Do you know that a holistic approach to weight loss takes more into account than your food intake? Weight loss, and keeping the weight off means taking a look at your stress levels, environmental toxicities, potential food sensitivities, and lifestyle habits. Here are some of the things that can cause you to hold onto excess weight.
- Food sensitivities
- Hormone imbalances
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Lack of sleep
- Processed foods
- Environmental toxicities
In order to lose weight, and keep it off, it’s important to address each one of these issues instead of only focusing on food intake. A holistic approach allows you to make lasting changes, not just short term changes.
With 2017 really under way now, some of you may be starting to think about ways to hold onto those New Year’s resolutions. February is the month that many people let those goals slip, but that doesn’t have to be the case for you. Whether you are looking to shed a couple of pounds, or just stay healthy, here are 3 tips to help you stay on track.
Tip #1: Eat Smaller More Frequent Meals
This may sound counterintuitive, but it may help you lose those last couple of pounds, and help keep you full throughout the day! Skip the three large meals; those big meals are tough on your digestive system. Instead, focus on getting 3 well-balanced smaller meals into your day, and then two healthy snacks.
Tip #2: Stay Hydrated
Believe it or not, hunger is often confused with our bodies need to drink. When we are dehydrated or just plain old thirsty, we are more likely to grab a sugary snack. Be sure to keep your water bottle wherever you go to prevent unintentional snacking.
Tip #3: Try Cinnamon
Cinnamon has long been known for its blood sugar balancing effects. Try adding cinnamon to your tea, your smoothie, or on your oatmeal. It may just help regulate your blood sugar, and make you less likely to overeat.
For this week’s challenge, I encourage you to try adding more plant-based high fibre foods into your diet. Fibre helps keep you full, less likely to overeat and helps keep your digestive system running smoothly. Try some of the following foods
- Beans & lentils
- Dark leafy vegetables