woman standing on bathroom scale needs weight loss tips

If you’ve been trying to lose weight, you can probably
see why fad or crash diets and endless exercise sessions don’t work. To lose weight,
your system wants balance, not extremes. When you can achieve healthy balance all
around, your weight will often take care of itself.

When your body feels comfortable and healthy, losing excess weight becomes a natural
and pleasant side effect. But how do you get your body to that place — especially
if you’re struggling with barriers like
weight loss resistance
or a systemic block that’s preventing you from losing
weight?

We know the best ways to stoke the natural weight loss process and we can show you
how.

Six steps to natural weight loss:

1. Resist the urge to compare your body to others.
Being model-thin isn’t realistic — or healthy — for most of us. So put down the
magazines that make you feel bad about yourself and show your body some love by
making healthy lifestyle choices. Think about when you looked and felt your best.
What was your clothing size then? What habits were making you look and feel your
best? Forget about what others are doing and concentrate on yourself — that’s the
first step toward meeting your weight loss goals.

Barbie may be skinny but she does not represent real women

2. Celebrate cooking (and eating) at home. Michael
Pollan, bestselling author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Cooked,
urges us to: “Eat food (real food). Not too much. Mostly plants.” Following these
three rules means cooking more in your own kitchen. We know this takes time — but
it’s worth it. Make eating eventful by creating great meals and sharing the experience
with people you love. It will have exponential effects on your weight — and your
health.

3. Make movement fun. You can dance, walk the dog
through the woods, play a sport, practice yoga, swim — anything that gets you moving
and makes you feel good is a formula for long-term weight loss. Exercise shouldn’t
be something you do just to burn calories. Choose an activity you enjoy makes so
you’ll do it consistently.

4. Stick to a consistent sleep schedule. Research
shows that not getting enough sleep can alter your appetite and insulin control
by increasing the hunger hormone, ghrelin, and decreasing leptin, the hormone that
makes you feel full and satisfied. Leptin is a key weight loss hormone because it
can raise resting metabolism
and ramp up fat breakdown — both essential for shedding extra weight. Since our
bodies thrive on having a predictable daily rhythm, set a regular bed time and stick
to it. Sleep 7-8 hours every night, and try to get up at the same time most days.

5. Supplement to power your metabolism. Add in research-based
supplements to your regimen of nutrient-dense whole foods and consistent exercise.
Green tea has been shown to stimulate calorie-burning and decrease body fat. Chromium
helps balance glucose (sugar) and insulin activity. L-carnitine l-tartrate
helps convert fat to energy. Two recent discoveries are fat-burning herbs: Indian
spaeranthus and mangosteen. All these ingredients
are in our product M-Boost.

Note: a systemic imbalance may be blocking your weight loss. The most common include
hormonal, thyroid and adrenal imbalances. If one or more of these areas is out of
whack, it’s next to impossible to lose weight until it’s corrected, and only you
can do that. To drop stubborn weight, try one of our
Weight Loss Resistance Programs
with herbal products and lifestyle secrets
that target these three main areas.

woman choosing salad vegetables instead of cookies

6. Embrace moderation. We like to follow the “80-20
rule.” Eat and live as healthfully as you can 80% of the time and let go 20% of
the time to indulge. You may find that it feels so good to be healthy you don’t
crave treats as often. For holidays and parties, make a plan ahead of time and stick
to it. Schedule one day of indulgence (or even just one meal) and get back to a
lifestyle that supports your body the next morning.

When it’s natural weight loss, it lasts… and lasts

The best part about natural weight loss? The results last. So many women tell us
they’ve successfully adapted this new eating style to their lives that they can’t
imagine living without it. You can start feeling better about your weight by taking
our quick weight loss quiz and take
a look through our SHOP to find the
natural weight loss support you need.

Taking better care of your body and health will show in your appearance, and on
the scale.


References

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Further reading

Pick, M. 2010. The Core Balance Diet. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House.

Illingworth, J. 2009. University of Leeds School of Medicine. MG ChB Year 1: Nutrition
and Energy. Lecture 26: Regulation of body weight. URL: http://www.bmb.leeds.ac.uk/teaching/icu3/lecture/26/
(accessed 04.03.2009).

Centers for Disease Control/National Center for Health Statistics. 2006. Prevalence
of overweight and obesity among adults: United States, 2003–2004. URL: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hestats/overweight/overwght_adult_03.htm
(accessed 04.03.2009).

Hellmich, N. 2005. Percentage of overweight Americans stable. URL: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2005-10-03-weight-trends_x.htm
(accessed 04.03.2009).

Von Duvillard, S., et al. 2004. Fluids and hydration in prolonged endurance performance.
Nutrition, 20 (7–8), 651–656. URL (abstract): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15212747
(accessed 04.03.2009).

Korner, J., & Leibel, R. 2003. To eat or not to eat — how the gut talks to the
brain. NEJM, 349 (10), 926–928. URL: http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/349/10/926
(accessed 04.03.2009).

US FDA. The facts about weight loss products and programs. FDA/FTC/NAAG Brochure:
1992. URL: http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/wgtloss.html (accessed 04.03.2009).

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