Are you eating a whole food, plant-based diet, cutting out oil and only enjoying the occasional vegan treat?
Here are 6 things you can try.
1.Make breakfast the largest meal of the day
Our bodies actually burn more calories in the earlier parts of the day, which means we should truly eat like a King at Breakfast, a Prince at lunch, and dine like a Pauper if weight loss is the goal.
2.Cut out your liquid calories
Whilst the occasional smoothie can be a delicious quick meal on the go, or a great way to pack loads of nutrients in really quickly, our body doesn’t derive the same level of satiation from the food we drink rather than chew and swallow, and so we can end up consuming more calories than intended fairly easily.
However much joy that coffee brings you, maybe see if you can order it long black if weight loss is your goal, or even switch to green, matcha or dandelion, depending on what your particular health goals are.
Focus on increasing your water, and milk-less herbal teas, but cut down on drinks such as smoothies and juices which can hide a lot more calories than you’d expect and still leaving you wanting to eat.
3. Apple cider vinegar before meals
A great trick for those with PCOS to improve their menstrual regularity and their hormone levels, or for those looking to optimise their mineral (such as iron) absorption, take half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in water 15 minutes before your meals. As it’s very acidic, it’s a good idea to use a stainless steel straw to drink through, to protect the enamel on your teeth.
4. Keep moving throughout the day
Sedentary behaviour (think sitting on your butt on your computer all day) is an all too common problem of the modern world. Don’t think I’m not culpable too! Not only does it lead to lower mood, increased inflammation, bodily pain, and poorer cardiovascular health, but weight gain too. Try and get up every half an hour for a minute or two at least. Walk to work if you can. Take a walk on your lunch break and get up and about as much as possible throughout the day. Some offices will even allow for a standing desk; see if this is an option for you.
5. Try eating an apple before meals
It’s been proven that eating an apple before meals actually leads to overall less consumption of calories. Plus it’s delicious and super healthy- what more could you want.
6. Keep your eating within a ten hour window
I never want someone to starve themselves, but keeping eating to within a ten hour window is a great way to not have to change much except for the timing of your meals, and can have a profound difference on weight, lipids and blood glucose parameters. An ideal time would be starting breakfast at 7am and eating dinner by 5pm, since we burn more calories in the morning than the evening. You may even find you sleep better too as an added perk!
There can be many medical reasons why somebody is struggling to lose weight, even when they’re making all the right choices.
If you decide to work with me one on one, there are pathology tests we can request to get a clearer picture of your personal health and biochemical dysfunction, before creating a holistic personalised diet, nutritional and herbal medicine programme for you to help you achieve your health goals. No short-lived weight loss programme quick fixes here; just long lasting results which bring with them multiple positive side effects such as improved mood, energy and stress resilience.
I hope to connect with you soon. Have a beautiful day!