The ABCs Of Weight Loss
These tips are at the core of all of our programmes. We invite you to get amongst it, start using them and feeling the benefits.
Adore Your Adrenals
Your adrenal glands are two little triangle-shaped glands that sit atop your kidneys. Their size may be small but their functions are mighty!
Importantly, your adrenal glands secrete the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is secreted when stress is long term. Historically, the only time that our bodies really experienced long-term stress was in times of famine.
Hence, one of the main functions of cortisol is to tell your body to HANG ON to any and all excess fat. Now, however, it is common - almost expected - that we live in a constant state of stress and emergency. We rush from one thing to the next, our to-do lists never seem to get any shorter, and we believe that the only way to accomplish anything is to do more. This type of lifestyle, my friend, is not only detrimental to your overall health, but can actually stop you from being able to lose weight.
So take some time to start thinking about ways that you can reduces stress in your life.
I often get people to draw a picture of some balloons, and put each of your commitments and priorities into a balloon. Which balloons are really important to you - family, perhaps? Or making time for yourself? Which balloons could you let the string out on a little - are you saying "yes" to everyone and anyone? Which balloons would you just like to pop? Having a visual aid like this can help you to really think about what you are feeling stressed about, and where you could better spend your energy. And for many people, it is part of why they struggle to lose weight.
Balance Your Blood Sugar
One of the most common things that people say to us when they are looking for weight loss is that they crave sugar and carbohydrates, and that they know these will be the hardest things to give up. This makes sense when you know a little bit about how blood sugar and energy production works.
When we eat sugar-rich or foods that are high in refined carbohydrates (think bread, white rice, crackers, pasta...) they increase blood sugar levels quickly often too high for the body to deal with. Too much sugar in the blood can cause tissue damage, and so insulin is released to help pull excess sugar into the cells.
Sugar (in the form of glucose) is what the cells use to produce energy, and so this accounts for why we often feel really energetic right after we eat something high in sugar or refined carbs. However, this energy is used up really quickly, and also, now there is not enough sugar in the blood - and this all leads to a drastic drop in energy levels, and we then "crash" - tired and lethargic.
This excess sugar is also turned into fat in the body very easily - which is why "low fat" foods, which often compensate for the lack of fat with higher carbohydrates, don't work in the long run.
Meals that contain a balanced amount of whole-food carbohydrates (read: fruit and vegetables), as well as protein and healthy fats help to create a steady release of glucose in the blood. This stablilises energy levels, and gets us out of that rollercoaster of high blood sugar, then low blood sugar, which leads us to reach for the high sugar foods... and on and on and on.
Aim to eat a small amount of protein and good fat with each meal or snack, and reduce the amount of refined-carbohydrate and sugary foods that you eat.
Consider an Underlying Condition
There are some health conditions and many medications which can contribute to an inability to lose weight. Excess cortisol (see above) is one, and another common condition is low thyroid function.
Your thyroid is a little butterfly-shaped gland which sits in the base of your throat. It secretes hormones which regulate your metabolism - it contributes to your growth and development, your body's temperature regulation, and affects many other hormones in the body, including cortisol and your sex hormones.
Symptoms of low thyroid function include gradual weight gain for no apparent reason, or an inability to shift weight, despite changes in diet or exercise levels, feeling cold often, constipation, dry skin or hair, foggy brain, mild depression, and tiredness, menstrual problems, and difficulty conceiving.
If any or all of these symptoms sound like you, it is important to get your thyroid checked out. Luckily, there are many things that can be done, using diet, lifestyle changes, and natural medicine, which can get your thyroid functioning better again! Speak to us about a thyroid assessment today.
Deal With Your Digestion
This may seem like a bizarre place to start, as we are talking about ways to lose weight, but if you aren't getting the nutrients you need from your food, then your body will believe that it is hungry and send you searching.
Digestion is also important because without this vital process our bodies would not get the fuel it needs to function. Poor digestion can lead to low energy levels and fatigue - and we all know how difficult it can be to make good food choices when we are exhausted.
As an exercise, finish this sentence:
At Taste Success, we believe that sustainable change can only come from a place of loving and valuing yourself more, not from punishing yourself. Believe that you are worth valuing, that you are lovable and loving. So often we put ourselves last, when really it is ok to have needs, and it is vital to provide for those needs. Being kind to ourselves is not a luxury, it is a necessity. We invite you to become part of this life-changing programme and share your journey with us. Contact us for more information.
Tracey's TIP:Start your day with a squeeze of fresh lemon, or a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water. The sour taste gets your digestive juices flowing, signally to your body that you are about to eat, and ensuring that it produces all of the necessary enzymes and chemicals needed to efficiently break down your food.
Examine Your Emotions
For some people, food is just food - we eat because we are hungry and that's it. But for many, many others, food can be used as a numbing device, put in place of a real problem underneath. Any changes in diet can bring to the surface beliefs that we have about food and about ourselves. Start to be aware of the way you eat and how you feel about food. Do you always fill your plate to the brim because you feel that there may not be enough? Or do you restrict what you eat because you don't believe you deserve more? These are common underlying feelings for many people. Being aware is the first step to being able to move through these deep-set patterns and beliefs.
Start to be aware of the way you eat and how you feel about food. Do you always fill your plate to the brim because you feel that there may not be enough? Or do you restrict what you eat because you don't believe you deserve more? These are common underlying feelings for many people. Being aware is the first step to being able to move through these deep-set patterns and beliefs.