Tonawanda News — • Include more healthy fats. Healthy fats such as walnuts, flax seed, chia seeds, fish oils, cold-pressed olive oil and almonds are essential to helping your body metabolize fats. Most individuals do not get enough.
• Hormones. Estrogen dominance, in women as well as men, could be the reason weight loss is so difficult. This should be considered, especially for those with excess abdominal fat.
• Thyroid. Thyroid balance is essential for a healthy metabolism. Most individuals suffer hypothyroidism from iodine deficiencies. Unfortunately, many individuals who suffer from symptoms of hypothyroidism will not be treated because their labs fall within “normal” range. The parameters are too generous. Many should be treated and are not.
• Fake foods. Frozen meals and foods that come out of packages are typically loaded with addictive chemicals that keep you craving more. As Jack LaLane said many times, “If man made it, don’t eat it!” Eat foods as they come from nature. Single-ingredient foods will keep you out of harm’s way.
• Not enough protein. Most individuals seeking weight loss fail to eat enough protein. Protein does not have to be in the form of meat. One cup of cooked spinach has approximately 7 grams of protein. By weight, spinach has more protein than red meat. Who would have thought? Nut butters, non-dairy milk, quinoa, hemp, tofu, lentils and beans are just a few examples of vegan protein choices.
• Exercise. You don’t have to spend hours at the gym to call it exercise. Just walking or 25 to 30 minutes or any movement that will increase your heart rate will help to boost that metabolism.
• Water is underrated when it come to weight loss. Pure, filtered water is cleansing and fat flushing. Adding fresh lemon to your morning glass will help boost metabolism. Flavored or colored waters are not beneficial. Herbal teas that are naturally decaffeinated can be included in the water category.