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Nature's Weight Management Tips

Nature's Weight Management Tips

If you believe that there’s more to weight loss than pills and potions, then you’re right. Losing weight should be a natural process that improves your body’s health, rather than adds unnecessary strain. Learn how you can lose weight naturally.

  1. Eat more healthy foods, that is. Indulge in a range of fruits and vegetables.Your goal is to have a colourful and nutritious diet that leaves you feeling full and satisfied.
  2. Try to keep your stress levels as low as possible by meditating, deep breathing techniques or other stress-relieving activities.
  3. Pears, grapefruit, almonds and dark chocolate all assist in weight loss, so instead of reaching for a candy bar, try one of these foods instead. Integrate a mix of cardiovascular, strength training and flexibility exercises into your weekly schedule.
  4. A good target is to have three cardio sessions, two strength and two flexibility. 
  5. Drink a cup of warm water and lemon juice (squeeze the juice of one fresh lemon into the water) every morning. 
  6. Eat a light, but satisfying dinner. Make friends with salads and fish. 
  7. Restrict your ‘liquid calories’, i.e. sugary drinks, creamy coffees and juices.
  8. Have at least one cup of green tea a day.
  9. Do not skip meals
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Josie S

If you aren't sleeping, try probiotics. It could be that you need to boost your gut flora levels. Thursday, 30 July 2015

Judy Davie
The Food Coach

According to Glenn Cardwell, a dietitian I work with, if you sleep for less than 6 hours a night, then the stats tell us that you will be plumper than average. There is a suggestion that lack of sleep upsets the balance of the hormones grehlin and leptin that control your appetite. The levels of grehlin tend to go up and the levels of leptin come down with lack of sleep. This is a problem because grehlin is an orexigenic hormone while leptin is anorexigenic. Orexigenic means it has a stimulating effect on the appetite. Anorexigenic is the opposite: it dampens the appetite.
The result in one experiment with people getting only 5 hours sleep a night meant they ate about an extra 850 kJ (200 Cals) more, with most of it coming from evening snacks. So it isn't the sleep itself, but the action that the lack of it stimulated. Friday, 12 June 2015

Liu Z
DIY Beauty Products Maker

Hi Judy, someone told me that if you don't get enough sleep you can put on weight. Is that true? Friday, 12 June 2015

The Food Coach
Science Notes
Unless you have genetic predispositions, hormonal imbalances or health issues, the formula for weight loss is to expend more energy than you consume. Your weight loss nutrition plan should aim to give you enough calories and energy to keep you feeling awake and alert, but not so much that your body stores anything extra. The safest way to lose weight is slowly, despite what the fad diets may promote. Give yourself a target of losing up to one kilo a week and then plan your total weight loss from that benchmark. Keep yourself healthy and happy while losing weight. 
Related Tip
Want to start jogging? If you are really over weight or have not exercised for years, before starting any exercise regime, visit your health practitioner beforehand and ensure you have all the correct gear. Usually it is best to start by walking briskly for 20 minutes once a day, or once every two days; before slowly increasing your jogging time.>