Top 5 Ways to Lose Weight for summer, and keep it off year-round.
Losing those extra pounds can be challenging, but people who do get their weight under control have more energy, increased self esteem, and lower risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and other conditions. Have a super slim and sunny summer!
1. Don't "diet"
95% of all diets fail. Why? When you go on a low-calorie diet, your body thinks it is being starved, so it slows down your metabolism. Dieting can actually train your body to store fat more efficiently! When you stop any drastic diet, your metabolism is now less efficient, so you will tend to gain the weight back even faster, even if you’re eating less than before. With a low-calorie diet you also lose muscle and fat in almost equal amounts, but your rebound weight gain is all fat, not muscle, and this will slow your metabolism even more. Rather than a specific diet, reduce portions, eat more fresh and green foods and make food and lifestyle changes you can stick with.
2. Understand insulin and glycemic index
When you eat carbohydrates they are converted into one thing by the body: glucose (blood sugar). A chocolate bar, a bowl of pasta, or a cup of broccoli—it’s all converted into glucose because this is the basic fuel source used by every cell in the body to produce energy. Your body must maintain balanced blood sugar levels to prevent hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar).
Insulin is a hormone that responds to what you eat. It is responsible for the storage of the energy from all the foods we eat. When blood sugars rise suddenly, the pancreas releases insulin rapidly. You get a quick burst of energy, but most of what you’ve eaten will be stored as fat. When insulin levels are high, you store more fat; when insulin levels are low, you burn fat more efficiently. The insulin, trying to get blood sugar into a normal range rapidly, will cause sugars to be pushed into every cell, including fat cells. Some foods take longer to digest and allow blood sugar levels to rise more slowly, preventing insulin surges. Such foods are said to have a lower glycemic index. The glycemic index ranks carbohydrates based on their immediate effect on blood sugar levels. Any food that produces a rapid rise in blood sugar is called a High GI food. If you eat mostly high GI foods, your body is producing higher levels of insulin than if you were eating lower GI foods. Low GI foods support weight management and healthy blood sugar levels. Soluble fibre, like PGX can virtually turn a High GI food into a Low GI food by slow its digestion. Make a list of low GI foods you love and keep them on hand.
Increase muscle and energy with cardio and strength training at least 3 times a week. Walking, swimming and cycling are excellent choices but don't exceed your body's abilities. Increase your activity on a gradient so you don't end up unable to exercise at all. Remember, muscle burns more calories than fat so the benefits of exercise are double. Enjoy an encouraging video by Dr. Mike Evans called 23 1/2 hours. It will inspire you with all the ways exercise supports your health.
4. Up the fibre.
PGX is a unique highly soluble polysaccharide (fibre) blend that supports healthy blood sugar levels and makes weight management safe and easy. Research shows that consuming PGX with or before meals creates a sense of fullness that effectively controls appetite for several hours, making it possible to decrease food intake without experiencing hunger. PGX can also reduce a meal’s glycemic index by up to 50% contributing to healthy blood sugar levels and improving insulin sensitivity.
5. Increase your water intake.
Sometimes we eat when we are really thirsty. Stay hydrated. Most people who succeed at losing weight discover that having a good water bottle on the desk and in the car is the best way to remember to drink 8 or more glasses (or equivalent) per day.
Healthy. Fresh. Light. NOT hot. We love everything about this summer recipe!
With the excitement of telling you about Natural Factors latest (and amazing!) contest, PGX Winners, our weekly Tasty Tuesday post took a back seat this week. But have no fear! Today I bring you a healthy, light and fresh dinner option - perfect for those fast approaching hot summer nights.
If you're anything like me, when the heat turns up, the last thing I want to do is turn on my oven and eat a hot, heavy meal. So, the next time you're feeling too hot to cook, try this recipe out, adapted from all Parenting, and let us know what you think!
Brig a large pot of water to boil and add the rice noodles; cook according to the package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water. If desired, cut the noodles into smaller pieces.
Combine the rice noodles, chicken, red peppers, carrots and cilantro in a medium size bowl.
Fill a shallow bowl with hot water and soak one rice paper wrap at a time until it becomes translucent and soft.
Place the wrap on a plate or cutting board and put 1/4 cup of the noodle mixture on the wrap; fold in the sides and roll tightly. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Mix the soy sauce, rice vinegar and grated ginger together and pour the sauce equally into small serving bowls. Add 1 packet of PGX Daily to each serving bowl immediately before eating. Note: PGX will change the consistency of the sauce; do not add the PGX too soon or the sauce will become too thick.
Imagine how much weight you could lose if you didn’t crave those sweet and salty, fatty snacks? What if you felt full after eating a small, healthy meal? And what if you could make it through the day without sneaking snacks? This is why we developed PGX!
How Does It Work?
PGX is soluble fibre that offers natural appetite control and has been scientifically tested. Taken before or with a meal, PGX expands in the digestive system slowing the digestion of food and helping to reset the body’s metabolism. The fullness factor makes you satisfied with less food and helps stop cravings. The slowing of digestion helps your body burn more fat and handle insulin more efficiently to prevent or improve blood sugar disorders.
You've got enough to think about without having wedding gown zip-up anxiety when planning a wedding!
This past weekend I attended the wedding of a childhood friend; today is the wedding annversary of my grandparents; a few weeks ago I went dress shopping with one of my best friends... There is a lot of wedding related activity happening for me this month! I realize that summer is the most popular season for weddings and now is the time to start preparing!
With so many things to think about (cake, food, music, flowers, favours, venue, invitations and guest list, etc., etc., etc.!), why not cross of the wedding dress from that list?! Once you've found the dress, that's one check mark on the list, but it may also come with weight anxieties. For the next few stressful months, it's not unusual for brides to worry about their dresses fitting by the time their weddings come 'round. That's where PGX can help!
Curb those cravings and keep your waste trim with more fibre and PGX in your daily diet! Be sure to keep up with us here on our blog or on our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest news, deals, health tips and recipes! I've never had to plan a wedding but I can imagine I would love not worrying about my dress fitting by the last visit to the bridal salon! PGX can help keep that crazy blood sugar roller coaster level, which will keep those cravings in check!
Good luck and don't stress! Just add fibre to your daily routine...
It's so good for you to get outdoors and enjoy the greenery and get some clean, fresh air. But sometimes life and unpredictable weather get in the way and you're stuck indoors. Bring some nature inside and green your walls with Woolly Pocket Living Wall Planters!
Bed Bugs. Unfortunately for those little pests, nobody likes them. They won't bring you mysterious diseases but their bites are not pleasant surprise in the morning! If you are travelling, BC Living shares a helpful article on How to Avoid These Nasty Hitchhikers.
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