Too many women are obsessed with the number on the scale. I know because I used to be one of them! Every now and then I still get a little fixated on that number and have to remind myself that what’s important is FAT LOSS and how one gets there is through proper, healthy nutrition and exercise. What you may not know is that when your body stores excess food as fat and these fat cells accumulate toxins. The hormones and antibiotics in factory-farmed meat go into your fat cells. The hormones and antibiotics in non-organic dairy products also go in your fat cells. The pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc in non-organic fruits and vegetables? Right, in your fat cells! The chemicals in the air we breathe and in the water we drink… Are you getting the picture?? All these environmental pollutants end up in our bodies. Gross huh??
But your body isn’t supposed to be a haven for toxic chemicals, your body is very capable of eliminating the toxins it comes into contact with. The issue is that nowadays our bodies are exposed to so many chemicals and pollutants that it can’t eliminate them as efficiently and quickly as it used to! So they go into your fat cells in the meantime and overtime this leads to chronic illnesses. Your task is to help your body along!! Helping your body rid itself of these toxic chemicals had the added benefit of getting rid of those excess inches, especially around your midsection!
Here’s how to lose fat and inches by helping your body shed these yucky, toxins:
HYDRATE!! Drink plenty of water! ½ your body weight in ounces is your goal! This may sound like a lot but when we realize that almost ¾ of our body is water, it doesn’t seem like so much. A good way to know if you’re drinking enough water is the color of your urine - if it’s yellow (and you aren’t taking supplements that affect this) you’re not drinking enough water. Your pee should be clear or very, light yellow. If you carry around your water with you, use a stainless steel bottle to avoid the added chemicals which leech into the water from plastic bottles. At home, get a good carbon filter for your water or a reverse-osmosis filter if you wanna get fancy!
FIBER!! and I don’t mean Metamucil. I mean real, nutritious fiber found in Green leafy vegetables and other veggies, whole grains like brown rice and quinoa, legumes like black beans, lentils and garbanzo beans and fruits. A plate colored by carrots, spinach, onions, peppers will give your body plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to heal and protect your cells and fiber to escort the unwanted toxins out! Aim for ½ your plate in veggies! ¼ whole grains! (if it says “Whole Grain” on the box it’s a marketing ploy, please don’t fall for it.) ¼ lean, clean protein!
GREEN TEA! Green tea has lots of antioxidants and boosts your metabolism while helping to inhibit your appetite.
WILD SALMON! The Omega-3s in wild salmon helps shrink fat from your midsection and improves your metabolism.
AVOCADOS! These little fruits are awesome at helping your body burn fat by encouraging your body to burn its fat stores and they help protect your cells from free radical damage.
CHIA SEEDS! These tiny seeds are packed with Omega-3s, fiber and protein, that fires up your metabolism, helps your body burn fat and helps suppress your appetite.
Just by adding some of these foods on a regular basis you will encourage your body to start shedding its fats stores and you will also notice improvements in your how your skin looks, and the health of your hair and nails too! Your whole being will benefit from nourishing your body with healthy, whole, nutritious foods.
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