Forget Pills & Fad Diets
Rather, Chiropractor Margaret Tay suggests taking a more holistic lifestyle change which will ultimately result in a happier, healthier and leaner you.
Too often patients inform me of their current diet fad, from the Lemon Diet, the no-chocolate approach, the protein shake-only until lunchtime or the the low carbohydrate diet.
Ultimately, a more consistent approach to weight management is required.
In Cyndi O’Meara’s book, Changing Habits, Changing Lives she provides readers with an assortment of healthy options to improve how there eat.
Eight Top Tips for a Healthier Diet
1. Eat Regularly
When you do not eat regularly you starve you body.
Your body then fights back by lowering its basal (resting) metabolic rate. (BMR). Lowering your BMR will lower the rate at which your body burns fat.
Eating regularly for some people will mean healthy snacking between meals, on things such as almonds, an apple or a piece of cheese.
2. Learn How To Cook
Being able to prepare you own healthy meals and snacks is the best way to control what you put into your body.
Taking care with the ingredients you choose, how you cook and by controlling your portion sizes is a much better way to have a healthy diet.
By being better informed about what goes into your food, you will realize just how important eating the right food is. Weight loss starts in the kitchen!
3. A Fresh Food Diet Is Best
Fresh, live, vibrant foods will contain the best nutrients for you body.
Processes foods are generally high in salt, sugar, fat, preservatives and flavour enhancers.
Eliminating these foods will help your body reduce its level of inflammation, you will have more energy and your skin will glow.
4. Pack In The Protein
Protein is essential for tissue and repair, as well as for the production of hormones, enzymes and haemoglobin.
Protein also has the affect of making you feel fuller for longer, which means you won’t reach for an unhealthy fast food on the run!
5. Sleep Well
Sleep is one of the most important times of the day when your body will have an opportunity to heal and re-set.
By getting enough rest at night, you will be more inclined to feel energised during the day. This in term will give you the energy to exercise.
Remember, fatigue can also make you crave fatty and starchy foods, which will again lower your BMR.
6. Get Active
exercise is the most effective way to raise you BMR, which in turn helps your body to burn body fat faster. Chose an exercise that you actually enjoy, not merely one that is cool or trendy at the time.
If a patient is passionate about the form of exercise they do, such as surfing or yoga for example, there are more likely to follow through with an ongoing program.
Increase the amount of incidental exercise that you do too – take the stairs, walk an extra block or two to work, wash the car by hand or hang up the clothes.
7. Baby Steps
Commit to one small lifestyle change per week. The book Changing Habits, Changing Lives presents these lifestyle changes in an easy to follow program.
8.Have a Check-Up
Having a thorough medical check-up before you begin a any weight-loss regime will identify and allow you to rectify any underlying conditions, deficiencies, or imbalances that can affect your overall health and wellbeing.