Yeah-yeah, you’ve heard the promises before. But now, there’s REAL science to prove every single word you’re reading. Hundreds of studies with thousands of participants have seen it work. And it could work for you too. But first, I’d like you to take a selfie. I’ll explain why in a bit.
New evidence suggests that packing on and lugging around that extra poundage isn’t all your fault. You see, the typical foods you find in our grocery stores were “designed” to make you addicted to their foods. Yup, you read that correctly. The layman explanation is that the sugars, additives, preservatives in those processed foods mimic drugs to your brain while also promoting gut bacteria that demand more. So you’re now the slave drug-pusher helpless to their constant need for more. One recent study found that 19.9% of North Americans and Europeans are addicted to food by overpowering cravings.1 That’s why it’s excruciating to diet and gain even more afterward because your brain and gut are both fighting your efforts!
How to Fight the Addiction and LOSE the FLAB
Before we start, remember, “If It Ain’t Found In Nature, Your Body Doesn’t Recognize It.”
Your body sees “tampered” food as a poison and attacks with inflammation or becomes overwhelmed and stores it as fat “to deal with at a later time.” That LATER time ends in disease.
The Secret To Success is not to get overwhelmed and implement everything at once. Change one thing each week. Get used to it; let it settle. And don’t beat yourself up if you backslide. Just continue forward on your mission. And the mission is not only to lose the addiction or lose the weight; it’s to feel better physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This is an easy-does-it life-changing mission for a healthier future with infinite possibilities. And it’s right there waiting for you… and you get there one-step-at-a-time, like the millions that have paved the way.
Evidence-Backed Trick #1 – Drink Water & Why
You’ve heard it before, “Drink water, it’s good for you.” But has anyone ever told you that it boosts your metabolism by 24-30% over 1-1.5 hours, burning off MORE calories?2 3 Studies also show that drinking about 17 oz of water 30-60 minutes before your meals curb calorie intake resulting in 44% more weight loss.4
Evidence-Backed Trick #2 – Protein Kills Food Addictions
Switching from an oatmeal/pancake/waffle type breakfast to eggs, fish, or other protein can reduce your craving for calories for the next 36 hours. It also increases weight and body fat loss.5 6 Studies show that eating a high-protein diet boosts metabolism by 80-100 calories per day. It also shaves off a whopping 441 calories off your diet.7 8 9 Eating 25% of your daily intake as protein helps destroy 60% of the food addiction triggers. And it reduces your late-night cravings by 50%.10 Adding a whey protein smoothie into your meal plan, can increase your muscle mass and drop another 8 lbs over time.11 So goodbye to fried nuggets and choose clean protein sources. Cooking your food helps you know what’s in it and builds a healthier relationship to your nutritious meal planning.
Evidence-Backed Trick #3 – The Science Loves Caffeine
Are you the type who needs their java before brushing their teeth? Carrying excess weight goes hand-in-hand with a lack of energy and has you reaching for caffeine to get you through the day. Well, studies now confirm what we all know, that coffee boosts metabolism by 3-11%. But what we didn’t dream is that it also cranks up fat-burning by 10-29%! 12 13 14 Ditch the sugar and chemical sweeteners for Stevia or another natural option. It’s not hard to learn to love it black. Green tea has little caffeine but loaded with the antioxidant catechins. Catechins and caffeine have a compounding effect on ramping up fat-burning and helps you lose weight. 15 16 17 18
Evidence-Backed Trick #4 – Burn Fat While You Sleep
Eat an early dinner, finishing at least 3 hours before you lie down helps you better digest your food. That prepares to switch your body into the repair and regenerate mode of night. It also extends the hours of fasting time between meals, increasing longevity.19 Studies show this calorie restriction and intermittent fasting enhances weight loss. 20If you need a snack after dinner, choose protein-rich, high-fat foods like almonds or hard cheeses. Axing the carbs at night flips your body into a fat-burning machine. The extra protein helps you retain the muscle usually lost shedding inches.21 And muscle burns more calories.
Evidence-Backed Trick #5 – Cut the Chemicals
Refined carbs convert into sugar. Sugar comes in many forms, the white crystals we all know, and high-fructose corn syrup. Studies show these are directly linked to an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.22 23 24 Beware of “diet labels,” “no or low-fat,” and even granola bars and other weight loss gimmicks. These are stripped of nutrients and stuffed with sneaky types of sugar, preservatives, and chemicals that Velcro fat to your belly, hips, and love-handles. Anything “convenient” and “ready-made” isn’t health-friendly, including bread and pasta. Studies show carbs/sugar spikes your blood sugar triggering the “addiction” and round and round you go.25 26 27 Avoiding these can multiply your weight loss 2-3 times over the standard low-fat diet and improve your health as well. 28 29 30
Another 11 Evidence-Based Tricks to Adapt to Your Movie-Star-Bod Mission:
- Make Sleep a Priority. Sleep loss increases the risk of obesity by 55% 31
- Eat Chili Peppers. The spicy capsaicin jumpstarts metabolism and reduces appetite 32 33
- Eliminate & Replace Comfort Foods. Remove from your cookies etc., from your pantry
- Prepare Easy-to Grab & Portable Munchies. Precut veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, (sulfite-free) raisins, and more all ready to go is the smart, healthy “convenience foods” 34
- Smaller Plates & Portion Control – You really don’t have to finish everything on your plate like we’re taught as kids. Fill your plate with a variety of colorful nutrients. 35
- Restaurants – Eat Half. Take home leftovers for tomorrow. Enjoy yourself – twice!
- Don’t Deny Yourself and Binge Later. When everyone’s enjoying cake, take a small sliver and take ONE bite and savor your emotions flooding your tastebuds. Walk away, smiling with a reasonable cheat.
- Use a Meal + Calorie Counting App. Noom, MyFitnessPal, and Fooducate are a few.
- Keep a Daily Journal. It’s not just for tracking your meals but also for your emotions, as it’s therapeutic to let them out, even onto the pages of a notebook.36 37
- Learn to Love Physical Activities. Walking, Aerobics, Dancing, Swimming, Tai Chi, Stretching, Resistance & Weight Training, Biking; the sky’s the limit. 38 39 40 41
- Eat More Fiber, Fruits, & Veggies. Fiber helps you feel full and supports gut health.42 43 44
Gaining weight didn’t happen overnight. It takes years of dedication. It’s in our nature to be reluctant to change and letting go of stuff that’s familiar. And yet, nothing stays the same and we adapt and survive. That’s also in our nature.
Back to the selfie. Same time each week, take another full-body selfie. After following the tricks in this article, you’ll SEE the change happening in color. This will spark confidence that you’re on the right track to continue full steam ahead!
Soon, these simple tweaks to your habits will become routine, and you’ll be pulling out your skinny jeans in no time, or better yet, buying fresh for the holidays. But you’ll notice other things as well. You’ll find your skin is more radiant, sounder sleep, sharper thinking, soaring energy, and your overall health will improve dramatically. In other words, you’ll feel like a magnetic movie star. You’ll be the center of attention, and everyone will want to know your secret!
- Dr. David Sinclair, PhD. “Lifespan; Why we age and why we don’t have to.” Atria Books.