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6 Reasons Why So Called ‘PROVEN’ How To Lose Weight Fast Tips Do Not Work

There are tons of weight loss methods out there. Some will supposedly help you lose 15kgs in a month. Others will provide you with noticeable results within a few days. In most cases, these so-called ‘proven’ weight loss tips are not effective for a bunch of reasons. Below, you’ll learn more about those so-called proven ways to lose belly fat and why they might not be so useful after all.

Skipping Breakfast

There is a pretty good chance that you believe skipping breakfast will help you lose weight each day. The concept seems pretty straightforward, and it should work by all means. However, there is a slight problem there. By skipping breakfast, you will be hungrier at lunch time. In return, you will most likely stuff yourself with more food at lunch. That will ultimately void the calories that you lost at breakfast and pack them on at lunch. So, you’re merely defeating the purpose.

Eating Many Small Meals Per Day

A lot of people believe that eating many small meals throughout the day can help keep their metabolism churning all day long. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Evidence has shown that eating five or more small meals a day will not make any difference to your weight. Do not skimp on food. When you’re hungry, you should eat until full. Do not feel obligated to spread out the meals, because it will not make any difference.

Weight Loss Supplements Are Key

Another gimmick that you should ignore is weight loss supplements. They do work exceptionally well for some purposes, but they’re not overnight successes. You’ll never be able to lose weight just by taking weight loss supplements. Without the basics, that belly fat is not going to shrink.

Chewing Gum

There is another misconception that chewing gum before each meal will make you eat less. This could have the opposite impact. Chewing gum could cause you to eat more. Just like some sodas can make you thirstier, there is a good chance that gum will make you hungrier. Chew gum if you wish, but do not expect it to curb your appetite.

Choosing Low-Fat Foods

You probably find yourself picking low-fat foods frequently. This might seem like a good idea as to how to lose belly fat, but it usually will not help. While those foods might contain less fat, they probably contain more of something just as bad. They may have more sugar or salt. It is best to avoid those low-fat foods or eat them in moderation.

Selecting Small Treats

Finally, there is a good chance that you choose fun-size treats. If they’re smaller, they must contain fewer calories. The only problem here is that you’ll be far more likely to eat more of the candies. Since they’re smaller, you’ll need more to fill you up, so you’ll find yourself eating handfuls in a single setting.

A Real Solution Without Surgery

The gimmicks mentioned above trying to tell you how to lose belly fat are simply not going to cut it. However, there is one solution that has proven time and time to be effective. The Sculpt Lipodrine Cellulite and Weight Reduction Gel is effective, safe and convenient. It is suitable for pretty much everyone and it’ll provide you with noticeable results pretty quickly!

5 Natural Ways To Suppress Your Appetite

Many people will have a difficult time trying to lose weight and get into shape. There are many roadblocks ahead, but most people find it incredibly difficult to keep their appetite under control. Instead, they’ll find themselves getting hungry too often and this will cause them to eat far too much. With that being said, it is absolutely pertinent to find ways to suppress your appetite, if you sincerely want to achieve your weight loss goals.

Within this comprehensive guide, you will find five natural ways to suppress your appetite, so you can lose weight easier.

Have Oatmeal At Breakfast

Most people believe that skipping breakfast is a good choice for losing weight. This is definitely not true. In fact, you should never skip breakfast, because it’ll only create more problems in the future. At the same time, it is pertinent to choose the right breakfast foods. Oatmeal is a good option. When looking at the glycemic index, you will find that oatmeal is at the bottom of the chart. This food also contains a lot of fiber. This combination ensures that oatmeal will be able to keep you fuller for a longer period of time. Be sure to stay away from maple syrup and brown sugar! These additives will cause your blood sugar to spike and then drop. In return, this will make you hungry very quickly.

Eat More Grapefruit

Grapefruit is another good choice. It has been shown that eating grapefruit with each meal can be very helpful for losing weight quicker and easier. It is believed that grapefruit is capable of lowering your insulin levels after each meal. And of course, this will help the user stave off their hunger for a longer period of time.

Consume More Fibrous Fruits And Vegetables

Bulking up on your fiber and water intake is a great idea. This combination will help you feel like you’re fuller for a lengthier period of time. The good news is that many vegetable and fruits contain a substantial amount of both. When assembling your meals, it is a good idea to add plenty of fruits and vegetables. Apples are a great choice. They can help you keep your appetite at bay for a longer period of time. Also, be sure to eat plenty of potatoes and leafy greens.

Eat Dark Chocolate

When attempting to lose weight, you will often believe that chocolate is off limits. This is generally true, but some chocolate can actually be very helpful. In fact, dark chocolate has proven to be a good way to keep the appetite at bay. Choose a dark chocolate that contains at least seventy percent cacao and it’ll suppress your hunger to a noticeable degree.

Gathering Banting Diet Food

Gathering Banting Diet Food

The Gather section deals with how to “forage” in the modern world. Most people can’t just go out and gather nuts, berries, and seeds like Cavemen used to do. We’ve got grocery stores, farmer markets, restaurants, and online businesses to meet our food supply needs. I’m going to keep things short and simple. There are two types of gathering that you must master in order to be successful at this whole Banting diet thing.

1. Gather ingredients for everyday Banting diet meals/snacking

When it comes to meat and produce, there are varying levels of nutrient density and cleanliness depending on where the food comes from and how it is processed. This order more or less goes like this from top to bottom:

  1. Harvest or Hunt Banting diet food for yourself.
  2. Straight from a farmer, either at the farm or at a farmers market
  3. From the supermarket, but only grass-fed/wild caught/free pastured/organic etc.
  4. From the supermarket with no regard to origin or quality

Each one has its advantages and disadvantages. There are three factors that you will have to prioritize when considering where to get your food: price, convenience, and health value. Options A and B are obviously the healthiest options when choosing Banting diet foods, but not always the most convenient. Growing your own garden and hunting your own meat can be very economical, but at the expense of time and effort. Option C offers good health value and convenience, but can be expensive. Option D usually offers the best price, but the worst nutrition. All I can recommend is that you get the best food you can with what you have to work with for your Banting diet journey. Since I cover Hunting and Harvesting in their own sections, I’m going to focus on options C and D, since that is where the majority of people get their food from anyways.

2. Learn how to order meals when at Banting restaurants.

South African’s love to eat out! Statistics have even shown that more people eat out on a regular basis than prepare meals at home these days. My wife and I enjoy eating out as well, usually one or two times a week. When we first started the Banting diet, we had to go through a learning curve on how to order at restaurants, something you too will encounter if you haven’t already. Don’t worry, this uncertainty will pass as your confidence increases. The first rule of thumb is to avoid fast food restaurants if you can. I realize sometimes you just can’t, and I’ll cover what to do in cases like this below. But let’s just say you’ve managed to find your way to a decent looking restaurant. There is a good chance this place will be serving something with bread , potatoes, rice, or beans, either as part of the entree or as a side. Tell your waiter that you are diabetic, gluten intolerant, or both, and ask what options they have. Normally they can recommend a dish with a nice protein and cooked veggies, or they will let you know that you can substitute veggies for french fries or a baked potato. Voila! Sometimes, you get a waiter that is not very knowledgeable and it takes a bit more work to get a Banting Diet friendly meal. In this case, ask questions like “can you use lettuce wraps instead of buns” or “can I get fruit instead of hashbrowns or steamed veggies instead of fries.”  You know what is Banting Friendly and what is not, so stick to your guns and don’t be afraid to ask questions or even invent your own dishes.

FYI, that little “I’m diabetic or gluten intolerant” trick works wonders. You can use it anywhere and avoid having to explain that you’re a Banting die hard and don’t want to eat crap. People are more sympathetic when you use those terms. Lucky for us Banting Restaurants are becoming more and more frequent in South Africa so you might not have to make any excuse at all.

Other Banting diet tips:

you might consider saying you have a peanut or soy allergy if you suspect they might use these oils for cooking.

What about fast food places? You have three options here:

  1. Fast! Remember, intermittent fasting is a useful tool in your Banting diet arsenal. If you are stuck someplace where you can only find fast food, consider this as an option
  2. Make it a cheat meal. Remember also, that you have the flexibility of the 80/20 rule. If you really want that hamburger or slice of pizza, go for it!
  3. Get creative, or go the ‘salad’ option. Most fast food restaurants are responding to government and public pressure to offer “healthy” options. You can get salads with grilled chicken at McDonald’s or forgo the footlong bun at Subway to make it a salad. You’re likely to consume a lot of sodium from packaged dressing or the meat, but it’s a heck of a lot better than a big mac.