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How Healthy Hormones Promote Ideal Weight

How Healthy Hormones Promote Ideal

Did you know that excess weight around your waist is one of the signs that you’re undergoing a hormonal imbalance?

In addition to that, an extra belly fat in your abdomen may also indicate that you have high estrogen, low testosterone, low DHEA (a hormone of the adrenal glands), high insulin and high cortisol that sets a risky stage for aging, increasing the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

With numerous alarming health issues indicated above, the stubborn fat that sticks in the tummy must be rid off right away! To successfully do this, one should switch to living a healthy lifestyle by starting the day with a proper diet, exercise, sleep and of course, motivation.

But before anything else, you have to understand that one of the most important factors in order to obtain the ideal weight you’ve ever dreamed of is by to boosting your hormones and ensure that your hormones are in balance. Hormonal balance improves every aspect of your life. According to James Leigh Hunt:

“The groundwork of all happiness is health.”

Have you ever wondered how healthy hormones promote ideal weight? Here’s how:

Healthy Balance Hormones promote ideal weight by:

  1.   Strengthening your balance appetite so you won’t be very thin.
  2.   Helping you resist your cravings.
  3.   Helping your metabolism work to keep your body at a healthy weight.
  4.   Helping you feel more energetic without stress or anxiety.
  5.   Helping your mood to be elevated.
  6.   Helping you have a deep, restful, rejuvenating sleep every night.
  7.   Helping you have a sharp mind.

To maintain a balance hormone and to gain an ideal weight, it is recommended that you do the following:

  1. Avoid vitamins and supplements. It will affect your hormonal balance.
  2. Eat miracle foods. (Those are vegetables and fruits).
  3. Don’t take antidepressants. It may affect your weight.
  4. Avoid uncooked vegetables from the Brassica family, known as goitrogens can     cause hypothyroidism or an underproduction of the thyroid hormone. Hypothyroidism can result in a number of symptoms including weight gain, loss of appetite, fatigue, premature, loss of memory, and depression.
  5. Consider good fats. There are also good fats that play an important role in the Hormonal Health Diet. These fats are unsaturated fats, and they help the body produce hormones such as cholecystokinin, leptin, and glucagon-like peptide-1.

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As defined by many, “hormones are chemical messengers that regulate processes in our body. They are one factor in causing obesity. The hormones leptin and insulin, sex hormones and growth hormone influence our appetite, metabolism (the rate at which our body burns kilojoules for energy), and body fat distribution.”

That is how important maintaining healthy hormones is in overall wellness. With its several roles in your body, you need to keep it healthy so your body won’t develop serious illnesses.

Indeed, hormones play a key role in weight loss management.  If you just take care of your body and make your hormones balance, you’ll become a healthy individual not worrying about belly fats. If you want to stay healthy, be mindful of your diet by eating nutritious and healthy foods suited to your metabolism, take proper exercise, have enough sleep, and acquire positive mindset.

Don’t wait that one of your hormones will be at risk due to your unhealthy lifestyle. Because once one of your hormones will be out of balance, it will affect all the others. As what Dr. Isaacs reminds us:

“All your hormones affect one another.”

Lent Carrot Smoothie Recipe – Phase 1

This Lent Carrot smoothie will be a perfect recipe to calm your adrenals and help lower the stress hormones in your body this Lenten season.

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Minimizing the effects of ruining your metabolism, phase 1 foods also help ease your sensitive stomach after how many hours of food deprivation. Follow the steps below to prepare the Lent Carrot Smoothie:

Ingredients

  • 3 carrots
  • 1 mango (with peel)
  • 1 lime (without rind-cut it off)
  • 1 15 oz can lite Peaches
  • 3 cups of water

Instructions:

  • Put carrots, mango, lime, full can peaches/with juice and three cups of water in blender and blend. Chill and serve. Serving size is 1 2/3 cup.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Catholic Lenten Fasting in Fast Metabolism Diet

Now that the Lenten season has unfolded, a no.of questions from dieters has also been raised with regards to what options they have, to make the fast metabolism diet a continuous course.

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We are aware that fasting is harsh in our metabolism. Be reminded that when our body is switched into starvation or survival mode, it starts depositing fats, for our body to survive. Which in turn defeats the whole purpose of doing the fast metabolism diet. How do we meet and follow our religious fasting obligation but not ruining your fast metabolism diet? Here are the tips you can apply this Lenten season:

  1. Eat a Phase 3 dinner meal the night before you fast

The night before you start fasting, let’s say on Tuesday night, go for a full Phase 3 dinner meal (Lean Protein, healthy fat, fruits, vegetables). No matter what phase you’re in right now, you can disregard your phase-specific meal for the night and go for Phase 3 meal. But instead of eating a grain, try to eat sweet potato or legumes, also try to eat  phase 1 fruits.These foods will help stabilize your blood sugar and calm the adrenaline in your body.

  1. Drink lots of water during your fasting

Continue drinking the usual amount of water during the fasting days. As much as possible, stick to the plain string water as it has the best electrolytes among other types of water.  Drinking water can keep you hydrated and let your liver run smoothly.

  1. Have a protein-based snack in the morning during fasting

The Christian fasting may allow us to have one full meal and two snacks throughout the day for Holy Wednesday and Good Friday. In these days, eat a protein-based snack in the morning (e.g. hard-boiled eggs, smoked salmon) and don’t forget to include vegetables in it. After your morning snack, you can have a your main meal on the afternoon (protein, vegetables, grain and healthy fat). For the late afternoon/early night snack you can eat raw nuts with veggies.

  1. Eat Phase 1 breakfast meal after fasting

After how many hours of food deprivation and fasting, it is no doubt that your stomach will be sensitive. We need to treat it gently and not overdo your first meal. Eat Phase 1 breakfast meal like oatmeal, quinoa porridge or even soft brown rice. You can add cinnamon or nutmeg and stevia for flavors. You can eat strawberries or blackberries for fruits. These phase 1 foods will help calm your adrenalines and your sensitive stomach. Afterwards you can resume on eating your phased-specific meals in the afternoon and go back to your normal track once again.

Hope this helps everyone who would choose to go fasting this Holy Week. May we have a meaningful one.

The Fast Metabolism Diet Community

Lemon Herb Baked Salmon – Phase 3

Now that the Lenten season is being observed by many Christians, the anxiety of our fast metabolism dieters could escalate because this season reminds us also to go fasting. It’s the time when we are called upon to give up some vices and live a simple life so we can share to the needy. Oftentimes, Turkey, Chicken, Pork and meat recipes are commonly the ones to give up on Holy Week. As an effect, we might end up worrying of the outcome the fasting practice brings to us. Fasting could somehow disrupt the diet flow but let us realize that it could also be the best time to lose weight and give up some of our favorite foods.

Lemon Herb Baked Salmon - Phase 3

To anticipate for the Holy Week, The Fast Metabolism Diet Community will be posting tips, recipes and other related topics to deal the significant week properly. To start off our fast metabolism diet lenten series, here’s a healthy Fish recipe for Phase 3, you can try – Lemon Herb Baked Salmon.

This recipe is quick and easy to make, and you can also serve it with a fresh, green salad or baked potato for a satiating and delicious meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup extra olive oil
  • 2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 salmon fillets (skinless) – approximately 6 ounces (180 grams) each

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Spray a broiler pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients except salmon.
  3. Place salmon in a pan. Pour marinade over salmon. Marinate for 1/2 hour.
  4. Discard marinade. Place salmon on the broiler pan. Bake in the oven for 5-6 minutes on each side, or until fish flakes easily.
  5. Serve. Enjoy eating!

Yields: 4 servings.

The Metabolic Truth About the Fast Metabolism Diet

If you are new in the fast metabolism diet, you might be surprised and feel awkward with how the fast metabolism diet works. Contrary to the traditional diet we’re familiar with, you find yourself confused about the opposing ideas and principles from traditional diet and FMD. One thing is for sure, the community doesn’t want  to create confusion to its followers while undertaking the diet’s journey. So let’s refocus on healing your metabolism and in losing weight. Here is the metabolic truth you need to know to clear some speculations:

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You must EAT food to lose Weight

In the traditional diet we’ve learned that if you wanted to lose weight, you should eat less food. That is NOT true. Why? If you eat less food, your body will send signals to your body to store fat since your body didn’t know when it could receive food again. Withholding yourself from eating will totally ruin your dieting. And we don’t want that! We wanted to eliminate those fats in your body. We are required to eat and eat only the allowed food list. Eating the right food strategically will enhance your metabolism. The moment your metabolism starts kicking, will burn the fats and food you eat and convert it into fuel.

Another thought to ponder on is that, you need to eat breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In the fast metabolism diet, it is strongly advised not skip it. Be sure to eat breakfast within 30 minutes after waking up. And remember, don’t engage to workouts or exercise without having breakfast yet.

Losing Weight is Not About Calories

Are you familiar with the term “calories in, calories out”? Do you experience frequent headache computing how much food you should eat to follow the right calorie intake? Well, to tell you, you’re not studying Math here! Don’t bother yourself with those calories, instead focus yourself on eating the right and allowed foods on your phase. Dieting is about eating the right and nutritious food to lose weight not calculating calories. Save yourself from that mindset!

Drinking Water is important in Losing Weight

Drinking water is important if you wanted to lose weight quickly. Almost 70% of your body is composed of water. Without water, your body couldn’t function very well. That also means if you’re not drinking enough water, your metabolism won’t be able to function well and burn the fats in your body. Water is very helpful in cleansing your body as it secretes toxins out of your body.

In fast metabolism diet, it is recommended for you to drink half of your body weight in ounces.

With these metabolic truths, it’s time for you to adjust your mindset and be friends with food again. I wish you a happy and healthy journey as you go on the fast metabolism diet.