Whether you realize it or not, the human body actually hates to store body fat. The secret to permanent weight loss isn’t only found in calorie counting or other convoluted gimmicks. It’s more about utilizing the natural hunger generated by your hunger in tandem with your sleep cycle to control your cravings, and using your fat intake as energy rather than allowing to be stored. It’s possible to slim down considerably within just a month’s time, and you’ll even have a much happier outlook and a wealth of energy by implementing the practices found in The Thyroid Cure.
The so-called Belly Melt Diet has a firm basis in scientific research. It details why getting a solid night’s rest can help you burn fat and calories in your sleep and why you need to be strategic with when you eat during the day. We also know that some healthy foods can also allow you to sleep better, allowing for natural weight loss.
Research suggests that our internal clocks are often thrown off drastically, largely in part to the cues we’re giving our bodies by eating poor quality food at the wrong times. Too much artificial light during the night time can also play a part. As a result, you end up in what’s known as a “fat cycle”. Your hunger hormones flow wildly, assuring that your cravings continue on in such full force that they’re difficult to ignore. If you can attune your eating and sleeping schedules, you’ll have a far better chance of getting rid of your extra belly flub once and for all.
There are several wholesome foods focused on in the Belly Melt Diet recipes and meal plans, and you’re free to incorporate them into your existing diet in whichever way you see fit. It’s as simple as flipping the switch and making the choice to finally eat food that’s good for you. Here are some of the key foods you should focus on:
1 – Fish
There’s no shortage of studies about the health benefits of fish. It’s not with good cause however; it’s well known that a diet lacking in omega-3s, which control the rhythm of the pineal gland, will diminish your natural production or sleep inducing hormones such as melatonin. Even animal research backs this up, with breeds that showcase a distinct omega-3 deficit displaying behavior that can only be described as pure insomnia.
Diets with rich omega-3s are able to help maintain heart health and restful sleep each night. The risk of complications such as dementia are even dampened. Omega-3 is also a great source of protein. This in turn helps you to feel full faster, reducing the tendency to overeat. The digestion of protein even helps burn more calories than when the same process is used for carbs and fat. Omega-3 rich varieties of fish include sardines, halibut, and salmon. Fish oil supplements are also very useful for the same purpose.
2 – Nuts
Nuts are essentially fatty legumes that contain significant amounts of magnesium. This can both boost your mood and regulate your melatonin production. Magnesium deficiencies go hand in hand with insomnia. When magnesium is high in animals, they may feel the need to hibernate. As far as humans go, low magnesium leads to cravings for carb heavy foods and even depression.
A magnesium based study in 2010 by the USDA revealed that magnesium supplements are able to help those that struggle to sleep finally relax at night. A core group of around 100 insomniacs over the age of 50 were given magnesium supplements of 320 mg each day, and another group was given a placebo of the same appearance. After about two months in, the participants with the magnesium were showcasing much improved sleeping habits, and they even showed other benefits such as reduced inflammation.
Again, nuts such as almonds and cashews are fantastic natural sources of magnesium. They also fill you up much more effectively than other snack foods, and they have the added bonus of working well with most low-carb diets.
3 – Milk
There isn’t a particularly strong link between weight loss and calcium, but it has shown to make a decent impact on diminishing belly fat. Another study from 2010 conducted by the University of Alabama revealed that a core group of over 100 women who had yet to hit menopause experienced a significant fat reduction after consuming calcium-heavy foods. For every 100 mg of calcium they had each day, they showed a loss of at lest an inch of intra-abdominal fat, the nasty stuff that tucks itself around your vital organs. As such, it seems calcium-rich diets could actively fight against diseases and cancer. Calcium also helps the body to enter a more restful state, especially if the likes of muscles spasms tend to make you toss and turn every night. Of course, milk is one of the best sources of calcium. You might also try fortified orange juice and leafy greens such as spinach.
4 – Tart Cherries
Before bedtime, you might want to snack on a handful of tart cherries. Montmorency makes a fine choice. These contain the strongest natural source of melatonin within any other food source. You can get similar effects from bananas as well, if that’s more to your taste. There’s no guarantee that you’ll fall asleep in an instant, but with routine practice, your natural melatonin production should increase quite considerably.
Melatonin is useful for both helping you get to sleep and also protecting your cells from damage thanks to its powerful antioxidants. It prevents cancer and Alzheimer’s as well. And back to the original point, improved sleep will keep your body’s craving for food at inopportune times at bay, helping you with your weight loss journey considerably. If none of the above foods seem to help you, you should also try melatonin supplements to take before bed each night. They can be found quite easily at most pharmacies.