5 tips for naturally improving digestive health and losing weight
It is almost summertime, and this means you are probably more conscious of your weight and appearance. Although losing a few pounds is a common goal, many people hesitate to participate in diets that push synthetic shakes and strange habits. However, can you really lose weight the natural way?
5 digestive-friendly tips for losing weight
Losing weight should not be your only goal. If you are doing everything you can to lose weight without taking other factors into account, you are going to end up compromising your health. One of the biggest things to think about is your digestive system. You can take a look below at some of the top tips for losing weight while also improving your digestive health.
1. Consume apple cider vinegar prior to meals
If you suffer from uncomfortable conditions like constant bloating, regular constipation or acid reflux, you may want to try taking one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a small amount of water 10 to 15 minutes prior to mealtime. This tells your body that it is time to eat and encourages the production of the juices and enzymes your stomach needs to properly break down food.
However, consuming apple cider by itself will not help you lose weight. Nevertheless, when you are not dealing with issues like bloating, constipation and acid reflux, you are able to better manage your diet and consume the appropriate amounts of healthy foods.
2. Eat these herbs and spices
When your body consumes too much food, the liver can become sluggish. In addition to unwanted weight gain, the negative side effects of excess consumption are irritation and depression. However, you can take steps to help your body and avoid these issues.
In order to reverse your sluggish liver, traditional Chinese medicine suggests consuming certain foods and spices, such as watercress, oregano, dill and rosemary, to improve healthy bacteria and fight bad bacteria. You will feel better and put yourself on the right track to losing weight. Another option is to add food such as strawberries, eggs, greens and mushrooms for maximum weight loss.
3. Eat while sitting down
If you currently eat while standing or on-the-go, then you need to change your habits. “When you sit down to eat, you’re more likely to eat slowly,” says Sara Ipatenco of LiveStrong.com. “It takes about 20 minutes for feelings of fullness to reach your brain, according to the Medline Plus website, and slowing down will allow you to get that message.”
In addition, when you stand up, you are probably eating foods that are less healthy for you such as munching on cookies in front of the refrigerator or pantry. When you sit down, there is more thought and preparation involved. This usually means the food you select is fresher and healthier.
4. Chew better and longer
If you are not chewing at least 20 times for each bite, then you are not chewing enough. Chewing starts the breakdown process, which makes digestion easier on your stomach. Furthermore, the more you chew, the less you will end up eating. According to one study, you consume fewer calories by eating slower and chewing each tiny bite of food.
5. Consume more protein
If you are trying to lose weight but cannot reach your goals, you may need more protein in your diet. A high protein diet can boost metabolism by 80 to 100 calories per day, while also helping you feel fuller. One study suggests that people eating high protein diets consume 400 calories less per day than those eating a standard diet.
Lose weight the healthy way
Not all weight loss routines and programs are the same. Instead of paying for a synthetic program that relies on strange shakes and unnatural habits, you can try losing weight the healthy way. By keeping these tips in mind, you will be on your way to establishing a natural and digestive-friendly lifestyle that will eliminate those unwanted pounds.
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