Day after day, I have patients that come into my office asking me “how do I lose weight? Is there is skinny pill or a skinny shot?” Rarely do I hear someone ask me how can I change my diet, how does my high stress and poor sleep affect my weight and is doing a cleans and going alcohol free for 3 months a good idea?
After surgery, I was convinced that eating all day and laying in bed for 6 weeks without movement would surly put weight on me. Instead I lost 10lbs. Of course some of that weight was muscle mass, but my face was skinnier, my arms (which were still getting a work out) were more defined and it appears that my body used some of my fat and muscle as energy for healing.
But after being re-introduced to the chaotic world that we live in, I realized several things that most likely aided in my weight loss.
1. Routine around sleep. I was sleeping 7-9hrs/night. I would go to bed at the same time and wake at the same time every day. It is actually in that last hour (hour 8) of your sleep cycle that your body releases a hormone called Leptin that regulates your energy intake/expenditure (how you burn fat) in addition to your appetite.
2. Eating Anti-inflammatory Diet. Because I wanted to ensure that my foot and ankle would heal well, I was religious about not eating inflammatory foods. Instead, I had a very clean diet that was full of nutrients and healing herbs.
3. Chewed my food. Wow! One thing I noticed after surgery was that I ate really slow. I chewed my food until it was liquified. As a result, my bowel movements were great, my stomach felt “tighter” (of which it has always been “slim”, but now it felt model tinny) and I had no indigestion (gas, burps, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, reflux). With the return to my daily activities, I began to eat on the go, wolf my food down, 3 bites then a swallow. And my belly began to ache, I had days where I felt bloated, my bowels were a little harder and I started to feel more fatigued because my body was getting congested. Interesting, right?
4. Deep Breaths = Less Stress. I was still working from my bed, but because I put me and healing before all my “to do’s”, I no longer allowed my day and lists stress me out. Instead, I did what I could, I took time for me and I breathed. I couldn’t exercise, so I took deep breaths. With every breath in I had a healing thought, with every breath out I released a negative feeling.
5. No alcohol. For two months, while I was focused on healing, I didn’t each sugar or drink alcohol. Not only did I feel happier, more balanced and energized, I also felt like I “de-poofed”. And my sleep, energy, appetite, mood and more was not negatively impacted by the excess sugar, alcohol or potential sensitivity to gluten, soy or brewer’s yeast. All three components of alcohol or chocolate (my choice of sugar).
Take 21 days, 3 whole months if you can, and follow these 5 tips. You don’t need a pill or a shot. If you want lasting, lifetime results, focus on what you can do differently for you and have success that lasts! Really, the answers always come from within!