With the holidays behind us and the new year here, it seems many people are making resolutions of trying to get healthier and/or loose weight. I am by no means a weight loss expert, but I’ve come across some interesting tidbits on weight loss that I thought I’d share.
I’m not going to dive some of the cliches that you probably already know (i.e. eat healthy fats, avoid gluten and sugar, eat a good protein breakfast, etc.) because well, that would just be boring. But, here are just a few interesting things I came across this past year that I can remember off the top of my head…
-Start your day with a huge glass of water (add some lemon to it if you can) and drink it first thing to wake you up, get your body awake, flowing (if you know what I mean), and ready for digesting that first meal of the day. You don’t want to drink a lot of water during meals so try to do it before or 30 minutes after. I drink a full glass of water with this cup every single morning before I do anything else…
-Eat more grass fed meat! It has five times the CLA (congulated lipic acid) of grain fed beef, which aids in fat burning, especially in the gut area. Woohoo to that one!
-When you’re working out, do some intervals to speed up fat burning. Run 30 seconds run as fast as you can, then take 90 seconds off. Repeat many times for about 30 minutes. It goes by faster than you’d think!
-Add some coconut oil to your diet to rev up your metabolism, if you’re not already using it.
-Leave out any possible foods that can cause allergies (i.e. gluten, corn, dairy, egg, soy) you may have. Allergies = inflammation = no weight loss (not to mention a whole host of health health issues you might already have and not realize it’s from food like headaches, bloating, acne, joint aches, etc). Leave them out for 3 weeks and see how you feel. When (if) you re-introduce them into your diet, you’ll know pretty quickly if you’re body isn’t happy with what you’re eating.
-Eat 3 good solid meals a day. If you’re getting hungry in between (excluding PMS sometimes of course), especially between breakfast and lunch, you’re not eating enough protein or fat. No need to snack like we use to think.
-And last thought of the day — don’t eat anything after dinner (and don’t eat too late). I think we already knew this one but maybe not the reasoning behind it. Apparently your body starts to burn fat after after a certain number of hours of not eating, including from dinner to breakfast time. So allowing your body to go without food from say 7pm-7am (which is why the word breakfast is derived from “breaking the fast”) counts as fasting, and if you interrupt it with food, you’re interfering with that fat burning process. That is a process I do NOT want to interrupt! So go drink some warm water with fresh squeezed lemon if you feel like you need something. You’d be surprise how much that can help!
So to kick off any weight loss goals, let’s eat some grass fed beef! We eat burgers almost once a week because well, they’re easy to make, healthy, and everyone loves them. But after awhile, we need to mix things up a little so I added some fun flavors to our burger the other night to make teriyaki burgers without the added sugars, MSGs and other things processed teriyaki sauces contain. I hope you like them!
Here is what you need:
- 1 lb grass fed ground beef
- 2 tbsp Tamari
- 1 tbsp sesame
- 1 1/2 tsp seeds
- 1/2 tsp onion
- 1/4 tsp Ginger
- few drops of stevia
- some pineapple for garnish
Mix everything together by hand in a medium bowl, shape into patties and cook on your grill (I used our cast iron skillet) until desired wellness and enjoy!
By the way, do you know how dark it is for a natural light photographer to take pictures when it’s almost completely dark outside?? I could hardly get the camera to focus on the burger. I know the image isn’t great but it was all I could get at the slowest shudder speed and lowest aperture possible.
While it might not look super appealing, it really was delicious! And, I especially enjoyed it knowing I was burning belly fat!!