Losing weight is hardly ever easy. Even though we all might know the basic formula for shedding pounds and maintaining an ideal weight — to eat less and move more — there are other factors at play that cause our bodies and minds, as well as our environments, to wreak havoc with our chances for weight loss success.
If you’ve attempted one diet after another and struggled through every exercise program under the sun but still haven’t managed to hit your weight loss goal, it could be time for a different approach. Here are four tips to try; one of them just might help you ditch those stubborn pounds once and for all!
Do a (Natural) Cleanse
While an extreme cleanse isn’t recommended — it can starve the body of vital nutrients and lead to bacterial imbalances, decreased immunity, general malaise and sustained ill health — there are ways to boost natural detox processes within the liver, kidneys, lungs and skin. Drink water; eat healthy, protein-rich (not carb-loaded) food that aids digestion (like tea, healthy fats, berries and leafy greens); and keep moving! With impurities flushed away, your body (and especially your mind) might be more ready for healthier living in the future, making weight loss more likely to obtain.
Practice Intermittent Fasting
Research shows that when you eat could be as important as what you eat when it comes to weight loss. And if that doesn’t influence you to try intermittent fasting, research also shows that fasting can help fend off and even cure certain diseases! Sign us up!
Basically, intermittent fasting involves limiting the time you eat to a few hours each day or to eating only a certain number of calories every few days. Normal eating patterns have us consuming food all day, every day. By limiting food consumption to a specific time period or specific caloric intake, the body is able to more readily exhaust available calories and start burning fat. And when our bodies burn fat, we lose weight.
Try Lipotropic Injections
Many people have had success using a specific combination of vitamins, minerals and amino acids to boost their weight loss progress. Usually given as a weekly injection, these shots (called lipotropic injections) are offered through many natural health and medspa providers (such as the Institute of Natural Health in St. Louis). It is believed that these added nutrients foster improved energy consumption and increase metabolism, thereby aiding in general weight loss.
There’s little doubt that the mind is a powerful contributor to overall health. There have been numerous studies that support the mind-body connection. Thus, it makes sense that controlling our minds can help us control our bodies. For instance, many nutritionists and other health care providers recommend meditation as a tool for clearing our thoughts so that we have the ability to focus on and commit to beneficial habits (like eating well, exercising and avoiding unhealthy triggers). When done correctly and consistently, meditation has been shown to improve the practitioner’s well-being and aid in his or her weight loss when needed.
Health guru Jennifer Nicole Lee, who has built a career around her incredibly toned body which has inspired people around the world to get fit and shed weight, has revealed her personal weight loss journey was anything but easy.
Jennifer Nicole Lee, 36, a mother-of-two, had tipped 200 lbs on the scales after the birth of her second child. Shown here in the midst of her hard work, she dropped more than 70 lbs to become the image of health she is today.
The weight loss champion told Foxnews.com that she had to “let go of wanting my weight loss success to happen overnight”.
The fitness author and former Miss Bikini America said her biggest challenge was letting go of excuses.
Jennifer Nicole Lee said: “I banished all the myths and got real with myself… all the excuses such as <<I don’t have enough time>> or <<it’s expensive to live healthy>>.
“I also had a hard time giving myself the gift of time as I wanted to see the results instantly.”
Fitness guru Jennifer Nicole Lee had tipped 200 lbs on the scales after the birth of her second child
Jennifer Nicole Lee, who has appeared on the cover of more than 40 magazines, had been fed up with being out of shape especially once she had two children to care for.
She said: “Being a new mom really hit me hard… I was sick and tired of being fat with little to no energy.
“I made a commitment to learn everything possible about how super fitness models and serious athletes ate and trained.”
Now known as a fitness guru after publishing several books, releasing a swimwear line as well as workout DVDs, Jennifer Nicole Lee learned to focus on persistence rather than looking perfect.
It landed her a spot on Oprah where she encouraged other mothers to take her lead.
Jennifer Nicole Lee said: “We, as moms, suffer from wanting the best for everyone but we must aim to put ourselves back on our to-do list.”
During the early stages of her weight loss, Jennifer Nicole Lee put a large emphasis on building strength as opposed to shedding fat, telling Fox: “Women, especially moms, must rate their health level on how strong they are mentally, emotionally and physically.
“Being fit does not equal a size or being thin. But being strong means you are healthy and fit.”
Jennifer Nicole Lee said it is common for women to set themselves weight loss goals without actually following through. Her training method, which has been titled JNL Fusion, focuses on “doable” workout techniques.
She trains her clients to do “six circuits of three sets of 30-second strength moves followed directly by 30-seconds of a body weighted cardio blast”.
It forces the metabolism to race up and down intensely, which helps to burn fat.
Jennifer Nicole Lee said: “I urge women to do more strength training than cardio as lean muscle tone is the fountain of youth.”
A research team from Tel Aviv University claim that a full breakfast that includes a sweet treat really can contribute to weight loss success.
Researchers found that eating pudding as part of a balanced 600-calorie breakfast that also includes proteins and carbohydrates, can help dieters to lose more weight – and keep it off in the long run.
The key is to indulge in the morning, when the body’s metabolism is at its most active and we are better able to work off the extra calories throughout the day, according to Professor Daniela Jakubowicz and her team.
Attempting to avoid sweets entirely can create a psychological addiction to these same foods in the long-term, Prof. Daniela Jakubowicz said. So adding dessert items to breakfast can control cravings throughout the rest of the day.
A research team from Tel Aviv University claim that a full breakfast that includes a sweet treat really can contribute to weight loss success
Over the course of a 32 week-long study, detailed in the journal Steroids, participants who added dessert to their breakfast – cookies, cake, or chocolate – lost an average of 40 lbs more than a group that avoided such foods. What’s more, they kept off the pounds longer.
A meal in the morning provides energy for the day’s tasks, aids in brain functioning, and kick-starts the body’s metabolism, making it crucial for weight loss and maintenance.
And breakfast is the meal that most successfully regulates ghrelin, the hormone that increases hunger, explains Prof. Daniela Jakubowicz.
While the level of ghrelin rises before every meal, it is suppressed most effectively at breakfast time.
Basing their study on this fact, the researchers hoped to determine whether meal time and composition had an impact on weight loss in the short and long term, or if it was a simple matter of calorie count.
193 clinically obese, non-diabetic adults were randomly assigned to one of two diet groups with identical caloric intake – the men consumed 1600 calories per day and the women 1400.
However, the first group was given a low carbohydrate diet including a small 300 calorie breakfast, and the second was given a 600 calorie breakfast high in protein and carbohydrates, always including a dessert item (i.e. chocolate).
Halfway through the study, participants in both groups had lost an average of 33 lbs per person. But in the second half of the study, results differed drastically. The participants in the low-carbohydrate group regained an average of 22 lbs per person, but participants in the group with a larger breakfast lost another 15 lbs each.
At the end of the 32 weeks, those who had consumed a 600-calorie breakfast had lost an average of 40 lbs more per person than their peers.
One of the biggest challenges that people face is keeping weight off in the long-term, says Prof. Daniela Jakubowicz. Ingesting a higher proportion of our daily calories at breakfast makes sense. It’s not only good for body function, but it also alleviates cravings.
Highly restrictive diets that forbid desserts and carbohydrates are initially effective, but often cause dieters to stray from their food plans as a result of withdrawal-like symptoms. They end up regaining much of the weight they lost during the diet proper.
Prof. Daniela Jakubowicz said that although they consumed the same daily amount of calories, “the participants in the low carbohydrate diet group had less satisfaction, and felt that they were not full”. She said that their cravings for sugars and carbohydrates were more intense and eventually caused them to cheat on the diet plan.
“But the group that consumed a bigger breakfast, including dessert, experienced few if any cravings for these foods later in the day.”
Ultimately, this shows that a diet must be realistic to be adopted as part of a new lifestyle. Curbing cravings is better than deprivation for weight loss success, the team concluded.
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