My New Year's Resolution? I really want to lose WEIGHT!
But does it work? Does a simple resolution really motivate us to keep our promise to ourselves? Well, yes, actually, it does!
The act of pledging to change our lifestyle improves our odds of success! By the end of January, 64% of us will still be resolving to improve our health and lose our jiggly middles and saddlebag hips!
The best part is that losing weight goes hand in hand with eating healthier and exercising, two of the major cornerstones for improving health overall.
It's a great goal, but like anyplace we want to go, it's realistic to have a map to follow.
Recently, we chatted with our co-staff in Foodsmiths supplement department to get their input on how they advise customers who want a blueprint for losing weight and keeping it off. Here are some of their best pointers:
First, start with a cleanse. It gives you a clean slate to kick off your diet and lifestyle changes, and it re-sets some of your body's functions. One of the best cleanses we offer is Renew Life Rapid Cleanse. It's a 7-day program that uses herbs to cleanse the body and fibre to help eliminate released toxins. It's simple to use, and it doesn't require fasting or strange diet demands (although it does recommend eating lots of vegetables and fruits, fish, chicken, whole grains, and drinking lots of water, which is a great way to get your eating habits on track!)
Now it's time for some self honesty. If you are carrying around more pounds then you feel comfortable accomodating, or can afford to, healthwise, there's a reason why.
So what is your issue? There are usually three causes of weight gain: eating too much, slow metabolism, and emotional eating.
I'm an over-eater!
If you are an over-eater, you have plenty of company. As humans, we evolved with a feast or famine survival dynamic: in bad times we struggled against starvation, in good times we ate like there was no tomorrow (because sometimes there wasn't!) That instinctual need to eat while there is plenty leads to overeating in this society of easy access to food.
Do you find yourself going back for second and third platefuls? Is your favourite moment at any party the smorgasbord? Have you forgotten what it's like to have your tummy growl at you with hunger pangs?
You, the over-eater, require a need to feel FULL, and at the same time decrease your calorie intake. And it's really not that hard! Your brain needs to get the signal that you are full earlier in your meal. A great product to help you do this is Natural Factors PGX. Taken before or with a meal, this combination of soluble and insoluble fibre delivers a whole gamut of useful benefits: reducing food cravings, providing a feeling of fullness, control and balance of blood sugar levels, reduction of the glycemic index of meals (up to 60%) and natural promotion of weight loss.
Also, use protein to your advantage. Protein keeps you feeling fuller, longer. An easy way to add protein (and fibre) is taking a supplement like Garden of Life Raw Protein with 17 grams of protein & only 90 calories. Or try Renew Life FitSmart, with 10g of non-calorie fibre, and 20g of protein, topping out at 140 - 160 calories per serving.
And mom was right: eat your vegetables, especially leafy greens. A huge mixed salad with lots of cool stuff on it, like chopped egg, grilled tofu, fermented kimchi, toasted nuts, stir fried sprouts, or just anything (healthy) your mind can conjure up, will satisfy your desire for a big plate of food, fill you up, give you a super boost of vitamins and minerals, and not cost you in calorie intake!
My metabolism is slow!
If you are convinced you are not an overeater, but have a problem controlling your weight, you could have a "slow metabolism." In reality, a truly slow metabolism is rare (and should be checked out by your doctor). But in the looser sense of the term, a slow metabolism could be due to a number of factors, including your age, your sex, your family history and genetics, and certain unhealthy habits, like poor diet, too little exercise, and not enough sleep.
Do you find yourself fatigued a lot? Are you bothered by constipation? Do you sit at a desk all day, then go home and sit in front of the T.V.? Is your favourite way to spend a Saturday loafing around in pajamas and slippers? Do you think fresh air is what you get while trotting between the house and your car?
You, slow metabolizer, are caught in a cycle of fatigue, poor diet, non-exercise, and inefficient digestion, but help can be found. Your kryptonite is a sedentary lifestyle, but you are still superman (or superwoman!) What you need is a thermogenic boost and metabolic stimulation to get those calories burning. Natural Factors Green Coffee Bean helps promote weight loss by improving glucose metabolism and preventing the accumulation of fat. Another great booster is Tested Essentials Tested EGCG, a premium blend of Green Tea extracts which helps shift your metabolism into high gear.
As well, it is essential that you get into a daily habit of exercise. Concentrate on easy cardio, like house work, stair climbing, walking, dancing, biking, yard work, hiking, or whatever and wherever you can fit in some movement. Aim to clock in at 30 minutes a day, and then increase it from there.
And if you eat at fast food restaurants a lot, consider substituting your own "fast food!" Wraps with lots of vegetables, sprouts, avocado, quark, and deli turkey, with a pinch of tumeric and a sprinkle of garlic dressing, will give you that hand held, fast food satisfaction without the calorie cost.
Consider also adding probiotics to your daily diet. You'll find a great selection of probiotics in our supplements, but you can also crack open a kombucha everyday, and get your probiotics in a fizzy, delicious and low calorie beverage that is like the world's healthiest soda!
I'm an emotional eater!
If you are an emotional eater, chances are you are on a bit of a roller coaster. You've probably tried lots of diets, lost weight, gained weight, thrown in the towel, and then picked it up again. For you, food is the wolf in sheep's clothing. Your food choices are based on cravings, and chocolate is a main food group.
For you, the emotional eater, our staff recommends Platinum Trimboost. This product has key weight management ingredients, and was created to enhance the great work you're already doing. Green coffee bean extract, along with cayenne, boosts metabolism, GABA promotes relaxation and reduces the jitters, Vitamin B6 supports digestion, Iodine aids thyroid health, and Chromium helps the breakdown of proteins and fats. Another good product for you to try is Nutra Centials Clinical Strength WeightOff Max. This synergetic formula contains 3 key ingredients: Garcinia Cambogia, Green Coffee Bean and Raspberry Ketones, which combined help increase fat release to burn & block fat storage, decrease emotional eating and the desire to crave sweets, and increase energy and focus to keep you motivated.
It's also important to make daily exercise a priority. Activity will help regulate your mood, boost your energy, and reduce stress. Balance the activity out with the reward of relaxation and a good night's sleep.
Concentrate on protein at every meal, and avoid carbs, fats and sugar. Emotional eaters are not likely to crave a steak and salad as a reward, but satisfying genuine hunger with a simple, healthy meal of protein and vegetables will go a long way in making you feel good about what you are eating.
General Tips for Weight Management
There is no magic formula for losing weight. Every weight loss plan should be approached with the knowledge that exercise and healthy eating are key to making it work. Here are some tips to help you realize your goal.
Weight loss is about creating a calorie deficit, and the best exercise for burning calories is cardio. So move... walk, bike, run, dance, take the stairs... it all helps.
Thirst and hunger can be confused. The next time you find yourself looking for a snack drink a glass of water instead.
Eat Protein with every meal...
Protein keeps you feeling full.
Everyday! Studies show that regular breakfast eaters have fewer weight problems.
Sleep deprivation increases the appetite stimulating hormone Ghrelin and underproduces the full feeling hormone Leptin.
Weight Loss Supplements...
Can give you a great kickstart to your weight loss plan, help you stay on track, and aid you in losing the last few stubborn pounds... ask us, we can help you choose the right product for you.
The information contained in this topic is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, it is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new weight loss program. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.