Sometimes weight loss reaches a plateau. DO NOT give up! All of the hard work is paying off. You’re eating healthy and working out consistently. This week try something new and bump up your progress. Change up your exercise routine to give your body a new challenge. Then add a fat burning boost with an anti-inflammatory supplement.
If your belly were just a smidge smaller, maybe you wouldn’t need to wear Spanx under dresses. Or at least not the ultra compression pair that makes you feel like a sausage. We’re hoping adding a vitamin D supplement to our morning meals can end our frenemie relationship with shapewear. “Studies show that more than 70 percent of Americans are vitamin D deficient,” says Dr. Charles Passler of Pure Change. “Vitamin D is produced by the body and it requires sunlight but the challenge is getting enough sun without being overexposed to the damaging rays.” Vitamin D is key in building strong bones, warding off colds and depression, is an important nutrient for weight loss, and helps reduce inflammation.
People with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to catch colds. And when you feel congested and tired you’re probably going to skip your workout and eat cookies instead. A lack of D is also related to higher levels of inflammation in the body, which can result in weight gain and belly fat. A study from the University of Minnesota found that vitamin D was connected to weight loss while a Canadian study found that people with ideal levels of vitamin D had less belly fat than those who were lacking.
Research from The Netherlands found that people who had lots of belly fat plus large waistlines also had low vitamin D levels. “When levels of D are low it can trigger a chain reaction in your body that leads to converting sugar to fat and then hoarding that fat rather than releasing it to be burned off during exercise,” says Dr. Michael B. Zemel, PhD, director of the Nutrition Institute at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Don’t sabotage your vitamin regimen with a breakfast loaded with carbs and sugar. It’s really tempting to add chocolate chips to steel-cut oatmeal. We have a major sweet tooth. But when you eat tons of sugar your body craves more and more. Till one day even the sweetest sugar doesn’t seem sweet enough and your pants won’t close. Berries are an anti-inflammatory food with a high-fiber content and a low-sugar content compared to other fruits. Alix Turoff, a New York City nutritionist and trainer, says raspberries and blackberries have 8 grams of fiber per cup! They are high in polyphenols, micronutrients that combat cellular stress by slowing down and blocking the inflammatory response in your body.
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