January is full of hope and promise. It’s a starting point to accomplish unfinished business from the previous year or the month you vow to perform better the next 12. Thanks to holiday-hustle-stress and refined carb and sugar overload that tipped off on October 31st, one of the most popular New Years Resolutions is weight loss.
The desire to lose weight stems from many motives, for some it’s purely cosmetic- to look better. For others it’s health-related- regaining their energy and vitality or ridding their body of disease. Regardless of the motive there’s usually a common emotion of anxiousness or despair that occurs with changing your lifestyle. If you dread losing weight or can’t stick to the commitment once the craziness of life sets in, these 5 tips will help you hack your weight loss journey so you can easily stay on track:
1. Change Your Mindset
When discussing weight loss it’s easy to focus on things like diet and exercise. But we aren’t just physical beings- we are spiritual and emotional beings as well. So it’s important to change your mindset from, “I can’t have it” to “I don’t want it.”
You are physically able and fully capable of eating unhealthy food, so it’s never the case of not being able to eat something. It’s about reminding yourself why you don’t want to. Eating refined fat, salt or sugar will deplete your natural energy stores and increase the potential for chronic pain and illness. Whenever a craving hits, remind yourself, “I want to experience true health and a renewed sense of energy and wellbeing, so I don’t want it.” Then your body will go from a state of lack and panic to calm and understanding.
2. Identify Foods That Are Toxic For You
There’s foods everyone should avoid: artificial anything (colors, sweeteners, flavors), refined fat, salt and sugar, MSG, GMOs, etc. But there are foods that are specific to each individual’s body that can actually work against your weight loss goals. There are several methods to identify these foods, which we will discuss in detail.
3. Detox First
The body is full of detox pathways; many peoples’ pathways are overworked and don’t efficiently clear out toxins the way they should. If our body isn’t excreting toxins, we will hold on to extra weight. Most of our toxins exist within our fat cells and as the concentration of toxins per fat in the cell increase, our bodies respond by increasing the fat volume to keep things at a safe level. Simply put, more toxins equal more weight. For this reason, it’s imperative we begin with detox. We will go over the best ways to detox later.
4. Eat Foods That Taste Good
You might have to give up your favorite bag of potato chips, but that doesn’t mean your diet has to be bland and boring. Cooking with real foods is meant to be adventurous and tasteful. There’s so many websites, blogs and cooking equipment that make preparing healthy food fun and easy. Before you know it, you’ll be whipping up delectable treats in minutes that the whole family will love. We’ll share the easiest ways to achieve sweet, savory and delicious without compromising nutritional value.
5. Take The Right Supplements
Supplementation is the ultimate health hack. There are all-in-one supplements that help nourish the body’s cells, organs, restore gut function, alkalize the body, fight inflammation and aid in breaking down and absorbing nutrients from our food. If we’re nourished on a cellular level and our bodily systems are functioning properly, cravings decrease and weight loss speeds up. Supplements are an easy way to incorporate high amounts of nutrients and antioxidants into our diets, which decreases aging and increases energy and well-being.
Weight loss is one of the many byproducts of a healthy lifestyle. Follow us through this blog series as we break down the 5 steps. Then you’ll understand what your body needs to transition to a healthier lifestyle and the amazing benefits you’ll experience once it’s implemented.