I have been getting tons of emails and messages asking the age old question: "What can I do to lose weight?. I think we all know how to eat healthy and have a basic understanding of how to lose weight but often there can be underlying issues making it harder to lose weight than you thought.
Here are a couple of things you should consider when you ask the question "What can I do to lose weight?":
1. Check your caloric intake. No matter if you are eating "clean", on the paleo or keto diet train, if you are consuming more calories then you are expending, you are not going to lose weight. You need to be in a deficit ie. burning more calories than you are consuming. How do you do this? Eat less and exercise more. Simple right?
2. Make sure you are consuming the proper balance of micronutrients. Calories are not all created equal. Your body uses different macronutrients for different things so make sure you are eating a balance of protein, carbs and fats.
3. Look after your hormones. If cortisol levels are high due to stress, loosing weight is definitely going to seem harder. Also, if your thyroid is not functioning at it's optimal level, your metabolism might not be where it should be making weight loss harder.
4. Look after your gut health. Digestive health is a severely underrated underlying cause of weight gain, bloat and cravings. An imbalance in microflora can lead to issues with candida and leaky gut, both of which can lead to inflammation. Inflammation leads to an increase in cortisol levels, adds added stress to the body and can effect our other hormones as well.
Each individual is different. Our hormones are acting different depending on diet and lifestyle, our gut flora is different and how many calories you are burning all depend on the person and activity level. So be patient, take the time to educate yourself and really listen to your body. Extreme exercise and dieting is not the answer and often times leads to frustration, yo-yo dieting and often worse than before we started.
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