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From Plateau to Peak

Does it seem like despite your best diet and exercise efforts, you still aren’t losing weight as quickly as you’d like? Welcome to what most people find themselves in at some point or another – the plateau.

This plateau is characterized by slow or completely stopped results, despite you continually working towards your diet and workout program. You feel frustrated, angry, and might be ready to toss in the towel. Before you do however, there are a few tips that you’ll want to consider that could jumpstart your rate of fat burning again.

Try one – or all of these – and you might just find yourself back on track, working towards that dream body of yours.

Drink More Water

The first quick tip is an easy one, but one that far too many women overlook. The tip? Hydration. If you are even slightly dehydrated, it can have an impact on your resting metabolic rate, basically slowing down your daily calorie burn. Drinking more water will not only help keep your metabolic rate higher, but it’ll also help you shed excess water weight as well. Now, this may seem wrong –drink more water to lose water, but it’s true. When you’re dehydrated, your body compensates by storing as much water as possible – sometimes up to 5 lbs! This appears as the “bloated” look that some of us are all too familiar with.

The more water you do drink, the less water your body will hold onto, reducing that water retention.

If you’re drinking tons of water but still struggling to shed that extra 5 lbs of water weight, you might want to consider trying natural herbs such as Uva Ursi, Horsetail Extract or Dandelion Root. These herbs have been shown to gently & naturally flush out extra water retention, helping you avoid feeling bloated and like you are carrying around extra weight. You will find yourself amazed at what the difference is once you lose this water retention.

Identify Hidden Sugars

The next step to jumpstarting sluggish fat burning is to identify any hidden sugars in your diet. You should know by now that you are to avoid consuming sugar whenever possible. Eating sugar will spike blood glucose levels, which then sends a flurry of insulin to rush into your system, upon which, the glucose will be taken up into the body fat stores. By avoiding sugar, you prevent this from happening, optimizing the rate in which you burn fat. Now, many women do a great job at avoiding the easily recognizable sugars like cookies, candy, and cake. But what about hidden sugars such as those found in sauces and condiments, yogurt, and breakfast cereal? If you aren’t avoiding those, this could be the reason you are not losing weight. Start reading all nutritional labels and any time you see sugar (or another name for sugar), avoid that food. Not sure what to look for? Check the ingredients list for anything ending in ‘ose’ (glucose, sucrose, fructose, lactose, maltose)– those are the hidden sugars you should watch out for. If you can’t kick the sugar, that’s okay!

Natural extracts like white kidney bean can help block the harmful effects of sugar in the body.

White kidney bean will help reduce the total amount of starch that’s converted into sugar in your blood stream, further lowering the chances of fat gain. Another powerful ingredient to consider is called Garcinia. One study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association noted that the active ingredient in Garcinia, HCA can help to suppress fatty acid synthesis, suppress food intake, increase energy expenditure, curb appetite, and inhibit fat synthesis from excess carbohydrate calories. Clearly all very beneficial things when you are trying to get lean. Obviously following a strict diet is the best way to overcome plateaus, but these natural ingredients can help fill the gaps when you just have to have that slice of birthday cake, or midnight snack.

Sip Green Tea

The next trick to get your body burning fat faster again? Green tea. Sipping on green tea at least once per day can rev your metabolic rate, allowing you to burn more calories at rest. Green tea contains special catechins, which act to turn up your metabolic furnace. In addition to that, it also provides a number of antioxidants, which will help keep you healthy and feeling your best. It even comes in a powdered extract so you don’t have to brew your own! If you aren’t a green tea fan, not to worry. You can actually get the same – if not better – benefits by simply using green coffee bean extract, another powerful substance that increases your metabolic rate and accelerates fat burning, according to a study published in the Diabetes Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity Journal. This product will also help to hinder the absorption of the fat that you eat, further helping you get lean. It’s thanks to the active ingredient called chlorogenic acid that causes this effect.

Increase your Intake of Leafy Greens

If there’s one food that you should be eating more of, it’s leafy greens. Leafy greens are very low in calories so you barely have to count them towards your total daily calorie intake and on top of that, they help to detox your body! Many women are suffering from too many toxins in their system, which can hinder the rate of fat burning, lower energy levels, and cause you to suffer from food cravings you otherwise wouldn’t.

Try starting each meal with a salad to put this into effect in your diet plan.

In addition to adding more leafy greens to your diet, you can also get substantial detoxification benefits from natural botanicals that will help to eliminate these unwanted toxins and protect you from harmful free radicals. The green tea we mentioned earlier is packed with antioxidants, as well as green coffee bean, and even dandelion root!

Up your Intake of Lean Protein

Finally, the last change to make to help increase your fat burning results is to focus on adding more protein to your diet plan. Protein is important because it will help to preserve your lean muscle mass (which in turn keeps your metabolic rate higher), it’ll help reduce your hunger level, and it has a low impact on your blood glucose levels. It also has a high ‘thermic effect of food’, meaning that your body will burn a number of calories simply breaking it down through the process of digestion. This allows you to ‘net’ fewer calories at the end of the day, accelerating fat loss results.

Choose lean protein sources like chicken breast, turkey breast, fish, and grass fed steak for
optimal results.

Not only will these foods provide much needed protein, they are packed with amazing amino acids, like L-Carnitine, which helps to jumpstart metabolism to burn away unwanted fat. So consider trying these tips in your plan and maximize your progress, pick up the Tone & Tighten, which contains all the ingredients noted above. If you pair this stack with a proper diet and exercise program, your fat loss results will be back on track, and your plateaus a thing of the past.