Being a practitioner who is dedicated to wellness, one of the most common questions I get asked is, “How do I lose weight and keep it off?”
Let me separate the hype from the science and give you a simple and doable formula for success.
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a safe “quick weight loss” program.
But I assure you, that if you persevere with this plan, I guarantee you lose the weight you want to.
The World Health Organization has deemed obesity as an epidemic here in North America.
This is due to one singular reason—in our society we are inundated with complex carbohydrates as the main staple of our diet.
It is part of our lifestyle, one that has to change.
These weight gaining culprits can be found in largely anything that is white.
For example, breads, pasta, white rice, potatoes and sugar seemed to be an everyday occurrence in our daily intake of nutrients.
If one was simply to remove these components from our diet and do nothing else, weight loss is indeed inevitable.
In addition to this, a good rule of thumb in determining if a certain food is riddled with carbohydrates or not is simply this: Did it come out of a box?
If it did, chances are it is overly refined and overly processed and not something you should be eating if you want to lose weight.
So, what should we eat? First, we have to get away from the idea that food is only good if it is convenient and ready to eat out of the box.
We need to concentrate on the whole foods.
Knowing this, you have to commit yourself to some preparation time.
For example, every Sunday I prepare my chicken breasts or fish for the week in addition to a large pot of quinoa or brown rice.
That will be the foundation of my lunches throughout the week.
Conveniently prepared and stored away in my trusty Tupperware, I’m good for the week.
The great majority of our diet should include proteins in the form of meats, fish, eggs and beans, a large amount of vegetables and fruit.
Living food, and not the food that is sorted and processed by a factory, is what we need to concentrate on.
Not only is this logical, but it is clearly the healthiest thing for your body.
It is known that Kelowna is second in our nation for having the most fast food restaurants per capita.
But this does not a healthy choice make.
Preparation and dedication is the key to success in weight loss.
In addition you’ll need to eat three to six times a day with three good meals and one or two snacks throughout the day.
The importance of water and weight loss is profoundly overlooked.
It is well demonstrated in the research that the body that is well hydrated is one that will more readily mobilized fat stores.
I suggest approximately two litres of water a day.
It is just that simple. You don’t need a magic formulas or potions, just common sense and dedication in order to be successful.
It is crucial to understand that one to two pounds of weight loss per week is considered appropriate.
This allows your body’s metabolic rate to adjust the thermostat for fat burning on a long-term basis.
There will be weeks that you will plateau and not lose any weight despite your dedication and consistency. I
It’s important to remember this and not become discouraged.
There, now you’re ready for the beach.
Markus Thiel is a doctor of chiropractic practicing in Kelowna.