“Change your life, they say, and your body will follow.” Karen Casey
Super long hours ‘sweating it out’ and eating healthy greens are the general thoughts that come to mind to drop those cuddly extra kilos. Of course this is one part of weight loss (so do not throw out your kale just yet!), but like most things weight loss is complex and is affected by numerous things. This article will highlight the smart way to weight loss.
There are areas of our lives that must get some love and care in order to embark on a weight loss journey in a smart, healthy and positive way. Let’s have a look at a few:-
Food is our source of energy which is usually measured in kilojoules (KJ). Weight loss occurs when we our ‘energy in’ (the amount and type of food we eat) is in an energy deficit to our ‘energy out’ (expended through exercise and a physically active lifestyle). Takeaway meals and processed food are higher in kJs which require a whole lot more energy output to just break even, let alone create a deficit. Not only are healthy, fresh whole foods such as veggies and salads lower in kJs – they also provide great nutritional benefits! (Stuck with sugar cravings? Check out this blog to help curb them for good!)
Most people need between 7 to 9 hours of quality z’s per night. A sleep pattern lacking in sufficient sleep hampers your metabolism and rev’s up your brain’s reward centre to look for comforting food, especially late at night. A tired brain is more likely to make poor decisions such as skipping your high-intensity barre class and opting to rely on a latte or three to energise your day. In comparison, a rested mind is able to challenge these impulsive behaviours due to a greater clarity and functioning of your frontal lobe (responsible for decision making).
Our minds play an integral part in weight loss and when our mental health is sub-optimal we are more likely to increase our intake of food. A depressed or anxious mind is less likely motivated to be active making the burning of excess energy challenging. Large amounts of stress increases the amount of cortisol (the ‘stress’ hormone) pumping through the body. This can disrupt the functioning of the body’s blood glucose control resulting in excess glucose being stored as fat resulting in weight gain. In contrast a happy mind has the ability to set goals, look for a positive outcome, stay motivated and have the ability to love and appreciate themselves whilst staying connected.
Identifying areas in your life which are out of balance and making conscious changes can have a ripple effect. For example if you a logging some serious Netflix time and not basking in enough Vitamin D may prove the perfect opportunity to inject an outdoors hike into your week. Or swapping eating out for healthy dinner parties with friends. Exercising and being social with others will keep you accountable in achieving your weight loss goals, improve sleep and your mind. All of which are interconnected. Check out this blog to help with improving your overall motivation!
So let’s go about weight loss the smart way and take a holistic approach. Making a few small changes in these areas may mean massive gains in feeling less cuddly and a more vibrant you!
Looking to kick-start your weight loss journey? Call or email us to find the right class and location for you. Joining the Rebalance Family means more than just a workout. We care about your wellbeing and have a supportive environment. We prioritise your wellbeing and provide a sanctuary for you to come and relax. Workout. But workout with purpose with us!
Written by Sharnah Ristovski – Instructor, Rebalance Pilates and Yoga Strathpine