Written by Dr Asa Andrew
Fat loss and losing weight are some of the most sought after keys people are looking for today. We have more information than ever, yet we are more overweight than ever. Why? There is a lot of information that continues to contradict itself. There are proven strategies that can help you lose weight naturally and keep it off. All we have to do is understand the main principles that can help make that happen. I have studied for years to figure out the main secrets that really do work. These are the basics that the “experts” really don’t focus on. Here are my Top 5 Reasons.
1.You Are Eating Fat Free
Listen, we need fat. It may seem like a great idea to eat fat –free to avoid not adding more fat to our bodies, but it just doesn’t work that way. The wrong kinds of fats can definitely wreak havoc on our health and cells. However, the good fats like omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids, will cause the body to shed fat and thrive. These types of fats include fish, nuts, seeds, and key oils. Fats feed every cell in our body. All of our hormones are made from fats. Your daily goal should be to eat 30% of your calories from fat! To accomplish this take your bodyweight and multiply x .5. So a 150lb person would need 150 x .5 = 75 grams of fat per day.
2.Lower Your Cortisol Levels
Lower what? Your cortisol. When we get stressed and feel overwhelmed, that is when cortisol kicks in. I mention this on my radio show often. Cortisol is a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, which are the bodies stress glands. They sit on top of the kidneys and regulate how our bodies handle stress. When we are constantly under stress, the adrenals are running full speed. Excessive cortisol creates 2 main issues. They cause us to store body fat, and can kill brain cells. Not a good combination and it can easily be avoided. By keeping stress levels low and getting great sleep, you can keep cortisol levels to a minimum for empowering your health.
3.Get Your Gut Healthy
If you ask, I will always tell you that a healthy gut is essential for losing weight. We are what we digest, absorb, and assimilate. When digestion is better, you feel better and have more energy. And to maximize all of our nutrients, we need to have a healthy gut. Also, our main brain chemicals called neurotransmitters are mostly created in the gut lining. These are essential for how we feel and when we feel good, we can produce more.
4.Have Enough Hydrochloric Acid
Our stomach produces HCL to help break down our foods. When we don’t get enough HCl, we aren’t able to absorb our nutrients to help our bodies burn body fat. HCl can be best used in a supplement form called betaine hydrochloride.
5.Eat Protein First
What is the most important meal of the day? Yes. Breakfast. If you are serious about losing weight, then drop the oatmeal and the cereal. As a doctor, I can tell you that protein is your new friend. A protein and healthy fat for breakfast sets you up to improve lean muscle and to increase the brain's neurotransmitters. So instead of your favorite bowl of cereal, move on to 3-4 eggs and a bowl of fresh berries.
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Known as America’s Health Coach, Dr. Asa Andrew is a national best-selling author and host of the #1 Health Talk Radio Show in North America. In addition to his hit television series, Dr. Asa (@DrAsa) is a regular contributor to NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, and FOX and regarded as a healthcare leader in the field of lifestyle medicine.