Having a routine is, in my opinion, in the top three most important things you can do to lose weight, right up there with exercise and diet. If you don’t stick to a routine, you won’t see results, and you’ll be discouraged. Several years ago I saw a personal trainer and, after paying a decent sum of money, I figured out that it was the routine of going to see her made the biggest difference. It’s probably the single hardest thing you’ll do when you try to lose weight, but once those habits become hardwired into your brain, things will only get easier.
Breaking your fast every morning after 7-8 hours of good night sleep is extremely important. Your brain controls all the body functions, and if you do not provide the cells the food to carry out the biological reactions to create energy, your brain will not function properly. This, in turn, will lead to lethargy, slow metabolism, weight gain, hampered cognitive functions, etc. So, never skip your breakfast. Eat oatmeal, milk, egg, spinach smoothie, fruits, etc to fill your tummy for at least 2 hours. You will feel more energetic and will be able to concentrate better.
Not in an extreme, Atkins sort of way, but having a little protein at every meal fires up your metabolism. "Your digestive system uses more energy to break it down, so you burn more calories," explains Lisa Dorfman, R.D. However, keep protein levels to between 20 and 35 percent of your diet; eating too much of it can cause kidney strain and may cause your body to store too much fat.
We consume sugar in many different forms – refined sugar, cake, pastry, cookies, biscuit, sweet treats, candy, muffins, ketchup, packaged beverages, etc. If you look at your three-day diet record, you will find out exactly how much sugar-loaded food you are consuming. So, first and foremost, cut back on sugar. But do it slowly. For example, if you drink tea or coffee with sugar, you should start by reducing the amount of sugar you take in your tea or coffee. And then finally add no sugar. If you love cookies, try cookies made with brown sugar and oatmeal. Try cakes or muffins that contain less sugar. Gradually, you will not have the urge to eat sugary foods, and you will lose weight without even sweating in the gym!
In the 1970’s and ‘80’s, saturated fats got shoved into the spotlight as the main cause for obesity. Coconut oil, being a saturated fat, was tossed along with the rest of them. The healthier alternative that we created? Trans-fat. One could say that backfired a wee bit eh? Coconut oil isn’t just any old saturated fat though; it contains unique fats called medium chain triglycerides that help you use energy (aka calories) more efficiently. MCT’s are indeed a saturated fat, but they are not the same as many of the other saturated fats we hear about-those fats are long chain triglycerides. Why does the length matter? Its chemical makeup is what determines how our body processes it and breaks it down. MCT’s are not broken down in the intestines, and therefore do not get stored away immediately as fat. Instead, they absorbed intact and sent right to the liver, where they are used as energy. Now sitting around eating coconut oil isn’t going to make you lose weight, but using it as a replacement fat can be a good choice. In addition to that, just plain coconut oil is an incredible appetite suppressant (it’s almost scary, actually.) Tack on that it can raise energy levels and you are more likely to get out, move around, and exercise.
It's also important to identify the strategies that feel right for you. A tactic like intermittent fasting may work for some, for example, but others may feel loopy come 11 a.m. without an energy-boosting breakfast. Check out the tips below to help you figure out how to lose weight naturally, in a way that feels totally customized to you and your body. That way, once the pounds peel off, they can stay off—for good.
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