What do seven hours of sleep a night, eight glasses per day of ice-water, parking at the back of the lot, skim milk and boneless, skinless chicken breast have in common? This might seem like a very diverse list, but there is a common denominator – they are all considered to be primary fat burners for women. Today, it is a rare adult woman who wouldn’t like to lose at least some weight. The key to really losing weight is not in a magic pill, or a particular diet, but it is in understanding that the ingredients in pre-packaged and fast foods that we so often grab for a quick bite are designed to profit the food industry and to addict us to sugar.
Heavy sugar consumers who try quit using sugar cold turkey literally experience physical withdrawal symptoms. They become agitated, fidgety, have headaches and are ill-tempered. The interesting thing is that many heavy sugar consumers are unaware of the amount of sugar they consume, because it is hidden in the foods they eat. Studies show the average American consumes up to 170 pounds of refined sugar in one year’s time. Sugar comes in many forms, and the most addictive one of them all is high fructose corn syrup. Any product containing this ingredient should be avoided at all costs. It literally will “keep you coming back for more!”
The best way to consume less sugar is to eat more real food. Sleep more. It has been proven that sleep-deprived people reach more readily for simple carbs (which turn to sugar). Drink more water, which displaces other calories. A woman who drinks eight glasses of ice-water per day will lose five pounds in a year simply by her metabolism having to return the body’s temperature to 98.6°. Random extra steps burn calories. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park your car a distance from the store and walk. Eat more protein, which is required to build lean muscle. Protein takes longer to digest and staves off hunger, longer. Also, get your calcium – a recent study showed that women who took a calcium supplement every day lost on average, six times more weight than women who did not take calcium. Small, thoughtful choices made consistently can absolutely lead to a new, slimmer you!