Struggling to lose weight or maintain your weight?
Exercise not making a difference?
Tried every diet under the sun?
Lots of effort for very little losses?
A healthy weight is so much more than a number on the scales, being a ‘size’ or counting kilojoules.
For some people, it can also be a bit more complex than eating less and exercising more. If you have been struggling with your weight or always feel like you are ‘on a diet’, seeing Sydney Naturopath, Rebecca Warren can help you identify the areas out of balance in your body and provide you with the solutions to get things working well again.
In her experience, Rebecca has identified 5 key pieces of the weight loss puzzle that need to be working well for effective and sustainable weight loss.
5 Pieces to Long Term Weight Loss
Show us your muscles!
We’re all different and our optimal weight is a balance between body fat and muscle levels. These targets are influenced by our height as well as our frame size. Ensuring that you have enough muscle (don’t worry, we’re not talking about the Arnold Schwarzenegger type!) is critical to helping you keep your weight stable.
Our muscle cells have many important functions including supporting metabolism and fat burning, providing structural support and allowing us age gracefully. But before you rush off and start pumping weights, hold your horses! Resistance training is important for building muscle, but balancing your body and your nutrition is also a key determinant. Your body requires specific nutrients to help muscle cells function optimally and if these are missing, it won’t matter how many weights you lift, your muscle cells won’t do what they are supposed to leaving you tired, frustrated and unable to shift the weight.
You’ve probably heard that muscle weighs more than fat, which is true, however you need to be sure that the muscle you are building is of good quality. Rebecca assesses this through VLA testing – a simple, painless and effective test that can be done as part of your consultation. This test is often repeated so that she can track your progress and make sure all is on track.
Practical, sustainable recommendations
Some studies have shown that upwards of 95% of ‘diets’ fail and most people regain the weight they had lost within a 5-year period. Why? A couple of reasons actually…
- They fail to address the behaviours and patterns that caused the weight gain in the first place. Health and wellness is a way of living; it’s not something you do for a few weeks or months and then ‘stop’.
- Most radical diets are simply, not sustainable. Sure, you will lose weight if you have soup for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but is this really a sustainable (or enjoyable!) behaviour?
Rebecca works with you to create a plan that involves real life recommendations to get you losing weight at a steady, consistent pace. She will make nutritional recommendations using real foods and teach you the principles of healthy eating so you can continue to have a long healthy love affair with food and have a happy, healthy body!
Eat for Nourishment
Food choices matter – whole, natural and chemical-free foods are the foundation for good health. We are living in a world where food is in abundance, however there are more people malnourished than ever before. In Sydney alone, it is estimated that:
- Approximately 30% of the population is zinc deficient
- Around 30% of women aged 20 – 34 are selenium deficient
- 70% of women aged between 25 – 55 don’t get enough iron
- Around 1/3 of the entire population don’t get enough magnesium
And that’s before you even start talking about absorption!
Rebecca draws on her experience as a naturopath to teach you how to eat and nourish your body! With so much conflicting information on what to eat, what to avoid and how much to consume, it’s easy to get confused! Rebecca will work with you to develop a realistic, fun, healthy and yummy eating plan that will teach you how to eat for life!
Wholistic health assessment – what else could be going on?
Sometimes, there is more to weight loss than eating less and exercising more. If you’ve been eating well and undertaking regular physical activity, but still can’t seem to shift those extra few kilos, this is a sign that there may be something deeper going on in your body.
The Practical Naturopathy assessment with Rebecca takes into account all the interlinking relationships and reactions within your body to see what is out of balance and stopping you losing weight. Rebecca will identify if you are suffering from any one of the following:
- Hormonal imbalances
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Adrenal fatigue
- High cortisol as a result of prolonged stress
- Genetic defects that alter the way you burn fat
- Persistent, low grade inflammation
- Insulin resistance
- Hyperglycaemia or imbalances in blood sugar levels
- Metabolic Syndrome
Rebecca will use a combination of naturopathic and standard testing to gain clarity around what may be influencing your slow or stagnant weight loss so that she can create a program that targets these drivers.
Are your head, heart and body on the same page?
Sometimes the emotional ‘baggage’ or attachments we carry around manifests into physical weight that holds us back from the life we really want. Failure to address these emotional drivers prevents us from losing weight, not matter how hard we try. You may be aware of them (think back to the time when you started gaining weight) or they may have been slowly building and compounding over time.
This emotional weight, which can become physical weight, can be used by us as a form of protection – a physical barrier between us and the rest of the world. It can serve as a way to keep us ‘safe’ and prevent people getting too close; it stops us getting hurt. Perhaps that little voice inside your head is chattering away, maybe even making you a little scared of the weight loss journey – “What happens if I can’t lose the weight? What if I fail? Is it even possible for me to lose this weight?”
Optimal weight loss happens when your heart, head and body are all on the same page. Rebecca will work with you, gently coaching you through these emotional roadblocks so you can experience the lighter-life that you are really after. Not ready to go there yet? That’s totally fine! You call the shots on this one – we only go as deep as you are comfortable talking about.