Weight Loss Tips to get You to Your Weight Loss Goals

It’s that dreaded time of the year again. The time of the year when your realize that your best effects to lose weight have not paid off. If you are still struggling to lose weight, make sure to implement the following weight loss tips to optimize weight loss.

weight-loss-tipsWater, water , water …drink up! Quite possibly the most important weight loss tips. Our bodies thrive on water and need it to adequately remove waste, proper cell to cell signaling, and electrolyte balance. Having an imbalance of sodium and potassium can make you retain water and feel bloated and puffy. The goal is to drink half of your body weight in ounces of filtered water every day. Use glass continuers, not plastic.
Avoid environmental toxins: Toxic substances can be found in our skin care products, make up, laundry detergents, water bottles, house hold cleaners, air, water…you name it. Make conscious choices to avoid these endocrine disruptors, that make it difficult to lose weight.
Check your cleaning products, laundry soaps, carpets, hair and skin care products and make some switches to cleaner options. The most common house hold toxins include:
• Bisphenol A (BPA)
• Oxybenzone
• Fluoride
• Parabens
• Phthalates
• Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
• Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA)
• Perchlorate
• Decabromodiphenyl Ether (DECA)
• AsbestosThe most common house hold toxins are:
Sleep: Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night. You body needs to regenerate and detoxify at night-time. Give it adequate time to recover from the day, allowing you to wake up refreshed and able tackle the day ahead.
Don’t stress out: We are all exposed to stress on a daily basis. The stressful situations may not go away, however we can control the way we choose to react to the stress. Carve out time for decompression every day. It can be just a few minutes of deep breathing, meditation, yoga, or even just a walk to clear your mind and release your feel good neurotransmitter, dopamine.
Get moving: Get outside and enjoy nature: hike, bike, walk, run, play basket ball or other sport…it does not matter, just get your body moving. Our bodies were meant to move. Being active helps the immune system, decreases stress impact, improves mood and decrease inflammation. Not to mention you burn excess calories.
Build muscle: Adding resistance training to your workouts will improve lean muscle mass, allowing your metabolism to higher throughout the day, not to mention make you look better in your favorite jeans.
weight-loss-tips-2Avoid artificial sweeteners: Avoid the blue, pink and yellow package of artificial sweeteners. Research has shown many adverse effects of the chemicals in artificial sweeteners, including weight gain and increased risk of type II diabetes. Replace artificial sweeteners with natural sugars such as pure maple syrup or honey. Aim for one table spoon or less per day.
Eat at home: Fast foods are full of chemical that can wreck your best weight loss efforts. Pre-planning can make it easy to make quick and simple meals at home. Make a meal plan and grocery list one time per week and set your self up for a successful week.
Avoid boxes, bags and cans: Pre-packaged foods are full of chemicals. Avoid food-like items made in a plant and concentrate on real foods grown on a plant. Eat your food in its simplest forms: lean animal proteins, plant proteins, vegetables, fruits, nuts/seeds, healthy oils, and legumes.
Eat a rainbow every day: Eat foods full of phytonutrients that allow your cells to function at they ultimate capacity. Eating a colorful, nutrient dense diet will curb craving and allow you to feel satisfied.
If you are still struggling to lose weight after implementing the above weight loss tips, then it is time to make an appointment with your doctor to address underlying causes such a blood sugar/insulin regulation, cortisol, female/male hormones, thyroid, food sensitivities and toxic burden.
Make sure to share these weight loss tips with anyone you know that may be struggling with weight loss.