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3 Steps to Effortless Weight Loss

Angela February 11, 2013

 

Here are 3 principles to effortless weight loss:

1. Beat Cravings

2. Waste = Weight

3. Stress Management

#1 Beat Cravings

Cravings can be a way that your body is telling you something. Honor your cravings by getting to the root cause of them, and find out what your body really needs.

Nutrient Deficiency

Cravings can be a sign of nutrient deficiency. Cravings for different flavor or texture can translate to a lack of various nutrients.

For example, sugar cravings can be our body’s way of telling us that we need certain nutrients, besides protein. These nutrients include chromium, carbon, phosphorous, sulfur, and the amino acid tryptophan.

Dehydration

Cravings can be caused by dehydration. We often misinterprets the sensation of thirst as hunger. Next time you feel your cravings coming on, drink a glass of water and wait 15 minutes and see if you are still hungry.

Food Allergies

Cravings can be an indication of food allergies – some people crave foods that they are allergic to. You can do an allergy test at a doctor’s office to find out, but they are not necessarily the most accurate. The best way is to do an elimination diet over the course of a few weeks during which you eliminate the suspected foods and then slowly add them back into your diet and observe your reactions.

Soul Nourishment

Cravings can also be caused by non-physiological factors such as boredom, loneliness, or the need for comfort. In this case, we will have to look outside of food and nutrition for coping strategies.

#2 Waste = Weight

You retain weight when your body holds onto metabolic waste, fluid, and toxins. Your body retains fat to protect itself from fat-soluble toxins. Until you let the toxins go, your body will not release the fat. You want to help your body get the existing toxins out, while reducing the amount of environmental toxins that you put into your body.Some toxins also affect our endocrine system, our hormonal balance, our thyroid function, and our metabolism.

The human body is very intelligent. Many organs perform the function of detoxification and elimination. The first step is simply to put less “junk” and toxic substances into your body, so that your detox organs can free up bandwidth to deal online casino’s with toxins that have been accumulating in your body.

Here are a few things that you can do right away: Buy organic produce as much as possible – learn about the dirty dozen, which is a list of produce that are most contaminated with chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides.

Reduce and work toward eliminating processed and packaged food from you life. You can facilitate your body’s elimination process, reduce fluid retention, and aid your body’s natural detoxification process by eating cleansing foods such as berries and leafy greens.

#3 Stress Management

When we are stressed, our body produces the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol slows metabolism, affects blood sugar level, interferes with insulin secretion, increases fat storage – especially around the mid-section, and promotes cravings for fatty, salty and sugary foods.

There are various herbs that you can take to nourish your nervous system – depending on whether you want to strengthen and restore it, or to encourage calm and relaxation.

Try adaptogens such as ginseng or holy basil, or relaxing herbs such as chamomile, lemon balm and oats.

Calcium has a calming effect on the nervous system, so load up on calcium-rich foods such as leafy greens or bone broth during dinner. Avoid caffeinated beverages as much as you can, and explore coffee alternatives such as black tea, green tea, Yerba mate, or rooibos.

How do you beat cravings? What are your favorite stress management techniques?

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Angela Montgomery is a wife, homeschooling mom, photographer, organic gardener and lover of all things natural. She is a certified holistic health coach who works individually with busy moms who need support reaching their health and weight loss goals. She also offers support with group health coaching, healthy recipes, healthy pantry makeovers and health seminars. You can find out more about Angela and the programs she offers at Real Whole Health You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter @RealWholeHealth
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