We’ve been reading about a myriad of diets. No-carb, no-fat, six small meals, lemonade, cabbage soup, gluten-free, raw, clean eating diets and so many others have been confusing the crap out of us. For ages, we’ve been told that skipping meals for weight loss leads to starvation and weight gain, but several researches prove that it may lead to the opposite effect. While for some, intermittent fasting means not eating or eating very little for long periods of time, such as 14 to 36 hours but for most, it’s simply about skipping a meal or two every day. Think about it, we are fasting every day anyway while we are sleeping. Extending this fasting period may actually be good for you.
Note that intermittent fasting may not suit everyone, especially those who are pregnant and have any health conditions. Talk to your doctor before making any nutritional changes.
HOW DOES INTERMITTENT FASTING WORK
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Though buttermilk is not a magical weight-loss elixir, but this tart beverage does play a helpful role in boosting up the impact of your weight loss efforts! You should not expect that sipping up buttermilk will help you loss weight immediately, but it can actually make you smile a little wider on your bathroom scale. Enjoying this drink as a healthy alternative to high-calorie dairy creamy products is a great way to actually speed up the weight loss process!
WEIGHT LOSS & CALORIES
You will only be able to lose weight when there is a direct relationship between the calories you take in and those you expend. You’ll lose weight when the calories you burn through workouts exceed the calories you consume when you eat and drink. Since buttermilk is a dairy product it is filling, but can you really believe that 1 cup of buttermilk weighting somewhere around 245 gms has only 99 calories, 2.2gms fat, 12gms carbs and 8gms of protein. Drinking buttermilk increases your calories only marginally so it will not make any negative affect on your weight loss goals but will keep you full for longer cutting unnecessary empty calories!
WHY BUTTERMILK IS THE BEST SNACK?
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Vegetables and fruits play a crucial role in the weight loss process. There are high chances that you are eating fewer vegetables than you actually should, which is proven by the fact that 9 out of 10 Americans struggle to get in the recommended three plus servings of veggies in a day. There are numerous benefits associated with vegetables – fresh produce is loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and fabulous phytonutrients that you can’t get by simply popping a pill. So why aren’t vegetables landing on your plate more often? There are high chances that being equipped with daily tasks leaves you with lesser time to prepare them — washing, chopping, dicing, and slicing can be a chore. Now today we have got some quick fixes for this problem, which will make it easier for the mother nature’s gems to simply sneak into your daily diet. Check them out now-
Don’t forget to add a whole lot of vegetables in you favorite sandwiches as they help in providing the vitamins, flavor and an additional crunch to it. You can go for pre-prepared items like grated carrots, sliced beets and some leafy vegetables, which makes it quite easy to pack up a health and delicious lunch.
2. VEGGIE CHIPS
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Everybody knows that sugar is the biggest culprit when it comes to weight gain, since it is extremely high in calories and also has a negative impact on insulin (fat storing hormone) and blood sugar levels. But can you believe the fact that even though you have been avoiding the intake of sugar to make the most of your weight loss efforts, this little ingredient sneaks and hides in many of the “healthy” items too that you have been consuming. Checkout the list of so-called “healthy foods” that are actually laden with sugar:
Don’t get deceived by fat-free milk as one cup of it has 12g of sugar. Rather than going for cow’s milk you should opt for soy or almond milk , since both alternatives have nearly half the sugar content in comparison to cow’s milk.
2. Breakfast Foods
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Flax seeds also known as linseed is a fiber crop that is grown in cooler regions of the world. It contains a wide array of nutrients that are considered excellent for humans. Out of all, the two main nutrients that contribute towards weight loss are:
a. Omega-3: These are the essential fatty acids (good fats).
b. Fiber: It contains both the soluble and insoluble types of fiber.
OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS (GOOD FAT)
Though there have been many debates on whether fat is good or not for the human body over the years, but it has been proved by many studies that fat should be an important part of everyone’s diet, paying attention to what type of fat you intake is of utmost significance. Talking in terms of fats, saturated and trans fats are the unhealthy fats which ultimately contribute in weight gain and polyunsaturated fat is the good fat which is needed by your body to boost up the weight loss process. Not only fat in general is slow of digest and thus keeps you full and satiated for longer duration, but it also helps in boosting up the digestion process by breaking down carbohydrates and proteins; without which your body cannot process food efficiently. According to nutritionists, omega 3 fatty acids which are derived from the normal diet are no longer enough to meet our daily requirements and hence foods such as “Flax seeds” make it easy for your body to get the required nutrition.
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