One Easy Step to Lose Weight

Now before you start reading, I know you’re thinking “come on, I’ve heard the ‘one easy step’ trick before”.  Well, I cannot promise you that this will give you the body of your dreams.  Nor will it produce that magical six-pack you see on infomercials.  What it WILL do is help you consume less calories, which can lead to fat loss (especially when combined with a reasonable fitness program!).

Still interested?  Well, here goes, and it may be something you’ve heard before but dismissed.

The Big Tip

Don’t drink your calories.

What?  That’s it?!  Yup.  And as easy as it sounds, it’s one of the main things I see well-meaning, weight-loss-oriented people do all the time.  Too bad, since this one thing can make or break a slim and healthy lifestyle.

What do I mean when I say don’t drink your calories?  Well, unfortunately, most beverages (besides water, of course) carry a pretty heavy calorie count.  And not just that, the majority of those are in the form of sugar.  When your body consumes too much sugar (which is really any sugar past the very occasional indulgence), then it packs it on as fat.  The most affected area is those darned love handles that we’re all trying to get rid of!

But I Thought That Fruit Juice Was Healthy…

Sadly, many people think they’re being healthy and doing themselves a favor by drinking fruit juice instead of soda.  I hate to break it to you, but fruit juice, sweet tea, and the like are all just as bad for you as a regular old Coca-Cola.  They’re loaded with sugar and have had their nutrients stripped during all that processing.  In fact, the bottles in the juice aisle of your grocery store often have mold and fungi in them as well, which can contribute to the already-too-plentiful yeast population in many people’s bodies.

squeezing orange One Easy Step to Lose WeightNow, if you really love juice and you just can’t live without it, take my advice and get a juicer.  Fresh squeezed juice is wonderful for your body and carries all the fiber and nutrients that real juice is meant to have.  And, of course, it tastes 100% better than that processed junk in the juice aisle.

Aside from the real juice, however, the best thing to drink is (I know, I know)…  Water.  Don’t love it?  Learn to.  That’s my tough love advice.  If you commit to drinking a little bit of water every day, starting with just 3 glasses (one for each meal), and gradually increasing as you’re ready, I promise you in six months you will be a water fanatic.  I probably won’t be able to find you without a water bottle in your hand.

One thing that people who are not water drinkers notice when they start purposefully consuming water is that they feel so much better.  Just this one lifestyle change can help you feel clearer-headed, rested, and help you become more regular (that means it helps you poop easier, in plain English).

Of course, the other added benefit is that it helps you lose weight because you’re not taking in a mega-load of calories just by drinking them.

Aren’t There Any Healthy Beverages Besides Water?

Yes!  I’m so glad you asked.  First and foremost, there is herbal tea.  Now before you start rolling your eyes and walk away, give me just a second.  Herbal tea makes most people conjure up images of peasant-skirted hippies and incense or it just says one thing – BORING.  But it doesn’t have to be!

Learn how to make tea time fun for you.  One of the first things I did upon learning that herbal tea was good for me and probably something I was going to have to learn to like was that I got a beautiful teapot that I knew I would love using.  One of my favorite things is to grate my own ginger or use my own real, fresh, mint leaves to make a delicious pot of tea.  Way better than a box.  To me, sitting down with a cup of tea is a treat and a time to let everyone else know I’m not available (and with four kids, I need it!).

Another beverage that is so beneficial for you I could spend a year yacking your ear off about, is kefir.  Ke-what?  Kefir (pronounced keh-FEER).  Kefir is a probiotic drink, like a drinkable yogurt, that is absolutely loaded with good bacteria for your gut.  You can put it in smoothies, drink it straight, or flavor it.  You can usually find it in the refrigerated organic section in your grocery store, although for the very adventurous I suggest making your own.  You’ll need to order some kefir grains to do this (google it – there’s many places to order from).  I highly recommend the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon for a good kefir recipe, as well as other healthy fermented beverages.  Or you can look around online for different recipes.

How About Milk?  It Does a Body Good, Right?

Well, Yes and No.  Yes, milk straight from the cow, teaming with all the enzymes and bacteria you need, does do a body good.  But milk found in the grocery store, even in the organic aisle, that has been heated to kill off all the germs (which, of course, also kills off all the good stuff)?  Nope, not so much.  Sorry to burst your bubble.

My recommendation is either a) look around for a good organic farmer nearby who offers “cow shares”, i.e. a partial ownership in his herd, so you can get good milk, or b) stick to alternate sources of milk such as almond milk, coconut milk, etc.  I know this sounds harsh (I used to be skeptical myself), but milk that’s been pasteurized and homogenized is just plain not good for you.  Your body can’t digest it, and it’s missing the enzymes which would help you digest it, so you end up with flatulence, stomach upset, and a host of other digestive problems in the long run.  Not to mention the homogenization changes the molecular structure, which causes you to hang on to the fat instead of its running its course through your system and taking out bad bacteria with it.

To Summarize

That’s easy!  Learn to love water.   In fact, don’t even start eliminating other beverages from your diet if you’re uncomfortable with water.  Just start consuming a few glasses a day, then slowly increase and start replacing other drinks.  As you cut out those calories and added sugar, you’ll be amazed at the differences, both in the way you feel and in the way you look.  Then, start adding in healthy beverages like herbal tea, probiotic drinks, and even raw milk or alternate milks.  Try this one step alone and you’ll thank me, I promise!

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