How to slim down naturally

You’ve tried the latest diets, special eating plans, intermittent fasting, and gym workouts, but those excess kilos simply refuse to budge. If you have been on the diet treadmill for some time, consider that your body might well be crying out for some alternative solutions and now is not the time to turn to costly quick fixes for weight loss. As we know, weight gain is usually slow and insidious, often due to stress, disease, lack of movement and exercise.  Simple, holistic changes to your diet and exercise regime can be the difference between successful weight loss and failure. Osteopaths have a deep understanding of the human body and how it works and know that long- term weight loss and keeping it off is a combination of an active lifestyle and a sensible diet as well as all your organs functioning at an optimum level. When treating someone who is trying to lose weight, an osteopath will look at the body holistically. If you have injuries, your practitioner can help you work around those so you exercise with the least possible damage and optimum efficiency. Your osteopath can also give you advice on stress reduction, better posture and breathing and help put you on the path to good health for life.

For many women, the inability to lose excess weight is due to a liver that is not functioning properly. Treating the liver, particularly if you are constantly hungry, can help curb hunger pangs. Along with osteopathy, acupuncture has also been found beneficial in correcting imbalances in your digestion and helping with appetite control.

Just as you get your eyes checked and visit the dentist once a year, you should have an annual diet check up with a professional. If you are embarking on a weight loss journey, keep these tips front of mind, they have been shown to contribute greatly to weight-loss success.

Ditch all added sugars. Make sure you include healthy fats in your diet (olive oil, avocado, nuts).

Never get too hungry. Fill up with lots of vegetables and whole foods to help feel satisfied and satiated.

Don’t allow a weight gain of more than 5kgs without seeking professional help.

Remember that retraining your eating habits takes time, always try to make the best decisions and don’t get discouraged if you occasionally get it wrong.

Eat slowly and plan ahead so that you are not leaving decisions about what to eat until the last minute and then go for whatever is in the fridge.

Focus on the nutrient balance of your meal and not the kilojoules. Each meal should have carbs, protein and fat.

If you have a problem with emotional over-eating, seek the help of a therapist.

Learn to eat mindfully. Savour the taste and texture of your food so that you enjoy your meal more.