Many people see maintaining their weight as this huge undertaking including working out for hours, eating perfectly and a host of other activities that seem nearly impossible to sustain. While a more drastic approach may be necessary, many can benefit from these simple tips.
1. Drink Lots of Water
Experts say that early signs of dehydration are mistaken as hunger, causing people to eat when they are not even hungry. Also, when the stomach is kept relatively full, the body does not crave food as much. As always, well filtered water is the best and by far cheapest liquid you can put in your body so treat yourself to the best often, and don’t worry, there are other sources of electrolytes.
Did you know: Drinking city water may be hazardous to your health. City water is treated with chlorine and fluoride, which many experts believe will damage your thyroid gland. The thyroid gland has an impact on weight and other functions so it’s best to filter your water.
2. Eat small meals
Now we’re not necessarily advocating that you eat constantly throughout the day, even though some swear by this type of lifestyle. 4 to 5 small meals or even 3 small meals with snacks between are thought to keep your metabolism moving and keep you from building a monster hunger to be inevitably satisfied by overeating later.
Quick Tip: Some experts suggest that persons over 50 or those who do not eat organic foods may want to consider supplementing their diet with digestive enzymes. Some say you are what you eat, we say you are what you digest and absorb. Poor digestion may be a catalyst for other physical, mental and emotional problems.
3. Chew Well
Be sure to chew your food really well. Many do not realize that digestion begins in the mouth. The more mashed and pulverized your food is the easier time your stomach will have breaking it down, using what it needs and moving the rest through the system.
This applies to both meals and everyday life. It takes time for the body to register food intake and send back signals of contentment so relax, drag your meals out and enjoy yourself.
Stress is also thought to be one of the major causes of death in today’s society, not to mention weight gain. Many experts believe that stress can even trigger a fight or flight response, which causes improper digestion and possible issues down the road. As a result, try to have relaxation and anti-stress thinking creep into your everyday routine.
Many do not understand that when we allow our negative thoughts to run rampant, unhealthy physical responses can be triggered. For more on this topic, check out the Adrenals section of our library.
5. Rethink Your Food
From anorexia to compulsive eating, there are many names, theories and terms for eating issues. It is good practice to work toward mastering your body’s relationship with food. Think about how much time you will spend eating in your lifetime and how important it is to sustain proper functioning of your body. I promise that you can and will get more out of life if you can master this.
Suggestions: Have confidence that you can eat well and should. Know what you are eating and how it will affect you. Tell yourself to stop when you have had enough and believe in yourself. Finally, stick to foods which are presented as closely as possible to those God created so many years ago.
Need to lose weight? Tried everything? Burning more than you consume may not always be the answer. Experts believe that any number of imbalances may be responsible for weight gain and retention, causing even individuals with decent habits to have weight issues. For more information, feel free to contact us or sign up for a Free Weight Loss Consult.