You know the feeling . Summer time is rolling around and you want to shed those extra pounds in order to fit into last years swim trunks or other swim wear. You have lost some weight but still can’t lose that resistant fat around your waist hip & thighs. What to do? I have one suggestion . It has worked for me when I used to be 20 pounds more than what I wanted to be and needed to lose weight so i could have more energy, keep up with my kids, run more longer distances and not have my knees and shins hurt.
So, What in the world was my solution? I would decide to eat strategically. Now what do I mean by that? I find that if I am hungry instead of grabbing a juicy hamburger and some fries with a nice Ice cold Dr. Pepper I will instead eat some cucumbers which will A) Keep me hydrated and B) Keep me full at the same time. Cucumbers have high water density and low calorie which are the 2 CRITICAL things a food must have in order to enable you to lose weight. Cucumbers can also relieve that hard to deal with constipation. Constipation my Friends can add an extra 2 to 3 pounds to you per day and if you have not moved your bowels in several days you are going to be bloated and Heavier too.
Next I would suggest dark green leafy vegetables like kale, swiss chard which when made with some sautéed onions in Extra Virgin Olive oil will be low in calories and keep you feeling fuller for longer. I usually give flavor with some zesty Italian dressing and a Vidalia Onion marinade with the Olive Oil. You will reap the benefits heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids and 6 to 8 grams of protein from the Kale -thereby contributing to lean body mass and stronger bones and musculature. A word on Omega 3’s. We are lacking in this in much of our Diet and we instead eat a lot of Omega 6’s which are inflammatory to our tissues which can lead to stroke, myocardial infarctions. Fish that contain Omega 3’s relieve inflammation and fish with these Omega 3’s improve mood, decrease depression, decrease anxiety, decrease ADHD. My fishes that I like are Salmon,Mackerel which are heart healthy for you. A lot of the foods vegetarians like are good BUT are filled with Omega6’s which are inflammatory to tissue like peanut butter,walnut oil, sesame oil, black walnuts. Flax seed contain a higher ratio of omega 3’s to omega 6’s and can easily be sprinkled on your oatmeal. Oatmeal is great for you in losing weight as it is loaded with Pectins. A soluble fiber that can actually lower cholesterol and keep you feeling full hours after you have eaten it!!!