Weight Loss is a HOT Topic as a Nutritionist. Over the past 14 years I have ran thousands of weight loss programs. Weight Loss is definitely the #1 Reason most people want the support of a Nutritionist. Now that being said, clients come looking for weight loss, and we end up correcting poor digestion, determining food intolerances, clearing up skin conditions, stabilizing blood sugar levels and improving immune function, Because the right diet doesn't just promote a healthier weight, it promotes a healthier body!
So since summer is officially upon us, and as Canucks we tend to eat a whole bunch of the wrong foods, and drink way too much of the wrong beverages, while we enjoy the precious few months of nice weather we do get, I thought I would share some tips to not only help you prevent weight gains.
If you are hoping to shed a few pounds, Let me share my 5 Tips to Summer Weight Loss.
#1 - Avoid Restrictions. Yep, I’m totally serious. See the problem I have with low calorie, low carbohydrate, and low fat, is for one thing, none of these focus on eating the right foods, and second, Protein (muscle) is a faster source of fuel than fatty tissue. If you follow a restrictive program you WILL burn muscle. Your Muscle also happens to be your metabolism, and what is burning calories when you are at rest! Restrictive programs result in a couple things…...
One you wont be able to maintain the weight loss once you stop your restrictive program (many gain more back than they lost!) and ….... Two it will be harder to lose weight in the future. If you are a chronic dieter who has hit a point where you are not able to lose weight, then the above may have already happened to you!
Watch this video I did for an event where over 600 people joined us to learn “why they couldn't lose weight”
#2 - Plan your Week!! Seriously it doesn't matter if you are home, at work or camping, if you fail to plan, you will fail to stay on track! Menu Planning takes only a few moments each week, BUT will have a Huge Impact on how well you eat. Check out my article on meal planning here and download the free Menu Planning worksheets.
#3 - Join a Community of people who are working on their healthy eating and living too!! You know the old saying “You are what you hang out with!” well let me tell you a little secret, if you hang out with 9 unhealthy people, I can almost guarantee you will be the 10th!! One of the most important ways to stay on track is to make sure you are hanging out with people who are on the same journey as you!! There are so many great groups of people online and in communities you can be a part of. I LOVE my healthy living community as they inspire and motivate me everyday!!
Don't have a healthy living community? You can join mine!! Send me a message and I will add you in!
We just ran a successful 21 Days of Loving Your Body Group with more than 300 women this June!!
#4 - Do a 7-10 Day Jumpstart in July and August. Jump-starts are 7-10 days (only includes one weekend!!!) where we focus on no processed foods, menu planning, adding in really clean nutrition, and eliminating the bloating foods like dairy and gluten. We have a full program ready for you if you are interested, you can contact me by clicking here. Jump Starts are an amazing way to reset your metabolism, clean your body, stay on track, and lose a couple extra un-wanted pounds during the summer months.
#5 - Drink a Smoothie Every day! This is a simple one, but an incredible way to keep yourself on track!! You can pack a lot of great nutrition into a daily smoothie!! We even have a blog post and Free Kids Smoothie Guide ready for you to download!! Smoothies are an excellent way to ensure good nutritional intake. Many of the key nutrients our body needs for daily function are water soluble (we don't store them), which means we need to consume them daily! Think of your Smoothie as your Nutritional Insurance Policy!
Need a shake mix? I only use Complete with my family because its vegan, gluten free, Non-GMO, made with plant powders, and safe for kids!
Alisa Herriman has been researching and teaching Nutrition since 2003. Leaving her job in the health care industry to share her passion for healthy living, Alisa travels all over Canada sharing her mission and teaching communities how to prevent and fight disease with Nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.