Guest Blog post from Laura H. (Holistic Nutritionist) about WEIGHT LOSS

Thank you to my lovely nutritionist for posting this article for my clients and readers.  She discusses how she works with her clients to help them to start losing pounds in a healthy sustainable manner!

I love working as a nutritionist because I experienced firsthand how medicinal food can be. I am

very fortunate that I have found the path of health and can say that my days of hospitals, doctors
and medications are behind me. My passion is helping others find their health and learning how
to feel amazing again using food that is suited for their body.
Weight loss is a billion dollar industry and there are so many products, drinks, yogurts and
programs that promise you will lose weight. These products never deliver on their promises
and that person ends up gaining more weight in the end. For a lot of people, weight loss is an
ongoing battle, and one that they never seem to be able to win. Most also think that it is as
simple as “calories in, calories out”, which in theory should work but often times doesn’t.
While working to lose weight, most people restrict calories, avoid fat and eat low calorie
processed foods. This is a recipe for disaster for a few reasons:
1) Calorie restriction puts your body in starvation mode. Every time you eat something, your
body will store it as fat because it doesn’t know when it will get fed again.
2) Restricting or avoiding fat will always leave you hungrier for more after meals. Fat adds
flavour to foods, makes us feel satisfied after eating, helps our bodies absorb vitamins A,
E, D and K, and it helps make hormones!
3) Not all calories are created equal. The type of nutrition you can get from a 200 calorie
smoothie made with avocado is vastly different than a 200 calorie energy bar made with
corn syrup and soy protein.
When I have a client who wants to lose weight, the first thing we look at is what they’re eating.
Are their foods from a box or from the produce drawer in the fridge? Do they eat fat or avoid fat?
We work together to incorporate foods for their constitution and work towards following a whole
foods diet and throwing out the boxed/frozen meals.
Tips on working towards healthy and sustainable weight loss:
1) Eat low GL (glycemic load) foods. Foods that increase blood sugar are more likely to be
stored as fat if the energy isn’t used immediately.
2) Increase your greens! Foods like broccoli, spinach, kale, asparagus and brussel sprouts
are all high in vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants. Antioxidants are free-radical
scavengers, which means they look for the bad guys in your blood and kick them out. This
means that your cells can thrive in a healthier environment.
3) Drink lemon water! Lemon is amazing for revving up your digestion and supporting liver
and kidney health. Since your liver has to filter everything you put in your mouth, having a
healthy liver is crucial for weight loss.
4) Apple Cider Vinegar. It takes a while to get used to, but Raw, Unfiltered Apple Cider
Vinegar before meals is very beneficial for digestion. Most people have too little stomach
acid causing bloating, indigestion, gas and constipation. Poor digestion means your body
is going to hoard anything that it does absorb which means weight loss is going to be
more difficult.
5) Get moving! Exercise is shown to increase serotonin, keep bones and joints healthy and
helps to maintain a healthy muscle mass. Muscle takes more energy for your body to
keep so keep building muscle and enjoy eating!

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