DO YOU NEED TO DE­TOX?

IF YOU ARE FEEL­ING DOWN AND YOUR WEIGHT LOSS HAS STALLED FOR A FEW WEEKS, IT MAY BE TIME TO SHAKE THINGS UP

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | YOU/ WELLBEING -

It seems “de­tox” has be­come a bit of a dirty word. Whereas a few years ago ev­ery­body was talk­ing about juice fasts, to­day the em­pha­sis is on “flex­i­ble” di­et­ing, or a pro­gram that doesn’t in­fringe on what peo­ple are used to.

Kale and berry weeks have given way to in­ter­mit­tent fast­ing and ad­just­ing your pro­tein, carb and fat pro­por­tions. Which is great! Right?

Well, yes and no. You see, de­tox and suf­fer­ing don’t have be syn­ony­mous. There is a way to get the ex­tra­or­di­nary ben­e­fits from clean eat­ing without feel­ing the deprivatio­n that makes it seem so un­ap­proach­able. The truth is, we all suffer from eat­ing pro­cessed foods, sugar-laden, masspro­duced prod­ucts that have lit­tle nu­tri­tional value. If we base our de­tox on that premise we are off to a good start.

When you feel like your diet is out of con­trol and you have no way to stop crav­ings, it’s the per­fect time to throw a span­ner in the works and dis­rupt the pat­tern your mind is play­ing. By do­ing this you not only give your brain some­thing new to think about, you po­ten­tially build bet­ter habits that will pro­duce con­sis­tent re­sults over time.

1. DITCH SUGAR

The main rea­son so many of us strug­gle to lose weight and stick to our di­ets is our con­sump­tion of sugar. Not only does it mess with our in­sulin lev­els, which help reg­u­late hunger, it also fills us with feel­good chem­i­cals that cre­ate a pos­i­tive feed­back loop and make it hard to stop. Ba­si­cally, our bod­ies feel like they’ve achieved some­thing when we drink that can of Coke. And that’s a prob­lem. One way to stop this harm­ful pat­tern is to go cold turkey on sugar and start eat­ing more healthy fats. Foods like olive oil, av­o­ca­dos and fatty fish oils fill us up and pro­vide more nu­tri­tional power to boot.

2. CHOOSE THE RIGHT CROWD

It’s true what they say: you re­ally are the sum to­tal of the five peo­ple you hang around with. This is es­pe­cially true where body weight is con­cerned. There have ac­tu­ally been stud­ies con­ducted that show that if a close rel­a­tive is over­weight, you are far more likely to be too. By choos­ing a group of empowered, mo­ti­vated in­di­vid­u­als to de­tox with, you are giv­ing your­self the best chance at longterm suc­cess.

3. AVOID PRO­CESSED FOOD

Ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers, re­fined flour and sugar-laden snacks can be bought eas­ily and cheaply, which makes it hard to break the habit once you are in it. The hard truth is these foods, while easy, cause havoc in the body. They pro­mote fat gain, cause en­ergy crashes and make it far less likely we will stick to any last­ing changes in our eat­ing reg­i­men. If you are re­ally se­ri­ous about tak­ing back con­trol of your health, drop any foods or drinks that con­tain these right now. Do it for at least 10 days.

4. SWAP COF­FEE FOR PRO­TEIN

Two of the most pop­u­lar drugs in our so­ci­ety are caf­feine and al­co­hol. While the for­mer def­i­nitely has its uses on oc­ca­sion, they are both big prob­lems where detox­ing is con­cerned. That’s be­cause they in­crease crav­ings for cer­tain foods, lower our abil­ity to think straight and make it far more likely we will skip work­outs (al­co­hol es­pe­cially). It can be re­ally hard to give up caf­feine and al­co­hol at the same time (trust me, I know) so the best ap­proach is to drop one at a time. When you’re com­fort­able, start ex­chang­ing that morn­ing cof­fee for a pro­tein shake or other sim­i­lar health food.

5. GO PLANT-BASED

Want to know how to lose fat re­ally quickly and feel awe­some? Com­mit to a plant-based diet for at least a week. No grains, no dairy, no re­fined sug­ars. Eat more green things: kale, broccoli, green beans.

EYE WELL­NESS

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