So what have I learned about weight loss in the last 13 years?
For me, it's very important to listen to the body. To see how certain foods affect your mood, digestion, other ailments. If that is too much for you, it's ok. I know which foods make me tired, which give me headaches and which send me running for the bathroom.
I have also been influenced by Chinese Medicine's outlook on food, how it's prepared and in which season I should be eating certain foods. I try and implement that into my client's nutrition but am not a nutritionist so if this is something that interests you, I have a great nutritionist who has helped me a lot over the last 4 months. In general, cold/raw food should be saved for the Summer and soups/stews/cooked foods should be eaten in the Winter.
The main tip I have to give is something you have all heard before - everything is ok in moderation. I do not condone white sugar/flour or soda/diet soda so that is something that will get my clients disapproving looks. I try to enforce not eating until you can't move and even if that means leaving some food leftover on your plates and not eating with 3 hours of going to sleep. It's also extremely important to give your body enough rest, everyone is different so 7-8 hours of sleep a night should be what
Combining an exercise regime with a well balanced diet of protein, carbs, lots of vegetables, fruit and water will give you the results you are looking for. However, it's extremely important to stay on track to see results sooner rather than later.
Small changes to your eating habits should show results very quickly but don't get discouraged if they peter out. I encourage all of my clients to keep a food diary to keep track of what they are putting in their bodies and that way we can see where they might have gone wrong. For the most part it will help keep you on the right track.
If you want to stay healthy throughout the weight loss and exercise, my best advice is to go see a nutritionist and hear from them what it is exactly that your body needs.
I am grateful every day that I started seeing a nutritionist and have no idea why it took me this long to do it.
Good luck and stay warm and dry in this Winter weather!