I am always being asked to publish more on weight loss. In my practice I work with people who need help with a huge range of health issues from eating disorders to auto-immune disease, cancer to osteoporosis. However, the most frequent health concern I am faced with is weight loss.
I never recommend a short-term quick weight loss plan. I know from much personal and professional experience that this is a futile process as the weight always comes back on and usually in abundance.
As mentioned before, I am a great supporter of the GI philosophy as it the sugars in foods that cause most excess weight problems. The concept of eating foods determined by their glycemic index is somewhat outdated as a newer means of measurement called glycemic Load (GL) offers a more accurate indication of how a food affects one’s blood sugar levels. What the GL reading tells us is not only how quickly the carbohydrate in a food causes blood sugar to rise, but also how much is in a serving of the food. This is why certain foods like watermelon, which has a high GI reading due to its sugar content, has a low GL reading because in one slice of watermelon you are getting predominantly water.
However, this all gets very complicated. I do not encourage anyone to become fixated on GI or GL levels because eating then become a doctrine instead of something to be relished and enjoyed. Choosing what to eat should be based upon desire – the desire to be healthy and fuel your body with nourishing, vibrant foods and the desire created by your own body asking for what it requires to function at its best.
So listen to your body and learn to interpret what it is you really need – be it complex carbohydrates for energy; good quality, lean protein for repair and re-building or healthy fats to feed your brain, skin, eyes and cell walls.
You can’t really go wrong if you opt for unprocessed, fresh wholesome foods with a few treats thrown in now and again. The 80 / 20 rule is a pretty good one – if you eat healthy nourishing foods 80% of the time then you can allow yourself a few foodie liberties 20% of the time. However, you may well find that the more you eat healthy food the less you will desire and enjoy highly processed, high sugar or salty foods.
Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full, concentrate on what you’re eating rather than watching TV or reading the paper and keep well hydrated. Throw in some regular exercise and you WILL lose weight…..of course there is a bit more to it, so why not book a phone, Skype or clinic session with me so I can put together a personalized weight loss programme specifically for you.