The stresses and demands of our modern world affect our health and wellbeing, none more so than when trying to lose weight. Our bodies although generally are the same inside and out, the processes of our minds and body’s to release, rejuvenate and rebalance are very individual, therefore here are 5 weight loss solutions that never crossed your mind.
1. Eating clean
Everyone has their own genetic tolerance for toxins, but if you are struggling with weight gain the amount of chemicals in your diet and life style may be affecting the thyroid function, hormone levels and many other systems in the body as well as your mood and coping mechanisms, the body uses fat cells to store excess toxins.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
Remove processed foods, bump up your organic fruit and vegetable intake with a healthy smoothie, swapping out saturated fats (like those in butter, cheese and meat) in favour of healthy fats like olive oil, canola oil and the kind found in nuts. To clean up your diet, cut down on added sugars; like soda, candy and baked goods.
Also keep an eye on sugars added to healthier food too. To help minimize salt while you cook, flavour your food with herbs and spices, citrus and vinegar. Swop the packaged refined carbohydrates; white rice, white bread and white pasta, try serving vegetarian proteins like beans, lentils and more whole grains like quinoa, oats and brown rice.
Eat clean food is energy. Think of your body like a car: good fuel = smooth ride. Cheap fuel = you’re calling for help.
2. Food sensitivities
Weight loss is complex; it’s the interaction of our hormones, immune system, neurotransmitters, environment, cultural beliefs, emotions, and genes.
Food sensitivities can trigger an imbalance in our body functioning thus causing weight gain. Food sensitivity is neither an allergy nor a digestive enzyme deficiency it’s an immune response to undigested protein molecules which erroneously enter the blood stream or lymphatic system.
The immune system correctly perceives the food to be foreign responding by destroying and remove the offending food, much like it would for a bacteria or a virus. This process blocks the insulin receptors and stops glucose from entering the cells to be used as energy. Instead, glucose is converted into fat and stored in the fat cells. Sometimes what you crave is often what you are sensitive to.
So if you think you have food sensitivities seek out the help of an experienced practitioner who can guide you with their expertise, create meal plans and devise the right treatment protocol for you.
3. Stress levels
Stress can lead to a negative quality of life including; poor eating habits, symptoms of dis-ease, early effects of aging, decreased sexual desires, anger, depression, to name a few. Stress causes elevated levels of cortisol and inflammatory hormones. These hormones lead to constant cravings and put your body into chronic fat storage mode.
Quietening your mind through meditation, this is the process of no-thought, to reach peace. By just focusing on an object, an objective, a mantra, or your breath, space is created between your thoughts, stress is decreased. Being at peace is acceptance of the now. Stress is not being present. Respect yourself in the moment. If you don’t know, get guidance from a professional.
Have you ever doubted how important sleep was to your general health? When the body does not get enough sleep, it tends to overproduce an appetite-stimulating hormone called ghrelin, and underproduce an appetite-suppressing hormone called leptin.
A study at the University of Chicago found that even with a perfect diet and exercise, not getting eight hours of quality sleep each night could stall your fat loss efforts. Prepare for a good night’s sleep with a regular routine, by switch off the ipad, moble or TV an hour before bedtime, take a soothing bath with lavender essential oils, drinking camomile tea and avoiding stressful stimulants.
5. Create an environment for success
Changing your mind set about losing weight may help you lose the extra pounds. Most people see losing weight has having to deprive themselves of all the good things and not enjoy life. Take one step at a time; see your goal as a life style change not as a goal to get to the end of.
You can either look at 200 pounds as one huge amount of weight to lose or 200 small goals of a pound each. Celebrating your incremental successes each day, with non food star treats, a massage, facial or time to yourself.
Cultivating habits that energise your body and mind, remember that physical fitness and weight lose doesn’t exist in a vacuum — making space for rest and meditation can and will pay off in the waistline too. Work with your body to create the life, health and wellness you want to live.