Stressed Out? Eat This to Lose Weight (3:18)
Are you eating the right foods and exercising the right way for your body type? Find out whether you’re a stress type, sugar type, estrogen type, or T type and follow these tips to lose weight effectively.
The Stress Type
When you’re stressed out, you have higher levels of the cortisol hormone. Excess cortisol can lead to increased visceral fat around organs, which is most visible around the stomach and waistline.
If you’re stressed, add warm complex carbohydrates to your diet. Complex carbs can help boost serotonin, the feel-good chemical in your brain while warm foods offer a comforting and stress-relieving sensation. On the Day-Off Diet, add 1/2 cup rolled oats to almond butter banana smoothie and microwave for 1 minute.
The Sugar Type
Addicted to sugar? When blood sugar levels rise, your body will produce extra insulin, which can lead to extra fat. This may be reflected in love handles and excess fat around your waist, in a similar manner as the stress type.
To curb your sweet tooth, add sugar-lowering spices to your meals, like cinnamon, garlic, oregano and sage. Studies show that cinnamon can help reduce fasting blood glucose and when combined with eggs, may lower blood-sugar levels. On the Day-Off Diet, add cinnamon to scrambled eggs for breakfast, or mash a banana with two eggs and cinnamon to make pancakes.
The Estrogen Type
Have you noticed extra fat around your hips, thighs and butt along with strong PMS symptoms? This is a common trait during your child-bearing years and might be a sign you have excess estrogen in your body.
Keep your weight in check by eating more cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower. The high levels of phytochemicals in these vegetables may help decrease the effects of estrogen, including weight gain. On the Day-Off Diet, since non-starchy vegetables are unlimited, you can swap in cruciferous vegetables in lunch or dinner dishes.
The T Type
Does fat accumulate around your arms, leading to arm flab? Do you have trouble building toned muscles? Unlike the other body types that have excess hormones, your body might not be producing enough of the testosterone hormone.
The solution? Add more vitamin D into your diet. On the Day-Off Diet, make vitamin D-rich fish your go-to protein source for lunch or dinner. Salmon or sardines are both good choices since they are low in mercury. Mushrooms are also a great source of vitamin D when exposed to light as well as 1000IUs of a vitamin D supplement.
To round out your weight-loss plan, print out this infographic and add these moves to your workout routine.