The 2 Simple Fat Loss tools you need
If you are on the slow carb diet, and making it work for you, there’s two things you need to know about, to ensure you’re getting the most from each and every slow carb meal.
They aren’t crazy air squats before and after eating, and I promise, there’s no ice (baths, water, packs) involved.
They can be found in most household kitchens across North America, and though humble, they offer quite a powerful opportunity to make those slow carb meals go that little bit further. They are also very useful on cheat day.
They’re both flavorful, and at home in food as well as drinks, so there’s no excuse not to include one, or the other, or both, at each meal.
Have you guessed yet?
Perhaps you’ve heard about them before, but maybe you haven’t included them in your regular slow carb routine. Or, maybe this will be new for you, and I hope I do justice to the potential on offer.
Without further ado, I present our two humble, yet powerful, additions for every slow carb (and cheat day) meal:
Cinnamon, and Lemon Juice.
OK, so maybe you’d guessed already, but I have some fun facts for you:
Lemon juice has a great variety of benefits to the body, one of them is in lowering blood sugar response. As mentioned in the book, Tim Ferriss found that when he included lemon juice in water before a meal, his blood sugar response was 10% lower than usual.
Lemon juice also helps with kidney stones, has loads of vitamin C and is being investigated for potential benefits to cholesterol control and fighting cancer.
Cinnamon, or more specifically ‘Saigon Cinnamon’ (have a look in the organic spices rack at your grocery store) is very powerful stuff, and has been found to lower blood sugar response by as much as 29%. This equates to a big reduction in the body.
So, why do I keep mentioning blood sugar response?
Simple. Blood sugar levels are one of the key indicators for fat storage. So everything we can do to ‘blunt’ or ‘flatline’ our blood sugar throughout the day helps avoid fat storage. Remember all those diets that preached 6-8 small meals per day? Blood sugar control is one of the reasons they worked. Likewise, it is one of the key reasons to avoid ‘white’ carbs on the slow carb diet. The slow carb foods tend to avoid spiking blood sugar levels by offering meals with a low glycemic load. Carbohydrates however, have a tendency, in general, to elevate blood sugar levels, and white carbohydrates do this even more, as they are digested faster and hence enter the bloodstream over a shorter period of time.
Think about how you could include lemon juice or cinnamon in your meals, and you will be getting benefits as you eat. Likewise, if you make a habit of having some cinnamon or lemon juice before you start eating, in a drink, then you’ll be primed and ready to go when your food starts digesting.
Let me know your favorite recipes that include either, by commenting below!
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