How do I lose weight? The eternal question!
You can go many ways with this, but here is what I have found worked consistently in-clinic for most people over the past decade or so.
Step 1: Do the Gut Plan.
This is, in effect, a gut and liver MOT which also removes the common allergens. Ignore the fact it is written for IBS, I have yet to find anyone having trouble dropping pounds who doesn't benefit from this foundational step and I haven't had time yet to re-write it for weight loss, but it will be the same process; just couched a bit differently.
This will remove the allergens (and consequently the fluid that builds up because of them), reduce any bloating, increase digestive ability and absorption, clear your bowel out, re-populate the gut flora, give your liver a boost and tone your kidneys: all really crucial for sticky pounds.
Don't be tempted to miss this step out; I promise you it makes a massive difference, not least in changing your dietary habits too. It might actually be all you need; it is for many. If not, move to step 2..
Step 2: Do the Belly Fat Plan.
This takes you a step further now and gives you an insulin-balancing low GL, gluten and dairy free diet that is highish protein and lowish carb. It works. IF you do it and don't sneak the carbs back in as well as the protein!
This is the diet I found that works for most people simply because most pounds are put on when the insulin control goes up the swanny. It's basically a Paleo type diet skewed to balance insulin, the fat hormone that is responsible for weight piling on around belly and hips especially.
You can do this for as long as you like.
Tip: Other things to think about include what your hormones are up to. Check this review of hormone testing; I would recommend adrenal and steroid hormones eg. Rhythm Plus or Male Hormone Panel for women and men respectively. Also, read about thyroid problems here. Don't go by standard TSH tests as they can be really misleading for suboptimal thryoid functioning. Start with the Basal Temperature Test.
Step 3: Do the 10 Minute Exercises.
This helps you introduce consistent exercise every day and you only need 10 minutes. Even you can fit 10 minutes in, I promise.
Do a 10 minute walk one day, a weights exercise the next, the following day boogie to your favourite music or enjoy a little stretchy yoga. Your choice. Just do it. It makes a huge difference.
Do not get into the mindset that more is more; it isn't. You need to build muscle and get some cardio but getting breathless and sweaty will hinder your progress. I know: controversial, but true!
And don't forget the effect stress has on adrenals and therefore insulin production and fat gain. Build in the meditation exercises in the book and use the resources below..
Step 4: Add some Support & Willpower
Buddy up with a friend if you like and do this together if that works for you. Or join a local group - a walking group, say, not a weight watchers group, which will not fit your diet at all!
Download some hypnotherapy support. I know it sounds odd, but I promise you this really makes a difference. In-clinic, we had Philip doing it as part of the weight loss programme and we really noticed a difference in people's ability to stick to the programme and feel enjoyment in their diet and lifestyle changes instead of deprivation; got to be a winner!
My fave hypnosis resource to replace Philip currently is this one. Bit American but I have had it recommended to me several times, done it myself and found it really helps those I have suggested use it. It's focus is on helping you automatically make the changes you need to do what you are wanting to achieve. It takes about 10-15 minutes a day to start with and then you use the sections you need most as often as you want. Have a go: don't make it harder for yourself than it needs to be..
Update: (Aug 14) They have also just brought out a programme which incorporates EFT (tapping) and other neuroscience methods. I know it sounds weird, but Philip used to use tapping in his sessions and it really helped to change mindsets and supported the hypnotherapy techniques. He used it on me once for something and it worked like a dream! Have a look at that one here. There's no reason why you can't do one, then the other and then alternate them over a few months: I think that would be pretty powerful. It's cheaper too if you buy them together I think.
And that's all there is to it! It will work, for the vast majority of you, I promise.
Aim to lose no more than about 1lb a week and if it's slower than that, who cares as long as things are moving downwards generally? Ready to lose that weight? Off you go, then... and good luck!
As I find or think of useful stuff, I will put it here for you.
First of all, here is a link to the many weight loss posts I have written on the Purehealth blog. They contain tons of tips, research and useful bits & bobs for you.
The diets above are wheat and dairy free (Step 1) or gluten and dairy free (Step 2). There are lots of recipes here on the blog and also do check my Pinterest boards here where there are loads of inspiring and tasty recipes for you to follow.
I have this Tanita machine which I used in-clinic. It's really good.
If you fancy something more energetic to follow at home, I still don't think you can better this old favourite from Elle Macpherson, her of 'The Body'. I did this for years and you can see how she got that body!
Prefer a different hypnotherapy programme, want to use a couple (people often do this quite successfully), maybe a British one? I always think you can't go wrong with Paul McKenna stuff. Here is his latest one (2014) on Emotional Eating.
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