Top 5 Tips from “Eat This Not That”

By now most of us are familiar with the popular series of books “Eat This Not That”. Maybe you don’t listen to the hype. Perhaps you meant to pick up a copy but are too busy. Maybe you even the whole series! We’ve scavenged the books for the top5 most important points from the “Eat This Not That” series. Below are 5 takeaways to live by, and in doing so can can boost metabolism and help you lose weight naturally.

1. Be Real with your Sweet Self – Toss Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners should be eliminated at all cost. Over the last 25 years, more and more foods are popping up claiming to be sugar free. Is it a coincidence that this increase in artificial sweeteners follows the same increase in obesity and in children? Many leading researcher point to the “artificial sweeteners “ addiction that Americans have as a direct cause of the obesity epidemic facing America. Diet sodas, sugar free type 2 diabetes foods and other so called healthy alternatives are the underlying cause of much of the new cases of obesity. Research points to the artificial sweeteners tricking the brain into believing that sugar or nutrition has arrived. Since there is actually no nutrition in the body, the brain sends out signals to the body telling it to start eating. This phenomenon is what causes us to overeat and crave foods that we normally wouldn’t. Safer alternatives can be unprocessed honey, stevia and raw sugar.

2. Dine on Unrefined… Sea Salt that is!
Typical white refined sea salt is another substance that can be eliminated and replaced with unrefined sea salt. White refined sea salt sometimes has anti-caking agents which have aluminum which can lead to metal toxicity. Iodized salt sometimes includes dextrose which is used in order to prevent that salt from turning purple. Unprocessed sea salt has plenty of trace minerals that are beneficial to your body.

3. Water, Water, Water – Ditch Soft Drinks
Skip the sodas, juices and coffee drinks and replace it with plenty of water. Juices, sodas and coffee based products are loaded with sugar, caffeine and other toxins which can cause tooth decay, sugar addiction, caffeine addiction, insulin resistance and insomnia just to name a few. Processed juice forms, energy drinks and soda are also loaded with calories and sugar which provide very little nutritional support.

4. Pass on Processed – Go Organic
Try to eat organic when possible. The battles between organic and conventionally grown foods have been going on for decades. Organic foods are those grown with our hormones, chemicals or pesticides. Although these foods are cleaner and less contaminated, price has been the most common hindrance when switching to an organic diet. With chains such as Whole Foods increasing, the cost of organic foods is now much less than in the past. What sounds safer and healthier, eating eggs from chickens that are given hormones and antibiotics or eggs from chickens fed a clean natural diet and are allowed to roam around the range as opposed to cages? Enough said!

5. Go for the Green – Iceberg vs. Romaine
Skip the iceberg lettuce and choose romaine or spinach instead. Iceberg lettuce has very little nutritional benefits when compared to greener forms of lettuce. When compared side by side, romaine and baby spinach has more fiber, iron, calcium, foliate, and vitamin c just to name a few. Although texturally different, the taste of greener leafier lettuce can be adapted to rather quickly.

These are 5 simple changes that can be done completed with very little effort and can result is fast, safe and permanent weight loss. For those wanting to include natural supplementation to assist in weight management, consider products that are DHEA and Green Tea based as both these natural products have been clinically proven to help reduce fat.

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