This article isn’t about magic pills or special diet shakes that help you miraculously lose weight. Those types of things don’t exist regardless of how much we wish they did. But we will look at some key natural nutrients and see how they can help speed up the weight loss process for those women (and men) looking to shed some pounds.
Weight loss can be a difficult thing. Obviously with the countless articles, books, and products on the market everyone is always looking for an easier way to get it done. Let’s be honest, there isn’t an easier way. It does take a certain amount of work. But, that is not to say there isn’t a more efficient way. Part of that efficiency comes from a proper diet that does the most that it can for you.
Let’s look at some keys to help make your diet plan run smoother:
- Protein is an absolute key for weight loss, especially in women. Ideally it is consumed first in any meal which helps you feel full sooner. Additionally it takes longer to digest which keeps you feeling full longer. Also it is essential in preserving as well as adding to your lean muscle mass. As muscle naturally burns more calories than fat, having a body that is leaner in muscle will make it a more efficient, faster calorie burning machine.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- The best part of Omega-3’s is how they affect your brain. They are a key for improving your mood (which helps reduce stress-induced eating binges) as well as telling the brain to reduce hunger pains while increasing natural fat burning. On top of all that, they have the ability to help trigger fat burning in cells. Ideally you get Omega-3’s in fish, nuts, and seeds (which are all good sources of protein as well).
- When you intake a lot of vitamin D rich foods it can help shift your body into a state of fat burning instead of fat storing. Currently there is a whole diet craze (called the Vitamin D Diet) based on this idea. There have actually been quite a few scientific studies done over the last few years that have helped to support this theory of Vitamin D being a super nutrient in regards to weight loss. It can also help fight off depression and increase your immune system. Ideally you will be getting 1,000 to 2,000 IU a day (that is international units which converts to 25 to 50 mcg or micrograms).
- Calcium is linked with vitamin D in many foods naturally. It is also linked in its ability to fat burning per some researchers. The two prevailing theories are that it helps bind fat together in your gastrointestinal tract which prevents it from being absorbed into your bloodstream (and stored through the body) and also increasing calcium in a fat cell will cause that cell to release more fat to be burned as energy. While there has not been enough concrete evidence in the form of studies yet, increasing calcium in your body is a good thing for healthy bones, teeth, and fighting cancer.
Monounsaturated Fatty Acids
- Wow that is a mouthful. This type of fatty acid is found in nuts, seeds, peanut butter, olive oil, and even chocolate. I would imagine you are already excited to include more of those things in your diet. Let’s be clear, in moderation they are a good thing to help with weight loss because they help keep blood sugar more even which regulates appetite and hunger pains.