3 Unconventional Methods To Tone Up

Ever been close to completely giving up on weight loss?

It can be incredibly difficult for some people to lose even just a few pounds.

In fact, a lady came to see me a couple of years ago and had lost just 2 pounds in 6 months. She was dieting AND training during those 6 months! Talk about depressing!

Most often what I find with slow or non-existent weight loss, is that the body isn’t healthy enough. You may have other issues at hand such as poor thyroid function, inflammation or poor digestion. Or a combination of all three.

So here are 3 methods to help increase weight loss, using unconventional means to achieve these quick results.

TIP 1: Change the food you are eating.

The Problem.

Humans were never meant to eat the same foods over and over again. This is why we have seasons. Fruits, vegetables and even wild animals weren’t always available for us to consume. So naturally we rotated our foods. In today’s convenience led world, eating quality food can be difficult, so when we get into a routine it can be easier for us to stick with the same foods.

This is a terrible idea for health and for weight loss. Food intolerances (different from allergies) can develop when you over-consume the same foods, but especially from proteins. It’s one of the reasons we very rarely recommend protein shakes for our clients, and almost never recommend whey protein.

These food intolerances can activate your immune system on a daily basis, causing systemic inflammation inside the body. There are many ways inflammation can affect your weight loss but i’ll use just one example.

Leptin is a hormone which regulates your body’s level of fat by controlling your appetite and metabolic rate. As you add more fat tissue, your body produces more leptin.

 In healthy people, the production of additional leptin signals the brain to suppress appetite and speed up metabolism — leading these people to feel less hunger, eat less and lose the excess fat.

But if you’re suffering from chronic inflammation, this alters the brains ability to receive leptin’s appetite suppressing messages, causing you to eat more than normal. This causes weight gain.

The Solution

Rotate your foods with the seasons. If you find yourself overly consuming the same produce (especially meat) over long periods of time, try and switch it up. https://www.osgrow.com/ is a place where you can get wild meats. Remember there are more animals than pig, chicken and cow.

Important Tip.

There are more than 7 common foods that we regularly consume that we remove from our clients on day one. Wheat and dairy are probably the two that cause the most concern with our clients, so I would recommend removing those from your diet for a period of time too.

TIP 2: Eat high calorie meals to boost metabolism.

Basal metabolic rate or BMR is the amount of energy a person needs to keep the body functioning at rest. This is commonly referred to as our metabolism.

Prolonged periods of dieting, short cases of extreme dieting, or yo-yo dieting in periods of extreme caloric surplus and deficit, alters our bodies metabolic rate by reducing the rate at which we burn calories.

Simply put, the more weight we lose, the more the body slows down the rate at which we burn calories.

This piece of information is essential to realise that we cannot just keep eating less and less and expect the body to keep dropping weight.

The Problem:

Prolonged periods of dieting, short cases of extreme dieting, or yo-yo dieting in periods of extreme caloric surplus and deficit, alters our bodies metabolic rate, by reducing the rate at which we burn calories.

The Solution:

Adding in days or meals with surplus calories can help boost your metabolic rate. We spoke about the hormone Leptin, which tells you when your body is full. But after prolonged dieting, leptin decreases in the body and the hunger hormone, Ghrelin starts to increase. Ghrelin is the hormone that tells you when to eat.

Remember the body likes balance and doesn’t want to lose weight. These caloric surplus meals/days/weeks can help reset those hormones which drive hunger and satiety, so you can get back on track with your weight loss.

Remember that these hormones will override your willpower. So take note and add some of these surplus days in when you need them.

TIP 3: Fasting

Fasting is actually one of the oldest forms of medicine and something that I spent an incredible amount of time researching last year. Did you know the longest recorded fast (no food at all) was 382 days! This 27 year old guy weighed 456lbs and at the end of his fast weighed 180lbs. What was even more interesting was that 5 years AFTER the fast, he weighed 196lbs.

Incredible!

Now I don’t recommend you not eating for 382 days, but there are many benefits of fasting for smaller periods of time, especially for people with digestive problems.

Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, believed fasting enabled the body to heal itself. Paracelsus, another great healer in the Western tradition, wrote 500 years ago that “fasting is the greatest remedy, the physician within.” And still to this day, doctors will tell you not to eat for many conditions of which they are unsure how to fix.

In the gym I use a type of fasting that either shortens the window in which you consume your food (known as intermittent fasting) or by where you don’t consume any meals in between your meals, for example eating 3 times per day with no other food during the day.

Fasting is also the only known way to extend your life.

But again, short period of fasting can still be followed by good high quality foods. DO NOT use this as an excuse to starve yourself and long term fasting should be done under the care of a medical professional.

Summary

TIP 1: Change the food you are eating.

TIP 2: Eat high calorie meals to boost metabolism.

TIP 3: Fasting

So there you have it. Try some of these unconventional methods and see how you get on!

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