The weight loss industry has been feeding us BIG FAT lies for decades – and their miracle pills and fad, calorie controlled meal plans have long been the ‘go-to’ for people who want to lose stubborn fat.
But while these types of programs may help you lose weight in the short term, you will just about ALWAYS find yourself on the weight-loss/weight-gain merry-go-round.
Because the key to reaching and maintaining your ideal body weight comes down to getting to the heart of what causes weight gain in the first place and making sensible dietary and lifestyle changes that LAST.
Here are my top 6 tips for losing even stubborn fat, reclaiming your energy, and getting down to your ideal weight, the healthy way, FOR GOOD:
1. Clean Up Your Diet
This is not rocket science. Eat plant-based whole-foods: fruits, vegetables, organic ancient grains, legumes, nuts and seeds – foods abundant in macro- and micronutrients, which nourish your cells, and energise and satisfy you, without adding to your acidity and toxicity levels.
It is actually not a diet – it’s more a way of life. It also includes the spiritual practice of honouring our body and respecting our animals, letting us be friends with them again. It teaches us to see the bigger picture.
Stop eating food-less foods and life-less drinks. Processed, chemically-laced packaged foods, refined sugars and grains, animal products, artificial sweeteners and free oils are the primary causes of internal chaos, which cause your body to store fat and send a signal to the brain that causes an ongoing ‘addiction’ to these foods.
Also, stay away from free oils, even olive oil and coconut oil. (You can still use them on your body and hair though.) All free oils are a refined product, just like white sugar is, and clog your cells, slow down circulation and digestion, and become rancid, increasing oxidative stress.
However, not all fats are created equal. While the above create chaos in your body, fats within the whole-foods they were naturally created in, especially avocados, coconuts, nuts and seeds, deliver vital nourishment to our cells, protect our nerves and help our body to perform at its best (and lose weight).
Eating plant-based wholefoods, your cells will be nourished, and your brain will say “life is good, I don’t need food” – cravings will be gone. You will find that by eating this way for around 3 weeks, you will also completely rewire your tastebuds and will be much less inclined to make the poor dietary choices that have contributed to your excess weight in the first place.
Start looking at food as nourishment for your body, and not just something to fill you up.
And don’t fall for the myth that you need many meals a day. Intermittent fasting, whereby you fast for say 16 hour blocks on any given day, and then feast in the other 8, is proven to help with weight loss.
All this, of course, doesn’t mean that you’ll never eat chocolate or a cake again, or never have a margarita! Of course, you can have a nice slice of chocolate cake from time to time or indulge yourself with a delicious cocktail, if you like. Just remember that moderation is key.
2. Quit Calorie Counting
A diet coke contains less calories than a fresh, raw, green juice, but guess which one creates chaos in your body and which ones nourishes, cleanses and enlivens you? It’s not about the “quantity” of calories you’re eating, it’s about the “quality”. If you want healthy, sustainable weight loss, where you’ll also avoid various other health ailments, discomforts and diseases, forget calorie counting and start focusing on the quality of calories that you eat.
3. Snack on Fruits and Nuts
Besides fruits, the number 1 snack food on the planet would have to be raw nuts like raw macadamias or almonds. Raw nuts are probably the all-time, number 1 weight loss secret because they perfectly balance blood sugar, provide good fats, fibre and protein; suppress appetite and knock out unhealthy cravings. If you take a pack around with you wherever you go and just eat a handful when you’re hungry, you’ll quickly supply your body and brain with vital nutrients. You will feel fantastic and won’t have to eat some fast food on the go.
4. Cleanse Your Intestines, then Water Fast for a Few Days to Kickstart Your New Life
Start with a 3-6 day Intestinal Cleanse to eliminate backed up sludge, your so-called ‘mucoid plaque’, full of bacteria and other parasites, packed in biofilm, from your intestinal wall.
Then give your body a break from food to kick start your weight loss program. Water fasting not only gives your body a chance to release stored waste without taking any more in, it also allows your body’s most vital function – digestion – to rest and heal. AND it regenerates your tissues! A water fast is truly the greatest cure on Earth – for nearly everything!
Much more on this in my books.
5. Move Your Body
Movement is critical to enhancing waste removal through the lymphatic system and boosting your metabolic rate, which allows you to basically burn fat for hours after you’ve exercised. If you’re starting from ground zero, then walking is number 1. It is a crucial, health prolonging exercise that you should incorporate for at least 30-45 minutes a day as a priority, or around 10,000 steps.
You may also want to add resistance training. Muscle is the engine in which fat is burned. This doesn’t mean that you have to look like Arnie to lose weight, just put your muscles under some moderate pressure on a regular basis. Resistance bands, Pilates, yoga, swimming, dancing and circuit training for 45 -60 mins around 5 times a week perfectly stimulate your muscles and create a fat-burning body. These exercises also incorporate a moderate amount of cardio, whereby you’ll elevate your heart rate to an ideal fat burning level and work up a sweat, so at the same time, you will also be eliminating toxins.
6. Drink Sufficient Purified, Mineralised Water
Water is the very source of life and the natural element that allows your body to flush out metabolic waste. Think of your body as flowing stream. If the stream dries up, sludge will stick to the banks that run alongside the stream, causing waste to proliferate. Keep the stream flowing with clean, fresh water and the waste will move freely down the stream.
As a minimum, drink 2-3 litres of water each day (the weight of the brain), or if you’re particularly active and perspire regularly, go with the ancient wisdom of 1 litre per 22 kgs of body weight. In The Art of Healing, you will find the directions on how to make your water perfect – purifying, mineralising and energising it.
Losing weight the healthy way may seem overwhelming at first, but it all soon becomes routine, and the rewards are worth it.
Take baby steps, put one foot in front of the other, stick to your goal and pretty soon you’ll have the momentum to look and feel your best!
I sometimes also add a few minerals, herbal preparations and all-natural antimicrobials when treating patients for obesity. Should you need further information, guidance and support on your weight loss journey, I’m here to help.
Much Light, Love & Healing,