6 Tips to Sensible Weight Loss
By Linda Celauro
The United States has seen a tremendous increase in the number of people considered obese. So much so, in fact, that it’s been deemed an “obesity epidemic”! To combat this, we find all sorts of pharmaceutical companies selling a “quick fix” pill, powder, or potions that does nothing to actually help people lose the weight and keep it off.
Of course, the same could be said of the natural health side of the coin as well. There are so many different diets going around nowadays, it is mind-boggling! You could pick one a month and in a years time still have more to choose from.
What is truly needed are some sensible proven weight loss tips that people can implement no matter what their present physical condition is. That said, let’s just dive right in.
#1 Drink More Water
Did you know that most Americans are borderline dehydrated? Our bodies are working on the water starvation reflex and not flushing the toxins and junk out. Need a little flavor? There are so many great ways to flavor water, you can see some great recipes here and here.
#2 Eat Often
I bet you thought I was going to say eat less. But the truth is, you need to eat more often to keep your metabolism moving. That doesn’t mean increase your portions though. Eating 5 small meals a day will keep your blood sugar stable, along with your mood!
Start your day with a healthy green smoothie as you head out the door in the morning. Follow up with a mid-morning snack of a handful of raw almonds, or a green apple.
Good nutrition is SO important. You are what you eat, just remember that. Make a conscious effort to gradually improve your eating habits, eating more whole foods (nuts, berries, olive oil, greens, organic chicken, etc.) and less of food-like items (fried food, saturated fat, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, etc.). Reading the label of what you’re eating will tell you a lot. And if you can’t pronounce or just don’t know what it is, I urge you to do some research before indulging. You may find others options to be better for you and your goals.
#3 Move Your Body
Unless you have certain physical restrictions, you need to be moving more! Use the stairs rather than the elevator, park farther out from the office or the store, go for a walk around the block, go dancing, play with your kids. Make it fun. Try rebounding, it gets the heart pumping, blood flowing and the lymphatic system moving.
There are so many benefits to exercising, including stronger bones, more energy, better metabolism and improved libido. Your goal should be to exercise 3-5 times a week, with a combination of cardio exercises and strength training. Listen to your body and don’t over-do it. Rest when you needed and consider active rest exercise, such as yoga or tai chi.
It’s been measured that if you add 3 pounds of muscle to your body, this added muscle will burn as many calories as if you ran 1 mile. Muscle burns calories! So get moving!
#4 Know Your “Why”
Decide why you want to shed the weight. Make your reason big enough to motivate you through the slumps that invariably happen. And be specific.
#5 Stress Management
Until you find a way to manage your stress, it will continue to do damage to your body. Two tips you might want to implement include prioritizing your day each morning and practicing deep breathing exercises.
Getting enough sleep each night is important. Consider that your body uses this time to repair itself to keep you running at your very best. Avoid late night eating and aim for 7-9 hours each night. Your body will thank you.
Certified Holistic Health Coach, Certified Weight Loss Specialist, Detoxification Specialist, and Motivational Speaker
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Linda Celauro is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Certified Weight Loss Specialist, Detoxification Specialist and motivational speaker. She is also the author of “Healthy Eating Manifesto.”
Linda helps her clients nourish their mind and body for weight loss, optimal health and sustainable wellness transformations, by focusing on their uniqueness. She is a member of AADP and IAHC, where she is regarded as an expert in her field. To receive her healthy tips and newsletter, connect with her on her website.
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