I receive a lot of emails and private messages from people wondering what is the best way to start losing weight without fully being on a plan or working directly with a Coach for whatever reason.
To me, Weight loss should always begin (and end) with portion control but if I were to recommend something very loosely to begin with that works for most people, I would look at consuming more quality foods and eliminating processed food items.
It’s fascinating (and frightening) to know that the energy sources available to us in the most abundance are foods that are high calorie/low nutrients. Even scarier, the vast majority of people don’t even fully understand that the food they’re consuming isn’t actually food at all but rather “food-like” products chemically engineered.
When I assess the body, I look at the stomach as the centre of our very being or the nucleus of our physical universe. Everything begins there and what we choose to eat (or not eat) on a regular basis is so revealing in our body composition, our energy levels, our overall health, the way we manage stress, our moods, our hair, our skin, our nails, and even our sleeping patterns.
REAL FOOD (in it’s purest form such as fruits, vegetables, animal protein, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and anything that doesn’t come in a package, a box, or has a cartoon character promoting it) is the driving force in our lives. It either advances our physiological functions OR it slowly erodes us. Real Food can have the power to heal us OR make us ill over time.
When it comes to simply improving our overall health, begin by consuming more quality foods that are rich in nutrients and eliminating processed foods that contain chemicals.
A simple shift of consuming more nutrient dense foods (that contain less calories) on a consistent basis will bring about huge changes, not only in the reduction of body fat, but also in energy levels and overall vitality. For individuals that carry more body fat in the form of visceral fat (really unhealthy fat), a profound change in lower body fat levels can happen in a matter of a few short weeks by simply reducing processed food intake and consuming higher quality foods.
As far as quick fixes go (that I personally approve of) for weight loss, I would look to consuming foods that improve our natural BIOLOGICAL functions and move away from food items that are CHEMICALLY engineered.