Losing weight has become incredibly controversial, and too terribly confusing!
Everyone has a bold and telling opinion for the exact right and wrong ways to do it – and what’s interesting is that our bodies have not changed.
Yet, food and the manufacturing industries have – too many foods are now PRODUCTS, filled with artificial flavors, added sugars, chemicals, and preservatives.
So what’s the smart and healthy way to lose weight?
Hang with me, and I’ll tell you the strategy that has lasted the test of time (despite these ever changing food items that fill our shelves!).
Being able to lose weight is a matter of achieving balance in the body – and without it, will never happen sustainably.
I teach Biology by day, and I’m amazed when I see kid’s have that moment when they go “wait, THAT’S how you gain weight??”
Because the world is really great about promoting an abundance of programs, but leave out the most important focus of how the body operates.
Let me break it down for you… You deserve to know the real answers!
What Causes Your Weight Gain?
Our body is designed so that food will be our source of energy. That’s what it all comes down to at the end of the day.
Food = Energy.
So when we eat our meals, they provide our bodies with available energy to be used or stored for later times.
And here’s a simple breakdown…
→ Carbohydrates are used for short term energy
→ Fats are used for long term energy
But how does that relate to YOU and WEIGHT GAIN?
Sugars are Stored As FAT!
We’re taught that fats are BAD because fats make us fat…
Which yes, anything beyond moderation and with a low health content can store as fat.
But this draws the attention and focus away from what is causing the real weight gain epidemic – which are sugars!
See, your blood sugar raises any time you consume food with carbohydrates. Your insulin (a hormone from the pancreas) gets released and works to counter this blood sugar.
Think of it running to the scene and screaming “I’VE GOT IT DON’T WORRY!”
Except we do need to worry when we overconsume carbohydrates, because with consistent release of insulin – our bodies can very quickly become resistant to the effects of the hormone.
Meaning our blood sugars remain high, and these sugars then get stored as FAT.
If you’re an incredibly active person, you are likely to burn this off quickly because remember, carbs are designed for that short term energy.
But what happens when those compounds of sugar don’t get burnt off? And they are greeted by more sugar molecules?
→ FAT! ←
➯Weight Loss Tip #1: Consume Healthy Fats, Less Carbohydrates
Both carbohydrates and fats offer sources of energy, but carbohydrates are the ones, as mentioned previously, that are more likely to store as fat on the body.
You’ll also want to design a diet around healthy fats, as proper nutrition is crucial in order to be able to lose weight.
This way, your body is being nourished (not starved) and you are better able to lose the weight at a faster pace – as you will begin to eat away at the fat reservoir that has been created.
If you are interested, I highly recommend Avocadu’s 21 Day Fat Loss Program.
The creators, Alex and Lauren, do a fantastic job to ensure that those who take their challenge experience results. They teach you all about the nutrition side, what to eat, how much to eat of it, and even provide a post challenge guide for when you are done with the program.
Which is amazing, because how many programs leave you hanging, right?
➯Weight Loss Tip #2: Incorporate Intermittent Fasting
When you hear of fasting, starving yourself may come to mind.
So is that true? Does fasting really mean starving?
Well, it all depends on how you intermittently fast.
I personally recommend following an 8:16 schedule, meaning you eat within a window of eight hours, and fast for a window of sixteen hours.
Sixteen sounds like a lot, but that’s going to be the time mostly spent sleeping and at night. And good thing is – if you’re not a breakfast eater, or you’re a late night muncher, you get to put these 8 hours any time you choose!
To find out more about the proper techniques for intermittent fasting, check out “Intermittent Fasting: Biggest Dos and Don’ts to Ensure Incredible Weight Loss Success.”
➯ Weight Loss Tips #3: Complete Gentle Workouts
Diet and exercise are forever the words that will go down in infamy when referring to losing weight… but WAIT!
The kind of exercise I’m referring to is low cardio, low pressure techniques.
I’m talking about walking for 30 minutes a day.
Yep, that’s actually what has been proven to burn fat the fastest – because walking immediately taps into your fat reservoir.
This can be an enjoyable 30 minutes – socialize, put in headphones, or walk your dog (well, if you have one!).
➢"A Goal Without a Plan Is Just a Wish..."
No matter which path you decide to take to lose weight, you want to have a set rigid structure of a program.
Programs hold you accountable, support you, and provide an incredible structure that can combat the temptations (because we all have them when we are dieting!).
My greatest personal recommendation to you is to check out Avocadu’s 21 Day Fat Loss Program – it has all three weight loss tips involved heavily in the program, along with a diet plan, Facebook support group, and lesson on how to eat healthy, enjoyable foods.
No one wants to starve just to lose weight and no one wants to starve to have to try to keep it from coming back, so this program does a great job at helping you to nourish your body.
Because remember, after all – food = energy!