When you put away the coats and peel off the layers of sweaters in time for spring, you may discover that your body isn’t in the shape you left it in. Sure, the winter holidays were a blast and all that stuffing and pie was delish…but now it’s time to get serious. Don’t worry, there’s hope! Spring marks the awakening of life and new growth, so let’s use it to get serious about looking and feeling good by renewing and improving our bodies.
Recipe for success:
Try exercising for at least 30 minutes a day, 5x per week. This should be active cardio, where you break a good sweat. I recommend an active form of yoga. If you have trouble getting motivated, try a group exercise class. Many gyms allow drop-in visitors if you don’t have a membership. Always remember to warm up before you begin and stretch after.
In general, you should try to eat a balance of lean proteins, lots of vegetables and fruits, and some healthy fats. Many experts now believe that nutrition is even more important than exercise but maintaining a proper balance between the two is essential.
It’s ultra important that you eat the correct foods for YOUR body. Many of us have hidden food allergies that are unknowing causing negative reactions in our immune systems, making weight loss and total wellness a challenge. When food allergies exist at a more moderate level they are called food sensitivities. When you eat food you are sensitive to, it can cause your intestines to become irritated and swollen or even cause headaches. These foods can be very difficult to identify because reactions may appear days later. When your intestines are irritated and swollen they can’t perform their two basic functions – to eliminate waste and to absorb nutrients our body needs to function.
In our office, we perform a simple blood test that can tell you which foods you have sensitivities to, how to eliminate them and how to later reintroduce these foods back into your diet. Most patients drop pounds within weeks after eliminating sensitive foods and even report other improvements like better sleep and more energy. This test can be your secret weapon for loosing weight and keeping it off.
So with a spring in your step and a little knowledge about your body, you can become a more informed, slimmer and summer-ready version of yourself. What motivates you this year to shed it by summertime?