CONUNDRUM : we live in an era of abundance — yet we are chronically ill and overweight. Many of us try lose-weightquickly products, treadmills and boot camps that provide only temporary body-weight control.
There are road blocks on the way to weight loss. The fact that we are not acting as nature intended is the major issue, with over-nourishment and under-activity.
Biochemical reactions caused by low-grade constant stress, anxiety and emotional eating, wrong food choices, lack of nutrients (processed and nutrient-poor foods) and bacterial imbalance in the gut all increase our body-fat tissue. If extra weight creeps up around the middle, damage to health starts from within, as abdominal fat tissue secretes unwanted hormones and increases appetite.
Your body is composed of muscle tissue, bone, fat and liquids inside and outside your cells. As a nutritional therapist, I make use of “bioImpedance analysis” (BIA) to gauge the mass of body components, in order to precisely measure your personal calorie requirements — the amount that will enable you to sustain a healthy body and not overeat. The calories are translated into nutritious foods and dishes to support your weight loss and on this régime you never get hungry.
Weight loss often plateaus, due to a drop in metabolic rate and to detoxification issues. BIA allows a nutritional therapist to monitor the change, adapt the programme and avoid this drop in the rate of weight loss.
If you have significant excess body fat, bariatric surgery, with a nutritionist’s support, works as a jump-start.
After losing weight, keep up the recommended nutrition régime, as it is not a diet (restriction of foods) but a healthy, natural way of eating. This is important whether you have a gastric restriction, have had one removed or if you lost weight with a new way of eating and becoming more active.
To avoid hunger, eat small, frequent meals with a good helping of protein in each. Skipping meals will only slow down your metabolic rate, so eat at regular intervals. Do not rush meals; your brain needs time to signal that you are full. Stay active and vary your exercise routine. Good sleep helps weight loss; stress hinders it. Rest and stay calm. Drink green tea and add cinnamon, seaweed like nori or kelp, cold pressed olive oil and a small quantity of nuts, especially walnuts, to your diet to keep weight stable. Natalie R Gillan is a nutritional therapist, bariatric nutritionist, at Highgate Hospital and in Harley Street, London www.highgatehospital.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org