Friday, 9 October 2015

How to lose weight by cutting alcohol

What's the key to successful weight loss? Nutritionist and Ocsober ambassador Lola Berry tells you what you need to do

Weight loss is always a big topic for discussion. We all want to know the latest tricks and tips, like if there is some new exotic fruit which will speed your metabolism up or if there's some magical shake that will make you less hungry. Sure, these things do exist but what happens when you go off these special weight loss supplements and go back to normal eating? You guessed it, the weight piles back on, and often with interest. Take it from me, I’ve tried and seen it all. So what are the true pillars of weight loss?

How to lose weight by cutting alcohol

Eating real food

The things you want to go for are fresh fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds, and when it comes to animal products I’d be going for organic or free range when you can. I know they cost more but that's just my preference both ethically and from a health perspective. 

Giving up alcohol (for awhile)

Now what about the booze? If you're really serious about dropping weight then it's got to go, just for a little while. Use a campaign such as Ocsober as motivation to keep off the alcohol, if only for a month. It's not even the fact that you're drinking empty calories, but there's more to it than that. When you drink alcohol your body needs to burn it off straight away, so if you're out for dinner, then that meal you’re eating is being stored rather than burned off. 

Think about how often we have a few drinks at dinner time. On top of that, we want our liver to be in tip top shape to be losing weight as it's a key player in fat emulsification. So if you're liver is out of whack then it's going to be harder for your body to break down fats. When you are trying to lose weight, keep your water intake high as you'll be detoxing so staying hydrated is going to help keep you regular and flush whatever toxins your body is getting rid of.

Get regular sunshine

Getting a bit of sunshine every day is key. I’m not saying roast, but just a little walk in the sun most days will give you a nice hit of vitamin D which is needed for your metabolism. 

Be happy

Finally, most importantly be happy. If you're not happy you won't be compliant and you'll keep reverting to the "easier" option. Plus when we're not happy we turn to other things to make us happy like sugar, carbohydrates or alcohol. So make sure you're doing things to make you happy, things that feed the soul.

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