What is a widespread side effect of the pandemic that has nothing to do with the virus itself? If you guessed packing on the pounds, you win the Goldfish.
Over the last year, we’ve all spent a lot of time parked inside. We moved very little and ate a whole lot. And, of course, there were piles of comfort foods and delivery meals on the menu.
And while that might’ve kept folks safe from the virus, it didn’t exactly do any favors for their waistlines. Right now, millions are discovering a harsh truth about life after COVID-19. None of their old “going out” clothes fit anymore.
But you don’t need to buy a whole new wardrobe to head back out into the world again. There’s a simple summertime trick that can help make sure you fit into your old favorites again.
Mineral helps MELT OFF stubborn pounds
It was an accident. The researchers weren’t even looking for this weight-loss solution when they discovered it. They just stumbled onto it.
But when you hear how easy it is, you’re going to be pleased as punch that they did.
The research team recruited a group of volunteers with metabolic syndrome. The participants took several tests that measured things like nutritional status and body composition.
Everyone was then asked to switch to a moderate… lower-calorie, and higher protein… Mediterranean-style diet. You know, like the kind I often recommend right here in Healthier Talk.
To ensure they were holding up their end of the bargain and sticking to the diet, the volunteers periodically met with a nutritionist. A year later, when the researchers checked back in, they were blown away.
They had accidentally uncovered something that you and I can use to get back down to our fighting weight. The folks who shed the most pounds didn’t just have a slimmer figure in common.
It turns out the volunteers who chose to eat a bunch of potassium-rich foods during the year of the study had lost far more weight. And three of your favorite summertime foods are on that list.
Slim down with potassium-rich summertime faves
The researchers never intended to measure potassium’s influence on weight loss. But there the link was, staring them in the face anyway. The volunteers with the biggest drops in body mass index (BMI) also had eaten the most potassium-packed foods.
In fact, the researchers found that a participant’s potassium intake was a FAR stronger predictor of whether or not they would lose weight than how much sugar they ate or how many calories they had consumed.
And it’s not the only time the link has been made. At least three other studies have found a connection between weight loss and the mineral. Plus, prior research has linked potassium to a lower BMI and a lower risk for metabolic syndrome too.
We aren’t exactly sure yet how potassium is pulling off this weight=loss magic. But we do have some good ideas. You see, the mineral has three characteristics that could help spur faster weight loss.
- reduces inflammation
- influences energy balance
- improves insulin sensitivity
And now for the best news of all. You can put potassium to work for you starting TODAY with a trip to the grocery store. Three delicious summertime treats are swimming in the mineral. And those are watermelon, avocado, and honeydew. All three of which I literally just put on my own shopping list.
But don’t stop there. While you’re in the produce section, grab some other potassium-rich fruits such as grapefruit, cantaloupe, oranges, and, of course, bananas. And then cross the aisle to the veggies and grab some sweet potatoes, spinach, cucumbers, and (cancer-fighting) mushrooms too.
Keep that up over the next few weeks — and consider making that switch to a lower carb or Mediterranean lifestyle — and before you know it, your pandemic layers will be replaced with the thinner, shorts-ready body you’re looking for.