Fat, bloated, and at risk after the holidays
Hello, piper. Do you take checks?
Yes, it's that time again; time to pay the piper for all of your holiday snacking. Now if you've packed on an extra pound or two of holiday weight, you might want to consider ways to lose weight and
lower diabetes risk in the new year.
Now that kind of gain isn't such a big deal if
you shed them this month. But studies show that holiday gainers tend to never take those extra pounds back off. And the picture is even less rosy if you're already
overweight. It turns out that if you normally carry around some extra weight, those one or two pounds can easily balloon to five or more.
But, the truth is, most American's have a much bigger problem than a couple of extra pounds of holiday weight. Weight gain is raging out of control and conservative estimates are that least 8.3 percent of the U.S. population also
has blood sugar concerns, with a future outlook that's not too bright.
But you don't have to lie down and resign yourself to being a statistic. If you've put on some pounds...heck, even if you're already
overweight and have blood sugar concerns...there are things you can do to avoid further weight gain, drop the extra pounds, lower diabetes risk, and reverse the trend.
Let's start with...
A diet do-over in 2013
To be blunt, if your diet is dominated by simple carbohydrates, a.k.a. simple sugars, you're dancing with the diabetes devil. You know the kinds of foods I'm talking about. We call them "comfort foods" when we want to feel ok about eating them and "junk foods" when we're being honest. And they're pretty much high in almost everything (but what our bodies actually need, of course).
I've warned you about the dangers of simple carbs before. Besides sending your risks for obesity and diabetes skyrocketing, these bad news compounds can really do a number on your noggin, sending you down the path to cognitive decline
So it's time for a diet do-over. Slash the simple sugars out of your diet and lower diabetes risk by tossing the chips, pitching the sodas, and chucking the white "Marshmallow" bread. And if you see High Fructose Corn Syrup
(HFCS) on the label just don't put it in your mouth.
But don't be fooled into thinking other sugars are ok. Instead learn to think of all refined
sugars as the enemy, and foods with unrefined
sugars as "sometimes" foods. To spot hidden sugars on a food label just keep your eyes peeled for ingredients ending in the letters "ose" including fructose, galactose, glucose, lactose, maltose, and sucrose.
Complex carbohydrates, on the other hand, are a different animal altogether. They're usually made up of a chain of three or more sugars, and they tend to be packed with the fiber, vitamins, and nutrients your body craves. Foods like beans, 100 percent whole wheat bread (if you're not gluten intolerant
, of course), steel-cut oats, broccoli, and even citrus fruits are all good examples of complex carbs.
Complex carbs take longer for your body to process, so they don't cause your blood sugar to spike like their simple cousins can. Instead, they act as fuel for your body giving you the energy you need to function.
Along with a moderate amount of good-for-you complex carbs, be sure that you're also
getting lots of healthy protein, including organic grass fed meats. Yes, despite what you may have heard from the mainstream media a good steak can actually help you keep the pounds off
And to start whittling away those extra holiday pounds I've got a simple little trick that can bring big rewards. According to a Cornell University Study, cutting down on portion size on just one meal a day could help you drop 1.1 pounds in just two weeks. Meaning that by the end of this month you could be back down to your fighting weight!
Support healthy blood sugar and weight
Now that you've given your diet a makeover, you should consider getting some extra support from supplements. Chromium, biotin, cinnamon, vitamin D-3, magnesium, Gymnema sylvestre, and berberine are all great natural
choices for supporting healthy blood sugar to lower diabetes risk and cholesterol levels.
And don't forget about Garcinia cambogia. I told you all about this powerful fruit extract in a recent issue of the Guide to Good Health
. Garcinia is emerging as a powerhouse when it comes to weight-loss support. In fact, one popular TV show doctor called it "...the most exciting weight-loss breakthrough discovered to date."
Garcinia could help you say goodbye to diet-sabotaging munchies, while at the same time supporting your metabolism and promoting your body's own ability to burn fat. That's why we made it one of the key ingredients in our Weight Guard Plus formula.