Weight loss is more than calories: getting back to the basics.
by Anna O’Keefe, RD, CDN
In terms of weight loss, gone are the days where we believe in the phrase “eat less calories” to see results. We now understand that having or gaining excess adipose tissue is multi-faceted, and cannot be blamed simply on lack of willpower. Our bodies are filled with complex, interconnected systems that can impact one another, creating an opportunity for that adipose tissue to stay put or grow. These systems are influenced by diet and non-diet factors such as genetics, stress levels, sleep hygiene, and physical activity levels. We cannot change our DNA, but we can make realistic and sustainable changes to ensure we are setting our body up for success to achieve the ideal weight for ourselves.
When the media throws out the next fad diet or new “quick fix” for weight loss, I encourage you to get back to the basics. Ask yourself: Are you…
- eating high quality food that makes you feel good?
- providing your body adequate hydration?
- getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night?
- managing your stress levels?
- prioritizing time to flourish your relationships?
- moving your body for 30 minutes a day?
Before investing time and money into the next big thing, let’s get back to the fundamentals of health. Small changes make the biggest impact. What have you got to lose?