There are many different factors that can help with weight loss other than just monitoring calories, protein, and fat. There are other factors such as hormone balance and even toxin accumulation in fat cells that may be keeping you from losing those last ten pounds. Fat cells (which only get smaller and never go away) tend to accumulate toxins because they are storage locations for toxins in the body.
To help cleanse your body and release toxins from your fat cells and further your weight loss, it may good to incorporate the following into your diet when you are 3 month post-op and beyond.
1.Â Â Â Â Work in vinegars and citrus that help with release of toxins.
Have you ever heard your friend say that they wake up have a cup of hot water with lemon? Lemon is not only a natural diuretic that helps you release water, but it is also loaded with vitamin C which helps aid the liver release built up toxins. Lemon also helps to aid digestion and release toxins from the lymph glands, bladder, and colon. Vinegars such as apple cider vinegar have also been seen to help with detoxification. Try a small cup of apple cider vinegar, Meyer lemon, and water to help you start your day or add lemon juice and vinegar to your salad dressing.
2.Â Â Â Â Drink half your body weight in fluids.
I cannot stress fluids enough! Think about it. You can live without food for a significant amount of time, but no water means you will be dead within a few days. Your body is mostly water and you need to give back for proper energy, metabolism, and overall health. Water is also essential for the release of toxins.
3.Â Â Â Â Fiber is helpful in cleansing.
The liver is not the only organ responsible for detoxification. Our skin, kidneys and colon are also responsible for detoxification. Fiber rich foods help to detox by pulling in water and releasing toxins through feces. One example? Chia seeds! Chia seeds are high in fiber and also contain omega-3 fatty acids which help â€œhold onto toxinsâ€ which then are excreted when you go #2.
These are just a few helpful tips to help you detox, rejuvenate, and lose more weight.