Winter months seem especially hard months to lose weight and are often a time we gain weight. With holiday overeating, curling up inside to stay warm and reducing our activity level, or eating our favorite comfort foods to fight off depression of shorter light hours, it’s no wonder the pounds stack up. The key to lose weight is to optimize calories. The more nutritious our calorie intake the less we need to take in to satisfy the body.
Proteins, fats and carbohydrates are the nutrients most food contains and each has calories. Too many calories means an increase in weight. How many calories a person needs depends on factors such as their age, height, and how physically active they are.
Men typically need between 1800 -2500 calories a day and women typically need between 1200 to 2000 calories per day. Teens need even more. A healthy diet consisting of low fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins provides the calories we need. A healthy body that is getting the nutrition it craves reduces the cravings for too many calories or those deplete of nutrients like sodas and sweets.
Diet for Weight Loss
We’ve all seen how diets don’t work. We tend to stick with a diet for a while, see results and then watch the pounds return and oftentimes increase. With some diets the body starts to feel “starved” after a while and begins insisting that we feed it more. Other diets just become stale and limiting and we eventually drift away from them. The best diet is to stick with eating an amount of healthy nutritious foods appropriate for your age, height, physical activity level and any medical conditions you may have.
Physical Activity for Weight Loss
Another consideration when it comes to weight loss is adding how many calories we have taken in during a day and subtracting how many calories we have used up. Burning calories through physical activity or exercise is a necessary part of weight loss. If you are physically active, then you can burn off some of the calories you have eaten. Even if you don’t have a regular exercise program, just finding ways to add extra movement to your day can help burn off calories. For example, take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk or ride a bike whenever you can instead of driving, do your own yard work instead of hiring someone, go for a walk on your lunch break. All these types of activities can help subtract calories from your total at the end of the day.
Reduce Stress for Weight Loss
Stress is another consideration in weight loss. When we are over stressed the adrenal glands release a hormone that increases the blood sugar and allows fat to be stored. Many of us also turn to eating extra to deal with stress and the foods we often crave are high in fat, carbohydrates and sugar.
Healthy Digestive System for Weight Loss
A healthy digestive system that breaks down foods and processes the nutrients into a form the body can use is another key factor. This role primarily falls to digestive enzymes. Each of us is born with a certain supply of enzymes at birth. As we get older our internal enzyme supply is naturally depleted. One study shows that a 60 year old has 50% fewer enzymes than a 30 year old. Unless we stop the one-way-flow out of the body of enzyme energy, our digestive eliminative capacities weaken; obesity and chronic illness set in.
What can you do to stop enzyme depletion and all its symptoms? Enzyme therapy! Enzyme therapy adds enzymes back into your system faster than you deplete them, thus building up your reserve. When your body has more enzymes than it needs for just digestion, it uses the extra enzymes for healing, repair and renewal.
Natural Solutions for Winter Weight Loss
1. SUPPLEMENT NUTRITON: Supplement your diet with nutrient rich blue green algae. This can help add the nutrients your body may not be getting from foods. So many of our foods today do not have the proper nutrients that the body needs to stay healthy. Here is a convenient way to get the nutrients of blue green algae, enzymes providing active antioxidants that fight free-radical destruction, and acidophilus and bifidus to support digestive health.
2. DRINK: Water, that is. When it’s cold outside we tend to drink less water. But to move toxins and fat out of your system your body needs plenty of pure water. One simple way to get all the water you need is to drink warm water with a little lemon or sea salt in it.
3. EAT: More often. Studies have shown that eating more often (every three hours or so) can increase metabolism and reduce body fat. Read “The 3-Hour Diet: How Low-Carb Diets Make You Fat and Timing Makes You Thin” by Jorge Cruise for great guidelines.
4. GO GREEN: This whole bluegreen algae and the heart of the bluegreen algae with the cell wall removed have the highest chlorophyll content of any food, and are a high source of protein. Chlorophyll is essential to helping your body stay efficient, and protein helps your body build lean muscle (which burns lots of calories).
5. ENZYMES: For a natural and healthy way to keep your metabolism high and your fat content low, add enzymes to your regimen between and at meals. Enzymes help boost your metabolism. These enzymes contain amylase, cellulase, lipase, protease, and lactase for more efficient digestion to avoid the after-meal energy slump. These enzymes with an extra boost contain cayenne and other substances to increase metabolism, burn fat, digest a broad spectrum of substances, and clean up waste in the body. Always take enzymes with pure, non-chlorinated water (since chlorine is one of the main culprits that depletes the body of enzymes).
6. GET CLEAN: Sometimes you just need to clean up your system to stay slim. Try a 3 to 5 day juice fast. Staying clean inside helps you stay lean outside!
So remember, balance calories in with calories out, keep to a diet of nutrient rich foods, maintain a healthy digestive system and stay physically active and you’ll find a healthier, slimmer you this winter.
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