1. Eat a low GL (Glycaemic Load) Diet
If you follow a low GL diet then you will find you are less hungry because it keeps your blood sugar even, so you automatically eat less. A low GL diet also helps to switch on genes that help you burn fatThere are many different types of fats; polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, hydrogenated, saturated and trans fat. The body requires good fats (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated) in order to… fast. I recommend a low GL diet based on eating a little more proteinProteins are large molecules consisting of chains of amino acids. Proteins are essential nutrients for the human body – they are a building block of…, mainly from fish and vegetable proteins such as beans, lentils, nuts and seeds, and less carbs as well as focusing on the low GL carbs such as wholegrain pasta, oat flakes, brown rice, quinoa and other such foods. The Low GL Diet Made Easy explains simply and clearly exactly how to follow a low GL diet – it is not complicated and you soon become used to this way of eating.
2. Alternate Day Dieting and Intermittent Fasting
While a low GL diet is highly effective for weight loss you can speed up your weight loss even more by simply eating less every other day. All you need to do if you’re already following a low GL diet is to eat 35 GLs on ‘fast’ days (and around 800kcal) and then 50 GLs on ‘feast’ days. This way of eating naturally reduces your appetite on the ‘feast’ days, so 50 GLs is ample if you choose the right kind of foods. Exactly how to do this is explained in Burn Fat Fast.
3. Diet and exercise are the winning combination
Research has shown that the right kind of exercise with alternative day dieting can double weight loss.1 But what kind of exercise works?
The general view from many studies of exercise is that, for both all-round health and fitness, but also for weight burning, you need a balance between muscle-building exercise, called ‘resistance’ or strength training and ‘aerobic’ or endurance exercise. That might mean a ‘strength’ session of alternate days and a 30 minute endurance exercise, such as a jog, brisk walk, cycle or swim or interval training – short bursts of high intensity exercise.
I had Kate Staples, former Gladiator (Zodiac) and expert personal trainer devise me an 8 minute every other day routine to achieve this, which is now part of my Burn Fat Fast routine. You can check out the exercises she recommends here. Together with an Alternate Day Low-GL Diet I estimate that it will produce a weight loss of 14lbs in 8 weeks.
4. Add plenty of fibre
Soluble fibres, found in oats and chia seeds, absorb water and, as a consequence, make you feel fuller. Apples and beans also contain soluble fibres which are known to stabilise blood sugar and result in less insulinInsulin is a hormone made by the pancreas. It is responsible for making the body’s cells absorb glucose (sugar) from the blood…. release.
The king of soluble fibres is glucomannan fibreFibre is an important part of a balanced diet. There are two type of fibre; soluble and insoluble. Insoluble fibre helps your bowel to pass…, found in the Japanese konjac plant. Glucomannan has consistently been shown to help weight loss. Glucomannan is either taken as a powder in a 5 gram serving, or as three capsules before meals, always with a large glass of water. 5 grams of this fibre absorbs about one litre of water. Taken three times a day this means about 3 litres more ‘bulk’ in the stomach and intestines, making you feel much fuller.
If you take it before breakfast or a main meal it makes it easy not to snack between meals because your blood sugar levels stay even for much longer so it’s particularly useful if you are following an alternate day diet.
Glucomannan is available in the UK as CarboSlow®, in either capsule or powder form.
5. Check for food intolerances
One thing that can slow weight loss down is if you are eating foods your body is intolerant to. Food intolerances or allergies can cause water retention and can result in you holding as much as 10lb (4.5kg) of extra fluid or even more without realising it. Once you cut out whatever you’re intolerant to you can lose all that fluid (and weight!) within 48 hours. To get a food intoleranceFood intolerance is not the same as a food allergy. Food intolerances tend to cause digestive symptoms such as bloating, cramps and diarrhoea, but are… test visit www.yorktest.com
6. Supplements that help
I recommend taking 5HTP, ChromiumWhat it does: Helps balance blood sugar, normalise hunger and reduce cravings, improves lifespan, helps protect cells, essential for heart function. Deficiency Signs: Excessive or… and HCA – to find out more about these supplements read this short article.
My Burn Fat Fast regime incorporates all these principles in an easy-to-follow strategy to transform your health and weight. Check it out here.
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- 1. S. Bhutani, Obesity 2013
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