Celebrity TV diet expert, Dr Adam Carey, answers your commonly asked questions about fat burning pills, traffic light food labelling and the importance of eating the right breakfast.
Eating breakfast is crucial for fat loss, because it kick-starts your metabolism and reduces levels of the fat promoting stress hormone, cortisol. Eating a protein rich breakfast, with a portion of low GI carbohydrates, will also sustain energy levels and prevent cravings throughout the day. Most packaged breakfast cereals have a high glycamic index, so better options, include:
If you're in a rush, a fruit smoothie with
Sculptress makes a quick alternative.
Traffic light labels can be misleading, especially if you're trying to lose weight. Firstly, traffic lights are based on a 'suggested serving', meaning foods can appear healthier than they really are! Secondly, they ignore protein – which is vital if you want to burn fat, because it elevates calorie burning, maintains muscle tone and prevents cravings. Finally, just because foods appear to have a green light for fat loss, doesn't necessarily make them good choices (for example, fruit juices are ok in moderation, but contain concentrated natural sugars). The solution is to eat a balanced, fresh-food diet, rich in lean protein and fibrous vegetables, and moderate in complex carbohydrates and healthy fats.
Some nutrients are proven to boost fat loss. However, my number one tip is to avoid products that make unrealistic claims, such as 'lose 30lbs in 30 days', because they're simply not supported by research to be safe or effective. However, green tea, capsaicin (hot chilli), bitter orange, fish oil, CLA, and guarana/caffeine, are all natural extracts which are proven to safely promote fat burning or elevate metabolic rate. In conjunction with a balanced diet and exercise plan, these nutrients can often burn an extra 0.5-1lb of fat per week.