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Role of Fiber in Weight Loss

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In our goal to achieve significant weight loss, it is important to understand how fiber affects our diet plans. Such understanding is essential to make our hcg injections work more effectively. We hear our doctors constantly remind us how important it is to include fiber rich foods in our diet, especially if our goal is to shed some of our body’s excess weight. A reminder we do not take seriously. And if we do, the effort starts and stops with sipping a can of pineapple juice. But really, what is the role of fiber in effective weight loss programs such as hcg injections?

Basically, there are two types of fiber: soluble, which dissolves in water, and insoluble, which does not. Soluble fiber helps lower our body’s cholesterol levels. 30 grams of fiber intake can help you lose weight, lower blood pressure and improve the body’s response to insulin.

High fiber food tend to contain low calories. Women aged 50 and below are required to take 25 grams of fiber everyday, while those aged 51 and older are supposed to intake 21 grams of fiber on a daily basis. Men, on the other hand, are supposed to have more fiber intake as those aged 50 and younger are required to take 38 grams of fiber everyday, while those who are aged 51 and over are supposed to have lesser fiber intake of 30 grams everyday.

So does fiber help in effectively losing weight?

Shedding begins from the digestive system, how the body absorbs nutrients and how it excretes waste. Fiber normalizes our body’s bowel movement which decreases the possibility being constipated. It also helps prevents the development of colorectal cancer, which is an abnormal growth of cells which can spread to other parts of the body.

If the body’s bowel movement works as it should be, our body avoids the risk of developing hemorrhoids. It lowers cholesterol level and controls our body’s blood sugar level which reduces the risk of developing heart diseases, as well as type 2 diabetes. High fiber foods are more filling in the stomach which lessens our food intake. It also has fewer calories which is helpful in weight loss.

The busy and demanding careers of people nowadays have left us resorting to take outs for dinner and instant meals for the rest of the day, we simply cannot eat healthy meals three times a day, no matter how much we want to. And so, we substitute the nutrients we lack which we are supposed to get from healthy and hearty meals with vitamins and other food supplements. But Dr. Frank Hu, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health stresses the importance of adequate fiber intake. For him,  it is best to get fiber from actual food, and not from food supplements.

Sources of natural fiber comes from everyday food that we can buy in the grocery store on our way home from work such as wheat oats, vegetables, fruits such as banana, legumes such as nuts and seeds, whole grains, and beans.

Fiber works best when it can absorb water. HIgh amount of water can help in making the stool soft and bulky. Be careful in your fiber intake, though. Adding too much fiber in the diet quickly can promote intestinal gas, abdominal bloating and cramping. So in order to balance out the fiber in our body, drink plenty of water.

 

6 Surprising Reasons Why You Are Not Losing Weight

When you are too focused on the end result of your diet, which is to lose weight, you tend to overlook at things that may have a huge effect while you’re taking HCG injections. Chances are, you are not losing weight because of these seemingly innocuous habits and conditions that actually regress your weight loss effort.

You are Not Tracking Your Protein Intake

Protein is the most important nutrient for losing weight. Make sure you consume enough protein, especially when you’re lowering your calorie intake. In fact, eating protein at 25-30% of calories can boost metabolism by 80-100 calories per day. However, the total amount of protein consumed depends on your body weight. For female, the recommended is 1-1.2 grams of protein per pound of body and 1-1.5 grams per pound for male.

You Don’t Eat Breakfast

Skipping breakfast or any meal may seem like a great way to reduce calories. But skipping meals, especially breakfast, isn’t advisable if you’re trying to lose weight.  Eating breakfast improves your metabolism and helps you stay energized throughout the day. In fact, people who are on a diet must eat breakfast to lose weight fast. Just make sure to include protein and fiber in your morning meals.

You Don’t Drink Enough Water

Aside from keeping you hydrated, drinking water regularly aids weight loss.  A study proves that people who drink half a liter of water 30 minutes before meals lose 44% more weight than those who don’t. Drinking water before meals also helps control food consumption. Likewise, eating food that contains a lot of water such as fruits and vegetables can fill you up faster, resulting to less food consumption.

You Have a Medical Condition

All efforts you exert in losing weight may come futile when you have a medical condition that’s making you gain weight. Among these conditions include: allergies, diabetes, hypertension, menopause, asthma and many more. If you are taking medication for any of these illnesses, consult with your doctor before starting on a diet plan.

You Are Not Getting Enough Sleep

Getting a good sleep will help your body respond well on your weight loss routines and exercises. Quite the contrary when you deprive yourself of some shuteye, your hunger and fullness hormones, including ghrelin and leptin, will flare up. Ghrelin signals your brain when it’s time to eat. So when you lack sleep, your body makes more ghrelin. On the other hand, leptin signals your brain to eat less, so not getting enough sleep can drop the leptin levels. When your body produces more ghrelin and less leptins due to lack of sleep, the result can lead to overeating and gaining extra pounds.

You Sit All Day

According to University of Missouri-Columbia’s study, sitting for a few hours causes the body to stop producing lipase: a fat-restraining enzyme. If your job requires you to sit at a desk 8 to 9 hours every day, remind yourself to stand up after every hour and take a short walk. Tip is, walk for 2 minutes every hour; it can actually burn 59 calories a day, according to the recent research from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

To avoid putting all your weight loss efforts in vain, make sure your health and lifestyle match your diet plan. Good luck!

Role of Water in HCG Diet Plan

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It’s important to understand how water impacts diet plans, most especially while taking HCG injections. As a matter of fact, drinking plenty of water is one of the most essential task for people who follow a certain diet plans. Did you know why? Because it helps you lose weight quickly. Here’s how it works:

Alternatives for Carbohydrates
HCG diet requires a low a calorie and carbohydrates consumption. When carbohydrates intake is restricted, the body uses storage form of carbohydrates for fuel. Water aids in processing stored carbohydrates for a faster metabolism. As a result, your body will avoid dehydration. A dehydrated body slow downs its metabolism.

Proper Digestion
Water is a necessary contributor  for a proper metabolism and helps to control appetite.  Not drinking enough water can confuse signals between thirst and hunger. Keeping your body hydrated will help reduce the urge of eating excessively that may lead to straying away from the diet plan.

Helps Release Toxic
Since the goal of HCG diet plan is to lose body fat quickly. Drinking enough water helps release a large number of toxic substances that were stored in the body’s fat cells. Toxins are processed by the liver and will be flushed out of the body. With the help of water, the liver will do its job in properly dissolving toxins, and freeing the body from toxins is essential to lose fats.

Water Helps the Diet
Because salt is not restricted in HCG, people might be tempted  to add more salt into their food for more flavor. And when sodium levels increases, the body retains water. Drinking more water will stabilize the body’s sodium level.

Water takes up 60% of our body. Thus, it is essential to keep that level of hydration for us to function well and stay healthy.