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How To Cure Your Weight Loss Woes This Year!
New Year New You!
Another year has come and gone and if your new years resolution is to lose weight, then you’re not alone. In a recent gallup pole 51% of Americans would like to shed unwanted pounds. I don’t make new year resolutions very often but, last year my goal was to lose 25lbs. Those 25 extra pounds came from me overeating during my pregnancy. Including baby and water weight, during my pregnancy I gained over 40lbs! That is a lot for me considering I am a petite 5 feet and 2 inches tall. I basically gave myself the freedom to eat as much as I wanted. Unfortunately, my weight gain didn’t distribute quite so evenly and if you can picture a white girl with a ghetto booty, that was me! It took me 4 months to lose only 25lbs, but I never gave up. Whether you’re a man or a woman, want to lose a little or a lot, you do have what it takes to shed those unwanted pounds. Don’t throw in the towel early. If I can do it so can you! This is your year! Choose to be your best!
Most people today are losing the battle of the bulge. When it comes to weight loss Americans are obsessed. There is always some latest and greatest pill, work out regime, or meal plan. You would think that with the United States spending 60 million dollars in the weight loss market, that we would be a country filled with healthy fit people. How ironic is it that the American people are some of the most unhealthy and over weight. Many people are now turning to surgery or prescription drugs, which can do even more damage to your health in the long run. There are always side effects to those choices, so you want to make the right decision for your health now and for your future.
What’s The Problem?
There is definite lack of understanding of how our bodies work. Numerous factors can be involved when you are having a difficult time losing those extra pounds. Stress, hormones, liver toxicity, thyroid and gland dysfunction can all play a role in your upward battle. Some times losing weight can just be your fear of change. A lot of us hate changing our habits and for some of you it may just be changing the way you think about weight loss. If you are some one who before you even begin to lose weight, think to yourself it’s never going to happen then, it never will because you have already told yourself it won’t. Your thoughts are powerful and they will affect your results.
Food is a HUGE factor!
We have all heard that a good diet is the key in losing weight, but what kind of food is good? The food industry gains 2 trillion dollars off of your poor food choices. Gmo’s and chemicals in the foods you eat greatly impact your health. Even so called “healthy” or “diet” foods can have hidden additives such as MSG and aspartame, which will cause you to eat more. Stay away from most commercialized foods. You will never see a commercial for broccoli. If you don’t recognize an ingredient then it would be wise to stay away from that product. Get creative in your kitchen and try new recipes. It may take a little more time to prepare your own meals, but it can be fun. Once you get used to preparing your own food you’ll never want to go back to prepackaged food. After a while of eating real food, you will feel the difference through out your whole body. Your skin will look better and you will have more energy. Feed your body the right kind of fuel-REAL FOOD!
Make sure you keep hydrated by drinking large amounts of water throughout the day. Learn to distinguish your hunger from thirst. Many of us eat food instead of realizing that all we need is water. Making sure you fill up on low caloric liquids will help you to keep that full feeling and also you cut down on your calorie intake.
Sugar just isn’t a problem for diabetics, insulin spiking foods should be avoided when you are trying to lose weight. Try using natural sugar substitutes instead of toxic chemical sweeteners. Even many whole grains can spike your insulin. You want to stay away from breads, pasta, cereal, potatoes, corn, beans, rice, fruit juice, soda, candy, desserts etc. Instead, replace these foods with healthy proteins like chicken, whey protein, eggs, hempseed protein powder, grass fed beef, fish and bison which is leaner as well as higher in protein than beef.
Have Healthy Fats
Stay away from margarines and most oils in a bottle such as vegetable and canola oils. These oils are not good for you, many are processed using hexane. They are not healthy. Instead try using unprocessed, unheated and essential fatty acid rich oils such as butter made from grass fed beef, coconut, olive, and macadamia nut. You also want to take an essential fatty acid supplements such as fish oil. Try to find one that is derived from flax seed, borage and/or fish. Taking an oil supplement with your food will help keep your cravings for fatty foods down and make your skin look better too!
It is true that it all boils down to calories out versus calories in. How many calories you need to lose weight is most likely different from someone else. Apps can be a great tool for counting calories. Once you get good at eyeballing portion sizes you can probably ditch your kitchen scale. Make your new food changes fit you and don’t deprive yourself of what you want. With that said, you also want to know why you are eating. Is it because of social, habit, taste, fun, boredom, etc or is it because you are truly hungry? The majority of your calories should come from a variety of vegetables. Think about picking vegetables by colors to get in your recommended intake of one pound of vegetables for every 50 pounds of body weight. That may sound like a lot, but if you juice or use a high powered blender it’s not that difficult. If this still sounds like too much, then start out with half the amount and slowly work your way up over time.
Many of us have food allergies and may not even know it. Not all symptoms are severe. Dairy, gluten, wheat and peanuts are some of the most common foods allergies. In my own personal experience with gluten it caused me to have constipation, anxiety, and acne which I had for years, my intestinal pain didn’t turn from mild to extreme until my late 20’s. Food allergies cause inflammation through out your body which in turn will produces insulin resistance, leading to higher insulin levels. Insulin act as a fat storage hormone, when your body is constantly inflamed and constantly producing insulin you’re going to gain more weight, mostly around the belly area. If you suspect any food allergies you may want to try a rotation diet or be tested by your doctor. Sometimes allergy symptoms do not show up immediately after eating the problematic food.
Help, I’ve Got the Munchies!
If you’re like most people, you start a healthy new diet only to succumb to your cravings not long after. Or you have just eaten a big dinner only to be hungry an hour or two later. Another scenario is that you want sweet one minute and the next salty. You have a craving for something, but you just don’t know what it is and you’re not pregnant. This is a mild case of Pica and in horses its called cribbing. In extreme cases of people with pica, they will eat non food items such as dirt. This is your body’s way of telling you that it is not getting enough nutrients. Vitamins, minerals and trace minerals are lacking in your food, because they’re lacking in the over-farmed soil they were grown in. The less nutrients in your food, the hungrier you are going to be. Supplementing your diet with a good multivitamin and essential fatty acids is very important part of your weight loss plan. Nutrients in your food is one way your body gages how much food you should be eating. If you are lacking in any essential nutrient your body will turn on your hunger switch and cause you to eat more or have cravings. Even if you have eaten what seems like enough to satisfy your hunger; your body thinks it’s not getting enough to eat because there is a lack of nutrients in your food.
Let’s get Physical
Exercise is important, but don’t over exert yourself with the next perfection is possible exercise program. Keep it simple. Don’t compare your level of fitness to that of people you know. We are all individuals and some of us are better at flexing our brains then our biceps. It’s important to make sure you are getting enough nutrients in with a good supplement when you are getting lots of physical activity. Every time you sweat that liquid that comes out of your pores is a soup of different nutrients floating around in your body not just one or two like some popular sports drinks. And if you continue to sweat out your nutrients faster than you replace then it can make for a dangerous situation. Vitamins, minerals, and amino acids are some of the building blocks of our body uses for different function. Athletes don’t live as long as the average couch potato. Athletes live an average of 62 years while most people live to be about 75.5 years of age. It is healthy to keep exercise in moderation.
In a Nutshell
Get on a great supplement plan, start eating real food, take a pass on that second helping, drink more water, look for hidden food allergies, turn off the WIFI and get outside! Always remember to strive to look your best and not that nipped, tucked or airbrushed model/celebrity. Most importantly don’t stress about the things you can’t change instead, think about yourself positively every day. Don’t give up, you didn’t put on this weight over night and its going to take time to lose. If you had a bad day, shake it off, put it out of your mind and start new again. Every day is a new day, let this day be yours to succeed.
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