I worked in a Health Food store for over four years, and I recall each year right after the holidays there would be a rush of customers who would come in to the store asking the same thing: “Do you have anything that can help me lose weight?” As an employee at the store, it was my job to suggest a product that would help them shed some pounds, whether it was an herb to help suppress their appetite, or a supplement to help increase their metabolism. But these products never really addressed the elephant in the room that was asking “what about changing your diet, or how often are you exercising?”
So now that I am no longer working in a health food store, I want to take this opportunity to answer the question more realistically: There is NO magic pill to help you lose weight. Period. While there are some wonderful natural supplements that can help to re-balance the body, cleanse and detoxify which often leads to weight loss, it is never the supplement alone that provides results. The truth is that our bodies crave nutrition from natural sources…our food! And when we feel hungry it is often a sign that the body is craving valuable vitamins, nutrients and minerals to help it function optimally. In order to lose weight or to feel better in general, there is more work to be done than just popping a pill. But it doesn’t have to be difficult…Making small diet and lifestyle changes to support a healthy body and weight can be simple, effective, fun and delicious.
Check out the following three supplement-free lifestyle choices that can help you lose weight, build muscle, improve digestion and feel great:
1) Practice more yoga. Yoga helps build and tone lean muscle which helps to burn calories. It also improves cardiovascular function, circulation, endocrine function, balance, mental clarity and reduces stress. Stress can cause the body to store fat and prevents us from using it for energy, so by reducing stress we are able to maintain a more healthy weight.
2) Drink more water. Water is an essential nutrient that your body needs to burn fat. It’s just that simple. Water is required for every metabolic function in the body, including the breakdown of fats by the liver. Without water, our breakdown and elimination of fat and excess waste is slowed, preventing us from getting rid of the excess
weight and waste.
3) Eat Breakfast. Eating at the start of your day helps to rev up your metabolism from digestion, and continues burning more calories throughout the day. It also fuels your daily activities and prevents hunger that could lead to consuming more calories later in the day when the digestive spark is lower. Try the following delicious recipe from Alicia Silverstone’s incredible book The Kind Diet. It is delicious and nutritious, packed with vitamins, minerals, and fibre, and will help start your day off right!
Try combining all three together: Wake up, have a full glass of water, do your yoga practice and then fill up with a delicious healthy breakfast!
2 Teaspoons spirulina
1 ½ Tablespoons any non-dairy milk (soy or hemp are good here)
2 Teaspoons almond butter
1 ½ Tablespoons maple syrup
2 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 Tablespoons shaved or diced coconut
½ cup kamut flake cereal
Divide the fruit into 2 serving bowls. Use a fork to stir together the spirulina and soy milk in a small glass. Add the almond butter and mix again. Stir in the syrup and orange juice, and give it a final stir. The sauce should be smooth and neither too think nor too runny. Pour the sauce over the fruit and sprinkle with coconut and cereal. Serve immediately.
Interested in learning more about balanced eating to create the healthy life you love? Join Adrienne for an inspiring workshop designed to help you set positive intentions for health, healing and wellness:
Adrienne Kelly-Durys is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, 500Hr RYT and lover of feeling good in mind and body. She teaches Yoga and wellness classes at Balanced Life Yoga and specializes in detoxing and nourishment. Classes include Power Hour Yoga, Core Yoga and Strength Therapy, Power Hour +Bonus and Holistic Nutritional Consulting. http://www.balancedlifeyoga.ca
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