Nutrition Tips for Healthy Weight Loss

The Real Cause for Weight Gain?

As a nutritional therapy practitioner, many people come to me wanting to lose weight. They know that nutrition has something to do with healthy weight loss, but they aren't exactly sure the best route for them to take. What they don't necessarily realize is that "weight loss" is not what they need to focus on. They can easily and healthily lose weight by taking a different approach than just cutting calories and hitting the gym every day. Weight management is fleeting, unpredictable, and frustrating when it is approached as a "weight loss" diet or plan. The truth is, excess weight is merely another symptom of an underlying imbalance in the body.  

That imbalance could be the over-consumption of processed foods, an overload of toxins stuck in the body, poor digestion, food sensitivities, thyroid imbalances, an inability to regulate blood sugar levels, among many things. These deeper issues cause food to be converted and stored as fat (instead of used for energy) for some reason or another. Cutting calories and working out until your body is forced to turn some of that fat into energy might make you lose weight for a season, however, the root causes of weight imbalances remain unaddressed.

In order to have lasting weight balance, the goal must be OVERALL HEALTH. Otherwise, weight management turns into a rollercoaster of dieting and a lifetime of frustration. 

Real nutrition for healthy weight

From a nutritional therapy perspective, a healthy weight can be both achieved and maintained as imbalances in the body are addressed. For example, supporting exhausted adrenal glands can help balance out the production of cortisol, an important player in the breakdown of sugars for energy. Supporting healthy blood sugar regulation will allow the body to properly use or store energy in the body without storing it as excess fat. 

Nutritional Therapy for healthy weight loss

The following tips can help those looking to improve their health as well as lose a few pounds this year. While I do not focus on exactly what foods to eat and how to eat them, I do touch on general categories of food that can cause the underlying problems that lead to greater imbalances in the body. 

If you are looking for a program that does help you learn what foods can nourish and balance your body, and what foods do not, I do teach an incredible 5 week program that will help you learn how to restart your health and balance your body with real, nutrient-dense foods.  If you are interested in watching a video about these classes, you can watch my live facebook video where I talk about what I do as a nutritional therapist and what the RESTART classes are all about! 

These classes are only offered at certain times to make sure to jump on my course website to see when classes are being offered! 

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nutrition tips for healthy weight loss

NUTRITION TIPS FOR HEALTHY WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

  • I M P R O V E  D I G E S T I O N
    •  How we metabolize food has a significant effect on health and weight. The better digestion you have, the better your body will be able to metabolize food (use it in chemical reactions that fuel bodily processes).  And, believe it or not, it is almost impossible to lose weight without proper digestion. Sit down to eat. Chew your food well. Take time enjoy your food and satiate your palate. The slower you eat, the faster you metabolize food. You might find that you can lose a couple pounds simply by improving your digestion. 
  • I N C L U D E  P L E N T Y  O F  F A T
    • Thanks to the government and years of faulty claims about processed foods (and fats), most people scream at the idea of eating more fat to lose weight. Thankfully, the public in general is starting to realize the damage that low fat diets pose (this is something I learned for myself as well, absolutely destroying my body with years of a low-fat diet to stay "fit" as an athlete). Fat is not only crucial to human function but is also what makes you feel satiated when you eat. Without fat in the diet, you are left feeling unsatisfied and craving more food to "fill you up." If you find yourself always needing to have dessert or carbs after a meal, try adding a little more fat (some good grass-fed butter, veggies sautéed in coconut oil, or a cup of bone broth) and see if those cravings for more empty calories don't subside!
  • F O C U S  O N  N U T R I T I O N , N O T  C A L O R I E S
    • Government recommendations have turned our dietary focus to ratios—“this much bread, this much oil, this much fruit.” In turn, this has turned us away from real nourishment. (And, looking back the last 50 years.. we could ask ourselves how well this has gone for Americans). When your body gets the nutrition it needs—and is able to digest and use it—the body is able to properly use the food coming in and keeps can be balanced. When the body is balanced, it uses ingested fat as a source of slow burning energy and carbohydrates as a quick fuel. When the body is out of balance, it starts storing these sources of energy as fat instead. Helping the body become nourished is essential to maintaining a healthy weight. This means less processed foods with little nutrition—bread, pasta, cereal, crackers, cookies, cakes, etc. And more nourishing foods—bright colored vegetables; dark, leafy greens; grass-fed meats, pasture-raised poultry, quality butter and eggs, whole milk, and sprouted grains.
  • T H I N K  S A V O R Y
    • A serious cause of weight gain, and even the later onset of diabetes, is how frequently Americans inundate their bodies with carbohydrates and sugar. These foods break down quickly into the simple form of sugar—glucose. Whenever glucose enters the bloodstream, the pancreas pumps out insulin to shuttle these little glucose molecules to cells around the body for use. The problem with how often and how much Americans eat sugar, crackers, breads, pastas, and cereals is that the pancreas is then forced to constantly, and ferociously, pump out insulin. When the cells are constantly bombarded with glucose and insulin, in essence, they freak out. They shut their doors to insulin and glucose and then where does the glucose go? It’s turned into fat. Solution? Cut down on the carbs and sugar. Even whole wheat pastas or gluten-free products are still highly processed foods that spike blood sugar. Try your best to eat savory meals with plenty of veggies, fats, and proteins.
  • D R I N K  L O T S  O F  W A T E R
    • Thirst is frequently confused with hunger. Simply increasing the amount of water you drink during the day will help you cut down cravings or snacking out of boredom. Make sure to drink water in between meals, though, as lots of water during a meal can affect digestion. 

Remember, your first priority should always be health and wellness! Weight loss will come as you focus on nourishing and balancing your body. As you take care of yourself, your body will respond with a healthier, newer you:)

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