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Eat Fat To Get Flat

It seems like an oxymoron but the truth is, you can eat high fat and get a flat stomach. So many people are wondering how to get rid of that belly flab and the answer is right in front of them.

Eat high fat

Here are some foods that are quite high in fat content that can help you have that flatter stomach and a trimmer figure.

Remember to lower your carbohydrate intake and raise your fat intake, and you will burn off the flab that is unsightly.

Eating more fat is extremely important to reduce the overall desire for sugar. Sugar is a huge problem in today’s world. We see high rates of diabetes and heart disease, and the culprit is sugar.

When you ingest more fat, the urge for sugar dissipates. So eat more fat and you will want less sugar.

Try enjoying more of these foods:

Nuts

Nuts of all kinds are a great snack item and they are also great at trimming the flab from your body. Nuts are high in fat content, and they are also high in protein and fiber. The best nuts to eat are raw nuts. Stay clear of processed nuts which could have additives that are not good for you. So eat some:

  • Walnuts
  • Macadamias
  • Almonds
  • Pecans
  • and others

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate has many benefits, but it must be dark chocolate and not milk chocolate. Look at the cacao content and try to purchase dark chocolate with a content level of 72% or higher.

Also, just look at the fat content and carb content. Make sure the fat content is higher than the carbohydrate content.

It is a great way to satisfy that sweet tooth in a healthy way.

Avocados

Avocados are extremely high in fats, but they are the healthy fats. Plus, avocados are full of vitamins and minerals. They are one of nature’s super foods.

Try topping salads or sandwiches with avocados. You will be happy you did.

One more thing… Avocados are a great means of appetite control. So if you are feeling hungry, snack on a couple slices of avocado.

Coconut

Here is another super food given to us by Mother Nature. Coconut has high levels of good fat content. There are so many varieties of coconut products and ways you can use coconut.

  • Make recipes using coconut flour
  • Use coconut oil on your skin or for cooking
  • Coconut milk is much healthier than normal milk
  • Try drinking some refreshing coconut water

Grass fed Beef

Red meat is only bad for you if the cow is fed an improper diet. Cows have been getting fed hormones and grains that do effect the people eating the meat. But searching out fully organic, grass fed beef is a healthy meat to eat. Grass fed beef has high levels of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) which is a healthy fat that helps humans burn fat and build muscle.

So go ahead and eat a grass fed hamburger.

Grass fed Butter

Stay clear of margarine! Real butter is a whole lot safer for you and better yet, find grass fed butter. Yes, it is high in fat, but don’t let that have you assuming you will get fat from that fat. It will help you lose belly fat because it starts the fat burning process in your system.

While grass fed butter is higher priced, it is well worth it in health value for your body.

Organic eggs

It is important that you purchase eggs from organic farms where the chickens are allowed to roam and eat a natural diet.

Eggs are high in protein and the egg yolks have so many nutrients that a human needs in their diet.

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Phosphorus
  • Zinc
  • Thiamin
  • B6
  • Folate
  • B12
  • Panthothenic acid
  • Vitamins A, D, E, and K

Conclusion

So as you can see, you can eat fat to get thin. It does work. The flab will disappear by ingesting a high fat and low carb diet.

I suggest you give it a go and come back and tell me your thoughts after following this plan.

Thank you for visiting and you can leave any questions or comments below.

You May Suffer From Withdrawal

Many people attribute withdrawal symptoms to drug and alcohol addictions but believe it or not, some people have experienced withdrawals when stopping certain foods.

After reading an excellent article in U.S. News (http://health.usnews.com/wellness/articles/2017-01-03/is-food-withdrawal-a-real-thing) I felt I should also give a write-up on this same subject since I know I have a lot of readers abruptly changing their eating patterns and diets.

Food addictions

Nearly anything can be addictive, and that includes food. I want to first tell you there is a nationwide program for people suffering from food addiction. You can see more here: https://www.foodaddicts.org/

Do not be surprised if when you go on a regulated diet that you may have headaches, bowel troubles and even stomach aches. These kind of effects are quite prevalent in people who are cutting sugar and processed foods.

Studies have shown that sugars and processed foods react in the human brain in a similar way to drugs and alcohol.

But unlike some drug withdrawals, there are no dangers known of from going “cold-turkey.” But, we still recommend speaking with your physician before taking on any diet or quitting any food all-together.

Some tips from experts if you are truly addicted is to:

  • Use slow changes. If you are addicted to (Brand Name) soda, and you drink say, 5 or 6 bottles a day. It may be easier if you go 1 week with just 3 bottles per day, the next week at 1 bottle per day and after just don’t purchase any. But for some people, just cutting it out all-together “cold turkey” is their best bet.
  • Seek guidance. As you should know, I am here for you. If you believe you are addicted to any food source, contact me and we will work out a plan to break the addiction misery.
  • Have patience. Withdrawal symptoms may seem overwhelming, but they will dissipate soon. Your body and mind were just “hijacked” with non-healthy foods and it is a readjustment stage for your mind and body. Be patient and the withdrawal effects will soon pass.
  • Have cheats. Make sure you always have a healthy alternative near you. If you are suddenly getting a craving for sugar, maybe a handful of peanuts or raisins will take that withdrawal edge off. If you are addicted to processed foods, maybe a natural energy bar will break the pattern. And with soda, how about some fruit flavored water.

Think before

Before you put it in your mouth, think about what it is, what it has and if it is worth it.

I even suggest you go through your cupboards and refrigerator and throw away everything that could tempt you when you are in withdrawals.

Here are some good substitutes

  • Instead of processed chips or microwave popcorn, try eating organic stove top popcorn
  • Instead of using mayonnaise, use mustard
  • Instead of candy, try dried fruit
  • Instead of soda, drink tea
  • Instead of a chocolate bar, how about some organic dark chocolate ( if you are having a chocolate craving, you may be low on magnesium)
  • Instead of using vegetable oil, I recommend coconut oil
  • Instead of using croutons on your salad, use almonds
  • Instead of using white flour, try the coconut flour
  • Instead of using Ranch dressing, mix olive oil with balsamic vinegar
  • Instead of soda, mix mineral water with a little lime juice
  • Replace regular salt with Himalayan salt
  • Organic yogurt is much better than ice cream
  • Replace peanut butter with almond butter
  • Replace sports drinks with coconut water
  • Even your milk can be better if you use almond milk

Final Thoughts

You will go through a battle when you decide to change your eating pattern, but keep focused on the goal.

As I said, I am here to help.

Just contact me, and be sure and subscribe to my blog for more advice.

Take care.

The Top 21 Weight Gain Reasons

It seems like there are some people who gain weight just by looking at a brownie.

And there are others who can eat 2 apple pies and seem to lose pounds.

Why is this?

There are many various reasons that some people gain weight. There are also ways to overcome some of these reasons and keep your weight to a minimum.

In today’s post, I am going to explain the top 21 weight gain reasons and some methods to overcome these.

21: Genetics

It is quite evident in many families that we take after certain ancestors. Maybe you had a Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt or Uncle who was overweight and people tell you that you are a lot like that person.

I do believe that in some cases, we get it in our minds that we are like that person and we just assume we will be overweight too, so we don’t do what we need to do to defeat that demon.

Just don’t allow that mindset and follow a plan… A plan of proper eating and exercise and change the perception.

20: Too much sodium

Sodium itself does not cause weight gain per say, but it will force your body to retain water. That water will be reflected when you step on the scale.

Monitor your sodium intake and keep it to a minimum.

19: Marketing

Everywhere we turn we see ads for inexpensive foods: Get a Triple Cheeseburger, Fries and Coke for $2. Fried Chicken meal only $2.99. So on and so forth…

You need to realize that the cost may seem low but in all actuality, the cost is HUGE. It is your life and health.

18: Exercise

Some people either do not exercise or get improper exercise.

Exercise take pounds off. If you need an exercise plan, contact me and I will help you.

17: Insulin

Diabetes is a disease many people face. Some must take insulin and it is commonly known that insulin does cause weight gain.

But, your primary physician should have answers. Most of those answers will be your diet and exercise. Follow the Doc’s plan and you should be fine.

16: Stress

Experts have discovered that cortisol which is the hormone created by stress, also creates cravings for junk foods.

The answer, find other ways to manage stress. Do not go to the food for the answer.

15: The availability of food

We see an abundance of obesity in the world today because of the abundance of food. When people struggled to eat, there was not as much obesity.

The answer???

Is there one?

It is your responsibility to not take advantage of huge food supplies.

14: Not drinking enough water

Drinking enough water will help you feel fuller and you will be less tempted to eat snacks.

If you are feeling hungry, try drinking a glass of water.

13: Sugar

Sugar is calories that you really do not need. In fact, sugar is a carbohydrate, and to properly achieve weight loss, I preach a low carb and high fat diet.

Cut the sugar and watch the weight go down.

12: Going fat free

As I stated in #13, eating fat is good.

When you go fat free, your body will take carbohydrates and turn them into fat and store it in your body.

Fat free is not the answer to weight loss… Low carbohydrates is.

11: Health misinformation

Just as in #12, there are many people who will write things that are not true.

Make sure that before you choose a diet or exercise plan, you research and make sure that it is accurate.

10: Alcohol

Many alcohols are full of calories.

I am not telling you to not have a drink, but try to understand that there are many calories that do cause weight gain.

9: Digestion issues

If your digestive tract is not properly functioning, it can lead to weight gain.

If this seems to be an issue for you, just contact me and I can help you with finding a cleaner that will help you have a better functioning digestive system.

8: Shopping while hungry

It has been proven that when people shop while hungry, they tend to purchase items that are not healthy.

Be wise and eat before shopping, and make a shopping list and follow it.

7: Missing key nutrients

This is a common reason that people are gaining weight and also living an unhealthy lifestyle.

If you do not like certain fruits or vegetables, you need to find a supplement that will make up for that missing ingredient.

6: Not getting enough sleep

This factor goes right along with stress.

Your body manufactures the hormone cortisol when you are not getting enough sleep. That hormone will create a heavy appetite and a tendency to eat junk foods.

7 to 8 hours of sleep is the best.

5: Age

As we age, the tendency to gain weight heightens.

The answer…

Eat properly and exercise consistently.

I haven’t discovered the Fountain of Youth yet.

4: Lower body issues

Many people who have feet, leg or hip issues seem to gain weight. It is probably because of lack of exercise.

My suggestion is to speak with your physician to find exercises and methods to help you keep your weight down.

3: Junk food

I have “hit” on this fact earlier, but junk food is one of the top reasons for weight gain.

How about celery instead of chips?

Yogurt instead of ice cream.

Fresh fruit instead of chocolate cake.

2: Some medicines

There are some prescription drugs that will cause weight gain. They can increase appetite or retain water.

I suggest you ask your Doctor before getting the prescription and if there are any natural alternatives.

1: Food addiction

This IS the top reason!

Just as people can get addicted to other things, food can also be a huge addiction issue.

If that is you, I suggest seeking help.

You can beat that addiction.

Final Thoughts

Just knowing why you are gaining weight is the first step in solving the problem.

Use this list to determine why, and then you can make moves to defeat the problem.

What are your thoughts?

You can leave all comments below.

Thank you.

12 Ways To Make Weight Loss Fun And Easy

I have watched many people state they need to lose weight. I see them make some progress and then the inevitable…

why

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They quit!

They gain more weight!

They get depressed!

Why???

Because the weight loss plan they had just wasn’t fun. It wasn’t easy. It was like enslavement and no one wants to be enslaved.

And that is where the depression comes from, because they have chosen one enslavement over another.

Are you in that position? Do you know someone in that position?

In this post, I am going to share 12 ways to make weight loss fun and easy. I just know these methods can help you or that person you care about. So please share this and have fun with losing that weight.

1: Don’t Diet

Are you hearing Tara right?

Don’t diet???

But you are always talking about different diets and plans?

What I mean is to quit looking at it as a short, or even long term diet. Make it a healthy eating lifestyle. Don’t set any time limits, just change your eating patterns for life.

When a person says “I’m on a diet,” that means there is a time attached to it. It is similar to a New Year resolution… It gets broken.

2: Plant A Garden

starters

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What better way to eat healthy foods than if you grow them yourself?

Plant carrots, broccoli, peas and more.

It is so fun eating the healthy stuff we grow ourselves.

3: Eat Slower

Studies have shown that when a person eats slower, they eat less and enjoy their food more.

Instead of downing that meal in 10 minutes, slow it down to ½ hour.

You will eat less and enjoy the food you are eating.

4: Find A Workout You Like

Just because someone you know is doing a certain workout that is the fad doesn’t mean you have to copy it.

If you don’t enjoy your workout, you will find excuses to not do it.

5: Find A Workout Buddy

It really is enjoyable when you workout with a friend.

Find someone who is interested in doing the workout you enjoy, and do it together.

You will look forward to workout time this way.

6: Snack On Pistachios

Studies have shown that pistachios are a great item to snack on for weight loss, especially the ones with the shells.

7: Sleep

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Studies have also shown that lack of sleep leads to overeating and weight gain.

Sleep in and lose weight.

7 to 8 hours of sleep is the optimal amount.

8: Volunteer

Many organizations are looking for volunteers. Help clean up a park or waterway. Help with remodeling an elderly person’s house. This type of activity will keep you active and help you lose weight, plus you are helping other people.

9: Only 1

When you eat a sandwich, just make it 1 slice of bread.

Everyone has this idea that a sandwich has to have 2 slices of bread, but bread is a major contributor to weight.

So have some fun with it when you order a sandwich and tell the waitress 1 slice of bread.

If they bring 2, put the tip inside the extra slice of bread.

10: Go Enjoy Life

Go on a hike!

Go row a boat in the lake!

Go swimming!

Play tennis!

Play basketball!

Just go have fun and enjoy life and you WILL lose weight.

11: Eat Water Filled Foods

Eat soups, salads and foods that contain water.

They will fill you but not fatten you.

12: Drink Water For Breakfast

Drink several glasses of water for a great start to your day.

That water will fill you and help you shed those pounds.

Final Thoughts

Losing weight doesn’t have to be boring and dreadful.

Have fun and enjoy what you are doing, and the weight will leave.

If you need more help, just contact me and I will!

Thanks for visiting.

Is Weight Loss Causing You Pain?

Hello everyone!

I have been posting YouTube videos I have made along with a transcript of everything said.

Here is the newest:

Is weight loss causing pain in your life?

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Do you feel like it has overtaken your thinking process?

Well, I’m here to tell you that it probably has even more than you’re in touch with because when somebody wants to lose weight and they keep running into a wall that they never achieve their goals or they do achieve their goals but then they end up snapping back into those same patterns, it becomes absolutely exhausting and so painful.

To some level it feels like you’re in prison within yourself and you really do not have to live like this but the reason that this is happening is because your thinking that you have keeps getting you here.

If you do not understand what this wall is and how these boundaries keep stopping and preventing you from what you need in order to have a healthy lifestyle for life, not just to reach your goals, the pattern will keep on going.

What I do is provide a 12 week program to really tap into an understanding, changing your thinking, changing your patterns.

It’s a behavioral change in your life.

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How are you waking up?

How are you speaking to yourself?

The way that you’re looking at the world will all change and you will achieve your goals for life. It will open up finances, improve your relationships, you will have that healthy lifestyle, you will not be afraid to go to the doctor, you’ll feel more empowered to take pictures, you’ll want to buy new clothes.

Go to Tara Christopher.net, put your email in, get in touch with me, and change your life forever today because you deserve it.