Cutting calories? Research shows that 70% of the weight you lose through “traditional” calorie restrictive diets is coming from your loss of lean muscle tissue.
Why is this significant?
Lean muscle mass is your bodies fat burning machinery and if you lose that through dieting you will inevitably depress you metabolism and set yourself up for long term weight gain.
So how do you lose weight in a sensible way that is sustainable?
SLEEP! I know it sounds so simple but this is a fundamental act that you need to get right to be able to balance your hormones, lose weight and be the best version of yourself.
Now of course your food choices come into play, as does your movement every day, but quality sleep is the glue that holds everything together, without it we become undone.
Weight affects sleep and sleep affects weight.
When we talk about food, we enter into the micro and macro part of nutrition (simply put, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants). In simple terms its the small things (micro nutrients) that count (with the big things (macro nutrients) a very close second).
Ever have cravings? Those sneaky feelings that tell you to eat chips, candy, fries? Well that is your body telling you its missing something and trying to find the easiest way to get it.
By eating a micro nutrient rich diet we signal our body to produce more leptin (the bodies hormone that secretes to tell us to stop eating! your full!)
How do we get these micro nutrients? By eating real food!
What exactly that means now a days is sometimes hard to understand but here is a quick go-to check list, its NOT real food if:
- You can’t tell where it came from
- You can’t pronounce the ingredients.
- It has an ingredient list!
- It comes through a drive through
- It comes in a box.
Pretty simple right? You’d think so but with the abundance of food we are bombarded with each day sometimes it difficult to know the real from the fake right?
By eating a variety of micro nutrients we are allowing our bodies to perform at their peak, which will in turn help our melatonin, cortisol, serotonin and other hormones to be in balance and let us get the best sleep possible without waking up for midnight snacks or eating right up until bed time.
Some of the most important micronutrients:
- Magnesium (studies show that over 80% of us are deficient in the mineral)
to name just a few…
Why do we need micronutrients? To balance our hormones, produce digestive enzymes, protect the brain, cell rejuvenation, to help your metabolism to stay strong and to break down macro nutrients to use for fuel and if thats not reason enough – they help you to get good quality sleep!