First off, I would like to congratulate everyone who took the time to visit this blog. You’re off to a great start on receiving information that’s gonna help you on your weight loss journey and even better health. This blog isn’t only for weight loss, but more importantly, better health. Just do your homework on the info you’re given in order to get the piece to your missing puzzle. Your body will truly thank you later. I once read from Peer Trainer ( great site that gives floods of info on all the aspects of weight loss ) on how to “program” your hormones to burn fat. I never though it be so easy, or simple at least. What’s simple is not always easy, but doable and definitely worth it. First of all, let’s define hormones. They are chemical messengers that tells your body to burn fat, store fat, burn muscle or build muscle, and even give you energy. For those of you who don’t know, foods like eggs, gluten, dairy, peanuts, soy, artificial sweetners, and sugar are all reactive foods- meaning you can have a reaction ( or reactions ) from consuming these types of foods. Just as importantly, it is imperative that you get to the root cause of your weight gain. Have an open mind that something’s not right and something’s missing, and deal with it head on. That’s key to getting on the right track. You have to change your whole mindset or way of thinking so that you won’t end up gaining back your weight, or even worse, not loosing any weight at all. Please be honest with yourself. Do you know that stress causes the body to “hold on” to weight? Bad stress releases a type of hormone called cortisol that puts on weight, especially in the mid section. Even if it may be a bit challenging at first, find a way to get some kind of “me” time that will help you relax. Take one day at a time. If you fall, get back up and get right back on track. Keep your focus and surround yourself with people who will get behind you and support you. Keep the main thing the main thing. Here are just some of the things that will help you get going on your weight loss journey that has helped and is helping me. I’m not conveying to your what I heard or just read, but this is stuff that I’ve done, or in the process of doing. This is all tried and tested stuff I’m giving you here.
1. Eliminate snacking and cravings. This is so key. This was a biggie for me. I love to snack. This one was really hard for me to let go. I could go without eating a well-balanced meal and just snack all day. I would eat because I was bored. It gave me a “high”. I had a lack of discipline that eventually spilled over into my eating habits. Again, getting to the root issue is what’s going to help you in dividends. You may ask, “how do I do that, and I will tell you first off to start and finish a thorough detox cleanse. Colon cleansers are good, parasite cleansing is good, and liver detox is also good. The liver is the largest eliminating organ, and it works hard everyday, so don’t forget about that liver . The only 2 things that I hadn't gotten around to yet on this blog is Cat's Claw and Pure Berry Acai Cleanse & Colothin Advanced Cleanse from Rachael Ray's blog. The Cat's Claw is suppose to help clean the Colon, help boost the Immune System, help to tone the body, anti-cancer properties, good for Bone health, and even a natural pain killer. Follow that up with a good probiotic will help ensure success when you add it with your detox program because it puts the good bacteria in that also comes out when you do a cleanse. www.renuherbs.com have a good line of products. I like the “detox trio” myself. There are hundreds and hundreds of products out there, so make sure you do your homework first before investing in cleansing products. Also getting your adrenal glands functioning properly helps. What helps me is liquid vitamin B12, which helps with energy. I take it twice a day so that fatigue won’t set in. I also like credible sites such as: www.jjvirgin.com, www.valeriesaxion.com ( her site has all the info you need about Cat's Claw), womentowomen.com/adrenalhealth and mercola.com. These are the few websites that has helped me out in not just loosing weight, but being in better health and having a good sense of well being. I also heard a lot of buzz about Rachael Ray's Acai Cleanse program as well, and hear nothing but good things about them. Just do your homework and see what’s best for you.
2. Get a good night's sleep. When you don't get adequate sleep, you eat more. A chemical reaction is released in your body to increase hunger. Yes, people who don't sleep good are more than likely to overeat.
3. Beef up on the fruits and veggies. If you’re not use to eating veggies, add 1 vegetable a day to your diet and build up. Another great option is juicing, or getting a high-powered blender such as health master from myhealthmaster.com and blend those fruits and veggies to create some of the best smoothies. Coconut water and milk are great for adding to your smoothie to get out of the “blandness” from water. Coconut water is not only great tasting, but has benefits such as :
Electrolytes ( for optimal hydration )
Boosts poor circulation
Anti-viral & fungal
Assists in digestion
Low in sugar
Promotes weight loss
Treat kidney & urethral stones
Balances your body’s PH & reduces risk of cancer
With benefits like these, who wouldn’t want to add this to their diet!? Plus it’s inexpensive. Green veggies have detoxing properties. Did you know onions have anti-fungal properties too?
4. Eat according to your blood type and nutritional type (which is different for everyone) mercola.com has articles about this.
5. Don’t forget the water. Whatever your weight is, simply divide it by 2. That’s how many ounces of water we’re suppose to drink a day. A lot of times you think you're hungry when you're thirsty instead. When you're properly hydrated, you tend to eat less.
6. Sweating is another component of detoxing the body. That’s why exercise is so important as well. Keep in mind that the skin is also an eliminating organ. After a good workout, I like to go sit inside a sauna for about 30 minutes to even an hour. Talk about relaxation. Look into different types of exercise such as bursting, walking, “T Tapp”, and dancing. You can google all of these exercises to see the benefits, and I love doing every one of them (especially bursting because it releases the growth hormone (HCG ) which expedites weight loss, but that’s up to you to decide which works best for you) . What will truly benefit you the most is actually doing something that you love and look forward to doing. That actually releases “feel good” endorphins and increases weight loss. That goes back to getting those hormones in control. By no means am I down-playing exercise when I say this, I know how important exercise is; the key is to move. Stay active. The thing to weight loss is knowing this: Exercise is only 30% towards weight loss, but your diet is 70% towards weight loss. That’s why 1st changing your mind, then making a lifestyle change of eating better & putting the right stuff in your body & cutting the stress is key in your journey to weight loss and better health lies. If you don’t change your mind or mindset, you won’t have lasting change or any change at all.
7. Keep away from foods that have a high glycemic load (foods high in starch ). Stick with foods high in fiber and low glycemic carbs such as lentils, apples, berries; fruits & veggies that’s high in fiber, which helps stave away hunger and slows stomach emptying. Right now I’m on a regimine that consists of high protein & fiber. The plan I’m on is only temporary. There are some foods out of my diet, but once I’m where I want to be, I’ll be taught on how to incorporate those foods back in my diet so that I won’t gain the weight back. Quick Weight Loss Center helps you do just that. Eating healthy oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, hempseed & flaxseed oils.(good for putting into smoothies as well ) These types of oils releases a neurotransmitter that tells your brain “you’re full”.
8. Eating at the right time. I know this may go against a lot of people’s grain and what we’ve been taught or told, but we’re suppose to eat every 4 to 6 hours instead of every 2 to 3 hours. Let me explain why. Number 1, eating every 4-6 hrs helps boost the metabolism. Number 2, when you eat every 2-3 hrs, the body burns sugar, not fat. You don’t want to burn muscle, you want to burn fat. You want to make everything count, not defeat the purpose. It was a bit challenging to me at first too, that was something I just didn’t want to do, but you have to train your stomach on how to eat right too. When you eat every 4-6 hours, you burn more fat and get the most benefit. Just start out eating every 4 hours until you can go longer. A lot of us eat out of boredom, habit, and recreation, but you can train your body to eat when you’re suppose to, and not just when you want to. Every small change and step you make will have a big impact on your health and journey to a smaller you. All I ask is that you don’t sit on the info that’s been given to you. ACT on it. Remember, doing the same ole thing and expecting change or results = insanity, and change = ACTION, and ACTION = RESULTS. Consistency is the key to change. Stay with it. I truly hope you all have gotten something good out of this. Being on a journey to weight loss and most importantly better health is a lifelong journey and process. Here’s to LONG LIFE/ STRONG LIFE. Please share your thoughts. I’d like to hear from you. I would love to hear other people’s input on how they lost weight and changed their lifestyle. Share your story.