Losing weight can certainly be a struggle. With all of the different diets, drinks, pills and powders on the market claiming to be the best weight loss solution, figuring out where to start can be challenging.
Purslane offers the richest source of omega-3’s and melatonin that you can obtain from a green vegetable. Its nutrient density strengthens synapses, the connections in the brain, to enhance memory and learning. Omega-3 fatty acids are believed to reverse the harmful changes to belly fat produced by fructose, so Gottfried suggests adding purslane to your salads.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT), is known to help reduce body fat. It involves exercising at a high intensity for 30-75 seconds, separated by 2-3 minutes of exercising at a lower intensity. These bursts of high intensity training allow for far more fat loss than steady cardio.
Undereating protein and overeating carbs can lead to weight gain. Lentils, legumes, organic wild-caught salmon or cod, or organic grass-fed beef are anti-inflammatory proteins that can help keep you full and nourish your body.
Liquid calories from soda, sugary juices and alcohol help store belly fat. If you’re serious about losing body fat and losing weight, there’s no room for alcohol in your diet.
Gluten and dairy are the most common food intolerances. Research suggests that going gluten free can reduce fatness, inflammation and insulin resistance. Food intolerances tend to raise stress hormones such as cortisol, and they can trigger inflammation.
Chronic stress raises cortisol levels which can lead to weight gain, fat storage and the breakdown of muscles. Find a way to manage your stress, whether it’s through essential oil baths, exercise or a creative outlet.
Fructose is the most metabolically hurtful sugar. It doesn’t tell your brain when you’re full, so you still feel hungry and keep eating. Fructose goes straight to the liver where it creates fat and triggers insulin and leptin resistance, resulting in inflammation, a stressed liver and more visceral fat.
In order to burn visceral fat, the body needs 7 to 8.5 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Sleep keeps cortisol and insulin levels in check, so make sure you’re getting a good night’s rest on a regular basis.
Adiponectin works between fat cells and the brain. When levels are low, it can cause the body to store fat. The more adiponectin you have in your blood, the more body fat you can burn. To raise adiponectin, eat pistachios and pumpkin seeds, get at least 35 grams of fiber each day, and make sure you’re getting magnesium in your diet.
Intermittent fasting works just as well as caloric restriction for the purpose of reducing visceral fat. Gottfried suggests an 18-hour window for women, and a 16-hour window for men.