The weight loss industry is bombarded with fad diets, quick fixes, and dubious gimmicks, so it can be a minefield to know where to start on your mission for a healthier, fitter you. As unique individuals with different goals, lifestyles, genetics, and mindsets – there is certainly no one size fits all solution.
We all have that friend who we watch in envy as they consume chocolate all day and night without putting on a pound, but try to focus on finding a method which works for you and most importantly – which is sustainable long term.
New hobbies and small changes
It’s no secret that exercise is key to losing weight, so try to find a form of physical activity which you enjoy so it feels more like a hobby, and less like a chore. Whether it’s taking the dog for a walk, starting an amateur football team with your mates or doing a yoga class in your lounge; if you enjoy it, you are much more likely to keep at it. Exercise has been scientifically proven to improve our mental well-being, so finding something you revel in will help to support not only your physical health, but your mind as well.
You may also be surprised at how implementing small changes into your daily routine can make a big difference in your physical health. Take the stairs rather than the lift, park your car further away from the supermarket entrance and set a reminder to get up and stretch your legs every hour if your job requires you to sit at a desk all day. Fundamental changes like this every day will have an impact over time and help you to achieve your goals.
Consistency and balance are the recipe to success!
‘Eating healthy’ can also feel like a chore, especially when the general advice is to cook wholesome meals from scratch and the snack draw is always beckoning you. But cooking can be a fantastic way to unwind, and there are plenty of healthy recipes which don’t require you to slave away in the kitchen for hours.
Whatever works for your body, it is important to try and think of your eating habits as a lifestyle rather than a diet. Consistency is key and balance is paramount. Experiment with different healthy foods to find what really tickles your taste-buds and keep switching it up so you don't get bored. Allow yourself the odd slice of cake or glass of wine so you don’t feel like you're missing out and end up having a binge.
Nourish your weight loss with high impact super-foods
At Nourished we believe the way to achieve and maintain your desired weight is by a good, old fashioned balanced diet and regular exercise. But can you also support your weight loss goals from the inside? We’ve examined the active ingredients and supporting scientific evidence that suggests supplementing certain superfoods can help you fast-track and streamline your wellness journey.
This natural super-food is becoming a firm favourite thanks to it's benefits for supporting weight loss, which include;
- Suppressing the appetite
- Preventing fat build up
- Speeding up the metabolism
A recent scientific study into the effects of supplementing Mango Powder on obese subjects found that after a four-week period their weight decreased, their waist and hip circumference reduced significantly, and their blood pressure was also considerably lowered. You can read more on this study in our blog, Mango Powder: Can it Support Weight Loss?
At Nourished we use Careflow Mango Powder which is 100% pure mango fruit powder, containing many other benefits including helping to boost energy levels, reduce inflammation and prevent the signs of premature ageing; to support overall health and well-being.
White Kidney Bean Extract
This relatively unknown supplement can also help you to trim down by;
- Acting as a calorie blocker
- Preventing the digestion of starches
- Boosting the metabolism
- Helping to prevent the body from turning excess sugar into fat
- Suppressing appetite and reducing cravings
A study from 2003 found that subjects who supplemented White Kidney Bean Extract, in comparison with those who supplemented a placebo, lost 7 pounds over a 12-week period. Find out more about this study and the other benefits of this high impact superfood in our blog, White Kidney Bean Extract: An Aid to Calorie Blocking and Burning Fat.
You can read more about this ingredient on our blog post here.
At Nourished we also offer a wide range of high impact and natural active ingredients which can help to support your weight loss journey in a less direct way;
Probiotics – Helps good bacteria to flush out the gut and maintain a healthy digestive system
Cordyceps – Supports athletic performance by delivering energy to muscles
Iron – Boosts energy levels and focus
Tart Cherry – Assists in preventing exercise-induced muscle damage
Hydrocurc and Black Pepper Extract – Improves exercise recovery and joint health
Add these powerful nutrients to your stack in our lab to help you along your mission to become a healthier, happier you - or complete our short questionnaire to get a recommendation from our in-house nutritionists to optimise your lifestyle and goals!