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In the Everyday Roots Book I begin the chapter on weight loss by stating that I believe there are only two ways to truly manage weight, through exercising and eating healthy. There simply is no magic shortcut, and while this may seem obvious to some people it is overlooked far, far, too often. Now youre probably wondering, if diet and exercise are the only ways to lose weight, why did you write this list? Because there are still natural remedies and recipes that will help you reach your ultimate goal. If you use these in addition to eating better and getting some exercise, they can speed up the process. There are many different contributing factors to losing/gaining weight, so the below remedies cover a wide range.

Before you go on you should have a simple understanding of the process your body goes through when dropping the pounds. Fat (along with protein and carbohydrates) is stored energy, plain and simple. Calories are the unit that is used to measure the potential energy in said fats, carbs, and proteins. Your body will convert fat to usable energy through a series of chemical processes, and any excess energy (calories) that you dont need will be stored away. To lose weight, you must expend more energy (or calories) than you take in. When you are using more than you taking in, your body draws on stored fat to convert it to energy, which makes the fat cells shrink. It doesnt disappear; it simply changes form, like water to steam. While this is the basic process, you also have to take into account genetic and environmental factors. How well the above process takes place does vary from person to person.

Blood sugar has a direct impact on your weight as it affects how hungry and how energetic you are (if you have energy youre much more likely to exercise!)

If your blood sugar is balanced you are less likely to have a disproportionally large appetite, and your body will be more apt to use fat (energy) rather than storing it.

While debate about its effectiveness drags on, more and more preliminary studies are coming out showing that cinnamon can help manage blood sugar levels, so why not whip up a spicy cinnamon tea?

You will need-1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon-1 cinnamon stick-8 ounces of fresh water

DirectionsPlace the cinnamon in a mug and cover with 8 ounces of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes before straining. Drinking 1-2 times a day.

Green tea has long been debated as a weight loss aid, and more research is needed to confirm or deny how well it works. While some studies have turned up nothing, others have identified three main components in green tea that could help manage weight-caffeine, catechins, and theanine. Caffeine is just an overall boost to your system, and speeds up a number of bodily processes, including metabolism related to weight (technically speaking, metabolism refers to any and all biological processes in a living organism needed to sustain life.)

Catechins are considered anti-oxidant flavonoids, and are superior in green tea rather than black tea due to a difference in processing (black tea is fermented.) While the mechanism is yet to be determined, in vitro and in vivo studies have shown that catechins can help lower the absorption of lipids (fats) via the intestinal track. Theanine is an amino acid in green tea that can encourage the release of dopamine, the chemical that makes you happy and relaxed. If you tend to eat due to stress, this may be useful. It also counters the caffeine so you dont get all jittery. The ginger added to green tea will help improve digestion and add a little flavor-no sugar or milk in this tea!

You will need-1/2 inch of fresh ginger root, peeled and finely chopped OR teaspoon ground ginger-1 teaspoon of green tea-8 ounces of fresh water-Raw, organic honey (optional)

DirectionsPlace green tea and ginger in a strainer or sieve and cover with 8 ounces of boiling water. Steeping green tea for too long can leave it with a bitter taste, so dont exceed 3-4 minutes. You can stir in a little raw honey if you really need to sweeten it, but avoid milk or sugar at all costs. Drink 1-2 cups daily on an empty stomach.

The benefits of rose petal water are backed more by anecdotal evidence than anything, but thats no reason to shrug off this mild yet refreshing drink. Rose petals act as a very gentle diuretic. Diuretics encourage your kidneys to put more sodium (salt) into your urine. This excess salt in turn draws water from your blood, decreasing the amount of water in your circulatory system. This is not permanent weight loss-just water weight-but the action encourages you to drink more and keep your system flushed clean and hydrated. Staying hydrated, believe it or not, can be hugely beneficial to losing weight.

You will need-Handful of fresh or dried rose petals-Distilled water (roughly 1-2 cups)-A pot with a tightly fitting lidNote: Be sure, especially if using fresh rose petals, that they have not been treated with any sort of chemical (insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, etc.)

DirectionsPlace the pot on the stove, put in the rose petals, and add just enough distilled water to completely cover them. If some float to the top its not a big deal. Cover the pot with a tightly fitting lid and simmer until the petals lose most of their color, about 15-20 minutes. Strain the liquid into a glass jar and keep in the refrigerator for up to 6 days. Drink about -1 cup every morning on an empty stomach.

Ginseng is any one of 11 perennial plants with fleshy roots belonging to the genus Panax. While there are different kinds of ginseng, the two that you should use also the ones that have had the most controlled double-blind studies done on them-are American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and Asian or Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng.) While widely known as a stimulant to speed up a sluggish metabolism, that description doesnt do it justice. Ginsengs greatest quality is that it can help fight fatigue and boost energy as well as mental alertness (in a randomized double-blind study in 2010 290 cancer patients at the Mayo Clinic were given ginseng daily and it was found to fight even the crippling fatigue caused by chemotherapy.) This is huge when it comes to weight loss-without energy, its hard to exercise. Without exercise, its near impossible to lose weight-at least in a healthy way. In addition to boosting energy, there is tentative evidence that it can help manage blood sugar, which also affects energy levels as well as appetite.

You will need-1 teaspoon of chopped American or Korean ginseng-8 ounces of fresh water-raw honey/lemon to taste (optional)

DirectionsRoughly chop the root and measure out 1 teaspoon per cup of water. Bring water to a boil and then pour over the ginseng, allowing it to steep for 5-9 minutes. Strain, add honey or lemon if you like, and drink 1-2 times daily.

Dandelion and peppermint tea is a fabulous drink that will help keep your liver healthy. The liver is an incredible organ. Not only is it the only way to truly detoxify your body, it is also plays a central role in many metabolic processes-a lot of which affect weight. In terms of fat metabolism, the liver is full of cells that break down fats and turn them into usable energy. These cells are also responsible for the flow of bile, which helps breakdown and absorb fats. In the metabolism of carbohydrates, the liver helps keep your blood sugar steady, therefore keeping energy levels up and regulating appetite. The list goes on, but the point is helping your liver helps your weight, as it plays a crucial role in managing fats and their absorption. Dandelion and peppermint both help your liver. Dandelion has hepatoprotection constituents, with hepatoprotection meaning an ability to prevent damage to the liver. Peppermint and dandelion both automatically stimulate the production of bile in the liver, helping with digestion and the absorption of nutrients. Mix these two together, and you have a powerful liver protecting tea!

You will need-1 teaspoon of dried dandelion leaves-1 teaspoon dried peppermint leaves-8 ounces of boiling water-Lemon to taste (optional)

DirectionsPour a cup of boiling water over the dandelion and peppermint and steep, covered, for 5-10 minutes. Strain, add lemon to taste if you like, and drink a cup twice daily. You can also make this with fresh dandelion leaves/roots and fresh peppermint, just use a rough handful of the fresh leaves for the amount. If you do use fresh, be absolutely certain that there have been no chemicals applied to them- this is especially important for dandelion. If you use dandelion on a regular basis, I suggest growing your own.

We live in a hectic world, and most of us are stressed about one thing or another on a daily basis. The thing is, our bodies werent made to handle constant stress, and it can have damaging effects on a wide variety of functions-including weight gain/loss. When under stress, the body releases cortisol, a steroid hormone that is part of the fight-or-flight response. Cortisol can effect blood sugar level (therefore appetite), and cause energy to be stored more readily as fat. Neuropeptide Y is a neurochemical that is also related to stress. When released, it causes growth of fat tissue (energy is stored easily as fat around the abdomen) as well as an increase in appetite. One way to fight this underlying stress can be to ingest more sage, which has calming effects on both the body and mind. Making a calming sage tea, or even just adding it in dishes you cook, is one way to help combat your stress levels.

You will need-A handful of fresh sage OR 2 teaspoons of dried sage-8 ounces of boiling water-Lemon to taste (optional)

DirectionsPour boiling water over sage and steep for 4-5 minutes. Strain, add lemon to taste if you like, and drink 1-2 times daily.

Chewing gum is a great way to trick your brain (and your stomach) into thinking its getting more than it is. The flavor of the gum reduces appetite and curbs the urge to snack on something unhealthy, and also stimulates the flow of saliva, whose enzymes help break down starches and fats.

You will need-1 piece of natural sugar free gum

DirectionsWhen you feel the need to start munching, pop in a piece of gum instead.

Having a routine is, in my opinion, in the top three most important things you can do to lose weight, right up there with exercise and diet. If you dont stick to a routine, you wont see results, and youll be discouraged. Several years ago I saw a personal trainer and, after paying a decent sum of money, I figured out that it was the routine of going to see her made the biggest difference. Its probably the single hardest thing youll do when you try to lose weight, but once those habits become hardwired into your brain, things will only get easier.

Staying hydrated is an important aspect of weight loss that people often brush off-you dont want to gain water weight and feel bloated right? Either that or you hear that you should drink ice cold water to burn more calories. Not exactly. The idea that ice cold water burns more calories because your body tries to warm it up first may technically be true, but the effect is miniscule (like 8 calories miniscule.) Rather, you need to be hydrated for your body to run smoothly, and that includes burning fat. It flushes bad stuff through your system, and also helps curb appetite. And dont fret about water weight-if you are staying hydrated, your body is less likely to retain water since it simply doesnt have the need to-similar to how eating more can make weight loss easier, within reason. I should also say-DO NOT BUY INTO SPECIALTY WATERS! Get your vitamins through your diet or supplements. Those waters are not better for you-in fact some are so loaded with flavoring and what not they rival soda.

You will need-8 ounces of fresh water

DirectionsDrink at least 8 cups of fresh water every day.

In the 1970s and 80s, saturated fats got shoved into the spotlight as the main cause for obesity. Coconut oil, being a saturated fat, was tossed along with the rest of them. The healthier alternative that we created? Trans-fat. One could say that backfired a wee bit eh? Coconut oil isnt just any old saturated fat though; it contains unique fats called medium chain triglycerides that help you use energy (aka calories) more efficiently. MCTs are indeed a saturated fat, but they are not the same as many of the other saturated fats we hear about-those fats are long chain triglycerides. Why does the length matter? Its chemical makeup is what determines how our body processes it and breaks it down. MCTs are not broken down in the intestines, and therefore do not get stored away immediately as fat. Instead, they absorbed intact and sent right to the liver, where they are used as energy. Now sitting around eating coconut oil isnt going to make you lose weight, but using it as a replacement fat can be a good choice. In addition to that, just plain coconut oil is an incredible appetite suppressant (its almost scary, actually.) Tack on that it can raise energy levels and you are more likely to get out, move around, and exercise.

As far as studies on it go, here are some that I mentioned in The Everyday Roots Book. In 2002 the Journal of Nutrition concluded that it can aid weight loss when used in place of long chain triglycerides. It was also shown to strongly curb appetite and it appeared to increase the burning of calories. In 2003 Obesity Research found that it may help burn calories, probably due to the fact that it boosted energy. In 2010 the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition also found that it could help boost metabolism and reduce appetite.

You will need-2 tablespoons of good virgin cold-pressed coconut oil

DirectionsTwice a day, take 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. You can take it before, during, or after a meal. If you tend to struggle with proportions, I suggest taking it before you eat, or if dessert is your demon, take it right after dinner. In terms of substitution Ive used it in place of olive oil and love it.

This is an awesome breakfast/snack. Its one of those I wouldnt guess this is good for me! type foods. The probiotics in yogurt do wonders for the digestive track and maintains a healthy balance of gut flora that optimizes digestion and the breakdown of certain substances (like fat.) When you digestive track is running smoothly, your body is processing things better and its not as likely to pack on the pounds. The honey is just a little added (healthy) sweetness to satisfy any cravings you might have. The beautiful thing here is that you really dont feel like youre getting shorted any flavor or fullness when you eat it. For optimum weight-loss awesomeness, try low fat yogurt.

Note: There was once a time when certain large companies began to add so much sugar to their yogurt the amounts surpassed those found in sugary breakfast cereal, like Lucky Charms. People were gobbling it up and wondering how it could be so tasty and good for you, when really the image and wholesomeness of yogurt was simply being abused. Read the nutrition label first.

You will need-1/2-1 cup of plain (not vanilla) yogurt-1 tablespoon of organic raw honey, or to taste

DirectionsEat this for a snack or breakfast, adding on the honey for flavor. Feel free to try adding fresh fruit or even oats for a little variety.

Our body is a cohesive unit, a complex system, not just individual parts. Everything has to be working harmoniously for things to be balanced and correct-like your weight. Studies have shown that even just a little bit of sleep deprivation over the short time frame of 4 nights results in increased insulin resistance, and essentially ages the metabolism 10-20 years in that time frame. The fat cells sensitivity to insulin dropped by 30% to levels usually seen in people who were obese or diabetic. By getting the right amount of sleep, youre doing more than just resting your body-youre ensuring that all systems are go, and that you have the best chance possible to succeed at losing weight.

This spicy little concoction contains black pepper and lemon juice to create a drink that can help you keep ahead on your weight loss battle. Black pepper contains a naturally occurring chemical compound called piperine, which is responsible for giving it its pungent flavor. Several new studies have shown that piperine can interfere with the genes that control the generation of fat cells, as well as reducing fat levels in the blood stream and enhancing the absorption of nutrients from our foods. Lemon juice can help aid in digestion and give your G.I. track a helping hand when it comes to breaking down foods.

You will need-Several sprinkles of freshly ground black pepper-Juice of half a lemon-Fresh water

DirectionsMix lemon juice with water and sprinkle in black pepper (about 3-4 turns of the pepper grinder.) Drink once daily after a meal.

Bottle gourds are old-world hard-shelled fruits that anecdotal evidence suggests can help you lose weight. People who swear by it find that, due to its high fiber content, it creates a sensation of fullness and curbs appetite. It also has high water content (always a good thing) and has a number of great nutrients. If you do decide to drink bottle gourd juice, do not do so in such a way that you use it to starve yourself (see below.) Your body needs all the (good) food and nutrients it needs to maintain a balanced diet, however, its a great way to help resist cravings and potential snacking sprees!

You will need-1 cup of bottle gourd juice, chilled-A little lime juice

DirectionsWhen you feel the urge to snack, drink a glass of cold bottle gourd juice with a dash of lime juice added.

Deprivation never works. It is a painful struggle that will almost always result in failure. Instead of starving your body of the nutrients it needs to stay healthy, eat more good stuff. Break your meals down to 5 or 6 small ones a day to reduce snacking (which is when a good chunk of weight gain takes place for a lot of people) and to prevent your body from storing more fat-which is does when it feels starved. Also ask yourself why youre eating in the first place-we so often eat out of boredom or nerves or stress. Wait until you feel a rumble and let your stomach tell you when it needs to eat.

An apple a day keeps the weight at bay! While not overflowing with nutrients like other fruits or vegetables, apples still have a number of benefits that can contribute to weight loss. First, they are packed with fiber, which helps curb appetite, so eat one when you feel the urge to snack on some less-desirable foods. Second, they can help regulate blood sugar levels, and therefore help regulate your appetite and energy levels. Third, the pectin in apples can lower cholesterol, and serve as another way to help regulate blood sugar, by slowing the absorption of carbohydrates. Finally, apples are a naturally low-sodium food, which can help prevent excess water retention and water weight.

You will need-1-2 fresh apples

DirectionsRinse and slice an apple, and eat one to two daily. Leave the skin on, as that contains a good amount of fiber.

Pay attention to seasonal fruits and vegetables, and pounce on the asparagus when it comes along. Asparagus is nutrient dense and, like apples, contains a lot of fiber to help curb appetite. It also contains a host of vitamins that work together to metabolize blood glucose, therefore regulate blood sugar. If you find yourself feeling puffy or bloated, asparagus is a mild diuretic that can help reduce bloating and leave you feeling your best. Try eating asparagus steamed on the side of your favorite dishes-this vegetable doesnt need much to make it taste good

You will need-1 bunch of asparagus-some water

DirectionsWash the asparagus and lightly peel the stems if they are thick. Place in a pan with -1 inch of water, and cover with a tightly fitting lid. Turn the heat to medium high and steam for 3 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender and can be pierced easily with a fork.

Your brain lags behind your stomach by roughly 20 minutes, which ,means that it isnt the best thing to rely on when it comes to letting your know when youre full. To avoid over-eating, and thus consuming extra un-needed calories, slow down your eating by putting your fork or spoon down between bites. You might feel a little silly at first, but it can really help when it comes to managing your weight.

Flax seed has been known to help with digestive ailments for centuries, and this goes hand in hand with weight loss. Flax seeds are high in fiber, as well as mucilage, which helps lower cholesterol. It has also been proven to lower blood sugar levels. With such a high amount of fiber, flax seeds also act as a natural gentle way to regulate bowel movements and help promote healthy gut bacteria, both which work well to help you manage weight. It is important to eat flaxseed ground, as it tends to pass through the digestive track undigested if eaten whole, thus depriving you of its nutritional benefits.

You will need-1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed

DirectionsOnce a day eat a tablespoon of ground flaxseed-sprinkling it over cereal or oatmeal if my personal preference.

Milk thistle contains active flavonoid compounds collectively known as simirilyn. Simalrilyn helps to protect the liver which is a vital organ when it comes to managing weight and encouraging weight loss. When your liver is bogged down and sluggish, weight loss can be slowed by up to 30%*. The simarilyn in milk thistle can help reverse this. There are several ways to take milk thistle, however I recommend a capsule form (make sure the source is reliable) or as a tincture, since milk thistle does not impart its benefits when steeped in water (such as when made into a tea.)

You will need-Milk thistle capsules or tincture

DirectionsFollow Directions on the packaging for dosage.

Remember deprivation hardly works? When you get the urge for a sweet treat, turn to dark chocolate. It will help curb your craving thanks to its insulin-resistance lowering flavonoids. The healthy fats in dark chocolate can also slow the absorption of sugar into your blood stream, preventing insulin spikes. Studies have shown that eating some can help put a stop to cravings for sugar, salt, and fat. However, the chocolate must be 70% cocoa, otherwise it has too much milk or sugar added to be beneficial.

You will need-70% dark chocolate

DirectionsDirectly after a meal, eat a piece of dark chocolate roughly the size of your thumb to glean its benefits.

Beans, beans, the magical fruit, the more you eat the more youlose weight? Apparently, since the protein in navy beans can take a while to digest, therefore reducing appetite and aiding in weight loss management. The fiber in navy beans can also help lower cholesterol.

You will need-1 cup of dried navy beans-3 cups of water

DirectionsPrepare the navy beans by adding 3 cups of fresh water to a pot for each cup of dried beans, so that the liquid level is about 1-2 inches about the beans. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, partially covering the pot. Skim off any foam that develops, and simmer for 1 to 1 hours until tender. Add to a salad or enjoy as a dish on its own.

When youre trying to figure out how to lose weight, know that there really is no magic thing that works for everyone. Yes, diet and exercise are vital, but people are different, bodies are different, and you have to take into account things such as genetics, health conditions, gender, and age. You might be glaring at your co-worker chowing down on donuts at the office while you pick at a salad and wonder how they manage to stay so fit when they eat whatever they want-but dont let this drag you down. The journey is different for everyone, but there is always a way to complete it. And when in doubt, simplify the situation-eat good food, get proper exercise. Weve turned eating and weight loss into a science that delves into such minuscule things we feel like we arent capable of eating right or losing weight without professional help. Assuming you have no outstanding condition that complicates the situation, you can reach your goals on your own! It may be difficult, but hey, thats where things like these remedies can lend a helping hand.

-Weight isnt everything. Muscle does weigh more than fat, and being fit and healthy is more important than being incredibly thin. Healthy looks good on you, and dont forget it!

-Never underestimate stress as a cause of weight gain. The body cannot perform any function, including burning fat for energy, optimally when under stress.

-There are no super-foods. Dont rely on one thing to help you lose weight-always maintain a balanced diet.

-Dont eat before bed. Your metabolism slams on the brakes when you go to sleep, so eating at night makes weight gain tough to avoid.

-Get a buddy to make goals that the two of you strive towards. When you lose willpower or motivation, a friend can be all that stands between success and setback.

-Read a book called Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us In by New York Times investigative reporter Michael Moss. Just do it. It will give you something new and tangible to hold onto when you are trying to avoid junk food. At the risk of sounding corny, it actually changed my life.

-Along the lines of the first tip-manage your weight to be healthy, and ultimately, happy. Ignore images of perfect figures. Forget about the silly things society bombards you with, telling you what you should look like. To say thats easier said than done is the understatement of the century, but do try to keep it in mind. When you are healthy, and happy, you truly glow from the inside out.

P.S. Make sure to take a look at the Everyday Roots Book with 350+ pages of the best home remedies, natural beauty recipes, homemade cleaners and diy household products. View Remedies

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Nov 24th, 2020 | Filed under Weight Loss

Track your weight loss progress with our free weight loss chart or weight loss log. The printable weight loss charts includes trend lines for losing 1 and 2 pounds per week, making it easy to set your fitness goal and gauge where you are at all times. Our printable weight loss logs will help you track your weight, your exercise time, calorie intake, and other measurements. You may also want to refer to our Ideal Weight Chart and BMI Chart for related information.

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Below are 4 printable weight loss charts and logs available as free downloadable PDF files. The logs include columns for recording your weight, the amount of time you've exercised (the 'Exe' column), and the number of calories consumed during the day (the 'Cal' column). The logs were designed to allow you to fold the paper in half (or quarters), making it easy to store your log near your scale or in your pocket.

Hint: These logs work great in combination with the Fitness Progress Charts available in the Microsoft Office Template gallery (see the links at the bottom of this page).

The printable weight loss chart allows you to manually graph your weight over a period of 9 weeks. The gridlines in the graph are in 1 pound and 1 day divisions, to make it easy to quickly mark your weight on the graph. Write your current weight in the 'Start Weight' field and in the Day=0 line in the log below the chart. You will also need to write your current weight on the line next to the (+0) value on vertical axis, and the corresponding weights for (+5), (-5), (-10), etc.

Using this spreadsheet, you can take the data you've recorded on your hand-written weight loss logs, enter the data into the spreadsheet, and see the results plotted on the graph.

This weight loss tracker template lets you create and customize your own weight loss chart. Graph your weight over time. Compare to 1 lb/wk and 2 lb/wk target lines. Your Goal Weight is highlighted. Lines representing the 'normal' BMI range are also shown on the graph. Includes two worksheets: 1 for weight in pounds and 1 for weight in kilograms.

When you track your weight, you should be consistent with the time of day and what you are wearing to avoid large fluctuations. Your body looses a lot of water over night, so weighing yourself right when you get up may look good in the numbers, but is more a reflection of water loss, but if you do weigh in in the mornings, do that consistently.

Fast weight loss goals aren't the easiest to achieve. In general, a good weight loss per week is between 1 and 2 lbs.

Many people lose the weight and wonder how their body measurements have changed... Don't forget to measure key parts of your body so you can see those results as well. You may even want to see a doctor before you start, so you can see how other aspects of your health change as you lose weight, like blood pressure, cholesterol, resting heart rate, and percentage of body fat.

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Everyone reacts differently to stress, and it can have a major impact on your body. For example, you might ramp up your exercise routine, while others might reach for their favorite flavor of Ben & Jerrys. If youve been feeling extra stressed recently and noticed your jeans are getting looser, stress weight loss could be to blame.

Can stress cause weight loss?

Stress is linked to a few different physiological responses, like sleep problems and elevated blood pressure. Weight loss is another common side effect, since stress may lead you to skip meals, experience digestive issues, or dive into intense workouts.

Stress can affect your weight in a few key ways both physically and psychologically. Figuring out whats causing the weight loss will help you pick the best solution.

Stress causes many physiological responses and oftentimes affects how people eat, says certified nutritionist Serena Poon. Some people tend to overeat or comfort eat when stressed, and others tend to reduce their food intake, which may lead to weight loss.

Even if youve never forgotten a meal in your life, stress can throw off your mealtime habits. Stress activates your sympathetic nervous system, which is your innate fight or flight response.

This might make some people become hyper-focused on what is causing them stress, as they would be if they were escaping some sort of danger, says Poon. With all of their focus turned to the source of stress, some people simply forget to eat.

Research suggests that about 40 percent of people eat less when theyre stressed, but your response will depend on your body, the level of stress youre feeling, and other circumstances. Even your body mass index could affect the way your body reacts.

Your gut is often called your second brain, and when youre stressed, both organs are doing their best to cope.

There is a proven connection between your digestive microbiome and your brain, says Poon. When your brain is experiencing stress, it may show up in your digestive system as indigestion, nausea, and even vomiting.

These symptoms can make food less appetizing or make it difficult to eat the same size portions you normally would.

Turning to physical activity is a healthy way to manage stress when its done safely. It not only serves as a mental distraction but also spurs the release of endorphins that elevate your mood.

Ramping up your exercise intensity and duration without also increasing your caloric intake can lead to weight loss. But its dangerous to exert yourself too much without giving your body the nutrients it needs.

Stress responses can change

Even if one of these causes seems to fit your sitch, keep in mind that you might not have the same physiological response every time you feel stress. For example, you may find that you eat more when youre battling work stress but eat less when its relationship-related stress.

While stress weight loss can resolve itself (especially once you resolve the stressor), it still may be an alarming side effect, and losing unintended weight may even add to your stress. There are a few things you can do to stop weight loss due to stress.

It may seem obvious, but just making sure youre getting enough calories is a good place to start.

Setting aside even 10 minutes to sit down for your meals and really focus in on how your food is nourishing your body and mind can make a world of difference, says Poon. Eating is essential, and eating nourishing food with presence is even more important when you are experiencing stress. Nourishing foods can protect against some of the other symptoms of stress, such as illness or disease.

If youre having a hard time remembering to eat, it might be a good idea to book a lunch date (digital dates work too). Sitting down with a loved one, colleague, or friend, even for just a few minutes, might be enough to hold you accountable to getting all the nutrient goodness you need.

If youre experiencing stress so intensely that its causing you to be unwell, it may be time to chat with a therapist. There are many treatment methods available to support your mental health, so try a few different philosophies and practitioners to find what works best for you.

Meditation and breath work can do wonders for stress management.

Meditation allows you to become aware of what is happening in your mind and body, says Poon. It often gives people the tools to be able to detach or lessen negative physiological responses from their experience of stress.

If you dont know where to start, download an app like Calm, which offers short, guided meditations.

For many people, movement goes out the window during times of stress sometimes curling up on the couch or in bed feels more comforting. But light movement, like walking around the block or a gentle yoga sesh, may help you work up an appetite.

If you already know youre the type of person who experiences stress weight loss, use a time of calm and peace to take preventive measures. There are a few things you can do now to stave off future weight loss due to stress.

While stress can actually be beneficial in some cases, Poon says extreme stress is usually just bad for your health. One of the best ways to avoid extreme symptoms of stress is to learn to manage your stress through meditation, breath work, and exercise.

Once you have a regular practice in place, itll be much easier to draw upon it when you need it. Learning how to meditate or do breathing exercises while youre stressed out may be asking too much of yourself.

When it comes to stress, knowing yourself is half the battle. Understanding what causes you stress and how you normally react to it can help you prevent serious scenarios.

Try keeping a stress diary that details how your body and mind tend to react when you are experiencing stress, suggests Poon. With this knowledge, you can begin to nip some of the symptoms if you notice them beginning to arise.

If you regularly find yourself forgetting to eat and losing a concerning amount of weight when youre stressed, work on building a support team of friends and professionals you can turn to when you see yourself slipping into these patterns.

You can also check out mental health resources like these for support:

Sometimes, stress weight loss resolves itself. If you are experiencing stress-related weight loss but are still eating nourishing meals, [you] understand what is causing you to experience stress, and [you] see an end to your stressors in sight, you might not need to worry about it too much, says Poon.

On the flip side, if youre not sure why youre losing weight, you arent eating enough or drinking enough water, or youre experiencing extreme stress, possibly due to something like a loss or trauma, she says it might be a good idea to seek professional help.

It wouldnt hurt to chat with your doctor or mental health practitioner, says Poon. I would say that it becomes essential to visit your doctor or practitioner if your stress-related weight loss is out of the ordinary for you, if you have stopped eating nourishing meals, or if your stress feels overwhelming.

Stress-related weight loss is common, whether its due to missed meals, digestive issues, or using intense physical activity as a coping mechanism.

By learning to manage stress through meditation, building a support system, and making sure youre eating nourishing meals regularly, you can keep stress weight loss at bay.

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Weight loss: Avoid eating doughnuts and cupcakes to satisfy your hunger pangs

What do you do when hunger strikes? Do you first drink a glass of water to see if you are actually thirsty? If you feel hungry shortly after having a complete meal, it is most likely to be because you are thirsty. Drink a glass of water and your hunger will vanish away. But what about other times, for example, when you crave for deep fried delicacy or comfort food? Healthy snacking plays an important role in your weight loss journey. It can make or break your routine and there are a few tricks that can help you snack healthy.

Nutritionist Pooja Makhija recently took to Instagram to share her tricks when she feels hunger. In her Reel, Makhija shares that instead of going for doughnuts, wafers, cup noodles, cupcakes or orange juice, she goes for the following:

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Also read:Gluten-Free Diet: These Simple And Nutritious Snacks Can Help You Beat Hunger Pangs

The likes of doughnuts, wafers, cupcakes and chocolates are loaded with sugar and empty calories. They will provide you with no nutrition and will up your calorie intake. Also, instead of opting for fruit juice like orange juice, eat one whole fruit. "Eating fruits is healthy. Drinking fruit juices is not. They increase blood sugar levels too rapidly, Makhija informs.

The list of her snacking tricks includes nuts, dates, sweet potato and vegetable juice. All of these snacking options are packed with vitamins, minerals, good carbs, healthy fats, fibre and protein. All of these nutrients can together help in improving your health and can also help you with weight loss.

So, what do you eat when you feel hungry? Let us know in the comments below!

Also read:Weight Loss: Are Banana Chips A Healthy Snacking Option? Nutritionist Tells

(Pooja Makhija is a nutritionist, dietitian and author)

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Certain herbs that we use across our curries, salads, drinks and more are full of antioxidants.

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Weight loss is perhaps one of the trickiest things to do in the world of health and fitness. With almost every second person trying to shed some kilos and maintain a healthy lifestyle, there is a swarm of tips that one can find online or from experiences of people who have achieved their weight loss goals. But what makes it confusing is that the goal isn't the same for everyone and there is no one particular diet or food that can help everyone since each body type is different from another. Turns out, one fad diet that suited your best friend might not suit you too!

The only way out is to consult an expert before following a diet. Besides that, one must always try to keep it natural, as much as they can and opt for all the goodness that nature has in store, and can be easily found in your kitchen cabinet too! Certain herbs that we use across our curries, salads, drinks and more are full of antioxidants and other nutrients that might aid our weight loss journey.

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Brimming with vitamins such as A, C, E and K along with antioxidants, including polyphenols, sage is a low-calorie and low-carb food that can boost weight loss and also replenish our body with essential nutrients. While it is used across different cuisines in various ways, the most effective way is to add it in your tea and other drinks. Here is a honey-sage lemon fizz recipe that you can try. The recipe uses alcohol as well, but you can avoid it if you wish to.

Coriander leaves are known to be incredibly beneficial for metabolism. As per experts, coriander helps detox your body naturally along with flushing out toxins that help you feel light. It is also loaded with chlorophyll, which has been associated with greater weight loss benefits. You can simply top your salads, Indian dishes and other foods with a handful of coriander leaves or blend them with fruits and veggies. Here are two coriander-based recipes to try at home.

Coriander chutney

Lemon coriander soup

Coriander leaves can be used in multiple ways.

One of the most popular herbs, mint is known to be a powerhouse of health benefits. Brimming with antioxidants, mint has volatile oil called menthol that boosts digestion and facilitates absorption of nutrients from food. When the body is able to assimilate and absorb the nutrients properly, there is better metabolism which leads to faster weight loss. Besides topping your juices, detox water and salads with mint leaves, you can also make lassi and smoothies with it. Here are two mint-based recipes to try at home:

Mint kiwi lemonade

Mint lassi

Mint leaves are added to many refreshing drinks.

Rosemary herb is most commonly used for flavouring soups, salads, pizzas, grilled meats etc. and comes with a host of nutrients including antioxidants that aids digestion and may promote weight loss too!Add a sprig of rosemaryto your soups or make fresh rosemary chicken for a high-one protein dinner!

Rosemary Chicken

Roasted Carrot, Rosemary, White Bean Hummus

Yes, you read that right! Oregano is much more than just a topping on your pastas and pizzas. An active component called carvacrol present in in oregano sprigs is known to dissolve fat, aid digestion and reduce bloating. Top your meals at the end with some oregano to retain its oils. Here is an amazing oregano popcorn recipe to try at home!

Semolina Oregano Popcorns

(Also Read:These 5 Kitchen Essential Indian Spices May Help You Manage Weight)

Oregano is known to dissolve fat.

Adding herbs to your diet is one of the most natural ways to aid your weight loss journey. However, it is best to consult your doctor if you have a pre-existing medical condition.

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About Aanchal MathurAanchal doesn't share food. A cake in her vicinity is sure to disappear in a record time of 10 seconds. Besides loading up on sugar, she loves bingeing on FRIENDS with a plate of momos. Most likely to find her soulmate on a food app.

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The nutritionist suggested checking the correctness of the weight loss algorithm

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Often those who lose weight sincerely believe that they are doing everything right, but the result does not come and enthusiasm is replaced by disappointment. It is worth revising your habits and identifying where the failure occurs, and a checklist from nutritionist Albina Komissarova, which she shared on Instagram, will help in this.

The nutritionist has compiled a list of healthy habits so that everyone can check if they are doing everything right in the process of losing weight. 1. I eat protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and vegetable oils every day 2. I do not exclude lactose and gluten from my product, just to lose weight 3. I do not believe that any dietary supplements will help me lose weight 4. I regularly move, walk, walk, play sports 5. I eat after 6 and have a full dinner

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6. I do not forbid myself certain foods: bananas, potatoes, bread, because I think that from some product you can gain weight 7. I eat carbohydrates whenever I want, without being tied to a time frame 8. I understand that losing weight happens evenly and I'm not looking for a diet for the thighs 9. I mix proteins and carbohydrates in my plate, because I understand that the theory of separate nutrition is unscientific 10. I do not drink large amounts of water to lose weight 11. I do not use any detox or detoxification for myself, because I know that the liver and kidneys are great at this 12. I don't believe in magic foods like brown sugar and pink salt that will help me lose weight

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WW launched its new program myWW+ that offers a more holistic approach to weight loss and wellness. WW International CEO Mindy Grossman joins Yahoo Finance Live to discuss the success behind the launch of myWW+ and weigh in on the companys outlook for the next quarter.

- As we get ready for the holiday, and once you get past your Thanksgiving turkey and your Christmas feasting as well, even if they might be smaller celebrations this year, you turn to diet season typically. And let's talk about what people are doing going into that time of year. We're joined by Mindy Grossman. She is WW International CEO.

Mindy, as always, you guys are trying to innovate, come out with new ways to help people control their diet. And so you all just updated your app, myWW+. So talk to me about how you're thinking about innovation in what has become an increasingly competitive environment, not just in terms of food and diet and nutrition, but also in terms of sort of holistic health and working out, et cetera.

MINDY GROSSMAN: To your point, the need for people to have a partner in health has become more acute now than ever as people are doing a complete reappraisal of how they live, how they work, how they spend, but with health and wellness becoming more of a necessity than a luxury. So what we're excited is that we're building on the massive success of myWW, which we launched last year, with myWW+, which is our most customized and personalized holistic program across all our verticals of nutrition, activity, mindset, sleep, all built on community and this idea of really being able to take our investments in technology, AI, and data and really use it for extreme personalization, so from pre-wall assessment, to post-wall, to marrying you with a program that is completely customized. And what we're seeing is certainly it's more holistic, more personalized.

But ultimately, people have greater weight loss success. And they feel that it's theirs. And in an environment where people are looking for more control, and they're looking for ways to be able to do that, this is perfect timing for what we want.

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The other thing is this is the first time in the company's history that we have a significantly new innovation in a non-food program innovation year. And it really is about how we were able to accelerate our strategies over the last number of months to be able to deliver on this. We launched November 16. It converted in over 4.7 million of our members' apps. And it's definitely attracting new digital members as well.

- Mindy, you're about to relaunch one-on-one coaching, I would assume on the app. To what extent-- what will that look like?

MINDY GROSSMAN: So coaching as a real core part of WW is very important. And it takes different forms. So if you look at our membership verticals, right, our digital membership, which encompasses everything with myWW+, has elements of chat with a coach, the new launch of five-minute coaching, and other elements.

We actually have a new membership vertical launching in December that we're very excited about, really geared to a younger, more millennial audience, called Digital 360. And it is an on-demand coaching, content, and community platform with all our digital assets as a base. And then we're relaunching our Digital plus unlimited workshops to really maximize what we've done, not just with our physical environments but our virtual workshops, which does not have any geographic limitations.

And so you have that coach. And you can find your own cohort. And then we are launching our one-on-one coaching platform in 2021. So across every one of our verticals, that element of support, community, education, inspiration, and coaching is really important.

- Mindy, we've talked a good bit throughout the year. And if there's anything I've learned about your business, it's not the same business as it was 12 months ago or 24 months ago. Looking at it from an investor standpoint, should they still expect that big spike in January because of people doing New Year's resolutions? Because we are-- the argument could be made we are in a steady state of people probably having eaten too much throughout the past 12 months.

MINDY GROSSMAN: Well, we've worked and invested significantly over the last number of years to truly be a technology experience company with a human-centric overlay. But part of that has really been to be always on, and to be there not just in a moment of time but whenever anyone is rethinking what they need from a partner in living a healthier life and really establishing new habits. So if you look even at our innovation pipeline, it's constant. It's not just waiting for a particular point in time.

I think it really will be interesting, though, given what everyone's gone through this year. I do think people are going to use 2021 as a way to kind of reset their purpose and to think about what's really important to them. And that's why we really wanted to deliver something that was so personalized and customized.

- Well, Mindy, talking about sort of reassessing setting goals and also sort of smoothing out ups and downs, I mean, I was looking at your numbers and at your stock chart. Whether you're talking revenue, profit, and the stock itself, you really saw the highs in 2018. So how do you bring that growth back up here? I mean, obviously, you've been talking about some of the measures you all have been taking. But in concrete terms, do you expect to retain those levels in 2021?

MINDY GROSSMAN: If you look at 2020, we entered 2020 with unbelievable momentum. We had the launch of myWW+. We had just come off the nine-city WW Presents Oprah's Tour. And that momentum was expected to continue throughout the year.

Obviously, COVID had an impact on our studio revenue. But if you look at our digital membership, it's been at an all-time high, both in percentage growth and absolute numbers. So if you look at the end of Q3 at 4.7 million subscribers, that's a Q3 all-time high.

But the thing to also recognize is the gross margin, 60% gross margin driven by 80% margin in our digital membership. And retention continues at an all-time high. So those are really important indicators for future momentum and growth in the business.

- Mindy, great to see you. Thanks for joining us. Mindy Grossman.

MINDY GROSSMAN: Always great to see you.

- Thank you.

MINDY GROSSMAN: Have a great holiday.

- You as well. Appreciate it. WW International CEO Mindy Grossman.

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Eggs are the perfect staple to introduce into your diet for weight loss. Theyre low in calories and high in protein and other nutrients which will keep you full and get your metabolism going to burn more fat throughout the day. But while eating only the egg white is the lowest calorie option for egg prep, according to a dietitian, theres a better way to cook your eggs to maximize weight loss.

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Boiling or poaching your egg is the best way to maximize the nutritional value of your egg, aiding in healthy weight loss over time. Registered dietitian Emily Danckers explains, You may be surprised to hear that eating the whole egg may help with weight loss. When you cut out the yolk, youre missing out on filling proteins, satisfying fats, and vitamins D, B-6, and A.

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While weight loss does largely hinge on maintaining a calorie deficit, its important to factor in the quality of the food you consume as well. If youre focusing on lower calorie options, theres a good chance that the food you choose wont keep you full as long, leading to grazing throughout the day which can be hard for maintaining your deficit.

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Danckers continues, Enjoying the whole egg can help you feel full longer which leads to eating less later in the day. Pair this with a balanced, reduced calorie diet, and youre on your way to weight loss. Youve always heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and its true--especially when you aim to set yourself up for successful eating habits throughout the rest of your day!

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Cooking your egg without oil is the healthiest option while still including the yolk. Danckers says, To avoid adding too much extra fat in the cooking process, try a non-fried approach like boiling or poaching your eggs. If you prefer scrambled eggs or fried eggs, use a non-stick spray to cut back on calories.

When trying to lose weight, make sure youre providing your body with the best whole foods to nourish yourself and keep you full for hours. While opting for egg whites may be tempting to cut down on calories, try to remember that its the quality of the calories that is also important. Youll be thankful when you fill up on a poached egg in the morning rather than a bowl of chips later on in the day!

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INDEPENDENCE TWP, Mich (FOX 2) - The Oakland County Sheriff's Office said it's search for two people responsible for prying open a backdoor of a weight loss and wellness center and setting three fires inside the building.

According to the sheriff, they were called to Express Weight Loss and Wellness on Dixie Highway the Independence Township just before 7 a.m. on a waterflow alarm.

When authorities arrived, water flowing out of the front door and smoke was in the air. The Independence Township Fire Department was called and the county's fire investigator responded as well.

Deputies said the back door of the business had been pried open and when they entered, they said a sprinkler head was running due to smoke in the building.

Authorities said a fire in the corner just to the right of the backdoor had already been extinguished and they found two other fires that had all been set and extinguished inside the building.

Surveillance video released shows a person spraying lighter fluid down the hallway floor and then lighting it. Cameras from nearby businesses showed two people walking in front and behind the building at the time of the fire

The Oakland County Sheriff is searching for two people wanted for starting three fires insid a weight loss facility in Independence Twp.

Two laptops were stolen from the business and camera footage showed one of the people with a computer and lighter fluid when they left the scene.

Anyone who has information is asked to contact the Detroit Arson Commission at (800) 443-7766 or at their webiste.

A $5,000 reward is being offered at this time for information leading to an arrest.

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Bananas have long been a lunchbox and brown bag staple. And that's not just because they're an easily portable food item. They're also nutritious and beneficial for your heart, blood sugar, digestion, and more.

Here are five health benefits of eating bananas.

A single medium banana offers 110 calories with zero fat. It also provides the following:

"Bananas are well known for their potassium content, but there are other vitamins and minerals that deserve some attention as well. The banana provides a significant source of B6 and fiber, which play vital roles in important functions of the body like reducing cholesterol and balancing mood," says Lisa Richards, a certified nutrition consultant.

In fact, just one banana can give you 9% of your recommended daily intake (RDI) of potassium and 8% of magnesium. As for vitamin C, a banana might not be the first food to pop into your mind. But the fruit supplies around 11% of your RDI.

The idea that people with prediabetes or diabetes should avoid eating sweet fruit is a myth, as long as you're staying within your carbohydrate needs. This is about one-half of a Cavendish, which is the most ubiquitous banana type.

Indeed, bananas, which contain pectin and resistant starch, might actually help lower blood sugar. Richards says that these soluble fibers act in concert with each other by increasing the sensation of satiety, preventing overeating, and slowing the rate of digestion.

In addition, the glycemic index (GI) of a banana is 30 to 60, depending on ripeness. The glycemic index measures how carbohydrates in foods will alter blood sugar, from a scale of 0 to 100. "The lower the GI, the less likely the food will cause a rapid spike," Richards says. For a lower GI, eat greener fruit.

"The key is to pair the carb source with protein and fat. Otherwise the blood sugar will spike and then go down," says Monica Auslander Moreno, MS, RDN, the lead dietitian at Miami's Essence Nutrition. She suggests combining high-carb bananas with eggs, yogurt, or peanut butter.

Potassium is a double threat. While most people think of it as a mineral, it also functions as an electrolyte. Electrolytes are instrumental for regulating muscle contraction. "Because the heart is a muscle," Moreno says, "potassium and heart health are very closely linked."

Potassium can also help balance sodium levels. Potassium, which monitors fluid inside the cells, has a push-pull relationship with sodium, which controls the fluid outside the cells. Too little potassium and too much sodium means more fluid and a higher blood volume in the bloodstream. This increases blood pressure with an added risk of heart attack and stroke.

A 2017 review found that potassium supplements reduced blood pressure for people with hypertension, or high blood pressure. Because of the research on potassium and high blood pressure, FDA has approved the following health claim:, "Diets containing foods that are a good source of potassium and that are low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke." The analysis noted that bananas are especially high in potassium.

Moreno says that the banana has become "very stigmatized in diet culture" because of its carbohydrate content. "People vilify them. But we don't have weight issues because of bananas."

In fact, the fruit might actually help you feel fuller, faster. The combination of pectin and resistant starch delays stomach emptying, leading you to eat less calories, Richards says.

Green bananas are better for this because as a banana ripens, or ages, it loses pectin. Also, the greener the banana, the more resistant starch it contains. When you eat them with a balanced diet, Moreno says, the carbs help you produce more serotonin, which helps regulate your metabolism and energy levels. Keep in mind, however, that green bananas have higher fiber and can cause gas, bloating, and constipation.

These satiety and weight stabilizing findings were confirmed in a 2019 review. It concluded that green bananas, whether consumed as fresh fruit pulp, cooked, or dried and pounded into flour to be used as a product for baking, make you feel fuller. Because of their high fiber content, the researchers also theorized that green bananas could assist in prevention of or healing intestinal diseases, reduce blood cholesterol, and help prevent intestinal cancer.

When it comes to gut health, bananas both give and take away. Green, or greener, bananas can promote constipation, "due to the higher amount of resistant starch and pectin," Richards says, which both slow down your stomach's digestive process.

Yet ripe bananas can help you in the bathroom if you have difficulties in that arena. "Less resistant starch and more fiber can move the stool," Moreno says. The fiber is soluble, drawing in water which makes stool easier to pass.

Bananas also contain insoluble fiber: The insoluble fiber absorbs and processes nutrients, while the soluble fiber creates soft bulk for the body to clear toxins from the digestive system.

However, too many ripe bananas can then cause diarrhea, a common complaint with babies who often begin eating with very ripe mashed bananas.

While eating too many bananas can cause constipation or diarrhea, depending on their degree of ripeness, you can safely eat bananas. Not only do bananas help with gut health, they also may support your efforts with weight loss, promote heart health, and reduce your blood sugar.

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