As summer arrives, we all become concerned about how we may look in a bathing suit. Maybe this is the time to re-examine your diet and daily routine. If you are going to eat carbohydrates, eat those that are 100% complete carbohydrates, often referred to as Complex Carbohydrates. These are foods that have fiber and nutrients; not the empty carbohydrates such as breads, pastas, and white rice which have had a lot of the goodness removed during processing. Snacks are such weight builders. If you’re going to eat snacks, consider nuts. They have omega oils in them which are so essential for good health and provide energy too. Then there’s fruit. Basically, fruits are healthy snacks. Be sure they are organic. If you are diabetic, eat fruits in moderation since they do contain simple sugars. When it comes to supplements, look for ones that will support your thyroid gland with nutrients such as iodine and tyrosine that go into manufacturing the T-3 and T-4 thyroid hormones. These hormones regulate the energy metabolism of your body and speed up the metabolism. When you increase your metabolism, you are burning more fuel. Many people have stored energy. I have never seen a “fat” person. What I’ve seen are people who have a lot of stored energy and they are not running the equipment. Increasing your activity level can help with that. When you burn more “fuel”, you burn stored energy. It’s that simple. Other nutrient considerations are the lipotropic nutrients such as choline, inositol, and methionine. “Lipo” means fat and “tropic” means “having an affinity for”. So, lipotropic nutrients are nutrients with an affinity for fat. They can help to move fats into the cells for burning. In short, along with modifying your diet and adding supplements, increasing your metabolic rate with exercise is how you’ll lose — and win. What’s more, by exercising, you oxygenate your body AND your brain — keeping your mind healthy as well. You’ll feel great all around. So have a fun and safe summer — and remember to take a good look at what you’re doing to keep yourself in good health.
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