Sustainable weight loss requires a much more thoughtful approach than just calories in, versus calories out. Metabolic health is best supported by a comprehensive lifestyle approach. This involves movement, sleep, stress management and even tackling complex issues like healing your relationship with food. As the pandemic fades into the background and we return to normal life, weight loss is on the minds of many. But where do you start?
The right approach for weight loss is as individual as you are. However, there are some common factors that are important for everyone. This is what I call A Framework for Sustainable Weight Loss. Your individual approach should target your unique needs in each of the following areas.
In the way that you think, anyway… Exercise is a vital part of being healthy. But as for its direct effect on weight loss, those who hit the gym to shed weight may be SORE-ly disappointed. The benefit of exercise goes beyond maintaining muscle mass, and bone density, and burning extra calories. The true impact of exercise on weight loss lies in how it helps you mentally and emotionally. By finding activities that you look forward to, you are able to manage stress and positively affect cortisol levels. Don’t exercise to burn calories, be active to burn stress. Gardening, a stroll in the park, yoga, tai chi, archery, and sailing are all great physical activities. So, choose an activity that moves you.
Restoring hormonal balance requires time, consistency, and a holistic approach. Here are some signs that your body is out of balance and that you might require a metabolic tune-up!
If these statements resonate with you, it might be time to seek professional help. Working with a nutritionist can help tease out the individual nuances that will make a difference for you. An individual approach that works in all areas of the Framework is the best way to achieve sustainable results.
Finally, I offer these TIPS to shift your metabolic environment.
An effective weight loss strategy is about more than diet and exercise. There are hormonal, psychological, and lifestyle factors to consider. Successful weight loss involves creating the correct metabolic environment, making appropriate food choices, and including the necessary lifestyle modifications to support and sustain weight loss.
Amanda Janes, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist practicing in Newfoundland, Canada. As a cancer survivor and busy Mom of 4, she knows how vital (and challenging!) good nutrition can be. Her passion is helping clients overcome obstacles to healthy eating in ways that are practical and delicious.
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