What is the best way to lose weight?

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What are the best ways to lose weight?

 

Certainly, we need to be aware of the calorie in-out equation and make sure the scales are tipping the right way.

Calculating a BMR is useful, and using this along with your activity level to devise your optimal calorific needs to lose the fat.

Yet, we don’t want to make this too difficult.  No one likes the thought of having to reduce food intake too much to get a ‘better body’.  In fact, what I find, is clients are usually pleasantly surprised by how many calories they really require and should be consuming.

Restricting food leaves us feeling irritable and moody, tired yet snappy.  It can also lead to over eating.  Hence, the usual all too frequent yo-yo dieting effect.

Therefore, knowing our  BMR and overall calorie requirements to lose weight are interesting, but being able to lose the fat and keep it off demands much much more.

Long term weight loss is mostly successful if it is done at a slower rate, monitored carefully and is personalised to your unique self.

I recommend the following pathway for lasting weight reduction:

  1. Knowing the foods that don’t suit you:  it’s all very well thinking you may be intolerant to wheat but could it really be yeast?  We may hear that eggs are ‘healthy and packed full of protein and good fat’ but if they don’t suit your physiology then you could be doing more harm than good.  Knowledge is power and when we keep the foods we are intolerant to very low in our diet, our digestive system becomes far less burdened.  An efficient digestive system creates the best start for effective weight loss.
  2. Eat to suit your predisposed constitution.  Do you have a lymphatic constitution and suffer from sinus problems, sore throats, tonsillitis, hay fever? You may benefit from reducing mucus-forming foods.  Over-eating foods that don’t naturally suit you can prevent your body being at its healthiest.
  3. Are you deficient in certain nutrients?  If you are, it is harder to lose weight and as you do lose some, you run the risk of becoming further under-nourished.
  4. Getting the exercise balance right.  Over-exercising can put stress on the body, and this feeds the path way for weight gain, not loss.
  5. Eating the right balance of fat/ carbohydrate/ protein for you.  And eating regularly enough.
  6. Applying foods and supplements which may help to ‘rev up’ and then support the metabolism.
  7. A balanced lifestyle:  work/ life balance, being around those we love, getting fresh air, remembering self-care.

 

If you’d like any more information on your predisposed constitution, Optimal calorie requirements for weight loss, supplements and foods to support the metabolism and food intolerance testing, please just ask!