How to Get in Track for Summer

Hi there sleepy heads,

Feeling lazy after the long Memorial Weekends?  Alright.  At least you admit it.  Yes exercise is still very important to the weight loss process, but if you insist, you can still lose weight if you put your focus on nutrition first.

Here are my top 10 lazy girl tips to still losing weight.

#10 Drink 8 glasses of water per day.

If anything, at least you can pee out a pound or two.  Kidding aside, water is very good for your metabolism and your body will respond positively for you.

#9 Eat spicy food.

Let’s make a Thai dish tonight!  Yes spicy foods have been known to speed up your metabolism so add a little cayenne pepper to that dish.  Plus it may be so spicy that you end up eating a little less.

#8 Drink green tea.

Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and other substances that help boost your metabolism.  Studies have shown that there are active components in green tea that help break down fat.

#7 Get better sleep.

For some of you, simply improving your sleep does wonders to your metabolism.  Sleep deprivation is a major hindrance to your progress, so improving your sleep hygiene will really make your metabolism more efficient.

#6 Take Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is a common deficiency in this country, surprisingly, and vitamin D plays a very important role in your metabolism.  There are vitamin D receptors on various cells in your body including your brain cells and fat cells.  Having an adequate amount of vitamin D can mean the difference between storing fat vs. burning fat.  I recommend taking at least 2000 IU of vitamin D per day.

#5 Think “half”.

Don’t want to count calories?  That’s fine.  Try the half method.  Following the half method helps you practice portion control so that you can save yourself the extra 300 calories that you don’t need.

#4 Eat slowly.

Remember it takes your body at least 15-20 minutes to create that beautiful full signal to tell you to stop eating.  S-l-o-w down and you will find yourself eating less with practice.  Be mindful and be present so that you can calm yourself and eat at a slower pace.

#3 Walk more.

Ok, so I said this was the lazy girl’s guide.  I didn’t say you had to go to the gym, but did you know simply by adding another 1000-2000 steps to your day can actually benefit you?  Try it out.

#2 Take fiber pills.

It’s best to get fiber from foods, but who are we kidding, we’re lazy right?  So take fiber pills instead.  Fiber helps with digestion and also helps with feeling full.  Women generally need about 25 grams of fiber per day and men need closer to 30 grams of fiber per day.

And the #1 lazy tip to lose weight is eat fat!!

If you want to burn fat, you have to eat fat.  Fat is energy and it slows down digestion.  The benefit from that is that it helps you feel full sooner and longer.  It shuts off your hunger signal and controls the appetite centers in your brain.  Fat also supports a special brain hormone called acetylcholine which is in charge of memory and concentration.

If you need any help with losing weight, it is just one click away and let’s get kick this summer.

Dr. Angela Tran

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