by MP Geulah
If you want to get off the dieting roller coaster and lose weight for good, instead of constantly going up and down on the scale, then this article is for you.
Be confident that losing weight permanently is within your reach.
I've lost over 20 pounds in the last 2.5 years and have kept it off successfully going from 136-137 to 115 pounds. Recently i went down to 112.5 which was a little too low for me so I decided to increase the number of meals I was eating in a day.
Now, my starting weight of 136 might not seem like much, but I looked bigger than my weight because my stomach was swollen and I had a lot of water retention.
I didn't start my weight loss journey intentionally, I went on a strict diet regimen to get rid of terrible acid reflux, and ended up losing the first few pounds within 2 months, which gave me the impetus to continue the protocol even after the acid reflux was resolved.
But the benefits of the protocol I had improvised went way beyond weight loss, I also felt increased energy, stamina and better immunity. I got rid of the chronic fatigue I had been experiencing for months which i will discuss in another article.
I not only lost weight, but many inches off the waist. It also made me feel less sluggish. Face it, when you suffer from water retention and your stomach is distended, automatically you feel less energetic.
Getting rid of all that excess weight and water will put a spring in your step.
Losing weight successfully is a lot about consistency, it's what you do more or less every day that matters. The short term is just part of the bigger picture. So, if you slip up on occasion, just pick yourself right back up. Don't use your fall as an excuse to quit.
If you don't see results in a few weeks, or if you plateau after a few weeks, just keep going strong. Your body will continue to lose- as long as stick to your newly adopted weight loss protocol.
I'm sure if you're reading this article you've already had success losing weight in the short term, which is great, but if you keep gaining it back, it can feel very defeating. The key is to achieve long term success, which will also help you achieve better health.
Losing weight long term offers many health benefits. The temporary discomfort involved at the beginning pales in comparison. However, the good news is that it gets easier with time.
Health is one of those things that we can't compromise on. It should be one of our top priorities, especially as we age.
If G-d gave us a healthy body, it's our responsibility to take care of it.
BELOW ARE THE 5 FIRST STEPS OF THE WEIGHT LOSS PROTOCOL THAT IF FOLLOWED LONG TERM WILL RESULT IN WEIGHT LOSS THAT WILL STAND THE TEST OF TIME.
These are the first 5 steps of the protocol that I have followed almost every day for the past 2.5 years. If you want the complete protocol that I follow for not only weight but overall health and wellness stay tuned for next week:
To achieve our goals, first we have to change our mindset.
One of the most compelling reasons to lose weight and thus achieve better health is to show love, kindness, and appreciation to the body that G-d gave us. To treat it with respect instead of treating it like a garbage dump for fast food, processed food, medications, and alcohol.
Without further ado let's get to it:
TO ACCOMPLISH ANY HEALTH GOAL YOU WILL HAVE TO THROW OUT ALL JUNK FOOD
STEP 1: Water
WATER - Stay hydrated. Dehydration is often confused with hunger. Drink one glass of water upon awakening and at least 1/4 gallon throughout the day. Opt for spring water, not tap.
STEP 2: Walk
walk slowly and at a steady pace for 1 hour per day ideally in the morning before breakfast between 7-10 am. Walking for one hour per day resets the body's weight set point. Walking has profound long term effects.
If you cant do a full hour, any walking will do, best to walk outdoors in the fresh air. Research has shown that pre-breakfast walkers burn 876% more fat than their sedentary counterparts. The reason? When we wake up in the morning the body has already used up all of the blood sugar during the night, so if we walk before eating the body has no choice but to burn fat.
I walk almost every day in the fresh air and sun which gives an extra vitamin D boost. Even if you experience chronic fatigue or joint pain, movement is one of the best ways to overcome it, just start slow start with 10-15 minutes a day, then move up to 30 and then 1 hour.
STEP 3- Morning Bread for Breakfast
Eating breakfast revs up metabolism, and resets the body's weight point. But what is the best food to eat for breakfast.
The Talmud extols the virtues of eating what's called Pat Shacharit, or Morning Bread in English. The Talmud expalins that there there are 83 diseases that start in the digestive system and spread to the rest of the body. These 83 ailments all have the same root cause and are cured by eating bread in the morning. The bread should ideally be consumed around 2 hours or more after arising, sprinkled with salt and should be accompanied with water to drink.
The healthiest bread is ancient grain bread. At Joseph's Organic has the absolute healthiest ancient grain wholegrain bread.
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I eat on minimum 4 slices of bread from Joseph's organic Bakery every day, for breakfast and lunch. Its what keeps me going.
STEP 4: Longjing Tea
Longjing tea stimulates cleansing of cells, increases metabolism, and helps regulate hunger (lowers cravings).
But not all longjing tea is created equal. Many green teas are full of heavy metals.
Drink a minimum of 2 cups of longjing tea per day in the morning and afternoon.
I drink more like 4-5 cups of green tea per day, but 2 is the minimum (just not at night). I mix the green tea with the CISTUS TEA for ultimate benefits.
STEP 5: Intermittent Fasting
Eating large meals late at night, especially with animal proteins, is disastrous for people with chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease and will also derail your weight loss goals. Your last dinner should be ideally around 7pm, maybe 8 pm, but a minimum of 3 1/2 hours before you go to bed. And you should try to avoid eating for the next 12 hours. This is called intermittent fasting.
INTERMITTENT FASTING IS A SIMPLE YET EFFECTIVE WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT. RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT INTERMITTENT FASTING, WHEN ALL MEALS ARE CONSUMED WITHIN A 8-10 HOUR WINDOW, RESULTS IN WEIGHT LOSS. AND THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO RESTRICT YOUR FOOD OR CALORIE INTAKE TO REAP THE BENEFITS!
To nip late night eating in the bud, identify what's causing you to eat late. Is it because you're skipping breakfast and lunch?
Or perhaps you tend to eat out at restaurants which is unhealthy due to toxic ingredients in restaurant foods, then figure out what's causing you to eat out. Is it loneliness? Is this your ONLY way of socializing? Try to discover other activities like dancing or take up a hobby. There are healthier ways to socialize that won't jeopardize your health with late night eating.
I have witnessed 4 times when people were wheeled out of restaurants on a stretcher due to the toxic foods they consumed.
NIGHT IS THE TIME FOR DETOXIFICATION AND CLEANSING OF THE BODY NOT DIGESTION!
Take the time in the early morning to mentally prepare what you're going to eat. Stock your freezer with frozen vegetables and bread from Joseph's organic Bakery so that you don't skip breakfast or lunch. Keep fresh fruit on hand at all times for snacking, so you're not starving when nighttime comes around.
There you have the 5 most important steps of the weight loss protocol that I follow. For the full health and weight loss protocol that I follow , stay tuned for next week.