If you're trying to lose weight but don't want to count every carb, fat gram, or calorie, you might consider the fat resistance diet as a possible option. Created by functional-nutrition expert Leo Galland, MD, the fat resistance diet can help you shed pounds and fight unwanted body fat — if you do it right.
According to The Fat Resistance Diet ($16, Amazon), the reason why a lot of folks struggle to lose weight is due to a common hormone imbalance called leptin resistance. When the leptin hormone is functioning properly in your body, it curbs your appetite and helps keep your metabolism on track. But leptin resistance makes it notoriously difficult to keep those stubborn pounds off until you can balance your hormones once again. Dr. Galland says the key to achieving that balance is by following the three stages of the fat resistance diet, all clearly outlined one by one in the book.
These three stages include: an initial rapid weight loss of six to 10 pounds in two weeks, achieving your ideal weight through a loss of two pounds per week, and then maintaining your weight loss for the rest of your life. If this sounds intimidating to you, you're not alone. But unlike other meal plans, the fat resistance diet doesn't recommend cutting out fats entirely — or even carbs, for that matter. Instead, it emphasizes slowly adding healthy complex carbs and good fats to your daily intake. But first and foremost, it focuses on the importance of superfoods.
The top 40 superfoods of the fat resistance diet are also available in the book and recommended during each stage of the diet. While this list includes many expected types of produce such as blueberries and spinach, it also contains some intriguing items like flounder fish, flax seeds, and pomegranate juice. A wide variety of yummy spices — including turmeric, cinnamon, and parsley — make the cut, too. And as you move from stage one to stage two, you'll be able to add more items to your grocery list, including whole grains and a wider variety of proteins. Same goes for the move from stage two to stage three (say hello to blueberry flax pancakes and carrot raisin muffins!).
The book also outlines more than 100 leptin-friendly recipes that you can prepare from the comfort of your home. They cover all portions of the diet so that you're able to choose meals that best fit your lifestyle and schedule. So if you're a meal planner who also loves a healthy — and delicious — variety of foods, this just might be the perfect weight-loss solution for you.
Remember: Always talk to your doctor before starting any new diet.
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