Simple Changes in Eating Habits and the Weight Loss Benefits
In my previous post, “4 Easy Ways to Lose Weight,” I wrote about a few simple changes that can help lose weight. The
recommendations made had little to do with actual eating habits, so this
time out we’ll explore some adjustments that can be made in how we eat
that will help promote weight loss.
I am not going to suggest radical changes and shift to a hunting and
gathering mode in order to erase those pounds. We’re going to keep it
simple and pinch eating habits a bit to aid weight loss. A few simple
changes that will help drop some pounds without the need for sweat is
where we are going.
Spice Is Nice
Cayenne pepper is a spicy food that also happens to be a natural fat
burner. Eating cayenne pepper will enhance the body’s natural process
of burning up stored fat. This pepper jump starts the natural fat
burning process, and the body increases the production of heat
accordingly. The consequences of the action are heightened metabolism,
improved ability for the body to process food, and an increase in the
burning of stored fat.
Cayenne pepper is also an effective energy booster and contains vitamins
and minerals that improve the immune system.
Get Some Barley in Your Diet
Barley is a natural weight loss food that can be baked into casseroles
or substituted for rice.
It can also be used as a substitute for oatmeal at the breakfast table.
It is rich in the fiber that gives us a feeling of fullness and some
research suggests that barley may be effective for lowering cholesterol.
The insoluble fiber in barley absorbs water and adds bulk which
accelerates the contents of the intestines through the body. This action
may reduce the risk of getting colorectal cancers.
Protein at Lunch
If you are in the habit of enjoying a good salad at lunchtime, add some
protein to the mix. Protein keeps blood sugar stable through the day,
which helps reduce hunger. Eggs, cheese, tuna and crab are all good
sources of protein and the added flavor will perk up your salad.
Not only does protein maintain blood glucose levels, but it also repairs
and grows new muscle. In addition, protein is a good fuel source.
A Little Less Variety
Less choice when dieting can be a good thing, whereas people have a
tendency to eat more if they are provided with a choice. For instance,
it has been noted that if gravy is offered as a complement to mashed
potatoes, people eat more mashed potatoes.
The more choices a person has when dieting, the greater the temptation
to eat. Plan ahead and draft a menu prior to doing the food shopping. If
you abide by a predetermined menu of healthy choices, temptation will be
less as will the overall amount of food in your home.
Living life well-fed,
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