Here are some great tips to help bring your parasympathetic system into balance an optimize the entire digestive process to help you lose weight.
Breathing is a powerful tool in regulating our nervous system. Breathing thru the nose relaxes our body into parasympathetic mode. We want to stay relaxed our bodies can’t lose weight stressed and all uptight so relax. So before each meal take three deep breaths in an out through the nose. See? Wasn’t that relaxing? Your on your way to a more relaxed you already.
2. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is great for acid reflex, bloating, and constipation. I recommend taken a tablespoon of it in water or even freshly squeezed juice 15 minutes before each meal this tells your body hey heads up down there im about to eat that way your stomach can start producing those enzymes and juices you need to break down your food it sure doesnt taste good but it’s totally worth ever drop.
3. Use all your senses to eat
this is the mainstay of mindful eating. Look at your food smell all the delicious smells and taste the flavors mindful eating helps to put your body into parasympathetic mode and also encourage you to eat slower helping to enhance the digestive system for better weight loss.
4. Only eat while sitting
This may sound normal but who all has shoveled food in while on the run? Me. I know im guilty. Your about to be late for a meeting an we all know it’s easier to just get fast food or grab that protein bar while rushing to get the kids from school. But when you eat you should only be eating. And sitting. Nothing else which means turn of the t.v. stay of your facebook in fact just leave the phone in the other room. This draws you into parasympathetic mode and helps your blood to be sent to your digestive system to help break down an absorb all those good vitamins people don’t normally get.
5. Chew your food at least 20 times
mechanical breakdown is the very first step in digestion and it’s the most important one. Your saliva contains amylase an enzyme that breaks down starch even before all your food hits your stomach. People who actually chew their food more end up eating less due to getting full faster.
6.Don’t jump for a second helping.
Stop and think about it before you jump for more. It takes 10 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that your full and had enough. So wait at least 10 minutes before digging in for more also look and see if you’ve finished all your water first this will prevent you from over eating which is a common cause of indigestion and could cause heartburn this simple step could also help you lose weight and shed a few extra pounds too.
7. Never skip meals
Eat six small meals a day to take away the urge to binge you can’t starve yourself and think you will make good choices once the hunger pains hit. Skipping meals may cause your body to turn to your muscles as a fuel source further sinking your metabolism and sucking the strength from body. A slow metabolism can lead to more weight gain or make it harder to lose weight when you skip a meal your body shuts down and puts itself into survival mode this causes your cells and body to crave food which causes you to reach for whatever is quick which is usually unhealthy and over eat. Its best to eat small healthy meals and try to eat them every day at the same time
8. Try Tea
Not just any tea you want green tea. It is one of the most effective teas for weight loss there is a substantial amount of evidence linking green tea to decrease both weight an pure body fat. There have been studies showing people who followed a standard diet for 12 weeks an drank green tea everyday lost a total of 7.3 pounds. This may be because green tea extract is especially high in catechins which is naturally occurring antioxidants that may boost your metabolism and increase fat burning. This same effect also applies to matcha a highly concentrated type of powdered green tea that contains the same benefits as regular green tea. Green tea can also help you recover faster from an intense workout. Before going out to eat pour yourself a cup of green tea not only will you feel less likely to eat your favorite food which in my case is very unhealthy but it will help you find that food less satisfying an reach for the healthier options. Aim for at least 1-2 cups daily.
Cinnamon is proven to aid in weight loss when 3 to 5 grams are consumed daily. It can help aid resistance to your body storing fat and sugar when consumed after each meal. The results also are impressive in terms terms of improving blood sugar and insulin levels. Having high blood pressure can prevent you from losing weight or make it harder. So this is definitely a great food for diabetics or anyone who wants that extra big boost in their metabolism. I found the best way to take this is a half teaspoon of cinnamon with 1 cup of hot water to the cinnamon let cool. Add a full teaspoon of raw organic honey to the mixture after it’s cooled. It is also very delicious mixed in a cup of cooked oatmeal which is also heart healthy an great too for diabetics. But first and foremost always consult your doctor thou before starting any weight loss method you never want to put yourself in harms way with doing things the wrong way.
It has been stated that combing green tea an capsaicin in a meal can have an even greater effect on ultimate weight loss capsaicin is an active component of chili peppers. Can someone bring on the chili!