Natural Strategies To Lose Weight And Maintain It

Statistics Canada reports that in 2010, 52% of adults were either overweight or obese and the number of Canadians who are obese or overweight continues to climb.  Being overweight and/or obese increases the risk for numerous health complications including: high blood pressure, insulin resistance, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, increased mortality from certain cancers, sleep apnea, gout, and degenerative joint disease.  Here are some natural strategies to attain a healthy weight and maintain it:

AVOID DIETING:

Dieting has been shown to be ineffective for long term weight loss.  Permanent lifestyle change is required to achieve sustainable weight loss.  Focus less on the scale and more on overall health.  Establishing healthy habits such as exercise and good nutrition will over time lead to weight loss. 

MANAGE STRESS: 

Stress causes the release of a hormone called cortisol.  Chronic release of cortisol leads to weight gain.  In addition to this, when under stress, individuals tend to reach for unhealthy food options that are generally higher in sugar and unhealthy fats. 

DON’T SKIP MEALS:

Skipping meals results in a greater release of cortisol, offsets your eating habits and food balance and promotes greater chances of binging later on in the day when your metabolism is actually winding down. 

EAT GOOD FATS:

Fat is essential for health and low fat diets usually lead to higher carbohydrate intake and are ineffective for long term weight loss. Focus on omega 3’s such as fish oils, flaxseed oil, nuts and seeds.

AVOID REFINED SUGAR AND SIMPLE CARBOHYDRATES: 

Eating whole foods ensure elimination of these unhealthier food choices and greater weight loss success. Excessive carbohydrate and fruit consumption can cause a rapid increase in blood glucose and a subsequent decrease in blood sugar below normal levels.  Choose carbs that have a low GI index. 

EXERCISE:

Choose a variety of physical activities that you enjoy doing and make it your lifestyle. Strive to be active every day. - Try some of our workouts - Click here to take you to our menu. 

DRINK WATER: 

Water helps to flush toxins out of your body and actually helps your body not to retain water.

CONSIDER HORMONAL IMBALANCES:

 If you’re doing everything right and things aren’t budging, consult your doctor, and have your thyroid checked.

Remember to be PATIENT AND PERSISTENT!  There are no shortcuts but the rewards are well worth the effort. Remember that weight loss takes time as similarly, weight gain does not happen overnight.  Think of it as a marathon and not a sprint. For information and inspiration on how to go about doing it right, read Marco's book, STARVING TO BE FAT - Sound advice from a man who lost 150 lbs. and has kept the weight off for well over a decade now.

 

Susan Arruda