Many people struggle with weight loss.
There’s a lot of information online about it, but a lot of it is misleading, extreme, and unmanageable.
In some cases, it may even be harmful to your health.
However, there are simple changes you can make to your daily routine that are natural and proven to help you lose weight.
If you would like to find out about natural weight loss solutions, keep reading.
First Off, Address Your Underlying Health Issues
Many health conditions can contribute to weight gain and make weight loss more difficult.
Some of the health issues that are directly associated with being overweight include, but are not limited to:
- Digestive problems
- Food intolerances
- Hormone imbalances
- Thyroid conditions
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
If one of these conditions is contributing to your weight, Identifying and addressing it may help.
In some cases, that weight loss can help to improve existing conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
Next, Address your Emotional Issues Around Food
Food addiction and craving can lead to unhealthy food choices, and often overeating resulting in excessive calorie consumption.
Address these issues to help your weight loss, manage health concerns, and give you a better understanding of your relationship to food.
Then, Try These Naturopathic Tips for Weight Loss
Having taken care of the above concerns, you should be on the path toward weight loss.
But of course, it’s not that simple.
Wouldn’t it be nice if it was, though?
Consider the following natural weight loss tips.
1. Eat Whole Foods With Single Ingredients – And Avoid Processed Foods
Whole foods are single ingredient foods that provide your body with necessary nutrients.
It doesn’t have to be too complicated.
Apples are whole foods, and so is every other fruit and vegetable, for that matter.
Unprocessed meats, nuts, seeds, dairy, rice, lentils, beans – these are all whole foods.
Whole foods have the benefit of being fairly filling – the fibre content can help you feel fuller longer.
As well, sticking mostly to whole foods helps you avoid adding the unnecessary ingredients and high calories of processed foods.
Whole foods don’t have the refined sugars, trans fats, artificial preservatives, and other additives designed to encourage you to eat more.
Speaking of refined sugars…
2. Eliminate Sugar In Your Diet – Especially Soft Drinks
A diet high in sugar has been found to be a direct link with many health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, tooth decay, and other diseases.
On an ingredient list sugar can be found under many different names.
This can make it hard to know how much sugar you’re eating.
In some cases, it still has sugar in the name – like cane sugar, beet sugar, coconut sugar, etc.
But marketers are getting savvy to the fact that people want to avoid sugar in their diet, so they use different names to make it look like there is less sugar in a product.
Here are just a few of sugar’s secret identities:
- Diastatic malt
- Barley malt
- Agave nectar
- Cane juice
3. Practice Intermittent Fasting or Time Restricted Eating
Intermittent fasting is when you alternate between eating and not eating; it can be done in various patterns and cycles.
Time restricted eating limits the time during which you eat each day.
Finding the intermittent fasting plan that works best for you has several benefits.
It can help to reduce your calorie intake, recondition your eating behaviors, improves your overall health, and may help you lose weight.
4. Drink Green Tea
Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and fat burning properties.
A 1999 study proved that the benefits of green tea include giving you more energy, increasing your metabolism, and helping you burn more fat, especially belly fat.
5. Drink More Water
Yes, drinking more water will help you to lose weight.
First off, water can be a great replacement for those high-calorie, sugar-filled drinks.
But it’s not just that.
Water boosts your metabolism helping you burn more calories for longer periods of time, decreases your appetite, and drinking water before you eat can help you to reduce your calorie intake by helping you to feel full.
6. Get Enough Sleep
Making sure you get enough sleep is an important part of your weight loss journey and keeping weight off in the future.
Sleep deprivation will not only leave you feeling sluggish but it puts you at a greater risk of obesity.
This is because it disrupts your appetite hormones, increasing your appetite, often causing you to eat because you’re looking for a quick “pick-me-up”.
7. Eat eggs for breakfast
Eggs are inexpensive, versatile, easy to add to your diet, and they’re the ultimate weight loss food.
Eating eggs for breakfast is an easy way to help yourself lose weight.
This is because eggs are full of essential nutrients, are high in protein, and are low in sugar and calories.
All this combined can make you feel fuller longer, reducing your appetite and helping you to eat less calories throughout the day.
Book An Appointment With The Mindful Healing Clinic
Are you looking for more ways to lose weight naturally?
Have you incorporated natural solutions, but feel you could use more guidance?
Does weight loss seem overwhelming to you?
You don’t need to do it alone.
At the Mindful Healing Clinic, we’re here to help you find the weight loss solution that works best for you.
Book an appointment with a naturopathic doctor at The Mindful Healing Naturopathic Clinic today, and let us help you achieve healthy weight loss, naturally.
Until next time,
Dr. Maria Cavallazzi is a medical doctor from Colombia where she practiced as a family physician for 8 years until she moved to Canada 16 years ago and became a naturopathic doctor in Mississauga.