6 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

Ask anyone about weight loss and they’ll say–most likely–that it all boils down to eating less and exercising more. Well… that’s not exactly how it works. We’ve helped hundreds of people lose weight, and here’s a list of the top reasons it’s so hard for you to drop those pounds—even if they try to eat less and exercise more.

 

1. Your body is polluted with toxins.

The world is full of fertilizers, dyes, enhancers, and all sorts of chemicals. Together all of these are basically poisonous. The toxins interrupt the way your body digests, stores, and processes food. With so many toxins in the body—it’s no wonder you can’t lose weight.

You can rid the body of harmful chemicals by detoxing a few times a year.

 

2. Your body has been commandeered by yeast—aka Candida.

The prevalence of sugars and simple carbs in our diets is an open door to Candida. A huge percentage of the population that is fighting the never ending weight loss battle is unknowingly fighting Candida, and losing.

 

Rid your body of yeast and take control of the your weight loss, once and for all. The process is relatively simple. It kicks off with a cleanse, followed by five weeks of clean, healthy eating. It’s not uncommon for patients to lose anywhere from 20 to 75 pounds in this short time frame. Learn more about cleaning at our free weight loss class.

 

3. You’re eating too much fruit.

It’s easy to think, fruit is a natural, healthy snack—but then accidentally overindulge on fruit. It’s funny to think someone could eat too many pieces of fruit, right? But consider how many calories are in a handful of grapes verses a handful of broccoli florets. At the end of the day calories still count for something, so remember to eat fruit responsibly!

 

4. You’re dehydrated.

We could write about water every week, and probably still not be able to stress how important water is in the weight loss process enough. You’ve seen the diagrams showing the percentage of the body that’s made up of water. Additionally, the digestion system needs water to function. You can keep toxins and fat at bay with water. Plus water helps curb hunger pangs. The only thing left to say is to “drink water” for weight loss, and watch the results happen.

 

5. You’re not sleeping enough.

Lack of sleep puts your body into a carb- and fat-craving survival mode. A study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who slept fewer than four hours ate 300 more calories and 21 more grams of fat the next day.  To fix this, try to seven and a half hours of sleep every night.

 

6. Your Thyroid is the culprit

Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck. It produces hormones that control the speed of your metabolism.  People with an underactive thyroid tend to have a very low metabolism, thus one of the most noticeable symptoms of hypothyroidism is weight gain and difficulty losing extra weight.

 

If you’re in the Phoenix area and having trouble losing weight, come into our office to try our Weight Loss Package. Click HERE to learn more about the package.

6 Ways to Consume More Water

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re one of the people out there who knows how extremely important water is—but unfortunately doesn’t seem to get enough of it. Short of sitting down and chugging several cups of water, what should a person do to intake enough water?

 

We have six great, easy-to-implement suggestions for how to drink more water:

 

1. Drink a full glass every time you brush your teeth.

 

2. Keep a water bottle in the car and in your purse. Make sure it’s a high quality polycarbonate bottle so no chemicals leach into your water from the bottle. Plastic bottles are especially dangerous.

 

3. Drink a cup of water before each meal. This not only serves to increase your  water intake, it also helps limit your food intake. Of course, it’s also best to just drink water with meals. Water is the ultimate beverage regardless of what’s for dinner.

 

4. Bring a water bottle with you during all workouts. Sip often. It’s best to avoid being thirsty. Thirst is a sign of being dehydrated.

 

5. Drink water after every time you visit the loo. It’s a simple principle of water in, water out.

 

6. Dress up your water. Use a straw, squeeze in a lemon wedge, and add your favorite kind of ice. If you love pebble ice, keep it stocked in your freezer. It’s a simple way to make your water seem more appealing.

 

It’s common for people to dislike water. If you’re one of those people, consider how important water is to a proper-functioning body.

Water:

– Aids in digestion.

– Speeds the metabolism.

– Cleanses the blood.

– Regulates hormones.

– Helps keep the kidneys clean and functioning effectively.

– Helps keep skin clear and youthful looking. Reduces the formation of wrinkles.

– Prevents constipation.

– Regulates body temperate.

– And more.

The body is about 90% water, so it’s no surprise that proper water intake can help in each of those ways.

 

Of course, the quality of water is also important. It’s best to drink purified or natural mineral water. The body needs the minerals, but none of the chlorines and chemicals used to clean and maintain most municipal water sources. If you don’t have access to natural mineral water, it’s best to invest in a high quality water filter.

 

Make sure to get enough water. You get about 20% of the water necessary through eating a healthy diet. After that, most people need eight to ten glasses of water a day.

 

The beautiful thing about drinking the appropriate amount of water, is that it will make you feel so much better that you’ll naturally start drinking enough water without thinking about it.

 

Water is magic that way.

 

 

 

 

7 Healthy Habits That Will Boost Your Energy

Life is just plain exhausting. Admit it, you’re tired. February has already come and  gone, and there’s still so much to do! Lucky for you, we are here to educate you on how to keep your energy up. If you follow these guidelines, you can put a spring in your step this year, and you may even lose weight!

First, let’s talk about consumption. Foods boost our energy by supplying calories. However, some foods provide better, longer-lasting energy than others. So, what are some everyday all-natural, energy-boosting foods? Leafy green vegetables pack an energy punch! Just ask Popeye. Spinach, kale, arugula, chard, virtually every variety, are chockfull of vitamins and minerals that provide a sustained energy boost. Outside of the leafy green family, there is a huge variety of fruits and vegetables that’ll keep you energized too. Snack on your favorites throughout the day. Grapes, peaches, and citrus fruits are particularly energizing. The same goes for broccoli, parsley, and of course, cabbage—a St. Patrick’s Day classic. Find us on pinterest for recipe ideas!

 

Here’s another idea: Consider trading in your morning coffee for a nutrient-packed green smoothie! Make sure to include a base of dark greens and then add some fruit. These creamy green blends are very effective at boosting energy and they taste like indulgent desserts!

 

In addition, lean meats prevent blood sugar spikes and give you more steady energy. They help you feel more alert, focused, and fuller longer. Plus they’re an excellent source of protein. Good choices include fish and other seafood, eggs, chicken, and turkey.

 

In addition to eating well, healthy habits can make a HUGE difference in regards to your day-to-day energy levels. The following 7 healthy habits that will help you get things right!

 

1. EAT BREAKFAST!

Breakfast is a gold mine if you want more energy. The best breakfasts deliver plenty of fiber and nutrients through whole fruits and vegetables, good fats, and some type of lean protein. And the food tastes great!

 

2. DON’T SKIP MEALS!

We eat for energy. So it goes without saying that missing any meal during the day leads to greater fatigue by the day’s end. Eat three meals a day to keep your blood sugar steady and your energy up long-term!

 

3. DRINK WATER!

Did you know thirst can cause fatigue? There’s a simple solution – drink plenty of water! An ice-cold glass of water can help you wake up and feel alive. Drink half your body weight in oz. of water every day!

 

4. GET ENOUGH SLEEP!

This may seem obvious, but we’re going to say it anyway: Make sure you get enough sleep! Have a regular sleep schedule and sleep at least 8 hours each night for full-energy. Why resist? Sleep is wonderful!

 

5. SOCIALIZE WITH HIGH-ENERGY FRIENDS!

If you surround yourself with positive people whenever possible, you’ll increase your energy long-term. Negative people can bring down your mood and cause a stress reaction in your body.  Negativity drains your body of energy and it inhibits weight loss. So, choose carefully—emotions are catching!

 

6. REDUCE STRESS!

Stress burns out the adrenals, and when those are gone, you are left physically and mentally exhausted – even if you’ve spent the whole day in bed. Combat stress by taking regular breaks and doing relaxation activities daily. Listen to music, read a book, meditate, etc. One short break will make a difference!

 

7. BREATHE!

Taking a few really deep, controlled breaths is one of the best energizers. Techniques can be as simple as inhaling for five seconds, holding your breath for four seconds and exhaling for four seconds. You’ll relax your body, reduce stress, and increase the level of oxygen in the blood. Stop and try this!

How Your Body Image Can Make or Break Your Weight Loss Goals

Oscar Wilde said, “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” If you are having difficulty with weight loss, did you ever think that it could stem from a difficulty with loving yourself? Half of the weight loss game is mental! If you are not happy now, no amount of self-improvement will change that. Self-hate cannot be cured by weight loss. More love and acceptance doesn’t come as the pounds go away. That’s not how it works.  Get yourself out of the “I’ll be happy when…” mindset!

Address yourself mentally. Tell yourself that you will love yourself, no matter what. Taking this first mental step will make the physical part of weight loss a whole lot easier! This year, don’t wait for someone else to show you love. Instead, show yourself how much you love yourself by getting healthy and finally ridding yourself of those pesky pounds!

The wrong mindset creates uncontrollable cycles and patterns. If you are thinking poorly about yourself, and telling yourself things like, “I’ll be happy when I finally lose weight,” you may find yourself trying crazy and harmful diets. Those diets more often than not prove to be too difficult and are easily given up, not to mention the binge eating that follows. This is known as the control and release cycle. It leaves you enraged at yourself with even more negative thoughts that creep in on you. Soon, you are back where you started, with those feelings of self-loathing, and then you recommit to weight loss again, and then you fall off the wagon again… and the cycle continues on and on!

To break these endless patterns, you must address the root problem – your head space! With love and acceptance comes peace and hope. Keep in mind that loving yourself as you are doesn’t mean you have to stay as you are. If you truly believe that losing a few extra pounds is the best thing for your health, then you won’t mentally fight against it.

To finally get your health under control and lose those extra pounds, start with loving YOU this month.  Someone else’s love can’t do for you what self-acceptance can. This year, don’t focus on the love from others, but work on your relationship with yourself, because you are PERFECTLY IMPERFECT, inside and out!

For additional help, try Self Mastery Technology (SMT)! It can help you overcome those negative thoughts about yourself and give you the love you need!