When it comes to healthy weight loss, sometimes when someone changes their eating habits, they might notice rapid weight loss at first, but then it will slow down.
This is because most of that initial weight is water weight from toxic fluid stored in the lymphatic system.
Many people could be carrying anywhere from 5 to 20 pounds of toxic fluid, maybe even more if they are really overweight.
The weight loss will slow down and this can leave someone feeling discouraged, but ideally, losing 1-2 pounds per week is a healthy goal (without being obsessive about it!)
Weight will naturally come off as toxins are eliminated and balance is restored within the body.
What Can You Do to Support Weight Loss?
1. Be sure you are drinking adequate water.
What’s the equation for proper hydration? 1/2 your body weight in ounces per day. However, that is not taking into consideration any diuretic beverages that you are consuming.
Here’s an example:
If you weigh 150 lbs. you would need to be drinking at least 75 oz. of water per day. But say you are someone who drinks 2 cups of coffee per day (16oz). That 16oz. of coffee would deplete you of 32oz. of water. So, in order to reach proper hydration for the day, you would need to consume 107oz. of water per day!
PS – if you’re wanting to lose weight, do you know how we excrete it? Through the urine!
2. Keep a food journal.
No, not for calorie counting! Food journals are a great way to assess your eating habits. “But I know what I am eating…”
Do you though? Sometimes it is so easy to lie to ourselves and we can overlook the little things… You know, “it’s just a little cookie”, “it’s just a little cheese”, “it’s just a mini candy bar”…
There’s something very sobering about seeing it in black and white and being brutally honest with yourself about what is going into your body.
Not only that, but a food journal can also help you identify how you’re eating.
Are you eating enough?
Are you eating at regular intervals?
Are you eating too late?
Are you eating while you’re stressed?
To keep a food journal, simply record each meal with the time you ate/drank, list everything you consumed, and how you felt throughout the day (i.e. bloated, indigestion, tired, headache, etc.)
3. Increase your body movement.
I am not advising you to go bust your ass in the gym! In fact, adding stress to your body like excessive cardio *might* be contributing to weight gain/lack of loss if your adrenals are not in a place to tolerate such activities.
Instead, try gentle movement like walking, swimming, yoga, stretching and even massage. This will get the lymphatic system circulating and help the toxins move out of the body.
4. You may want to consider having a Nutritional Assessment.
A Nutritional Assessment can be helpful in prioritizing the needs of the body. This thorough analysis will help identify nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, possible toxicities and key areas of focus for foundational health.
5. It might be time to focus on detoxification.
When you feel like you don’t know what else to do, a detoxification program might just be the thing to get you moving in the right direction again. This is why I love using the 21-Day Purification Program in my practice!
6. Try One-on-One Nutritional Therapy
In the office we would do what we call “the pinch test”. This is where we actually pinch the tissue on your body and muscle test using quantum energy kits to determine exactly what is being stored in your tissues. More often than not it is related to a heavy metal or chemical toxicity.
Not local? No worries! Distance sessions are available via phone or Zoom!
7. Work on Subconscious Limiting Beliefs
95% of our decisions and thoughts run off of subconscious programming! Often, old emotional wounds and thought patterns can block you from healing – especially in weight loss, due to self sabotaging behaviors or an emotional/energetic need to “protect” the body.
You might like to try an Intuitive Counseling session to identify subconscious beliefs blocking your progress!