Welcome to Lesson 4: EAT

When I first arrived in India to learn yoga, I was most eager to observe the eating habits of the yoga Gurus – the people who have mastered the art of eating to stay slim.

At first I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was imagining they’d drink special herbal concoctions every day, or perhaps only eat one kind of food for weeks.

The truth was a whole lot simpler than that.

To stay slim, all the Gurus did was eat a balanced diet, and most importantly

drink plenty of WATER!

That’s it. Really. No secret potions, no crazy diets, nothing.

Why? How? Let’s dive in.

If there is one thing our body can’t live without, it would be WATER.

Our bodies are made up of roughly 75% water, which is involved in almost every process the human body goes through.

Water facilitates blood flow and cellular reproduction, without which water cells could not grow and the entire organism dies. It helps to absorb all the essential nutrients and keeps our energy level up.

We need water in our bodies more than we need food, which is why we can survive for much longer without food than without water.

Drinking water helps you lose over 14 pounds in a year!

A recent study by Dr. Brenda Davy shows that water is not only responsible for keeping us alive but also plays a key role in weight loss. In the experiment conducted by Davy, people who drank two glasses of water 20 to 30 minutes before every meal lost weight more quickly initially and lost significantly more weight than those who didn’t.

In another study Davy and her team found that people who drank water before meals ate an average of 75 fewer calories at that meal. This may not seem like much, but if you ate 75 fewer calories at lunch and dinner for the next year, you could lose about 14½ pounds!

Now this makes a big difference, given the small and simple change in habits like increasing the intake of water.

How Water Helps You Lose Weight

  • The higher the consumption of water, the lower the amount of fat deposited. A low consumption of water allows more fat to be deposited instead of being metabolized into energy. Fat forms the cell walls and when your body is not provided with enough water, the fat will automatically be deposited in cell membrane to protect cells against dehydration.
  • Water helps to flush toxins out of our system; The more toxins in our body the less capable it is to lose weight.
  • Drinking water suppresses your appetite and keeps you from snacking on unhealthy sugary foods. Very often we confuse hunger with thirst, but by drinking more water we can eliminate eating when we are not really hungry. Drinking water before meals also makes us eat less, as our stomach is already filled with water.
  • Keeping yourself hydrated will keep your kidneys operating at a good clip, and your liver will be allowed to do its job of metabolizing stored fat for energy. In the case of dehydration, the blood becomes thick and saturated, not being able to  flow properly.

Water plays a key role in the metabolic breakdown of proteins and carbohydrates, which is why you simply can’t lose weight and stay slim without the proper hydration of your body.

DEHYDRATION will totally kill your chances of burning fat, because the body interprets this as a state of shock. It shifts its focus on getting water and stops doing other things, like burning body fat for energy.

Dehydration Will Make You Fat

“When the body is dehydrated, the lipids and cholesterol in the cell wall tighten up the wall and more cholesterol is deposited to prevent water from escaping from the cell”

~Dr F. Batmanghelidj M.D
author of “Water: For Health, for Healing, for Life: You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty!”

ACTION STEPS

  • DRINK – pure, natural water. It’s the best choice if you want a slim and healthy body.
  • AVOID – sodas, soft drinks, tea, coffee – a glass of most other drinks have 100-200 calories, plenty of sugar, artificial flavors and they don’t make you feel any fuller. Drinking something other than water does nothing for you except quench your thirst and add calories to your count for the day. Diuretics contained in these caffeinated beverages flush water out of your body. Don’t count on them to replenish fluid loss.
  • LEMON WATER has positive effects in helping cleanse your liver and stomach. It’s best to drink lemon water in the morning to cleanse your digestive system of toxins. Start a day with a warm glass of water with lemon – it will wake up your digestive fire from sleep.
  • MAKE YOUR WATER TASTE BETTER – the flat taste of water sometimes puts us off it. You can make your water delicious by adding fresh mint leafs, a bit of honey, lemon or any fruit of your choice. My personal favorites are strawberries and watermelon.
  • JUICES are a great alternative for water, provided they are fresh and made from “light fruits” (avoid fruits rich in sugar like mango, grapes, bananas). Also avoid ready made juices, as they often contain a lot of sugar and extra calories.
  • WATER DRINKING HABIT – Keep a water bottle by your side at all the times. Use either bottled water or tap water, and carry it with you everywhere, to the gym, in your car, to your office. Add water to your daily routine, don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.

In Module 3 of the Slim4Life Program I’ll teach you how much water and when you should drink for optimal fat burning results.


Congratulations! You’ve reached the end of the Slim Yogi Starter Kit.

By now you should understand how to use yoga to IMAGINE, STRETCH, BREATHE and EAT your way to a permanently slim and healthy body.

But remember, yoga is a fascinating and complex discipline – and if you’re serious about using it to lose weight, there’s a lot more to learn.

If you’d like to continue your journey towards a a slimmer, sexier and healthier you, remember to check out my Slim4Life home training program.

It’s packed with training videos, exercises, meditation and visualization audios and a whole lot more, all arranged into an easy-to-follow system that will quickly and easily turn you into a fat-burning yoga master – even if you’ve got zero prior experience.

You won’t find a weight loss system as easy, effective, healthy and lasting as this anywhere else.

Click here to learn more about the Slim4Life home training program.

To The Slimmer, Healthier & Sexier You,

Nika

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