A woman called us the other day for information on our weight loss program and asked, "What's the trick?" meaning the trick to losing weight. The fact is there is no trick, but a science to true weight loss. We can maybe do one or two things to upgrade our lifestyle, such as starting a daily walk, or giving up bread, and we may see some limited results. However, to get the results we really want, we need to direct our efforts in a way that works with the science of weight loss, and along with what our bodies will most effectively respond to.
So just as in building a house, you would not start with the roof, or use a 800 square foot foundation for a 2500 square foot structure, realizing our weight loss goals is no accident, and will happen when we take the right steps in the right order, and the right amount. So to start any weight loss, first the right nutritional base or foundation, must be in place.
The best foundation is the right balance of carbs., proteins and fats. There should be a balance between all of these main food groups, because we need to include them all. It is not that carbs are bad; fruits, vegetables and whole grains are carbs, we want those in our diet. It is the high sugar, and highly refined grains which are the carbs that work against us. We need a certain amount of protein to help trigger a weight loss response (we aim for about half your body weight in grams of protein per day), but high fat proteins like bacon we would not want to include. So the right balance of basic foods is the first thing to put in place.
Next the timing of when we eat, is our next priority for maximum weight loss. The key here is to match our eating, or fuel intake, with the pace of our body's demand for fuel. We often see people doing what is convenient throughout their crazy day (no, it's not just you), and that usually means grabbing something through the day (through the car window dining perhaps?), and then having the biggest meal at the end of the day. This is exactly opposite to the way your body uses energy from food and nutrients. It may work with our schedule, but it results in the body storing up fat instead of burning fat.
The third priority in achieving long term weight loss is supplementing our food. Because of how food is grown, manufactured, shipped and stored, the quality of food is diminished. No longer do foods contain the amount of nutrients that our bodies require. Some categories of nutrients that can most often found to be lacking in a "modern" diet are things like fiber and amino acids (such as in Lipodrops), or the "live" component of things like probiotics or enzymes. How our bodies function overall can be affected greatly if one or more of these micronutrients are missing from our diets.
The fourth component we may want to include in our weight loss plan is exercise and activity. People are often surprised that we put this last, but exercise has been shown to represent only about 10-15% of your overall weight loss. If we are exercising without the nutritional and timing components in place, we will certainly see only limited weight loss results, but when all of these essential weight loss ingredients are taken in the right sequence and amount, our weight loss results will be both significant and long-term.