your buzz on by taking your vitamins. Better yet, drink them, courtesy of the LynFit Daily Power Shot.
LynFit Daily Power Shot contains over 90 essential nutrients and trace minerals, which your body doesn't make. LynFit Daily Power Shot contains B vitamins that are in colloidal form, meaning they are absorbed easier and faster. You'll feel better faster due to their small size.
B vitamins are critical when it comes to weight loss and energy production because they aid in just about every category. Vitamin B2 (also known as Riboflavin) is necessary for the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates into energy, while Niacin (vitamin B3) and all of its derivatives, help convert glucose to energy. Last, but not least, thiamin (vitamin B1), folic acid (vitamin B6), vitamin B12, and pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) play a role in energy production. In short, these multivitamins and mineral are like adding gas to a fire—they make it burn faster.
Certain foods; such as leafy green vegetables, whey Complete Protein Shakes and Lean Bars, fish, seafood, and poultry are great sources of B vitamins. Supplementing with these vitamins is much more effective because they are combined in a way where the results are maximized, allowing you to be more consistent that relying on your diet alone. Supplementing also ensures that you're getting the right combination, in exactly the amounts your body needs. You may want to consider ordering LynFit Daily Power Shot, LynFit Recovery Agent, and LynFit Pure Omega 3 to add extra ammunition to your weight loss and energy arsenal.
A word on the power of energy enzymes: Mitochondria are the workhorse in every living cell in your body. Yet these hard working mitochondria are essentially useless if it wasn't for its enzymes, mitochondria's partner in crime—specifically Co-Q10 (found in LynFit Daily Power Shot and LynFit Cutting Edge). These enzymes are critical to maintaining energy in the body. Unfortunately, they are also found in red meat, which is not good for your weight loss. This makes supplementing even more important.
Of course, there are other sources, such as whole grains, yeast, and some leafy green vegetables. But to get the desired amount your body needs it's recommended that you supplement to guarantee that your body gets what it needs on a consistent basis.
Then there are the good fats that we don't seem to get enough of—Omega 3. Every person—even your dog(s)—should be taking Omega 3 every day. While all of us get enough of the Omega 6 fats that can be the cause of inflammation that saps our energy, Omega 3 is a different story altogether. In addition to promoting optimal cognitive function, and helping to reduce symptoms of inflammation (aches, pains, hair loss, skin issues), Omega 3 helps the body balance blood sugar levels, which helps to fight off hunger and cravings. It helps the body store glycogen, the body's primary source of stored fuel.
To increase your Omega 3 intake, you could add salmon, tuna, and other fatty fish to your diet twice weekly. For the best results, I prefer to rely on LynFit Pure Omega 3, a concentrated prescription-grade fish oil supplement. Flax and other plant sources of Omega 3 are not the same and will not provide you with the same results as fish oil. Buy the best, and you'll use less.
Gotta get moving to work out the kinks. I know, I know—I can hear you screaming at me now. And, I agree—it sounds counterintuitive that working out when you feel completely exhausted could possibly increase your energy. The reality is it can, and it will. Exercise can help you power through the rest of your day.
If you're feeling more tired than usual, try LynFit Recovery Stretch, or opt for a low impact exercise that allows you to relax—like walking.
Of course, there are literally dozens of reasons why your energy levels may be low. Being overweight, menopausal, or hypothyroidism (which I struggle with myself) all lead to low energy levels. So it's always a good idea to rule out any medical causes. Have your physician run simple blood tests to eliminate low thyroid function, iron level abnormalities, food allergies or sensitivities to make sure your fatigue isn't anything more, and, never underestimate stress.
Stress affects the body more than most of us realize. While we can't change our lives, we do need to change the way we think about things. Gratitude works. Count your blessings while you take your daily walk. You'll feel better fast.
Go to bed! Prevention is the best cure, and that leads me to sleep. Sleep is the most important step when it comes to boosting energy and protecting your health. Sleep needs vary by age, gender, stress, activity levels, and other factors. A good rule-of-thumb is to try and catch 6–8 hours of lean, energy boosting, high-quality sleep nightly.
If you struggle with sleep, reach for a natural approach like LynFit Lean Sleep with Melatonin. Melatonin will not only help you fall asleep, but it also helps you get a better quality restorative sleep while helping to melt off stubborn belly fat.
If you still feel like your energy's lagging throughout the day, schedule some time for a mid-afternoon 20-minute nap to take that edge off. Be sure to keep naps to 30 minutes or less. Anything more and you could wake up feeling even more sluggish than you did before. If you can't nap; relax and put your feet up in a reclined position. This is also a great refresher.
For more sleep tips, refer to The Metabolism Solution.
I’m finding that I have very low levels of energy since I started losing weight, and I even feel dizzy at times. I’m worried that I’m not eating enough. Could this be because my body is still adapting to the dietary changes I’ve made and adjusting to less carbohydrate intake? How long does this usually last? I’m also finding that I don’t have the energy to work out like I used to. Any suggestions?
This question from a LynFit customer is very common and points out the very issues that need to be addressed for you to lose weight and feel energized. If these issues aren't addressed quickly, it often leads to falling back into the old eating habits that resulted in becoming overweight to begin with.
First, it's important to realize that making any kind of change is difficult, and there will be some speed bumps along the way. Each person responds differently to dietary changes, especially when processed carbohydrates are removed and your eating is put back into nutritional perspective vs. eating all the time.
The adjustment time depends on individual factors, which most of the time will lead you back to the reasons you were struggling with your weight. Things such as how dependent you are on food for emotional reasons, or to stimulate your body instead of providing your body with what it really needs. Necessities such as sleep and rest. Additionally, your body will react to how much it may be addicted to sugar and processed carbs.
If you're coming from a place of high carbohydrate intake (processed carbs are the worst), you may have to take it slowly at first. Frankly, there is no easy way to go through this "low carb flu" except to go through it. I prefer a cold turkey approach because it gets you where you want to go faster, and makes it easier to stick to your meal plan. You see the results and begin to feel better more quickly.
If the cold turkey approach isn't right for you, you don't have to quit your plan entirely. If you're struggling, simply begin your day by drinking a LynFit Complete Protein Shake for breakfast for one week. Then, add it to your lunch the second week. The third week, remove your mid-morning snack. Remember, this is your diet and your meal plan. Design it to work according to what you need or your schedule dictates.
It's important to remember that just like driving a car, the more gas you give, the faster you go. The less gas you apply, the slower you go. If you find yourself in the slow lane—don't panic. What I love best about the Accelerated Metabolic Boosting Meal Plan is that it's a guarantee that you'll lose weight, and you have all the control. That means you can take your time if you need to. That includes how and when you take your supplements. If it's too much to follow the supplement schedule, start at your own pace.
It's vital that you don't quit because you struggle a bit. We all struggle. Let's face it—if it were easy everyone would be doing it. Real, lasting change happens when you leave your comfort zone, so fight for what you want without hurting yourself.
As you begin to reduce your caloric intake, track your weight loss daily and how you're feeling. Try to keep everything else in your daily routine the same. That way it will be easier to identify what is causing your lack of energy. It just might be right in front of you, and may be the reason you find yourself wanting to reach for more food than what your body needs.
Note the duration and quality of your sleep as well. Also include your exercise routine, or lack of one, stress levels, and any other big changes you're experiencing.
For some of us, trying to make too many changes at one time sets us up for issues, while for others, they feel better right away. That' why it's important to pay close attention to what your body is saying and listen to what it really needs.
Also, make sure you're not overdoing it in any one area, especially when it comes to over or under-exercising. Balance is crucial. If needed, dial back a little if fatigue is beginning to affect your health and healthier eating.
The real physiological adjustment to a dietary can take up to two to three weeks. This is especially true when it comes to lowering or removing the not-so-healthy carbs from your diet. There's a lot more going on physically than you might realize. Changes such as a significant decrease in blood sugar levels, lowering of blood fats, and hormones beginning to become balanced again, helping to turn off your hunger and cravings while prompting your body to burn fat for fuel vs. asking you to feed it every chance you get.
These metabolic changes can only happen if you are consistent and following the plan. If you feel you cannot take it, and decide to eat whatever you want to soothe those uncomfortable feelings, you'll derail your hard-earned efforts that took weeks to get. While not everyone will have to be this strict, those of us who struggle with our weight or have any type of metabolic resistance such as hypothyroidism and high blood sugar levels, or have tried every diet on the planet, may need to stand firm through this struggle while detoxing. It will feel like the flu, thus earning the name "low carb flu."
This diet does have carbs in it, but from a fibrous source that boosts weight loss vs. the carbs that cause weight gain such as cereals, bread, rice, and pasta. More information on weight-gaining carbs can be found in The Metabolism Solution.
Be sure you're not missing your protein shakes and that you're eating all the leafy greens you should be. Make sure you're taking your supplements, especially LynFit Pure Omega 3. When your body gets what it needs from good fats, lean protein, and vegetables, you can get the energy needed (from glucose) for your brain to function, keep your energy levels balanced, and fuel your body.
As you can now see, there really isn't a good reason to not eat according to the plan. The best way to get the energy you need is to eat the kinds of food that provide that energy. And, when you feel you need an extra boost of energy—eat more of the right stuff, that's good for your body vs. reaching for the wrong foods that will only leave you wanting more.
The truth is, when you get into those stressful times, you may not be craving those kinds of food. It's your stress levels taking you out of balance, leading to you craving all the wrong foods. That all being said, if your body needs fuel, the easy fill-up is to reach for a LynFit Complete Protein Shake or LynFit Lean Bar. Worst case scenario—have both. Doing so will keep your body from eating up the hard earned, precious muscle tissue that helps to keep your metabolism revved up and your skin tight.
It's the liver's job to convert the protein we eat into glucose. This process is fueled by fat, so it's important that you're taking in enough of the nutrients needed (LynFit Complete Protein, LynFit Daily Power Shot, LynFit Pure Omega 3) to keep your body fueled properly and its processes running smoothly.
NOTE: If you are constipated or feeling bloated, you may want to consider adding LynFit Raspberry Ketone Cleanse to your daily regimen to help detox your liver.
LynFit Raspberry Ketone Cleanse and LynFit Pure Omega 3 are support products that may be added to your daily regimen but are not included in any of the LynFit kits because not everyone needs them. You can add them if you feel you need the support. I would suggest taking them if you're not eating fish twice weekly.
Now I'd like to talk about the type and amount of exercise you're doing. It matters more than you might realize. I suggest a specific type of exercise that boosts metabolism vs. slowing it down, and for a very good reason—it's the best way to stay at, or below, an hour or less for intensive workouts. The reason less than a half hour is so important is that the body can only store 200–300 grams of glycogen daily without carb-loading (carb-loading is a technique used for weight gain). That is an important number due to it being just enough fuel to get you through an hour of moderate metabolic boosting workouts. That 200–300-gram limit is where your body needs to be to burn fat.
The fact is, two hours of intense workouts, whether it's CrossFit or running, will leave your body tired and often craving carbs. If you perform the metabolic boosting workouts as suggested in The Metabolism Solution, no matter how intense, the body won't begin to break down muscle for fuel (glucose). You'll not only feel better; you'll look better too. Your body will recover faster and more efficiently by burning fat and will be able to restock the 200–300 grams of glycogen for the next day.
If weight loss is your goal, working with your body, not against its physiology, will bring about the best results. It's okay, even suggested, that you exercise longer at a lower level (approximately 60 percent of your max heart rate).
If your workout leaves you feeling ravenous or to the point where you can't stop eating, you're working yourself too hard, and it's counter-productive to your weight loss efforts. Allow for one day rest periods between intense workouts. These rest periods are intended for productive healing and to help lower cortisol levels, which can negatively affect weight loss. You can always do the Recovery Stretch at a low level of intensity or take a nice walk (the kind where others want to join you) to feel better fast.
Now is your time to begin using natural energy boosters to enhance your weight loss and fitness goals!
- Lisa Lynn
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Get Your Mojo Back With Natural Energy Boosters
Do you wake up in the morning not feeling refreshed — even after a full night's sleep? You're not alone. Fatigue and lack of energy are the #1 health complaint of all ages. Lack of energy is the very reason most diets fail.
Fatigue is largely responsible for our national obesity epidemic and our growing waistlines. Fatigue causes us to crave sugar and carbs and all the wrong foods. Fatigue has also been known to escalate mood swings and irritability. Fatigue may also be one of the reasons that depression is on the rise.
If you feel tired all the time, your body is trying to tell you something. If you listen to it (your body), you just might learn the reason "why" you're tired all the time. Energy—it controls every system in your body, including your metabolism and health.
So if you're ready to get your mojo back, you just might be surprised at how simple the solution may be. Here are the Top 4 reasons you're always tired and the simple solutions to boost your energy.....
PROBLEM #1: Too little sleep and lack of quality (restorative) sleep.
PROBLEM #2: We don't eat enough energy-boosting protein. This makes you feel exhausted from the moment you wake up, as well as causing cravings for all the wrong kinds of food that are full of caffeine and sugar. Even worse, this lack of energy-boosting protein causes weight gain. Protein is often the most ignored nutrient (especially in women). In addition to affecting energy levels, it can adversely affect muscle tone. That's why you get "jiggly arms."
Most of us are living on either gourmet coffees or juices, and we think they're good for us. An hour later our energy is crashing again due to the abundance of sugar they contain. They lack the nutrients needed to protect our health and boost energy. This sets up a vicious cycle of depending on these expensive drinks that zap our energy and rob our health.
PROBLEM #3: The afternoon "dead zone" when it seems your energy bottom falls out. After lunch, when you're exhausted and can't focus on work let alone get your workout in, most of us grab the wrong foods when we need a pick-me-up. This sets us off into a negative feedback food loop.
What you might not know can zap your energy and cause weight gain. You see, most commercially purchased protein and cereal bars are loaded with sugars, fats, and unidentifiable carbs that cause weight gain. To put it bluntly, most contain the wrong nutrients for your body, despite what their label might claim. In fact, most of the protein bars we all eat don't even have enough protein in them to be classified as a "protein" bar. But they do pack a punch, due to one thing — sugar! Some of these so-called protein bars have more sugar in them than a handful of your favorite candy.
carbohydrates that zap energy and stop fat loss. Actually, in the long run, they will make you hungrier. Ultimately, it's all about making better choices.
PROBLEM #4: Your body lacks the critical essential nutrients that it needs to stay energized and healthy. Stress, weight loss, workouts, and drinking can deplete your body quickly, which increases your nutritional needs. Most of us are going the quick fix route instead of identifying the root of the problem that's causing the fatigue. Products like Red Bull and 5-Hour Energy supplements might provide a quick fix but may leave your body worse off and nutrient-depleted. This is why you crash and feel your energy has been zapped.
Boost your energy naturally today. A nourished body is a healthy body, and a healthy body loses weight easier!
*University of Granada. ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 25 September 2013. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130925091745.htm
- Lisa Lynn
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Fat Burners To Make Weight Loss Faster & Easier
So, you didn't lose the weight you wanted to or lean out enough to put those shorts on this summer. It may be time to use fat burning tools to help rid you of that stubborn weight. Fat burners can help you more than you may realize, especially if you're already drinking LynFit Protein Shakes or eating LynFit Lean Bars for breakfast to boost your metabolism. This article will teach you how to give fat loss a 1-2-3 punch, so even the most stubborn body fat can be burned off.
Maybe you're already doing all these things:
- Eating a lean, clean diet that's high in metabolic boosting proteins, high in fiber, and loaded with thermogenic vegetables
- Doing your metabolic boosting workouts and getting in your 10,000 steps daily
So how can fat burners help you? Simple—these supplements can help you lose twice as much weight in ½ the time while aiding in melting off stubborn belly fat by creating the fat burning environment needed to see results.
I've found from my many years of working with celebrities, pro fitness models, and bodybuilders, that in addition to cleaning up their diets and getting them on a workout plan they can do consistently, they always get better results when they stack the right combination of fat loss supplements. This is known as lipotropics. Lipotropics are natural supplements that help your body use stored energy while sparing lean muscle tissue.
Adding the right fat burners to your program gives you an extra edge that may be needed to jumpstart your weight loss. Here are my recommendations when it comes to the supplements you should be adding to your plan—your fat loss stack.
KNOCKOUT PUNCH #1: LYNFIT CUTTING EDGE
LynFit Cutting Edge does exactly what the name indicates—gives you the cutting edge when it comes to fat loss. This blended supplement contains the most effective ingredients in the exact amounts your body needs for effective, advanced fat burning, without stimulants or harmful ingredients.
LynFit Cutting Edge contains over a dozen of the most effective fat loss nutrients, but in this article, I will cover only a few (more on the remaining ingredients later).
Nutrients found in LynFit Cutting Edge are also involved in the metabolism of fats and the conversion of protein and fat into usable energy, so you use more (burn it off) and store less. Without these fat loss nutrients, your body cannot adequately metabolize fat, unless you're one of those lucky ones who lives naturally lean without trying (not me!).
B vitamins (also known as B Lean nutrients) activate the fat loss process while helping your body break down and utilize the food you eat.
Choline: The B vitamin is the first fat burning soldier among the lipotropic ingredients. Its main function is to regulate the amount of fat that accumulates in the liver. The liver is one of the body's storage sites for excess fat. Choline also helps to emulsify cholesterol, preventing it from up artery walls or the gall bladder. Furthermore, Choline helps rid the body of toxins, poisons, and any drug residues. This especially important as these toxins can prevent or slow fat loss.
Everyone, especially any family members that aren't eating right, should be on this health-protecting supplement. While LynFit Cutting Edge is a great fat burner, it's also a great health builder.
Inositol: Inositol is Choline's partner-in-crime and is closely related. This nutrient stimulates the body's production of lecithin—a lipid-based component in the body that transports fat from the liver to the cells to be used as energy. Inositol is an important player because it regulates the fat metabolism, allowing you to get lean more quickly while your body stays healthier. Inositol also helps to reduce cholesterol by preventing build-up in the arteries that lead to narrowing.
L-Carnitine: L-Carnitine is one of the very best fat burners. It is made by the body but can also be found in foods; namely, the ones you shouldn't be eating if you're trying to get lean—such as red meat. That's why supplementing is critical when it comes to fat loss. L-Carnitine's main function is to transport fat that's floating around and carry it into the cells to be burned off as energy. That how it got its name, "The Transporter."
This is even more important if you work out because it snags fat while it's circulating around after you've worked out and makes sure it gets transported into the cells and burned off instead of being re-stored. When we work out, there's no guarantee that the fat that's released is burned off. That's why even the leanest fitness models and bodybuilders take (2) LynFit Cutting Edge before they work out, and again afterward, despite their diets being as lean as possible. (Did you know that even the leanest foods can be converted to fat if you overeat?)
L-Carnitine is a superstar because it also stimulates the adrenal glands, aiding in reducing inflammation, further helping the body use its stored fat as fuel.
L-Carnitine also helps repair muscles, joints, and the liver—good news if you're trying to get lean or have heart disease.
Chromium: Adding this mineral to LynFit Cutting Edge is a no-brainer because it's been shown to help reduce blood sugar levels/glucose tolerance. Why is that important? Helping your body deal with glucose means that glucose gets transported to be burned off and used for energy instead of being stored as body fat. This keeps energy levels balanced, avoiding low blood sugar levels.
To make a long story short—fat loss is almost impossible unless you manage your blood sugar levels. The more weight you have to lose, and the more fat you store around your stomach, hips, and thighs, the more you need help when it comes to jumpstarting your weight loss and melting fat from your body.....no matter how much you exercise.
This is one of the most overlooked steps when it comes to weight loss. It's actually what makes LynFit programs different from all the rest. It's why they work so much faster. LynFit programs attack the source of the problem—it's all about blood sugar. If you can lower your blood sugar levels, you will lose weight. However, we live in the real world, and we don't always eat like we're supposed to. That's where a little support from the smart use of safe supplements comes in.
Here are sample metabolic boosting usage schedules. Take note to always take your supplements with a full glass of water, and drink it all. Better yet, open the capsules and pour the contents in your LynFit Complete Protein Shake for maximum absorption. (NOTE: This may change the flavor of your shake a little so practice first and make sure you can handle it.)
Metabolic Boosting Usage
(1) LynFit Cutting Edge 3x daily: Breakfast, Lunch, 3 p.m.
(1) LynFit Carb Edge 3x daily along with LynFit Cutting Edge
Advanced Fat Loss
Add (1) LynFit Cutting Edge before you work and again at 3 p.m.
Take (1) LynFit Carb Ege 2–3 times daily — lunch time and 3 p.m.
Bodybuilding/Muscle Up to Melt Fat
Take (1) LynFit Cutting Edge before and after you work out
Take (1) LynFit Carb Edge with breakfast and again at lunch
Cheat Day: Everyone should take as follows
(1) LynFit Cutting Edge with breakfast, (1) again at lunch, and another (1) right before you cheat
(1) LynFit Carb Edge at lunch and (2) before your cheat meal to block the unwanted carbs from being absorbed without causing any dietary distress
This also helps to keep your blood sugar levels in check, so it's like eating more and storing less. Can you say prevention?
Cheat days are the most important days to make sure and take your supplements. It's best to take them 30 minutes before you indulge. What's more important is that you take them even if it's after or during your upzig (planned cheat) to offset any damage you may be doing.
For even more optimal results, add (1) capsule of LynFit Accelerator at breakfast and again at lunch to accelerate the fat burning process while helping to keep hunger and cravings at a manageable level.
KNOCKOUT PUNCH #2: LYNFIT CARB EDGE
Adding LynFit Carb Edge to this fat blasting army is your first line of defense to help kill cravings and lower blood sugar levels. This is the secret to effectively burning stubborn belly fat. It is the carb blocking fat burner.
Taking (1) LynFit Carb Edge capsule is like taking over 22 different metabolic boosting, carb blocking, craving-killing, blood sugar managers and fat burning agents all in one. LynFit Carb Edge is the best way to naturally trigger your weight loss without any nervous jitters. It will help you decrease calories without causing you to feel hungry or tired all day. You will not only lose weight using LynFit Carb Edge, but you will also keep it off. It is not only good for weight loss, but it's imperative for a good maintenance program. It is the best way to restrict your appetite, saving you thousands on your grocery bill.
This level of blood sugar management flips the hunger and cravings switch off, making it easier to stick to your weight loss plan. You'll also spend less time in the gym while losing weight faster and easier than ever before. With LynFit Carb Edge, you're getting everything your body needs to make losing weight faster and easier; all in a high quality concentrated dose to jumpstart your weight loss naturally. And all this in one supplement.
KNOCKOUT PUNCH #3: LYNFIT PURE OMEGA 3
Add LynFit Pure Omega 3 to the mix and you're really going to see and feel the difference. Even your doctor will notice the difference the next time you have blood drawn. You'll be healthfully nourished, and here's why: The omegas found in fatty fish and LynFit Pure Omega 3 are a very special dietary fat that has a long list of health benefits—too many to list here in this article.
One of the many benefits is that it's helpful when it comes to melting fat in stubborn areas. The DHA and EPA that this high-level Omega 3 contains help speed up the loss of body fat while preserving lean muscle tissue when trying to lose weight, keeping the metabolism from slowing down.
Unlike eating fats, Omega 3 is almost never stored as body fat. Even if you're eating fatty fish such as salmon twice weekly it's still a good idea to add LynFit Pure Omega 3 to your stacking strategy. LynFit Pure Omega 3 is unique in that it contains the exact amounts of DHA and EPA your body needs. It is purified (that's how it got its name) to remove any contaminants so all you get is an Omega 3 that's so pure you'll see and feel the difference the very first time you take it.
Store-bought brands don't deliver these results, and that's the very reason you'll never find a LynFit product in any store. We refuse to lower the quality, and we keep our standards too high for any store to make a profit. My whole family takes LynFit Pure Omega 3, even our five dogs, two ferrets, and a hedgehog—all rescues. Only LynFit Pure Omega 3 contains the ultra-concentrated natural marine lipids, which is where Omega 3 fatty acids are found in pharmaceutical dosed recommendations. Not all commercially available Omega 3s have the fats you need, and some may even contain the fats you don't need.
Take the test and see for yourself. In two weeks of taking LynFit Pure Omega 3, you'll be able to see the dramatic results of cholesterol and triglyceride lowering effect on your blood tests. The doctor will wonder what you've been doing to get those results.
I suggest you take 1–2 LynFit Pure Omega 3 daily. I take mine at 3 p.m. with my afternoon Complete Protein Shake to help balance blood sugar levels, boost mood, and keep me feeling full, so I don't end up snacking. I take another at bedtime along with my LynFit Lean Sleep to help me sleep deeper and stay asleep longer without waking up. Taking it at night also helps my body repair while I'm sleeping, so I wake up less achy.
I hope you have a great summer and keep it lean!
P.S. Hopefully you're drinking LynFit Complete Protein Shakes for breakfast to boost your metabolism by 25 percent and block cortisol levels (stress hormones that stop fat loss). Make sure you're not adding almond milk or fruit to them. You want your body to stay in constant fat loss mode, helping you stay lean while you're enjoying life in the real world.
Only LynFit Complete Protein is ultra-purified to remove the lactose (the sugar found in most protein shakes, yogurts, and smoothies that cause stomach distress and is better used for weight gain). This quality and purity are what make LynFit Complete Protein the very best protein you can buy. If you're not seeing results, you're not using LynFit.
LynFit Complete Protein contains the highest amount of leucine, which is critical to losing weight and keeping it off. Leucine is used to help the body manufacture the mini acid, alanine. Alanine is used to produce glucose in the liver which means you have more fuel circulating in your body while you're dieting, helping to spare your muscles from being used as fuel; also known as muscle wasting.
LynFit is also the only company who uses the same high quality, ultra-filtered, whey protein in their protein bars. Other protein bars use the whey that is thrown away to reduce costs, but it also reduces their effectiveness when it comes to losing weight and shedding body fat.
That's the LynFit Difference!
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