A quick browse on the internet and you’ll be overwhelmed by the huge number of slimming pills and prescription drugs that promise the ultimate in fast and easy weight loss. From fat-blockers and metabolism-boosters to pills that prevent hunger and beat cravings, there’s something for everyone – and more often than not it’s the unrealistic promise that we can get maximum results with minimum effort that encourage us to follow this route.
Unrealistic claims such as “Lose 30 Pounds in Just 30 Days”, “Lose Weight While You Sleep”, “weight loss of two pounds or more a week for a month, or more without dieting or exercise.” “Substantial weight loss, no matter what or how much you eat,” and “permanent weight loss” all help to pull people in to a multi million pound industry that often forgets to let people know about the health risks they may be taking.
Trying to lose weight and failing can be soul destroying especially when you think you are following this kind of advice with false claims.
It’s not just as simple as jumping on the scales your Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of the relationship between weight and height. It is more highly correlated with body fat than other indicators of height and weight.
Individuals with a BMI of 25 to 29.9 are considered overweight, while individuals with a BMI of 30 or more are considered obese.
The latest figures for Great Britain show that 42% of men and 32% of women are overweight (i.e. have a BMI between 25 and 30), and 25% of men and 20% of women are obese (BMI>30).
Excess body weight is a risk factor for a number of chronic diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes.
Achieving your ideal weight can be difficult. Following a carefully planned nutritional programme for weight management helps to avoid pitfalls such as yo-yo dieting and weight regain. Smart Nutrition can take the guess work out of weight management and ensure you reach and maintain your ideal weight healthily. Smart Nutrition Weight Loss Package.
Poor diet – The supermarket shelves are laden with cheap convenience foods and sugary snacks. With the pace of modern living being as it is, it’s easy to rely on these foods which are full of empty calories and hidden nasties. Part of the key to breaking this cycle is finding quick, tasty and healthy alternatives. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be time consuming or dull! As a nutritional therapist it is my job to put together a weight management protocol for you that is both tasty and easy to follow. My aim it to provide you with some simple meal and menu ideas incorporate healthy modifications of your favourite meals which will make the plan easy to stick to.
Lack of exercise – Regular physical activity can help to build muscle and lower body fat in addition to giving other health benefits. If you previously did little physical activity a nutritional therapist can help you to put together an appropriate and enjoyable exercise regime as part of your hypertension treatment plan.
Along with poor dietary choices and a lack of exercise there can be many different factors that may be making it hard for you to loose weight. During a weight loss consultation I will work to discover which of these factors are relevant for you so that we can target them and help you to achieve your target weight.
Blood Sugar Balance – Insulin is a hormone that is produced by the pancreas. Most of the actions of insulin are directed at controlling how our body deals with carbohydrates, fats and protein. If you eat the wrong foods your blood sugar rises along with Insulin levels and too much tells the body to store fat. Your blood sugar then crashes leading to cravings for sweet and starchy foods meaning high blood sugar and Insulin levels again. Some of the symptoms of a blood sugar imbalance are lack of energy, anxiety, poor concentration, mood swings and difficulty loosing weight.
Low thyroid function – The thyroid gland controls the body’s metabolism so it has a huge influence on how well we burn calories. Low thyroid activity can result in weigth gain as well as other symptoms such as constipation, cold hands and feet and depression. If you think hypothyroidism may be a factor in your condition you might want to consider a thyroid test. Thyroid Test.
Stress – Our physical response to stressful events is an increased secretion of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Research suggests that high-fat and high-carbohydrate foods inhibit the release of these stress hormones, helping to make us feel calmer. Therefore, chronic stress can lead to a constant urge to eat such foods, predisposing us to weight gain. If you have a stressful lifestyle then you might like to consider an adrenal stress test. This can be a really useful way of assessing stress levels and identifying ways to support the body. A nutritional therapist can then work with you to put together a specific diet, lifestyle and supplement plan to reduce your stress response and help you achieve your ideal weight. Adrenal Stress Test.
Food allergies/intolerances – Food sensitivities may cause allergic people to crave those foods to which they are allergic encouraging them to overeat. In addition eating food to which you are sensitive can cause you body to retain both water and fat. If you crave foods but then still feel hungry after eating them this could indicate food sensitivity, especially if these signs are accompanied by other symptoms such as digestive disturbance. If you suspect a food sensitivity you should consider having a food allergy or intolerance test. If you find out you do have an issue with a particular food Smart Nutrition can help you to change your diet and find tasty alternatives. Food Allergy and Intolerance Testing.
Nutrient deficiencies – Certain nutrients are essential for ensuring that the energy production process in the body runs properly. These include the B-vitamins and the mineral magnesium. Unfortunately these are the nutrients that most often lacking in our modern processed diets! Without sufficient nutrient supply we don’t have the energy to exercise and the body doesn’t have the tools it needs to burn calories.
Psychological factors – Many different psychological factors play a large part in weight gain or weight loss from cravings, emotional eating, eating out of bordham, binge easting and hidden unconcious fears of being slim that may threaten you as you may get more attention from the opposite sex or your partner may well be sabotaging your efforts as a new slim line you may make him or her nervous about your new found confidence and attractiveness. Identifying this could be an issue that is preventing you from loosing weight is the first step. The next step is to do something about it. I have found that working on these issues alongside a healthy weight loss plan can be the real solution to weight loss. Weight Loss Packages.