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Lose weight naturally with these 4 easy remedies

We all know of herbs and other natural remedies that can help improve our memory and boost our libido, but could there be a similar solution for burning fat?

7 WEIGHT LOSS ROADBLOCKS IN YOUR OFFICE

On Twitter, we got that exact question from a viewer, and the answer is that yes, other than exercise, you can help burn fat by adding certain foods to your diet.

Here are a handful:

Bone broth
Kellyann Petrucci, M.S., N.D., a weight loss expert, told Fox News that bone broth is one world’s oldest healing foods and can be especially effective when it comes to weight loss. Its power, she said, lies in the fact that it contains lysine, an anti-inflammatory agent known to aid fat burning.

Petrucci offered this tip: “Two days a week, do something called ‘mini fasting’ — that’s where you sip on nothing but bone broth two days a week, have a light meal about 7 o’clock, and that will even heighten your fat-burning power.”

6 MORNING HABITS THAT CAN BOOST YOUR WEIGHT LOSS SUCCESS

Turmeric
Studies show this super-spice can not only boost your body temperature, which can speed metabolism, but it can also improve your memory.

Cinnamon
Next time you pour your morning cup of coffee or whip up a breakfast smoothie, consider adding a dash of cinnamon. That’s because the spice can help regulate your blood sugar — helping you avoid that dreaded 3 p.m. crash and control your appetite, to boot. Plus, like turmeric, cinnamon can warm your body to boost your metabolism.

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Ginger
You likely turn to this spice when you have a bellyache, but it turns out that ginger is also a powerful natural solution for weight loss. In fact, studies suggest adding this spice to your diet can increase your fat burning by 20 percent.

 

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How to lower blood pressure: Cutting SALT from diet might not work …

The 2015 to 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends limiting sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams a day for healthy people.

During the study researchers followed 2,632 men and women ages 30 to 64, all of whom had normal blood pressure at the start of the study. 

However over the next 16 years, the researchers found the participants who consumed less than 2,500 milligrams of sodium a day – about the equivalent of 6g of salt, had higher blood pressure than participants who consumed higher amounts of sodium.

Those with the lowest risk had sodium intakes in the middle, which is the range consumed by most Americans.

Dr Moore said: “Our new results support these other studies that have questioned the wisdom of low dietary sodium intakes in the general population.”

The Most Effective Weight Loss Plan You’ve Never Heard Of Before

Though the plan focuses on food, physical activity, and weight management, the biggest emphasis is on making smart menu choices. (Kick-start your new, healthy routine with Women’s Health’s 12-Week Total-Body Transformation!)

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Since researchers at the National Institutes of Health developed the plan in 2001, the American Heart Association has endorsed it, and it’s backed by solid science laid out in a lengthy online guide.

To find out if the TLC diet is something you should try, take a look at our cheat sheet.

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What’s on the Menu

This is not a deprivation plan. The TLC diet calls for filling your plate with a variety of plant products and low-fat animal protein sources based on what makes your taste buds happy:

• Fruit: two to four servings per day

• Vegetables or dry beans/peas: three to five servings per day

• Grains, such as rice and whole wheat: six or more servings per day

• Low-fat or fat-free dairy, like 1 percent milk: two to three servings per day

• Lean meat, fish, or poultry: five or less ounces a day (about the size of two uncracked eggs)

• Unsaturated fats/oils: in moderation according to your calorie needs

• Dessert: Yes! But only low saturated-fat sweets, like fro-yo and Jell-O.

Sticking to this menu plan can raise your HDL cholesterol level; this is the “good” cholesterol that keeps your risk of heart disease in check. You’ll also lower your LDL cholesterol, the harmful kind that can put you in line for heart disease, she adds. It’s important to remember that the point of the TLC plan is to manage cholesterol, and though dropping pounds is often part of that, not everyone needs to shed lbs to make that happen.

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The Rules

Like most diets, the TLC diet requires keeping an eye on calories, which is a no-brainer if you’re trying to lose weight. However, the exact calorie range you should try to hit per day depends on your height, weight, and activity level.

Everyone who goes on TLC does need to crunch numbers though. The main rules: Only 25 to 35 percent of your daily calories should come from fat. Less than 7 percent of your daily calories should come from saturated fat sources (like butter, cheese, and meat), and you’re limited to no more than 200 mg of cholesterol per day—that’s a little more than what’s in one large egg (178 mg). The TLC diet “is very specific, and requires a lot of label reading and calculations, which may be challenging to stick to,” says Moon.

On the other hand, the exercise requirements are super straightforward: a minimum of 30 minutes of moderately intense (a.k.a. you break a light sweat) physical activity, like brisk walking, on most days of the week.

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What To Avoid

Steer clear of saturated-fat offenders like red meat, butter, cheese, and whole milk. The same goes for foods high in trans fat, such as fried fast food, many pastries, and processed cookies and crackers. Both saturated and trans fat kick up your LDL cholesterol count—not to mention your overall calorie intake

Alcohol is also on the watch list because too much is linked to high levels of triglycerides, another type of fat that plays a role in heart disease. On this plan, women should top out at one drink per day.

Finally, the TLC diet calls for slashing sodium to fewer than 2,300 mg daily, or about a teaspoon of table salt. Seems drastic, but it’s actually in line with the recommended intake for most adults across the board, per the American Heart Association. Sodium can contribute to high blood pressure, which in turn boosts the odds of heart disease. And if you’re trying to lose weight, dropping your salt quota can help squash bloating and help you drop some water weight.

Why It Could Work

While the TLC diet sounds similar to other popular heart-healthy diets like the Mediterranean diet, it offers more flexibility in terms of what you can consume. “It’s broad enough that it can be customized to different preferences for vegetarians or people who need to follow a gluten-free diet,” says Moon.

And though shedding pounds isn’t the primary goal, TLC “tends to be a low-fat diet, which has been shown in clinical trials to lead to weight loss,” says Moon. “However, there’s more than one path to healthy weight loss.” In other words, even a high-fat diet can cause you to downsize as long as you’re controlling for calories.

The Verdict

The emphasis on a wide variety of fiber-rich plant foods and low-fat protein options makes it healthy and filling, keeping hunger pangs at a minimum. And once you get the hang of reading food labels and adding up calories and nutritional counts, it isn’t too challenging. By tracking calories and getting in those 30 minutes of activity, you can lose weight the slow and steady way, which keeps it off. “It can certainly be a healthy way to eat even for those without cholesterol issues,” says Moon.

This Guy Went From "The Fat Kid" To Hugh Jackman’s Stunt Double

The process was simple, but brutal. Davenport jumped straight into a new workout regimen and completely overhauled his diet. He said goodbye to processed foods he was used to, like Cup-A-Noodles, mac and cheese, pizza, and candy —and started loading up on whole foods, like fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean meats.

“I had to teach myself how to cook. Some of the steaks I was cooking were absolutely disgusting. I had no idea what I was doing. It was a lot of trial and error,” said Davenport of the first few weeks of his transformation.

But he was determined to prove everybody wrong, so he resisted his cravings for Taco Bell and candy bars, no matter how bad they were. Giving himself a cheat day every Sunday made the change bearable.

“I would be in the Taco Bell drive-thru Saturday night at 11:58 p.m., and as soon as it hit midnight, I’d buy Taco Bell,” said Davenport, “After my Taco Bell I’d go home, go to bed. Then I’d wake up, and if I wanted to eat pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I’d do it.”

The program also included a full workout regimen, which would alternate between weight-training days and cardio days (check out the Men’s Health App for workouts from your favorite fitness stars). The weight training alternated between upper- and lower-body days and the cardio days were specified workouts that were typically 20 minutes long.

In just four months, Davenport went from 230 to 178 pounds, a total loss of 52 pounds. He’s put on some healthy, lean muscle since then and today fluctuates between 190 and 195 pounds.

(Looking for workouts that will help you lose fat and build lean muscle? Check out Metashred Extreme by Men’s Health.)