5 STEPS TO A LEANER BODY
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step" Lao Tzu
Step #1 - Rethink sugar
In economics I learned about 'ceteris paribus' or 'holding all else constant'. The clause is used to consider the effect of some causes in isolation, by assuming that other influences are absent. If stress hormones, female cycles and everything else in your life remained constant (even your main food choices), just by cutting back 50% on your daily sugar intake alone would produce changes in your body. Sugar has 0% value and weakens your immune system. It throws off your metabolic functions and is highly addictive. This is what I mean: naturally occurring sugar in plants, fruits and vegetables (even sugar cane), in its natural package, comes with all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes needed for its full digestion. When sugar has been refined from its natural state, the body has to actually borrow from its store of nutrients in order to process it, leaving your body nutritionally deficient and hungry! Skip processed foods with more than 9g of sugars and reach out for a fruit instead and switch from sugar to maple syrup.
Step #2 - Sleep more
One of the greatest get-thin hormones is the Human Growth Hormone (HGH). It's a fat burner that works in the following manner: Normally your body uses glucose for energy before it taps into fat energy. But HGH reprioritizes everything. It forces your body to draw energy from fat reserves first. This turns you into a fat burning machine, even during inactive periods like when you're sleeping. With plenty of HGH in your body you don't have to diet all the time. How can you raise this hormone level? GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP. Sleep deprivation almost completely abolishes HGH production. Deep sleep is when the body produces HGH. Hot Yoga can help you find a natural state of relaxation that is conducive for a good night's rest. Waking up at the same time every day will make you more productive, too!
Step # 3 Eat HGH Building Blocks
This include foods high in the B vitamins like whole grains, legumes, vegetables and lean proteins; the mineral zinc found in lean proteins; and any protein rich food. B vitamins are involved in the movement of fats. GO ORGANIC. Many of our foods are loaded with pesticides and chemicals, which lower HGH. To avoid these body-killing substances, eat as many organic foods as you can.
Step # 4 Work Your Body
Hot Yoga improves your body chemistry, including levels of HGH. The intensity with which you practice Hot Yoga will trigger greater HGH release, improving your metabolism. Hot Yoga also lowers cortisol, the stress hormone. If you stay stressed out, you're working against you body's natural desire to stay lean and healthy. Cortisol is made in the adrenal glands and is the hormone that helps regulate blood sugar, the movement of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats in and out of the cells, and muscle function. Cortisol is meant to support short lived alarms in our lives like accidents. However, chronic stress leads to higher insulin levels, around-the-clock appetite, drop in the brain chemical serotonin, thinning skin, muscle waisting, Practicing Hot Yoga a few times a week at varied intensities will get your body from stuck to HOT!
Step # 5 Drink Carefully
Alcohol impedes the liver's ability to metabolize estrogen. When the liver fails to break-down estrogen, it stays in the body and your body stores fat. While it may give you an initial lift, it also stimulates adrenal glands to produce more cortisol, worsening anxiety, fatigue and other symptoms. HYDRATE! Drink at least 1/2 your body weight in oz to stay properly hydrated and to keep all your metabolic processes running smooth. HGH is your target!