Fiber: Increasing dietary fiber can help promote weight loss. The best fiber supplements for weight loss are psyllium, guar gum, glucomannan, and pectin, because they are rich in water-soluble fibers. When consumed with water before meals, these fibers bind to water in the stomach to form a gelatinous mass, which increases a sense of satiety and prevents one from overeating. Fiber can also help enhance blood sugar control, decrease insulin levels, and reduce the number of calories absorbed by the body.6 Be sure to drink adequate amounts of water and start out with a dosage between 1 and 2 grams before meals and at bedtime and gradually increase the dosage to 5 grams with each meal. 7
High-Fiber Foods: These include things like chia seeds, flaxseeds or fresh veggies and berries. Because fiber is not able to be digested once consumed, plus it absorbs so much of its own weight in water, these foods help slow your body’s digestion of glucose (sugar), keep you feeling full and beat cravings. Many foods high in fiber are also very nutritionally dense, meaning you get more bang for your nutritional buck.
As for the Alkaline Cleanse, it sounds so nebulous that it’s easy to sell. Remember Dr. Robert O. Young, the pH Miracle guy that started this fad? First, don’t listen to anybody who sells "miracles." The guy got his degrees at a diploma mill and has been charged with fraud for his health claims, according to QuackWatch.org. He’s claimed to have healed everything with his pH solution, but the only thing he’s healed is an ailing bank account.
Fifth, the tea should be used for the short term. Long term use could result in your body habituating to the laxative which may lead to a reduction in bowel motility (leading to intestinal paralysis, lazy gut, and IBS) and make you dependent on the tea for normal bowel movements. If you’re having problems with your bowel movements after using the tea, you should consult your doctor for further evaluation.
“Detox” or “skinny” teas have been widely touted as miracle weight loss products on social media, counting the likes of Kylie Jenner and other Insta-famous influencers among their fans (though their endorsement is likely in exchange for a hefty paycheck). There are a variety of different brands on the market, but the basic premise of each tea is essentially the same: all boast a quick and sure-fire way to lose weight, burn calories, boost metabolism, cleanse, detoxify, suppress appetite, and increase energy levels. However, there is no unbiased, research-based evidence to prove that these teas actually do what they claim. It is obvious that if you are eating less food and instead drinking calorie-free tea, you will lose weight – this is simply the result of a negative energy (caloric) balance, not the magic power of a tea. Furthermore, a drastic cut in calories is never a sustainable and healthy way to lose weight.
4. Stick to a consistent sleep schedule. Research shows that not getting enough sleep can alter your appetite and insulin control by increasing the hunger hormone, ghrelin, and decreasing leptin, the hormone that makes you feel full and satisfied. Leptin is a key weight loss hormone because it can raise resting metabolism and ramp up fat breakdown — both essential for shedding extra weight. Since our bodies thrive on having a predictable daily rhythm, set a regular bed time and stick to it. Sleep 7-8 hours every night, and try to get up at the same time most days.
Dandelion and peppermint tea is a fabulous drink that will help keep your liver healthy. The liver is an incredible organ. Not only is it the only way to truly detoxify your body, it is also plays a central role in many metabolic processes-a lot of which affect weight. In terms of fat metabolism, the liver is full of cells that break down fats and turn them into usable energy. These cells are also responsible for the flow of bile, which helps breakdown and absorb fats. In the metabolism of carbohydrates, the liver helps keep your blood sugar steady, therefore keeping energy levels up and regulating appetite. The list goes on, but the point is helping your liver helps your weight, as it plays a crucial role in managing fats and their absorption. Dandelion and peppermint both help your liver. Dandelion has hepatoprotection constituents, with hepatoprotection meaning an ability to prevent damage to the liver. Peppermint and dandelion both automatically stimulate the production of bile in the liver, helping with digestion and the absorption of nutrients. Mix these two together, and you have a powerful liver protecting tea!
Think about it. Maybe you’re in a 3 p.m. slump and want a snack to get you through to dinner. Which will fill your belly better, a palmful of potato chips with 155 calories, or three cups of whole strawberries with 138 calories? A can of sweetened cola at 136 calories, or a heaping cup of grapes with about the same number? In each case, the produce lets you eat a lot more, fills you up fast, and keeps you full longer.
6. Embrace moderation. We like to follow the “80-20 rule.” Eat and live as healthfully as you can 80% of the time and let go 20% of the time to indulge. You may find that it feels so good to be healthy you don’t crave treats as often. For holidays and parties, make a plan ahead of time and stick to it. Schedule one day of indulgence (or even just one meal) and get back to a lifestyle that supports your body the next morning.
Juice diets do prevent your body from going into a state called ketosis, he says. Ketosis means your body has no carbohydrates to burn for energy, so it has to burn stored fat or whatever else is available, he tells WebMD. "You feel bad, even smell bad. That's what makes you feel like hell during a [water-only] fast. But is that because the toxins are coming out? No! You're going into ketosis. It's known physiology."