“Exercise more”, “eat healthier”, and “lose weight” have been consistently ranked as the top-3 New Year’s resolutions in the US and worldwide. So, if you have been looking to take the first step on a fat-burning and weight loss journey, you are certainly not the only one!

While it is vital to accept the normal flaws of our body, it is also important to take care of our body and work towards a silhouette that makes us happy and confident. Learn how to lose weight and keep it off in this guide. And, no, a fad diet or diet pill isn’t the answer, not long-term and not happy anyway!

Take a Holistic Approach to Weight Loss

Permanent weight loss isn’t something you can achieve by just restricting food calories and overlooking other aspects of our lives. Rather, you should be striving to find the perfect combination of three elements:

When working on multiple factors of your life, you will be supplying your body with premium fuel, which allows you to exercise more and have more energy during the day, which will improve your mindset. See how it is all connected?

Consider a Detoxing Period

The human body is designed to eliminate waste - efficiently and regularly. It does so through the kidneys, colon, liver, lymph nodes, skin, and lungs. And, it does so on its own - if you allow it!

To give your body a hand getting rid of toxins, stay away from dead and processed foods, get enough sleep, and avoid products such as alcohol, caffeine, and sugar. A detoxing period can help you improve digestive, circulatory, skin health, and so much more!

Rethink Your Nutrition

We all tend to use “nutrition” and “diet” as synonyms, and we often follow trends or fad diets to lose weight fast. But the reality is that your approach to nutrition is what will truly improve your health and help you achieve your weight loss goals.

A switch towards foods that are intrinsically healthy, whole, unrefined, local, and seasonal will naturally help you rebalance your nutrition. After all, the key to weight loss is consistency, and you will need to find a nutritional plan that you can truly stick to in the long term!

Drink Your Water

Say no to sodas, other sugary or “sugar-free” packaged beverages, and coffee - drink water! Drinking water throughout the day and before eating can promote digestive health and bowel function, as well as detoxification, skin health, and high energy levels. This might seem a simple rule to follow, but don’t forget that over 75% of Americans don’t drink enough water!

Know Your Supplements and Vitamins

Not all supplements and vitamins are created equal. As you may or may not be aware, they are not regulated.  So, educate yourself when buying supplements.  When choosing your supplements, opt for the ones that are third-party tested, preferably NFS Certifed and practitioner, high-quality grade.  We personally recommend getting as much of your nutrition from whole food sources as possible.   Studies have found that in many cases supplements do not provide the same benefits to the body as vitamins and minerals in the whole food form for several reasons.  However, some nutritional supplements are important for health, especially if dealing with certain medical conditions.  For example, if your most recent blood work showed you are low in vitamin D, you may want to get outdoors more often and possibly incorporate a practitioner-grade vitamin D supplement.

Move Your Body

Exercise should be a natural part of your daily life. Whether it is a brisk evening walk, yoga, taking the stairs, swapping your car for a bike, or swimming, regular exercise is essential to reduce stress, protect your cardiovascular system, improve mood, boost confidence, and so much more.

And, of course, exercise can help you burn calories and fat, thus resetting your metabolism and aiding your weight loss journey along.

Use a More Mindful Approach to Eating

Eating is a simple action we all become familiar with during the first months of our lives. However, it is easy for detrimental habits to take over.

But now that you are on a weight loss journey, it is important to bring attention back to the way we eat and form better habits. Some tips for mindful eating include:

Find The Strategy That Works for You

Whether you are looking to learn how to burn belly fat or you are after a leaner silhouette, it is important to find a weight loss strategy that works for you and allows you to stick to your plan. A health and nutrition coach can help you find the right alternative for your needs.

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