Weight loss is not about deprivation or discipline; it’s about giving your body proper nutrients so that you are finally able to ditch bad-for-you cravings, make healthy food choices and release weight.
As an acupuncturist that specializes in women’s health and nutrition, I’ve coached hundreds of women from all over the world through my online weight loss programs since 2010.
And, speaking from experience, I have easily released 40 lbs that I gained with my second pregnancy using the same techniques I teach.
I’ve watched women get life-changing results from making a few important but crucial tweaks in their diet, and you can, too.
Here are the five most common weight loss mistakes I’ve seen women make:
- Counting calories — All calories are not created equal. Different foods elicit different insulin responses, i.e. fat storage response in the body. Think about how 300 calories of cake would make you feel versus 300 calories of veggies. Rather than counting calories, it’s far more important to eat a combination of a good carbohydrate, protein and healthy fat every 2-3 hours, stopping at 7pm.
- Exercising more — 85% of weight loss comes from what you eat, not how much you exercise. Too much exercise can trigger a stress response, causing your body to hold onto weight for survival. From a Chinese medicine point of view, over-exercise can also deplete your Qi (energy), Blood, Yin, and Yang, which isn’t healthy. Moderate exercise like walking, yoga, Tai Chi, or Qi Gong for 30-60 minutes per day is all you need to stay healthy and fit.
- Cutting out fat — Healthy fat does not make you fat. Good fat–like avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, nuts, and seeds–helps you lose weight by sending the signal to your brain that you’re full and it’s time to stop eating. If you eat a snack or meal that is missing a healthy fat, you will feel hungry because your body knows it’s missing a major macronutrient.
- Skipping meals — Hungry isn’t healthy. Skipping meals means you’re letting your blood sugar drop too low, which can put your brain into a state of emergency, causing you to intensely crave food that’s high in sugar. This is because your brain and body need glucose in order to function. Keeping your blood sugar balanced by eating regular, healthy, low glycemic meals will put an end to those pesky sugar cravings for good.
- Not drinking enough water — The hunger signal is the same as the thirst signal in your brain. Which means you might think you’re hungry when you’re actually dehydrated. When you feel hungry and you’ve already had your snack or meal, try having a glass of water instead of reaching for more food.
If you liked these tips, be sure to register for my brand new 28-day online weight loss and nutrition program, Wonder Woman.
Registration is now open and closes Friday, May 20th at 9pm MT. The full program starts on May 23rd!
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