Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
Power Nutrient #4: Meat and Eggs
Did you cringe a little when I said you’d be eating foods that grew from the ground or had a mother?
This is the mother part.
On this plan, you’re going to eat meat.
All different kinds, but primarily those high in beneficial fats, like CLAs or omega-3s.
Meat is the best source of the amino acids you need to build muscle (BEST CHOICE: Alaskan wild salmon).
Meat and eggs both have amino acid L-arginine, critical to the production of protein and to the release of growth hormone in your body.
L-arginine is also a precursor to nitric oxide (NO), a beneficial gas that improves the functioning of your endothelium, the lining of your blood vessel walls, to decrease clotting and increase blood flow.
(NO is the driving force behind Viagra, if you catch my meaning.)
The amino acid tyrosine not only keeps a lid on your appetite and reduces body fat, it also supports the healthy function of your thyroid, pituitary, and adrenal glands.
Leucine, another amino acid found in meat, eggs, and fish, also helps your body produce growth hormone, as well as regulate blood sugar levels and grow the muscles that help all your hormones work better, especially insulin and testosterone.
You know those 25 years of trying to reduce dietary cholesterol to keep blood cholesterol levels down?
Yeah, forget that.
All sex steroids are created from cholesterol, so your body needs the cholesterol in meat and eggs to make that precious testosterone.
In fact, many experts now believe there’s little connection between dietary cholesterol and unhealthy blood cholesterol. (Oops, their bad.)
Turns out whole eggs are a nearly perfect food, with almost every essential vitamin and mineral our bodies need to function.
(Pair an egg with an orange and you’ll get the one thing that’s missing – vitamin C.)
Protein increases your metabolic rate because it takes more energy to burn than carbs or fats.
When you eat protein and fat, especially the omega-3s found in organic free-range eggs, meat, and fatty deep-sea fish, ghrelin levels drop and your stomach releases more of the neuropeptide CCK, slowing down digestion and lowering your appetite.
Salmon, which is rich in omega-3s, is also a source of selenium, which is critical to your thyroid, and vitamin D, which helps to preserve muscle.
One serving of salmon gives you a huge amount of tryptophan, the precursor to serotonin, a brain chemical associated with calm and positive moods.
And eating fish also helps to reduce your body’s production of prostaglandins.
Prostaglandins act like hormones in your body, but rather than move their messages around your bloodstream, they stay right in your cells.
You can blame prostaglandins for inflammation, pain, and fever in your body.
But while omega-6 fatty acids produce prostaglandins, salmon’s omega-3 fatty acids can help blunt their effects.
The omega-3s in salmon and organic free-range meats and eggs also help to manage blood sugar and fight obesity.
A dose of 1.8 grams of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) a day – most easily achievable with fish oil capsules – has been shown to increase adiponectin levels, increasing insulin sensitivity.
Another study suggests fish may help your body become more sensitive to leptin and less likely to become leptin-resistant.
Many vegetarians might argue you can get omega-3s from vegetable sources, but no plant source of omega-3s would ever get you close to this beneficial dose.
Our bodies convert only 5% of ALA omega-3s (from flaxseed, walnuts, and other tree nuts) to EPA, and even less to DHA.
By all means, include these in your diet, but don’t count on them to get you to a desirable threshold for healthy fats.
For that, don’t mess around – eat organic meat, eggs, fatty fish, and for good measure, take mercury-free fish oil capsules.
Because we have to face the one huge, unavoidable bummer of fish: toxins.
Were it not for that, you could eat fish every day of the week and I’d be happy – and so would your hormones.
Hormone Homework: Have 3-5 servings (from recommended sources) per week.
>Always buy wild-caught salmon – farm-raised salmon are fed a diet that raises their omega-6s, not their omega-3s. Farmed fish have higher levels of PCBs and other organochlorines than wild-caught, and their farms create sea lice that kill wild salmon. (Go to www.mbayaq.org for the best choices in seafood for your area.)
>Eat fish within 2 days of purchase. If you can’t find wild salmon in your area, consider ordering it online – it’s worth the investment and the peace of mind.
>Used canned salmon, which is almost always wild-caught, to sprinkle over salads, fold into a wrap, or add to an omelet. Or try kippered snacks – smoked herring, quite delicious all by itself – or sardines.
>Pasture-raised, grass-fed beef has a stronger flavor than corn-fed – some love it, but it can take some getting used to.
>If you’re really freaked out about the environmental toxins in fish, you can (and should!) take a daily fish oil supplement instead.
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