I know that if you have hypothyroidism you are very sceptical about the weight loss, especially after struggling for years, trying many diets and “magic tricks” that didn’t work to begin with or getting the results that didn’t last long.
Today I will share with you a simple trick how to lose weight without dieting that works for everyone and every time while it is healthy, legal and even supports your thyroid, adrenals and overall health:
- You don’t have to take any diet pills, herbs or magic formulas readily available on the market that can actually damage your thyroid and adrenals in the long run
- You don’t have to change what you eat
- It is absolutely simple and anyone can do it
- It brings fast results that last if you stick to this simple but effective strategy
- However, it will require some determination and will-power
So, how do you lose weight fast without dieting in a healthy and sustainable way and support your thyroid and adrenals at the same time?
You just need to do one simple change:
Drink water and ONLY water.
Exclude all fruit juices, coffee, most teas, milk, beers, sodas, diet sodas, sports and energy drinks and anything else other than pure filtered water.
Try it for a month and watch how much weight you lose and I guarantee you that you will experience a dramatic change in how much better you look and feel.
If pure filtered water tastes too plain you can add a slice of lemon or squeezed lemon juice or lime. Adding lemon also has some properties of a gentle detox, flushes out your liver and kidney and makes your body more alkaline.
We are approaching the winter season now and many of you would like to have a warm beverage – drink hot water or you can make one exception and drink decaffeinated teas without any stimulants, cream and sugar.
Why does it work?
New studies suggest that liquid calories are by far the bigger culprit than solid foods, when it comes to weight loss.
The researchers evaluated the relationship between beverage consumption among adults and weight change and found that a reduction in liquid calorie intake was significantly associated with weight loss.
Furthermore, a reduction in sugar-sweetened beverages intake was directly linked to weight loss while high consumption increases the risk for many health conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
The truth is that many people are addicted to sugar. The liquid calories we drink are likely to be added to calories that we get from the food and don’t replace what we eat. Soft drinks reduce your thirst and add more calories but they don’t fill you up and satisfy your hunger as much as solid foods do.
Hidden sources of empty calories
Based on sugar content, calories and nutritional value the following categories of beverages sabotaging your weight loss efforts the most:
- Sugar-sweetened beverages such as regular soft drinks, fruit drinks, fruit punch, or high-calorie beverages sweetened with sugar
- Diet drinks such as diet soda and other “diet” drinks sweetened with artificial sweeteners
- Dairy desserts and milk such as milkshakes, flavored milk and chocolate milk that contain added sugar
- 100 percent fruit and vegetable juice and juices made from concentrate
- Coffee and tea with sugar
- Alcoholic beverages such as beer, sugary alcoholic drinks like cocktails and mixes
- Meal replacement drinks
- Energy drinks
- Sport drinks and vitamin water
- Powdered drink mixes
All these beverages are one of the biggest hidden sources of empty calories in our diets that do not have much nutritional value and are full of sugar. Even those drinks that are marketed as super-healthy such as 100% apple or orange juice and not made from concentrate are highly processed and have high sugar content.
Did you ever wonder why your morning orange juice that you bought in your supermarket tastes the same every day? Why are the taste and flavor so consistent and you can recognize the juice made by different brands?
Every commercially produced beverage such as Starbucks Frappuccino, Pepsi, Coca Cola or Minute Maid orange juice is produced by following the recipe and involves more artificial than natural flavours.
For example, after squeezing oranges to keep juice for a long time without spoiling and increase product shelf life, oxygen (and all natural flavours together with it) are removed and artificial flavours are added before packaging.
According to the labeling law, these added artificial flavours are not considered as ingredients and you won’t see them on the product labels despite the fact that they are chemically altered.
The same goes basically for ALL commercially produced beverages listed above.
Alcoholic beverages consumed alone and with meals make you more likely to overeat and add more calories than many people think. Fruity, sugar-loaded cocktails are another hidden source of liquid calories and can be one of the reasons why your weight loss efforts fail.
For example, depending on the recipe a 12-ounce Pina Colada cocktail contains about 85g of sugar and 550 calories. Inevitably, too much alcohol will sabotage your weight loss efforts.
Some of the beverages such as tea and coffee have no calories but different recipes that add other ingredients can significantly increase calories and turn your cup of coffee into a sugar bomb.
For example, a large 16 oz Starbucks Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino® Blended beverage with a whipped cream topping has 430 calories and whopping 69g of sugar. In addition it contains 95 mg of caffeine that acts as a stimulant and can drain your adrenals and affect thyroid in the long run.
Probably the biggest culprit to weight loss is soda. For example, a 20-ounce soda contains about 18 teaspoons of sugar while American Heart Association recommends no more than 9.5 teaspoons of sugar per day.
One teaspoon is an equivalent to 4g of sugar. Just as little as 3 teaspoons of sugar are enough to suppress your immune system for 6 hours.
This infographic will show you just how getting your daily sugar fix may be contributing to your weight gain and many short- and long-term health issues.
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Will it be so easy as it sounds?
As simple as it sounds, this trick may be not easy to implement for some people. Sugar is not only toxic but also addictive. Neuroscientist at the Oregon Research Institute found that sugar activates the same brain regions when a person consumes alcohol and drugs, in particular cocaine. In addition, heavy eaters of sugar develop tolerance and need to consume more and more to feel satisfied which is a symptom of addiction.
As a result of reduced sugar consumption, people who are dependent on sugar can experience sugar or carb cravings, energy spikes and dips throughout the day, brain fog or cloudy thinking, trouble concentrating or hunger that goes from mild to intense very quickly. All these reactions are withdrawal symptoms from sugar addiction and signs for blood sugar problems.
So, how to satisfy your cravings and overcome withdrawal symptoms?
- Eat more foods that provide you with high nutritional value and try not to reach to sugary foods like cookies to overcompensate for missing liquid sugar
- Eat low glycemic fresh fruits instead of going back to sugary beverages that you substituted with water.
- Take a deep breath Ladies – overeating the RIGHT foods is another proven trick
This Stop Dieting Starter Kit is provided by Dr. John Berrardi, PhD, CSCS and Co-Founder of Precision Nutrition. Over the past few years he and his team have helped over 125,000 women get fit and gain control of their eating. Even those who have tried and failed before. He is well aware about difficulties thyroid patients have with losing weight and it will get a special consideration.
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1. Reduction in consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with weight loss: the PREMIER trial by L.Chen Am J Clin Nutr, 2009, vol. 89 no. 5 p. 1299-1306
WebMD Feature: “You Are What You Drink,” by Norra Macready, Sept. 26, 2001.
WebMD Medical News: “Hidden Calorie Countdown,” by Jennifer Warner, Sept. 15, 2003.