Slim Down For Summer

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Slim Down For Summer

Many of us yearn to lose those few stubborn extra kilos we carry. But, the worst thing we can do to ourselves is to go on a strict diet for weight loss. Starvation diets decrease muscle mass, which slows down the metabolism causing us to lose strength and energy.

This is extremely unhealthy and ageing. In my practice, I teach people how to balance their hormonal system with nutrient-dense food in the right balance for their metabolic type.

Getting Healthy Is The Key!

To supply the body’s systems for recovery, repair and energy. This gives you optimal energy for exercising as well as getting through the rest of your day with energy to burn.

Our population continues to become overweight and unhealthy as more people grab for food on the run, food that is processed and void of nutrients. They miss breakfast, grab a coffee and muffin mid-morning, and are starving by afternoon.

Then they stuff themselves with a huge dinner and flop into bed, overfull and uncomfortable because the blood has gone to the stomach to digest the big load of food.

Not only does this disrupt sleep, it also makes it extremely hard for the digestive system to work effectively to process and utilise the food. And it contributes to weight gain instead of weight loss! This also leaves them exhausted in the morning!

Turn things around: eat like a king in the morning, in the right balance for your metabolic type of course!

And then have regular meals throughout the day, tapering towards the end of the day. If you want to loose body fat it is a good idea to stop eating three hours before retiring to bed.

Eating smaller and more often speeds up the metabolism. It is like putting kindling on a fire…it burns fast, instead of a big log that dies it down.

Lose those extra kilos slowly through a lifestyle you can sustain and enjoy! It is not as simple as calories in versus calories out!

Increase Physical Workload

Get active! But make sure you choose the appropriate form of exercise to do it with. (Poor quality uneducated exercise puts a huge stress on the body.

In the short term it can causes painful backs and joints, inflamed muscles due to joints not tracking properly from muscle imbalance.

In the long term, it can damage your structure). All forms of exercise will burn energy, some more effectively than others. Cardio (bike, walk, and swim, run) is promoted as good for weight loss, but it is actually not the most effective way to burn calories.

Low level, long time exercise like these raise Cortisol levels (stress hormones). Too much Cortisol in your body decreases muscle mass.

Exercise that uses big muscles – such as in good quality weight training, sprinting and weighted circuits – burns much more energy than cardio because muscle is the most active tissue in the body.

Think of putting your foot down in a V8 to driving for miles in a Mini to compare the difference. However, more skill is necessary.

Good Lifestyle Is Not Rocket Science.

So much confusion exists out there on what to eat and how to exercise. But it’s actually very easy.

Back To The Basics Works Best:

  • Avoid processed foods.
  • Avoid the white devils, (white sugar, white flour, processed milk,  iodised salt).
  • Eat good quality protein (beef, lamb, chicken, seafood, eggs, and unprocessed dairy) for recovery and repair.
  • Eat carbohydrates, essential for our energy supply. Choose carbohydrates from vegetables, fruit.
  • Fats are extremely important in our diet.
  • Cholesterol (animal fat) is essential to heal the hormones in our body. Low fat diets will make you sick, tired and create hormonal imbalance long term.
  • Limit/or cut out alcohol, soft drinks and processed juice.

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Michelle Owen

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