Breaking a Low Carb Weight Loss Plateau

Sometimes when you are losing weight you might experience a plateau or stall in your weight loss. This is normal from time to time. When a weight loss plateau happens it can be frustrating especially if you haven’t hit your goal weight. What happens sometimes with following a low carb diet, the weight drops for a while, even months and then suddenly it is like you hit a brick wall and your weight doesn’t want to move.

The good news is that with a few simple tweaks to what you are doing, you can always break through a low carb plateau and get moving with the weight loss again.

Stress

Stress is probably the number one reason people over 50 see their weight loss stall. What happens is our body wants to protect us when we are stressed so our bodies tend to stop releasing the fat. The best thing to do in this case is to simply relax and not worry so much about the scale.

Eliminating the stress in your life can be helpful. But sometimes it isn’t easy especially if the stress is something created by others or a job. But you can do things that can help you deal with the stress in your life. I like to meditate or simply take a walk. I also find it relaxing to write on my blogs or to read a book. It really is up to you, just try to have some rest and relaxation time in your life.

Eating Too Much

Sometimes after we lose the initial weight we continue to eat the same amount of food as when we were losing weight. But the reality is you will not need to eat as much when you are smaller. By cutting back on your portions you may find that the weight will start to come off again.

Too Many Carbs

Often without being aware of it, you could be adding back more carbs than you realize. It starts with one little addition and the next thing you know, you are knocked out of fat burning. So try to keep your carb intake at 20% or below. For example, I have to really watch how many nuts I eat. They are so yummy and the carbs can add up quickly if I’m not careful. Remember to limit fruit and alcohol as well. They can easily knock you out of ketosis and therefore out of fat loss.

Not Enough Salt

This was a problem for me. I quickly realized that one thing processed food have an abundance of that “real food” doesn’t is sodium. And I was lacking it. So I found that by drinking bone broth every day will help me up my sodium intake. I also do a shot of pickle juice in the morning and at night. I know it probably sounds a little gross, but it does help.

I also like to add pink Himalayan salt to my veggies and meats as it helps to give me more trace minerals like that I may be missing like potassium and magnesium, iron and calcium.

Not Enough Water

This is another one that was hard for me. But you need to drink a lot of water in order to keep your body hydrated. I like to add Stevia Water enhancers to my filtered water. Just by having a bit a flavor I find it is much easier for me to drink more water.

I also make sure I have a cup of hot fresh lemon water daily as a detox.

Not Getting Enough Sleep

I’ve always been a good sleeper, but many folks struggle with getting a good night sleep. Most of the fat burning happens at night when we are sleeping. So it is important to get your full 7 to 9 hours daily.

Eating Too Much Protein

The great thing about a low carb diet is you get to eat lots of proteins but sometimes you can go overboard. so if you notice that you have hit a plateau take a look at how much protein you are eating daily. Just scaling back a bit may get you back into fat loss.

Eat When You’re Hungry

It is important to listen to your body. Those who use glucose for energy need to eat often as they will lose fuel and need more sugar and carbs for energy. But that isn’t the case for those of us who use fat for fuel. It is important to only eat when you feel hungry and stop eating when you are full. You may notice that you might only need one or two meals a day. Sometimes it is easy to get back into old habits of using food as a crutch. The great thing about low carb, high fat is that it is easier to overcome the habit of snacking throughout the day.

Incorporate Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is something that people have been doing for years. While you are fasting you are giving your body a chance to rest the digestive system. It can be very healing to your body and mind. If it sounds hard then keep in mind your already fast every day. If you eat breakfast then you are actually breaking the fast from the last time you ate the night before. This is why it is called breakfast. You can learn more about intermittent fasting here.

Track Your Ketone Levels

Most people can tell when they are in Ketosis, however, sometimes it is difficult to tell. I like to use ketone strips as a way to check and make sure I am still in ketosis.

A Final comment:

Sometimes our bodies know what is a good weight for us to beat. I started at just under 200 lbs and wanted to get down to 135. I felt like for my height that would be a good weight. My body decided that 144 is my comfortable weight. I have been sitting at this size for the last year and a half. I feel good at this weight. I feel healthy here. So I decided to just listen to my body and be happy with my current weight. That may be your situation as well.

So now it is your turn. What are some of the tricks that you use to push through a weight loss plateau? I would love to hear from you. Just leave a comment below.

 

 

 

 

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Food Crazy Mind The Book

Food Crazy Mind: 5 Simple Steps to Stop Mindless Eating and Start a Healthier, Happier Relationship with Food

I love “Food Crazy Mind”. Davina Chessid writes about the most challenging part weight loss and that is a mindset. We are our own worst enemy or should I say our minds are.

Are you a mindless eater? Do you binge eat? Do you eat when you are not even hungry? If you are, you are not alone.
I was a grazer. If a food was there, I would eat it, even if I wasn’t hungry. So if you are a mindless eater, Food Crazy Mind is a book for you.

The Author, Davina Chessid shares her personal experience in a humorous was as she walks her readers through the “5 simple steps to stop mindless eating and start a healthier, happier relationship with food”.

You will love Davina’s writing style. She makes you feel like you are just hanging out with a friend. She writes about her personal experience so you find yourself relating to what she says because you are the same way. And I love this because no one wants to feel like they are the only one struggling with obsessing over food.

STEP 1 Exploring Resistance

This is when we want to make changes, but we end up sabotaging our efforts because the root problem is that we are afraid of change. This step is all about going deep and figuring out why you keep putting off making the changes that are needed. If you can’t figure out why you can’t make a change.

I have to warn you, exploring resistance can be difficult. It is about honesty and truth. Sometimes we believe our own lies and we hide behind our fears. Perhaps we use our fat bodies as a sort of a body armor to protect ourselves. But the bottom line is. We have to figure out why we resist change.

STEP 2 Introducing Mindfulness

Mindfulness is simply observing yourself. It isn’t about making changing tor doing anything different. It is about simply being aware of when you eat, why you eat, how you eat. It’s about being aware of the emotions you are feeling at that moment.

I love this section because you get to sort of play pretend. She suggests that you think back to a time when food was an issue. And put yourself back in that situation but pretend you’re are at your ideal size. In your mind walk yourself through how you might feel and act when you are your future healthier self.


STEP 3 Looking at Feelings

This section is about the reality that most of us who have struggled to lose weight often don’t eat because we are hungry. We eat for other reasons. Looking back I realize I actually eat my feelings. I was an emotional eater. And I will always be. But being aware of it gave me control over food.

It’s about taking time to think before you eat. It’s about just taking a few minutes to ask what you are feeling before you eat.


STEP 4 The Power of Habit

Change can be difficult, but once you make changes for the better and repeat it enough that it becomes a habit, it sort of becomes automatic. You almost don’t even need to think about it anymore.

However, changing a bad habit can be difficult as you have been doing it for a while. But in this section, the author gives many ideas and suggestions to help anyone get control and change their habits and over time, their relationship with food.

STEP 5 The Significance of Self Image

This is all about learning to love yourself for who you are. The development of self Esteem while losing weight is really tough.

I know because I spent many months working on pulling back all the layers and realizing that I am perfect just the way I am. I wrote an entire post about the development of self Esteem while losing weight. It is tough but so empowering. It is the final step to releasing the hold that food has on you.

This final step is about changing your thinking and introducing positive self-talk and changing your self-image.

I recommend this book to anyone who struggles with control. It will help you understand why you do the “crazy” things you do when it comes to food. The most important thing is to understand you are never alone.


 

 

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What is a Keto Flu and How Long Does It Last?

If you have been researching a Low Carb, High Fat diet also known as a Ketogenic diet, you have probably heard about the Keto Flu. But what is a Keto Flu and how long does it actually last?

The Keto Flu are flu-like symptoms that people often get when they switch over from a highly processed diet to a low carb diet that includes lots of fats. A Keto Flu is the feeling of being sick. Everyone is a bit different. for me, I had a huge headache and I felt weak and irritable. I was very grouchy for several days. My boyfriend, Brian, on the other hand, didn’t have any symptoms at all.

 

Here are some symptoms of the Keto Flu:

  • feeling tired
  • feeling sick to your stomach
  • feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • cravings for sweets or carbs
  • leg cramps
  • nausea
  • Nausea
  • irritability

You see, when someone who has been eating a diet full of carbs, sugar, and other processed foods and they suddenly start eating healthy their body doesn’t quite know what to you. It sort of goes into shock. Keep in mind, you are totally changing the way your body processes food. Before your body was a glucose burner and used sugar and carbs for fuel. Now body will become a fat burner and will use ketones for energy. And so your body reacts by going through a sort of withdrawal. It is a normal reaction to the change in the way you are eating.

You see sugar is very addictive, just like alcohol or other drugs. So it only makes sense that the withdrawal would be very similar to what alcoholics go through when they quit alcohol. I was a big-time sugar addict and when I went off the carbs, I literally was sick for 2 weeks. I felt awful for about 3 days. The other days I just felt a little off and sluggish. So in short, the keto flu can last anywhere from 4 to 14 days. I think it really depends on how quickly your switch over your diet.

It is very important to make sure you are drinking a lot of water and you are getting enough electrolytes as your body will lose these since your body will be producing less insulin. So it is important to use more salt. You can add it to your food or drinks. Drinking bone broth is another effective way to increase electrolytes.


I also suggest trying some hot lemon water as a way to help you drink more water. Hot fresh lemon water helps to cleans your system and it really good for your skin.

It is also important to make sure you are getting some extra Magnesium, Calcium, and Potassium. You can do this simply by eating plenty of leafy green veggies, nuts, avocado or Salman. Or you can add a green powder like Keto Perfect Greens.

The good news is once you are in ketosis you will begin to feel amazing.  Most people can tell when they are in ketosis because they feel amazing. Cravings are gone and you have incredible energy. However, if you are not sure, you can always use Keto Test Strips to test your urine and see if you are in ketosis. All you do is pee on the strip and it will let you know if you are in ketosis or not. I used these a lot in the beginning. Now I can pretty much tell by how I feel.

I hope this answers all of the questions out there about the keto flu. The most important thing to know is that the Keto flu doesn’t last very long and it is worth it knowing you are turning your body into a fat burning machine and you are going to be much healthier.

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How to Eat Healthy to Lose Weight

processed food

My biggest frustration with wanting to eat healthy and lose weight was that even though I ate healthy, I was still gaining weight. But once I started eating Low Carb I realized that I was eating healthy for the most part. The problem though was that although I ate healthily, I also ate processed foods. And those process foods were what was killing me.

When you eat processed food, your body releases glucose and insulin. When this happens, it is almost impossible to lose weight. And this could be the start of other problems like cancer, diabetes as well as other health issues. So really the easiest thing to do if you want to be healthy is to stop eating processed foods and start eating healthy foods.

When you eat a healthy diet that is very low in carbs and processed food, and very high in healthy fats, proteins, veggies and fruits and less crap you will notice amazing things happen. Your skin looks better. You feel better. You lose weight if you need to lose weight. Many people are able to reverse their diabetes. That was true with my boyfriend, Brian. He reversed his diabetes and in no longer on medications. More importantly, he added years to his life. As for me, I lost 60 pounds and I feel amazing.

You can read Brians story here.

Eating healthy is actually pretty easy to figure out. I mean we all know what we need to eat and what is healthy. The problem with eating healthy in America these days is that there really aren’t many healthy options. When you walk in the grocery store, for example, 90% of the food available is processed. It is really frustrating.

Learning what to eat to be healthy is the easy part. And actually eating those healthy foods is pretty easy as well. You simply add those foods to your diet.

The difficult part is eliminating the high sugar foods and the processed foods. Why? Because sugar is extremely addictive. As a sugar addict, I can tell you it was one of the hardest things that I have done.

But really it is about mindset. You need to decide how important your health is to you. You need to ask yourself what will happen if you continue to eat the same way you have been eating. Yes, you will feel deprived. Get over it! Living and breathing are more important than eating chips and ice cream. At least to me, it was. I want to live and be on this earth and enjoy my family. This is way more important than crap food.

What to Eat To Be Healthy and Lose Weight (the common sense list)

  1. Eat Real Food

Ha Ha! Now that is a short list. But really it is that simple. When you eat real food you will naturally get healthy. Real food is foods that come from creatures created by God. Or food that comes from the earth or sky or water. So real food is meat, fats, fish, veggies, and fruit. Real food doesn’t come with a label.

Also, try to keep to organic fruits and veggies if possible. This will help eliminate some of the GMO’s and pesticides. (why would you want to put that crap in your body?)

What NOT to Eat to Be Healthy and Lose Weight

  1. Shop the Parimider. The easiest thing to do is to shop the perimeter of the grocery store. This is where you will find real food. Most of the processed crap in the middle isles.
  2. If there is no label it is most likely real food. For example, an apple will not have a label on it. It was simply picked off of a tree.
  3. Read the Label of Packaged foods. If there are ingredients that you can’t pronounce and don’t know what they are, don’t eat it. Seriously, you don’t need it. It could end up making you sick down the road. Real food will only have 1 or 2 ingredients, for example, real butter may have cream and salt. Two ingredients.
  4. Avoid foods that have added sugar.

If you really want to eat healthily and lose weight, you really should consider a low carb high fat diet. It really can change your life.

What has been your experience, success, and challenges of eating healthy? Please leave a comment below.


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What are Fat Bombs for Keto?

baconIf you have been researching or doing a low carb, high-fat diet, you probably have heard some people mention fat bombs. And you may have wondered exactly what are Keto fat bombs? A keto fat bomb is simply a quick snack that consists of mainly fat and little to no carbs. They are typically made with real butter, nut butter, cream cheese or coconut oil.

The reason why people lose weight with a low carb diet is that they are using ketones rather than glucose to burn fat. This is why it is called a Keto Diet. You can read more about a ketogenic diet here.

Many people find that when they are new to a keto diet, they feel the need to snack. And it makes sense because when most of us ate a typical American diet which was full of sugar and carbs, we had the need to snack because we would often feel more.

You will find with a keto diet that cravings diminish. But having some keto fat bombs on hand can make it easier in the beginning. And even those of us who have been doing keto for years enjoy a quick snack once in a while. Sometimes, I realize that I’m not getting enough fat so a fat bomb is helpful.

Fat bombs are highly popular when it comes to a ketogenic diet. If you do a google search for fat bomb recipes over 745 thousand results come up! Now that is a lot.

My favorite sort of fat bomb is simply to make a batch of cheese chips. They are super easy to make and simply melted cheese. You bake them until they are well done and nice a crispy.

Or as an option, you can also buy cheese chips at your local store. Just check the label and make sure that the only ingredient is cheese.

My other favorite fat bomb is to simply bake some bacon. I like to take some thick bacon and cook it in the oven until it is nice and crispy. I use a 350-degree oven and let my bacon cook for about 30 minutes or so. Once it is cooked down, I keep it in the refrigerator for a quick snack when needed. I also like to break up my bacon and add it to salads.

Now that low carb, high fat is becoming more popular there are also lots of fat bombs available to buy online. And there are thousands of fat bomb recipes books available online as well as recipes.


Most fat bombs are very easy to make and usually only use a couple of ingredients.

For example, These FBOMB Fat Bombs are simply nut-butters. My favorite is the macadamia and pecan nut because those nuts have the lowest carbs. Nuts have a lot of fat in them so they are perfect for a keto diet. There is also a chocolate one for those who like the taste of chocolate. These fat bombs are great for those who are on the run and need something that is easy and not messy to eat.

Now you know what a keto fat bomb is you probably want to find out how to make some of your own. Here are some of the best books with delicious fat bombs that are super easy to make.

24 Keto Fat Bombs That Will Satisfy Your Hunger

One of the people who I follow and learn new things from is Dr. Josh Axe. He is a certified doctor of natural medicine and offers excellent advice on health, nutrition, and exercise in general. I have learned so much from reading his website posts. If you are looking to get healthier, you really need to check out his website here.

Dr. Axe has a yummy list of his favorite Fat Bombs and, let me tell you they sure as heck sound wonderful. I can’t wait to try out the almond joy fat bomb. I like that he has a variety of both sweet (more like candy) but also savory fat bombs, include an avocado egg fat bomb.

A Year of Fat Bombs:  52 Seasonal Sweet & Savory Recipes

If you want to try a different flavor of fat bombs each day of the week then this book is for you. It has 52 different recipes. The recipes are geared toward the different flavors for the different seasons and times of the year. So in the fall, you may want pumpkin flavored fat bombs yet it the spring and nice lemon flavor may suit your fancy.

I love chocolate fat bombs!

For me, I tend to go for anything that has chocolate in it. Chocolate just seems to make everything taste great. And by the way, you may not know this, but chocolate is a really great option as a snack on a low carb diet. Try to choose the chocolate that is higher in cacao. The higher in cocoa the less sugar. I choose 86% cocoa bars. But keep in mind, if you are used to milk chocolate, which is very high in sugar, this will be a bit bitter for you. But you can get used to it and learn to love it like I do.

Regardless of your liking, you will be sure to find several recipes that you will love to make and eat year round.

What kind of fatbomb do you think you would enjoy? Have you made fat bombs before? What kind did you make? Please share below!

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The Development of Self Esteem​ While Losing Weight

Developing one’s self-esteem is the most difficult part of losing weight and getting healthy. I know because I am still working on changing the way I see myself even though I lost my 60 pounds over 2 years ago.

It takes time to change your thinking. But the development of one’s self-image is probably the most important thing when it comes to keeping the weight off in the long run. I learned that my mind had to change as I was losing weight. I had to change the image of myself in my mind. And most importantly I had to learn to love myself and accept myself for who I am.

I quickly learned through the process of losing weight and getting healthy that as my boy shrunk, my self-image grew. And sometimes when it grew, it was challenging. Because your “old” thinking wants to stop you in your tracks.

I had to learn to control my thoughts and slowly change how I saw myself. Here are some of the strategies I used to overcome some of the challenges.

Negative Thoughts Will Sabotage Your Efforts

If you are unhappy with your weight or if you have struggled with weight loss in the past then I’m sure you can relate to the fact that negative thoughts will stop any efforts of success. As I was losing weight in the beginning, I quickly realized that old negative thinking didn’t work for me anymore. Because when I had negative thinking I would sabotage my efforts.

Here’s what I mean. It is almost as if I would have this other person in my head trying to persuade me to eat something that I knew I didn’t need or wasn’t even hungry for. I would have thoughts urging me to just go ahead and do it. On the outside, I seemed to have so much control, yet in my head all I thought about was food.

It wasn’t until I changed my thinking that my weight loss efforts became easier. Here are some of the things I did to combat the negative thinking I had.

Ask, Is That True?

This simple question helped me so much. For example, I would try to convince myself that I couldn’t say no to cake if it was offered. But the truth is, yes I could. I realized that I am the person who makes decisions about what goes in my mouth. It was about me being in control. I’m in control of what I eat, rather than the food controlling me. When I started asking myself if a thought is true, I started to gain power. And in gaining power, my self-image began to change.

I also started using affirmations. An affirmation is simply a true statement. I would repeat these statements to myself daily. I would do it even if I didn’t totally believe them in the beginning. Over time, I began to realize these affirmations were true. I changed my thinking and my self-image began to change. My favorite affirmation was “Every day, In every way, I am getting better and better”. This was written by a man named Emile Coue. He believed that many mental illnesses could be healed by changing your thoughts.

When you repeat an affirmation several times a day, after a while, you begin to believe it yourself.

I Learned to Love Myself

This was really hard but it was very empowering. I learned to look deep inside. I looked at who I was and I found a very loving, kind and generous person. I realized that my body and skin is simply my shell. It isn’t who I am. I am the beautiful spirit inside.

With that said, I also knew that if I wanted to be around and on this earth longer, I had to change my body and be good to it so it would be around longer. It is as if I separated myself from my body. And through loving myself (soul) I learned to love my body and be good to it. This was key in helping me to want to eat healthily and not let negative thoughts get me off track. And so this brings me to the next part which is to be comfortable in my own skin regardless of where I was in my weight loss.

I Learned to Get Comfortable in My New Skin

In the past, I would avoid looking at myself in the mirror. I would not wear the most attractive clothes. I would often put myself in the background. I would avoid being the center of attention. I learned that I needed to learn to love my body. This body regardless of how imperfect it is, it is the only one I have. And really that sort of makes it perfect. God gave this body only to me and no one else. So I decided to love it and treat it the way it deserved to be treated. I started to treat myself to bubble baths and wonderful smelly lotions that made me feel good. I also started to change how I dressed. I will never forget the first time I put on a pair of skinny jeans and was amazed at how great I looked and how I felt inside. I felt sexy.

I Focused On My Health

Losing the weight was not just about how I looked. Actually, it was mainly about my health. Focusing on my health was an important part of me changing my self-image too. I want to live and more importantly, have a good quality of life. I want to feel good every day. So rather than thinking about the scale and the weight loss, I focused on my health and I was proud of myself for taking my life back. I realized that my quality of life was in my hands.

Stop Making Excuses

And this brings me to my last point which is to throw away all of the excuses. I had to be completely honest with myself. My being fat was ultimately and completely my fault. I am the boss of my body. I am the one who ate the food and created my own reality. It is sad but true. But once I had this incredible honesty, I learned to throw away all of the excused.

My weight gain had nothing to do with my jeans or the fact that I was poor and couldn’t afford healthy foods. I am the one who decides my health and wellness. I decided to take my life back and be healthy. I didn’t have all the knowledge and tools, but I made the effort to find the what I needed.

I found that when I stopped making excuses and focused on the development of self-esteem I got the most amazing power and losing weight was much less challenging. If I can change my thinking, you can too.

 

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A Ketogenic Diet For Beginners

If you are curious about a Low-Carb, High-Fat diet then The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners: Your Essential Guide to Living the Keto Lifestyle is a for you. It is a very easy read that anyone will be able to understand.

The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners: Your Essential Guide to Living the Keto Lifestyle

There are 3 sections to this book. The first section is about the Ketogenic Lifestyle. In this section of the book, we are taught how the body works and what you will need to eat on a ketogenic diet. The book gives you a list of what you will need to remove from your kitchen and tells you what can stay. It also lists what you will need to shop for and what you will want to have on hand.

It also shares with you what to expect. For example, many people experience a keto-flu. It is simply a normal part of withdrawal. This is what happens when we give our body good nutrition. Once you get past the “flu” you will feel better.

The middle section gives readers a 14-day meal plan so you clearly understand what to eat for breakfast, lunch dinner and even snacks. A ketogenic diet is pretty easy. You simply eat more natural foods. But many people find that they need structure. I like that the author lays out a clear meal plan on what someone should eat for 14 days on a ketogenic diet. It makes it very simple for anyone to follow.

The last section of the book is full of recipes, 75 to be exact. The recipes are very easy to follow and most of them don’t have a lot of ingredients which can save you money in your wallet.  And most of the ingredient are things you already have in your kitchen. There is a good variety of recipes and different ways to cook them. The best part of having all the recipes right here for you is that you will never bet bored with your ketogenic diet. When you eat amazing delicious food, you won’t be missing the carbs and sugar.

The only thing that is missing in this book is images of the food, but really it isn’t something that is needed. The descriptions of very clear so they are easy to understand.

I also like that there are recipes for those who can’t eat dairy or are gluten-free. There are also many vegetarian recipes. So everyone can find something that they will love.

There are also suggestions on how to eat out. This is a very important part of a ketogenic diet that many people don’t think about. But most restaurants don’t have a low-carb menu. So eating out can be a huge challenge. No worries. This book has you covered.


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Stress and Weight Loss Resistance

One of the things that I learned while eating a low carb diet is that my body doesn’t react well to stress. One of my biggest challenges that I had while losing weight was my body holding onto the fat even though I was eating 100% the way I had planned.  I quickly learned that the cause of my weight loss resistance was the stress in my life and the pressure I was putting on myself. 

 

Stress and Weight Loss Resistance

I’m sure there is a chemical reason stress seems to slow down fat loss, but I choose to believe that it wants to protect us. So with this in mind, what I would do is focus on keeping my body and spirit calm. So I learned early on, that if I wanted to help my body lose fat easily, I had to learn to treat it better by eliminating the stress in my life. It took some time, but I have been able to create a calm lifestyle that helps me keep the weight off.

I thought that it would be beneficial to share some of my favorite stress relieving activities with you here. Here are some of the things I found that helped me release fat and keep it off.

Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep is the most important and number one thing you can do to eliminate weight loss resistance. Our body does a lot of recovering during the night while we are sleeping. So it is really important to get a good 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Understand Thoughts are Things

Something that I learned about myself early on in my life is that I’m an overthinker. I want to try to dissect and figure out everything. I would actually sabotage myself by thinking negative thoughts. I had to really make myself stop this. And it was hard, because the “overthinking” was something that I had done for years. So I needed to constantly remind myself that sometimes things just are what they are. I needed to simply let it go. I would constantly remind myself that what I thought about was what I brought about. So I decided to think better thoughts. And this was a huge challenge. But over time, I got better at it.

It takes time to change your thoughts. But it is imperative if you want to lose weight. Perhaps down the road, I’ll write more about the law of attraction, but let me just say this. If you are a negative thinker, you will sabotage your weight loss goals. This is something you must address, especially if you want to eliminate some of your stresses. Now would be a great time to read up on the Law of Attraction.

Create A Calming Atmosphere through your senses

A healthy lifestyle is about touching all of your senses. Of course, we affect the taste but I find it is important to also stimulate the sense of smell and the sense of hearing.

For example, the sound of music and calm me down in a matter of seconds. Listening to music that relaxes you can make a big difference when it comes to weight loss resistance. I listen to music at home while I’m cleaning and I listen to it in my car. I also listen to music while I’m working out. It always gets me going and makes me feel amazing. Music is very helpful when it comes to dealing with stress.

And for my nose let me just say, I love essential oils and candles. Different fragrances do different things for me. Some make me feel good, some calm me down and others give me energy. For example, lavender is very relaxing. I love to infuse lavender oil before bed because it relaxes me and helps me fall asleep. On the other hand, I love lemongrass in my shower. It just invigorates me. I love experimenting with different smells and you should too.

I have a favorite sent called Joyful Spirit that I infuse at home and I keep with me at work. It just keeps me even keel and I feel more upbeat. If you love essential oils, you may want to think about an essential oil infused bracelet so you can always keep your favorite fragrance with you.

Exercise

I am not an exercise junkee. No, not even a little bit. But I do try to be active every day and at least walk. I make sure I get outside in the sun which is very healing and if I can’t get outside, then I walk on my treadmill. All I know is that I always feel so much better after exercise than I do before.

Hugs and Love

Through this process of losing weight with low carb, High Fat, I learned how to love myself. And more importantly, I learned to open up and let others in. I am now an emotional huggy bear. I am just so full of joy, I want to share it with everyone and I find myself hugging everyone. Hugs are very healing. They feel amazing. So I try to get and give hugs daily.

Stress and Weight Loss Go Hand In Hand

It is pretty neat actually how our bodies seek to protect us. But I think it is also pretty neat that we can nurture our bodies and get rewarded by losing weight and living longer while enjoying a healthy and happy life.

 

 

 

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Stevia Water Enhancers

Do you drink enough water? Most of us don’t. I know I never did. I might sound a bit weird, but I genuinely don’t like the taste of water and for that reason, I have a difficult time getting in enough. And water is important for keeping your body healthy and hydrated. Drinking water helps to cleans your system and it helps keep your breath fresh as well.

So recently I have started a few strategies to help me drink more water. For one thing, I drink hot lemon water as a way of cleansing my system.

Drinking water can also help to support your weight loss and dietary efforts.

Recently, I have started adding water enhancers to my water.   All I need to do is add a few squirts and I get a wonderful fruity flavor. Now I drink more water than ever before.

I also would like to mention, if you want the best quality drink it is best to use fresh spring water or filtered water and you will be less likely to be drinking any unwanted chemicals.

Stevia Water Enhancers

When choosing a water enhancer, I choose the ones that don’t contain sugar or artificial sweeteners. I try to be as natural as possible and that is why I endorse products that contain stevia which is a natural product. I like that I get to control the flavor. The more drops I add to water, the more intense the flavor is. Just add so ice and you have the perfect way to hydrate on a hot summer day.

A stevia-based water enhancer, like Sweet Leaf, is also beneficial to a diabetic who is trying to avoid sugar and not raise his or her insulin levels.

Sweet Leaf Water Drops

Sweet Leaf Water Drops comes in a large variety of flavors. My favorite is Peach Mango but they also have raspberry Lemonade, Lemon Lime, and Strawberry Kiwi. These water enhancers are a great way to refresh any glass of water without adding unwanted sugar or dies and food colorings. It is keto friendly so it helps satisfy a sweet tooth without giving you the added calories and sugar.

When using these drops, a little goes a long way. You will only need a few drops. And if you really want a special treat, try adding a few drops to sparkling water. It almost tastes like sprite except you don’t get all of the chemicals. This is a great option if your kids like sodas. They will be happy and you will appreciate the fact that you are helping them to be healthy.

I also like to add Sweet Drops to my hot beverages as well. The caramels drops taste great in a cup of hot vanilla tea or sometimes I’ll add the coconut or chocolate flavored drops to my morning bulletproof coffee. Sometimes the extra little kick is nice.

 

 

 

 

 

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What are the Healthy Foods To Eat?

It is pretty sad that we live in a time where children and many adults don’t know the difference between real food and processed food. But what is really sad, is that many adults don’t really care what they eat or what their children eat. I know that sounds harsh and it is. I mean I know people really want to be healthy and live longer but it is so much easier to just grab the processed food. In the US we seem to eat just to eat, rather than eat as a way of nourishing our bodies.

I know for me, and my sugar addiction I would buy simply eat what looked good and what on sale. I really didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about what are healthy foods to eat. But now I know that health and the lack of good health are directly related to the food I eat. We really are what we eat.

For example, a diet full of fake food and highly processed food is linked to obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want any of these.

So What are the Healthy Food To Eat?

Figuring what is healthy and not healthy is actually pretty simple. Really they fall into two categories. Real Food or Fake Food. Here is how to decipher the difference.

Real Food doesn’t come in a box and it doesn’t have a UPC code. Real food normally has 1 ingredient or ingredients that are clearly other foods. For example, if you read the label of salted butter. The ingredient will simply say cream and salt. You can’t get any simpler than that. Real food also grows from trees or vines or perhaps they come from the earth. These are the healthy foods to eat.

When choosing fruits and veggies it is a good idea to choose organic and a lot of the produce in the supermarket are genetically modified or a full of chemicals. This is not good for you.

When you eat dairy products, try to stick with cheese. And when you choose eggs to go for the free range eggs. And when choosing meats choose meats from animals who were raised eating grass rather than corn.

I know it is confusing what to eat in order to be healthy. But once you start learning it gets much easier. The important thing is to simply begin by eating less processed foods. If something has ingredients that you can’t pronounce, it probably isn’t healthy.

Another thing to consider is whether or not the food would spoil if left out for a time. If you place a piece of fruit out it would eventually spoil. However, if you set out a twinkie or a cookie, it would take a long time for it to spoil. So it probably isn’t very healthy.

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