Research to date has shown that maintaining correct weight for your height, build and exercise is an important factor in maintaining optimum health. The wear and tear of your weight bearing joints as well as the health of your cardiovascular health, the balance of your hormones and the function of the immune systems to mention but a few correlate to the weight you maintain.
The reverse is true as well: your weight is a result of how well all body systems work. No one needs reminding that keeping your weight at its optimum is also critical for slowing down the ageing process and feeling and looking good. In fact, it tends to affect your performance in all areas of life. Nutrition affects the digestive, glandular and metabolic functions. Eating a wholesome diet goes a long way in weight control management as nutritional deficiencies do not fuel the fat burning machinery.
The majority of people seek weight loss, there are some who want to gain weight and cannot and those in between whose weight fluctuates and becomes a focus of their attention. In my experience, to manage weight well one often needs an expert advice and support with individualised approach overseeing all possible pitfalls on the road to your best body shape and size.
There are many popular myths with regards to weight loss. One is that what your scales show is what matters. The other is that eating fewer calories is sufficient to help you lose weight. Eating ‘a balanced diet’ is also a good one, especially when no one diet is good for all, however healthy it may be. You may have heard a few others – the good news is, these are nothing further from the truth.
- It is the loss of body fat with reference to total weight as well as optimum waist to hips ratio (i.e. your body shape) that are more important than the overall weight drop.
- Lean muscle is heavier than fat so whilst you may improve your body composition (i.e. the ratio of lean muscle to fat), your scales may stay at the same or similar level.
- Overeating does not always result in excess weight: some people can eat tons and they look thin. Consuming large meals bears more weight (literally) as it increases your insulin output, one of the most important factors in weight control.
When you consult me at Focus Nutrition+, all these aspects are investigated thoroughly and then addressed as appropriate. Following your Focus Nutrition+ tailor-made eating guidelines will help optimise your weight and maintain it effortlessly, whether you need to lose or gain some pounds and your eating plan will not seem like a diet any more!
Other factors that may be be affecting your weight include:
- digestive disturbances including food allergy or intolerance
- lectin, ghrelin, leptin and adiponectin levels
- glandular disturbances (e.g. poor liver, pancreatic, thyroid & / or adrenal function)
- metabolic abnormalities (e.g. thyroid-related, lifestyle?related)
- other hormonal imbalances (e.g. female or male hormone-related)
- hereditary factors as well as
- poor eating habits & the quality of the foods we consume (the ‘junk food’ diet of processed / denatured foods)
With Focus Nutrition+ all the factors interfering with your optimal weight management are ascetained and dealt with accordingly so that your body finds its natural metabolic setpoint. This affects you when trying to maintain your weights’ ideal level.