At the start of the New Year, search engines were humming in preparation for resolutions to lose weight and feel great. All the latest celebrity endorsed "programs” popped up including detoxes, cleanses and that new magic pill.
Fast-forward to the end of January and 92 percent of all resolutions have failed. What’s more, in less than 365 days from now, the search will start right back up in the quest for the new diet solution. Sound familiar? I call this the 365 dieter and my goal is for each and every one of my clients to break this cycle and never go on a diet again.
My clients are often asked- what diets I put them on, what foods can they and can’t they eat. Their response, "I'm not on a diet, I eat whatever I want!” So how can that be true? How can you lose weight without dieting?
Your body is constantly seeking balance in over-all wellness and strength. When your body achieves balance, it wants to maintain it as long as it can. Simple put, once you learn how to achieve balance in your body, you will see long-term results. These aren’t results that eventually fade-away, say goodbye to the 365 day dieter.
What do I focus on to help you achieve life long results? We start with the 4 basics- stress, hydration, food and movement.
1- Stress: Looking at healthy ways to manage stress is the key to balancing your body. Ways to reduce stress might include meditation, walks at lunch and keeping a journal. We focus on what's "realistic" for you to help manage stress and then set expectations from there.
2- Hydration: Especially this time of year, we lose more water with the environment being colder. Research suggests that 75 percent of Americans may be chronically dehydrated and we often mistake dehydration for hunger. Diligent water consumption can curb snacking for the wrong reasons and boost energy. Start off by paying attention to the amount of water you drink each day and sip, don’t chug your water.
3- Food: Look for ways to add fresh, organic, nutrient and fiber dense foods to your daily meals. The focus is on how you can feel energized throughout the day. It’s not a lack of will power that’s holding people back, it’s a lack of interpretation of what your body is signaling that it needs. I give my clients the confidence to know which foods impact the balance of their particular body.
4- Movement: It’s important to keep your body limber and go through ranges of motion to become "ache" free. Being sedentary for long periods of time is not healthy. Lack of movement can cause muscle imbalances, causing aches and pains that people try to pass off as "just getting old." Some movement is better than no movement so make it your goal to find ways to stay active each day.
Following these 4 steps, my clients maintain the balance they need to end the diet cycle all together. Our bodies are constantly working to achieve balance and when you finally understand how to get it, the results are life changing.
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Christopher Brady is owner and chief practitioner of Complete Body Balance Inc. As a certified Nutritionist, corrective exercise expert and wellness coach, Chris motivates individuals and corporations to achieve their healthiest and optimally balanced life. You can contact him at getCompleteBodyBalance.com and follow him on FaceBook