Posts Tagged ‘weight loss tips’

3 Ways to Lose Weight on a Gluten-Free Diet

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

gluten-free-cakeThree Ways to Have Fun and Avoid Weight-Gain on a Gluten-Free Diet

Once upon a time a woman who adored her cookies and cakes found out that she was much better off without them.

How sad her life seemed as she looked for alternatives to gluten. The gluten-free cookies, cakes, and mixes were extremely high in carbohydrates like tapioca starch, bean flours, potato starch, and rice flour, the highest-glycemic level grain there is! You see, she was also border-line hypoglycemic and certainly didn’t want to become diabetic on top of everything else.

gluten-free-muffinsOh what to do, what to do? She loved to bake and eat her sweets, so she used her creative imagination to come up with recipes made from almond meal flour before anyone (including her) had ever heard of it. She ground almonds in her blender and became braver and bolder each time she experimented with precious, food-stained recipes handed down from her mother.

Her favorite was carrot cake and so she spent years perfecting it, including making a dairy-free “cream-cheese” icing recipe for her friends that could not handle the cow milk products.

Many years of experimenting brought her (meJ ) to a few successfully-slimming food conclusions:

almonds1. For Flours – Lower the carbohydrate level by using almond meal flour and any seed or nut flours in all baking. Not that quinoa and amaranth are considered seeds, which is why they are higher in protein than other grains. Dry flours, like coconut flour and amaranth flour will absorb moisture from “wetter” flours like quinoa. Find the balance you need for the recipe.


Can Your Lifestyle Affect Weight?

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

weight-gain-thyroidUncovering the Weight & Lifestyle Connection

Why do some people have a harder time losing weight than others?

Some people have really low metabolisms due to inborn genetic conditions. Others develop hormone-imbalance disorders like hypothyroidism later in life, which can also make losing weight nearly impossible without proper treatment.

However, the most common cause of delay in weight loss is actually lifestyle choices.

If you are already dieting and working out and you still aren’t seeing any progress, it’s time to do a lifestyle check to see if you have any “weight loss traps” holding you back.

What are “weight loss traps?”

Weight loss traps are habits, beliefs and general lifestyle factors that can slow down your progress in slimming down. To say that only diet and exercise are needed to slim down is an oversimplification. There are many other factors that affect a person’s weight.

healthy-dietFactor #1: Daily Routines

How do our daily routines affect weight loss?

Daily routines have a definite impact on the weight loss process. If people evaluated their main routines at home or at work, they would immediately see why the weight isn’t coming off.

If you grab cheeseburgers or tacos for lunch and you skip breakfast on most days, your metabolism is probably very low and your body isn’t burning calories at an optimum level.

Poor eating habits often have precedents. For example, if a person doesn’t have time in the morning to prepare breakfast, it is likely that they often sleep late and wake up in the morning with only minutes left to shower and dress for work.

It’s important that you slowly change your daily routines to fit your new lifestyle requirements. Otherwise, your body will not be able to shed fat efficiently.


Holiday Weight Loss Tips

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

holiday-weight-lossHow Holiday Weight Loss Is Possible

Losing weight over the holidays can seem like a pipe dream. Yet, every year, I coach people through holiday weight loss.

The holidays are really no different than any other time of the year. We are always busy, always eating, always running around.

It’s just during the holidays we are more aware of the stresses placed on us. And most people just give up trying to battle the bulge.

In a recent overview of various records, researchers found that people spend the same amount of time watching TV, shopping (both online and off), eating (via food purchases), and running around (based on gas purchases) during the time from Thanksgiving to New Years.

christmas-gingerbreadYet, people put on weight during this time of year.

So, how do we make holiday weight loss a reality?

Actively choose healthier foods – People get many more presents of sugary foods and then eat them from October through December. Sugar is the #1 cause of weight gain and diabetes.

Keep up with eating fruits and vegetables – In many areas of the country, farmer’s markets have closed up. Only the larger ones have farmers that have the ability to store produce. Get to know these farmers and learn how to eat seasonally. No, strawberries in January are not natural, but cabbage and onion are. Learn how to preserve produce through canning, freezing, and fermenting. You can have good foods all year round.