Trying to get rid of the extra pounds that just won’t seem to go away? Finding yourself feeling ragged, sluggish or simply not at your best? Before following another fad diet or workout routine, know that your body weight is not only shaped by diet and exercise.
According to the Cohen’s Lifestyle Center, gaining or losing weight is affected by multiple factors, including nutrition, genetics, psychology, behavior, and environment. While food choices and physical activity significantly affect your weight gain, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is most likely successful by following a healthy lifestyle throughout your lifetime.
This was what housewife Edgina Ty discovered when she began gaining weight because of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis, and the side-effects of the medication for these illnesses.
With a successful experience in weight loss, Ty generously shares some of the lifestyle choices for everyone to follow.
Be a mindful eater. Manage your food appetite and cut down excessive food cravings. Eat at least three times a day at the same schedule to keep your metabolism balanced. Avoid skipping meals because you may end up starving and overeating later. Also, take into consideration the amount and the nutrient content of the foods that you are eating. A well-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins can give you energy, keep your blood sugar stable and keep you feeling full longer. “Treat food as a medicine that will help your body heal, make the commitment to a better eating lifestyle,” says Ty.
Drink plenty of water. Always drink lots of water to rehydrate, regulate your body’s temperature and cleanse your body of toxic wastes. Water also keeps your metabolism burning and acts as an appetite suppressant, which can reduce your food intake. Drinking plenty of water also leads to frequent urination, which helps you lose extra pounds of water weight.
Get enough sleep. When you’re short on sleep, you may feel too tired to prepare healthy meals, exercise and perform other physical activities that can make you sweat and burn fats. Your body also makes less insulin, a hormone that converts sugar and other food into energy, and produces more grelin, a hormone, which signals your brain to eat more food. The hormone cortisol also spikes up, causing you to feel more stressed and craving for comfort foods.
Get yourself moving. Regular exercise and active lifestyle are effective ways to keep your body fit and strong. Physical activity helps you feel energized throughout the day, prevents and reduces high blood pressure and improves your libido. It also helps lower your stress hormone level, which in turn relieves tension and reduces anxiety. However, do not break your body with intensive workouts, especially if your metabolism is not working well. Brisk walking done five times a week can be sufficient.
Follow a safe and successful weight-loss program. If you need a professional intervention for your weight problems, go for a program that is medically proven to be safe and effective. One such intervention is the Cohen’s Lifestyle Program, a rapid weight loss and wellness program based on the international medical research by Dr. Rami Cohen. A highly personalized program, it recommends eating plans to clients based on the unique bio-chemical profile of their blood.
As the program that Ty follows, Cohen has taught her discipline in eating, drinking, sleeping better and becoming more active. After five months in the program and a healthy lifestyle, she is currently 122.9 pounds (55.9 kilos) down from her starting point of 155.5 pounds (70.7 kilos).
“What I appreciate about Cohen’s Lifestyle Program is that it teaches you the simplicity of food preparation and the discipline of eating properly at the right time. And you see the results right away. It’s like seeing the evidence of the phrase, ‘You are what you eat.’ Working out is also more effective now because it balances my diet,” she concludes.