For a lot of people, New Year is a time to start something new. And this goal-setting usually starts with “This year will be my year” and “I’m going to lose weight”. Although we might not be able to send luck your way, we can make sure you lose the weight you want fast. This article will talk about strategies that you can implement to increase weight loss and achieve your goals. With this, it can definitely be your year!
Why is weight loss good for you?
We hear this a lot from people that don’t believe they can lose weight. They usually find reasons they shouldn’t lose weight so they never fail at the goal! Although losing weight might be esthetic for some, it should be about health for everyone.
Here are a few reasons you should lose weight:
Sleep better: Losing weight has been named a first-line treatment for sleep-disordered breathing in obese patients.
Experience less pain: Musculoskeletal complaints and arthritis are very common problems in obese patients. Losing weight has a positive correlation with decreased pain sensitivity and arthritic pain.
Decrease stress: “An association between stress and emotional eating behaviors is also established, specifically the increased smacking of sweets among obese subjects” says Geiker et al.
Better memory: The exact mechanisms of how food-induced obesity affects memory decline is becoming to unravel.
Decrease cravings: Losing weight will help the cravings go away
Don’t sweat as much: When you hold more weight, you overheat faster which means more sweat. Decrease your sweat by losing weight
Say bye-bye to seasonal allergies: Changing the way your body utilizes its resources can improve your seasonal allergies.
Things might taste better: Studies have found that things taste better and give you more pleasure after losing weight
Your way out of depression: Improve your overall mood by losing weight.
Breath better / Get rid of snoring: If you have trouble with sleep apnea, weight loss might be your answer.
Reduce your medication: Having excess weight might just be the reason you are on all the medication.
Decrease your risk of cancer: 20% of all cancer cases involve weight, weight gain, and obesity.
Improve sex drive: Studies have found that non-surgical weight loss interventions demonstrate a significant increase in libido.
Boost your immune system: Obesity and metabolic syndrome are two things that greatly affect the innate immune activation system. Changing the physiology of the body could lead to boosting your immune system.
The fastest way to lose weight
The above reasons may have described your complaints. You now realize that everything is connected and that changing the one thing that ties them all together might just be the solution. But how can you lose weight fast and reap the benefits of it? Where do you start and what needs to happen for you to get it done?
We can all agree that continuing the same things that brought you into this situation will not help you get out of it. You have to be willing to change the things you do in order for the weight to get off, especially if you want it off fast.
- Change in mindset: This is the first thing that needs to happen. Understanding that your current habits are not pushing you towards your goals but rather in the opposite direction. If you want to read more about how to change bad habits the easy way, check out this page HERE.
- Eat clean food: With this, we don’t mean wash your food before you eat it. We mean eliminate things that cause inflammation in the body and are loaded up with pesticides. The best way to do this is by cooking in your own kitchen. By cooking your own food you will be able to control exactly what goes in your meals. Prefer organic produce and fruit when possible and grass-fed/pasture-raised meat. These will ensure that you minimize the toxic exposure you get from consuming food that has been sprayed with pesticides.
- Sleep on time: Our normal bedtime is about 9.30 pm to 10.00 pm. If you are waking up at 6 am, that will give you 8 hours of restful sleep. If you don’t want to sleep the full 8 hours, still go to bed at the time and just wake up earlier. This will allow you to get more done in the day. While others will be sleeping, you will be conquering the day. The time frame between 10 pm to 2 am is very important for the body to be sleeping. That is when all the maintenance in the nervous system takes place. Memory consolidation, waste elimination, dealing with emotions, and neuroplasticity, all take place during that time. If you are not asleep during these times, you are missing a huge opportunity for your body to recoup.
- Try intermitted fasting: This has created a lot of buzz in the past couple of years. The great effects you get after fasting 16+ hours are huge! It will help you regulate your body in a more efficient way while eliminating toxins and clearing out any unwanted buildup in the brain. It also directly affects your glycosylation and glucose regulation throughout the day.
If you’re like most people trying to lose weight, you have tried almost all of these at some point in your life. Many may have tried a combination of these. The typical story we hear is people trying these things for a couple of months. They see some results but not exactly what they expected. That makes them stop everything and go back to their old habits.
Although you might be doing everything the right way, you might be missing a small part that will give you the push you are looking for. The key that will increase the weight loss to the point that the results you are getting make everything else worth it and keep you motivated to go further.
If that’s you, here is the 5th thing you need to do. Check this out and schedule your consultation with us.
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