The FDA is setting up to approve the first prescription weight-loss medication since 1999, but will this risky appetite suppressant really lead to effective fat loss? And more importantly, at what cost? Trendy fat loss pills have a history of being recalled over serious health concerns, in addition to being called out for simply not working. With 75 million obese adults in the U.S., and an obesity rate of nearly 35%, something must be done. The most potent form of lasting fat loss starts in your kitchen, and it costs absolutely nothing.
1. Stop Dieting
In our modern world, it is important to realize that it is not necessarily the foods themselves that should firstly be considered when beginning your journey to lasting fat loss, but the ingredients that make up the foods you are eating on a daily basis. Do your foods contain obesity-inducing high-fructose corn syrup, MSG, or large amounts of sugar? If you’re following a traditional ‘diet’ program as sold by Weight Watchers and others, the answer is most likely yes. The issue with these organizations is that they examine the macro-nutrient content of the product, not the ingredients or the overall quality.
While it is important to eat within certain parameters (high protein to stimulate fat loss, for example), this is something to concern yourself with after removing the harmful ingredients from your diet. What does it matter if the food item you’re eating for dinner is low in carbs when it’s loaded with fat-packing toxic ingredients that will not only destroy your fat loss attempts, but make you sick. Instead of stressing over calorie intake, look for high quality organic materials to make your own means — not chemical-laden “lean” meals that will only serve to damage your health.
Start making your meals from scratch with organic produce purchased from your local farmers market or health food store. This will improve your overall health, digestion, and be vital in your quest to maintained fat loss. Need proof? Watch this gut-wrenching video of what really happens in your body when you eat processed junk verses legitimately wholesome foods.
2. More of the Good Stuff
Eliminating toxic ingredients that are contributing to your weight loss woes is essential, but so is incorporating beneficial items into your daily nutritional intake. One substance that stands out among many fat-combating substances is vitamin D. The research is very clear that vitamin D is a powerful tool in the fight against obesity, much more so than hazardous diet pills. This is due to the fact that vitamin D levels may actually play a role in determining the overall success of your fat loss diet. If you’re vitamin D deficient, this could mean further unneeded hardship in your fight against fat.
Groundbreaking findings presented at The Endocrine Society’s 91st Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. demonstrated this aspect of the sunshine vitamin. Instead of worthless diet pills, vitamin D should be recommended to the public. The best part? It’s free! You can generate vitamin D for free outdoors during the appropriate months, and in the winter months it’s not a challenge to purchase highly inexpensive vitamin D3 supplements for a fraction of a single takeout meal.
Be sure you’re optimizing your vitamin D levels, get a blood test:
Other powerful nutritional fat loss solutions include:
- High quality whey protein
- Organic tea
- Saturated fat (to curb cravings)
- Organic green, leafy vegetables
- Apple cider vinegar
3. Stop Exercising for Hours
You don’t have to spend hours in the gym to lose fat. In fact, it may actually be hurting your progress in the fight against fat. Giving up hours on the treadmill in favor of just 15-30 minutes of high intensity training can serve to empower your fat loss lifestyle much more efficiently, in addition to saving you time.
It’s called high intensity interval training, and it’s catching on fast. While at first scrutinized by health professionals, HIIT is now recommended by a large number of experts from around the world. Studies have shown that performing HIIT in such a short period of time can actually lead to lasting fat burn, with one study finding that the fat incinerating effects lasted for roughly 24 hours afterwards. This means that even while you’re sitting at home doing nothing, you’re still burning fat. For more detailed instructions, check out the HIIT infographic with all of the specifics.