I’ve tried various diets but they never seem to work in the long-term. When I stop dieting the weight just piles back on again. Why does this happen?
There are two main reasons why people don’t maintain their weight loss. Firstly, they do not change their long-term eating habits- which means they go back to their former food choices once the diet is finished- which doesn’t support weight loss. Secondly, the diet they are following just focuses on calorie restriction and exercise, not the underlying factors that make some people more likely to put on weight.
What are these factors that make weight loss harder for some people?
Scientific studies have show that some people are more prone to put on weight than others due to genetic inheritances which we can’t change but it is also determined by the following factors:
Stress-affects our appetites and cravings, and increases fat build up around the waist due to excess cortisol production.
Toxicity-many toxins get stored in fatty tissues so doing a thorough detox program will also assist with weight loss.
Inflammation-inflammation can make exercise uncomfortable and also prevents fat burning by upsetting the hormonal system.
Low thyroid function-your thyroid is like your body’s thermostat-the lower your thyroid function, the colder you become and the less fuel/fat you burn (and the more you store).
Hormone imbalances-hormone imbalances in men or women can lead to a loss of muscle and a build up of fat.
Appetite-cravings for fatty or sweet foods can be a sign of hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, and food addictions, all of which can be corrected.
We can assess you for any of these factors and treat you with natural medicines and give you the relevant dietary advice to rebalance your system and kick start the fat loss.
If I eat less, will I lose weight?
No, not necessarily. It is the type of food you’re eating that is more important in regards to weight loss than the actual amount of food you are consuming. In fact, you need to be consuming a certain amount of calories to boost your metabolism and promote fat burning or thermogenesis.
What sorts of foods should I be eating to lose weight?
Lean proteins and unsaturated fats (non-animal products), encourage weight loss by increasing your metabolism, reducing cravings for poor food choices and promoting muscle gain. Whereas, sugars, refined or low GI carbohydrates, and saturated fats all make you gain weight. We use the Shake It Weight loss Program which has been shown to effectively reduce fat and control your appetite, thus preventing any food cravings.
What is the Shake It Program?
The Shake It Program is a natural fat loss system which uses the body’s own metabolism to burn fat. It is clinically proven, safe, and easy to follow, and helps you to lose up to 2kg of fat per week whilst preserving your muscle mass. Available only from qualified Healthcare Professionals the Shake It Program is based on you gaining a maximum of 10% of calories from low G.I carbohydrates, 60% of calories from fat, and around 30% of calories from lean protein. For more information on the Shake It Program as well as delicious recipes, a shopping list, recommended meal plans and a food diary, visit: www.shake-it.com.au
I hate exercising. Do I have to exercise to lose weight or can I achieve it through diet alone?
Sorry, there is no easy way out! Exercise is a major component weight loss and long-term weight management as it not only stimulates our metabolism but it also encourages muscle gain which helps support fat burning. An advantage of regular exercise is that it prevents many other life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. It also increases endorphin production so it makes us feel good and prevents depression and mood swings. These days we have a wide choice of exercise options available to us so choose something fun so that you’re more likely to stick with it. If you need extra motivation, support or encouragement, join an exercise group, hire a personal trainer, or exercise with a friend.
How much exercise do I have to do to achieve weight loss?
Cardio exercise, such as walking, running, biking, rowing, swimming or walking on a treadmill, is crucial for losing fat. You should aim to keep your heart rate within the target zone and workout long enough (at least 20-30 minutes) to get the benefits. To lose fat you need to be exercising at least 4-5 days a week-every day is even better. Resistance training such as weights, push ups and other exercises involving your own body weight to provide resistance, is also an essential factor in both weight loss and muscle gain. Not only does it make the body and bones.
How do I calculate the target zone for my heart rate?
To calculate target heart rate, simply subtract your age from 220, and then multiply that number 0.65 and 0.85 to get lower and upper limits respectively. Any pulse rate above the upper limit generally means you are working too hard, while any pulse rate falling below the minimum means you aren’t pushing it hard enough.