Or why is it I only lose weight during strict dieting and gain immediately back if not so strict?
Whether you want to lose 30, 40, 50+ lbs., patience and consistency are truly the keys for sustainable weight loss. I have a very important question for you in regards to your weight. Did you pack on those pounds overnight or even over a few weeks? Unless there is an underlying health condition, and you are being honest with yourself, the answer is no. You have probably made some bad lifestyle choices over the past several months or years and now you want to fix it instantly. I too have craved the quick fix, after the birth of my first child; I complained with frustration that it was taking forever to get my “body back” to my midwife. She smiled and said, “Remember it took your body 9 months to change and prepare for the birth of your baby, it is going to take at least 9 months to get it back.” That really put it in perspective for me and I hope now for you. I have some really great tools, to help you with your weight loss goals, but you are in the driver seat, it’s up to you to show this is really something you want for yourself. It doesn’t have to be painful, but it surely needs to be consistent and remember if you fall down (eat something you feel you shouldn’t have or skipped a workout) you can always do better the next meal/day. Believe it or not, the more often you make the right choices, the more often your body can adapt and will be more forgiving of your missteps. According to Dr. Kellman author of “The Microbiome Diet,” once you reach the 3rd phase of his diet protocol (or reach properly balanced gut ecology) you need to comply with healthy eating only 70% of the time! In case you are not great with math, it means you can eat what you like 30% of the time. I don’t know about you, but that does not feel like a restrictive way to live and you can still enjoy your social life. Set up an appointment now and let me show you how to balance your gut microbiome!
Gail Perrella, M.S., C.N.S