How to lose weight & take back your health!
Losing weight can be hard, really hard. When I decided to embark on a health and wellness journey I did it for two reasons. To improve my health and to look hot in a bikini. It may sound cliched but now I cannot imagine my life any differently. I feel amazing, I have a tremendous amount of energy, my skin is radiant and I managed to heal my minor health issues. My body is still not where I want it to be but I am proud of my progress. I was always petite but did that diminish my efforts? No, I work just as hard to keep my body in shape as anyone.
Perhaps like me you’re sick of being sick or you just want to look good in that Carnival costume or skinny jeans. You’ve tried numerous weight loss programs but find that you regain all the weight or more after you stop. Instead of a fad diet why not make the choice to embark on a lifestyle change – a permanent change. Do it for yourself, your family and those you love. We do not have to be plagued by the same diseases as our ancestors. Many modern day diseases can be combated with the right diet and lifestyle.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” Hippocrates
My advice is based on personal experience and what has worked for me. I am not going to sugar coat it. You must change the way you eat for optimum nourishment. Furthermore you cannot out- exercise a bad diet. You would probably have to run half a marathon just to burn off the 1000plus calories in a Big Mac.
Without further ado here are my ten tips to lose weight and take back your health!
- Eat REAL food. Eliminate all processed, fast food and refined sugar from your diet. Start reading product labels. If you don’t recognise an ingredient chances are your body wont either. Sorry but this means you will actually have to cook.
- Plan your meals. If not you may find that you quickly run out of ideas or time and the next thing you know, you’re stressed and ordering take out for dinner.
- Exercise portion control. Buy a kitchen scale and measure your portions. Use smaller plates if necessary. Parents please do not feel obliged to finish your kids scraps!
- Drink a glass of warm lemon water first thing in the morning. Lemon water is alkalizing to your body, it boosts immunity, aids digestion, and works as a gentle diuretic.
- Drink enough water daily to flush the toxins from your body. How much is enough? Usually women need about nine 8-ounce cups of liquid daily, while men require 13 8-ounce cups. I drink a minimum of 2L daily plus a whole lot of tea.
- Sweat everyday. You do not HAVE to go to the gym. Walk, dance, cycle, roller blade you get my drift just get active. Do what you enjoy as long as you break a sweat doing it 🙂 Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible. I weight train and run, I love what I do and I recommend it highly.
- Reduce your stress. Put simply stress makes you fat! Read about it here.
- Go on an elimination diet to determine if you have any food sensitivities. Determine what works best for your body. You will basically eliminate known allergens for a 30 day period then strategically reintroduce them to see the effects on your body. See how easy it can be done here.
- Heal your gut by drinking bone broth, taking a pro-biotic and adding more fermented foods to your diet. Fermented foods are incredible for your gut health.
- Last but not least – Sleep!
I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to weight loss. It’s full of meal plans, workouts and tons of tips and tricks to assist you on your journey. Take a look!
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