By Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND
Does it feel like no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to lose weight? This common occurrence can lead to considerable frustration and stress. It’s important to make sure you have all your bases covered to improve your results and ensure you’re not unknowingly sabotaging your own success. Here are some commonly occurring factors that can sabotage your weight loss results.
We love to tell our Rebooters that if they snooze they lose! Adequate sleep has a considerable effect in a positive way on appetite control and weight loss. In studies people who had less then seven hours of sleep were more likely to gain weight due to hormonal and appetite changes.
Lack of basic hydration can suppress the metabolism and make losing weight that much harder. By drinking 16 ounces of water you will increase your metabolism by 30 percent for at least 60 minutes. Water also helps to keep you feeling full and satisfied throughout the day. Tip: Start your day with warm water with fresh lemon for an easy way to get extra fluid on rising.
When you don’t get enough nutrients, your metabolism is not supported efficiently — this makes it more likely that your metabolism will get sluggish. High level phyto-nutrient compounds helps to support the liver, balance the hormones and support efficient detoxification and weight control. Juicing has the ability to deliver a high level of nutrients easily and quickly.
Protein is important for healthy muscle maintenance and development. Consuming adequate amounts of protein helps to support healthy blood sugar, muscle health, metabolic health and weight maintenance.
Healthy fat has an important role to play in hormonal health along with helping you feel full for longer and supporting healthy blood sugar levels. Fat has an efficient satiety effect, reducing the likelihood of wanting to overeat. The types of fats are also important for weight management such as coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, avocado and other healthy fat choices. (Learn more about the difference between healthy and unhealthy fats.)
Working so closely with liver health, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing how making positive health changes can turn liver health around longterm and improves one’s ability to control a healthy weight. When the liver is fatty it becomes more difficult to regulate a healthy appetite and it affects the way your body stores and processes toxins, fats, proteins and carbohydrates and this can negatively affect your weight control. Here is more on how the liver can affect your weight.
Hormonal imbalances that can inhibit weight loss can be excess estrogen, inadequate progesterone and testosterone production, and changes during menopause. These reproductive changes can negatively affect weight control. See how juicing can influence our hormonal health.
Other hormonal imbalances and conditions that are tied up to increased appetite, satiety and poorly controlled blood sugar levels are insulin resistance, polycystic ovarian syndrome, pre-diabetes, diabetes, and leptin resistance. These can all influence our appetite, food cravings and the way our bodies store or burn fat.
We often talk about how healthy snacking can be helpful for weight loss and weight maintenance to reduce excess hunger but snacking too frequently between meals can also sabotage success particularly if they are calorie dense. In studies it has been demonstrated that people eat a lot more then they think they do. Just a mouthful here and a mouthful there, adds up.
Unfortunately this can be the undoing of many weight loss plans being truly successful. Eating some fun food is fine, but all too often moderation is more of a regular habit that works towards inhibiting success. Keep the treats down and work on some healthy smart treats for feel satisfaction.
Bitter and sour foods help to stimulate digestion by increasing the release of digestive enzymes via the gastric cells. Many people unfortunately get stuck in the sugar, salt and fat palate zones and have lost the taste for sour and bitter. Juicing certainly will help you reset your palate for improved healthy digestion, bile production and nutrient assimilation.
Include citrus, apple cider vinegar, endive, radicchio, olives, beet leaves and other bitter and sour foods regularly.
If you’re in your head a little too much, and not truly concentrating on how your body feels, then you are more likely to make poor choices. I love to encourage Rebooters and patients to really concentrate on how they are feeling physically and particularly how their digestive system is feeling.
It’s important to manage stress to reduce stress fat. When we are constantly in a state of flight or fight, our survival mechanisms help to pad out our bodies due to elevated cortisol levels. Take time out and participate in activities that help to relax you such as meditation, yoga and fun hobbies that help you to switch off.
Thyroid conditions can encompass sluggish weight loss, fatigue which can reduce motivation along with mood disorders and a range of other symptoms. Here’s how to check if you have a thyroid problem.
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