Dr. Natasha Turner ND
Why “Summerize” your body and your metabolism right after spring cleaning your home, decluttering your space and shaping up your finances? Well, it makes good sense and I suggest that you think of it as a required “metabolic wake-up” after transitioning from winter, the season where our metabolism is naturally the slowest.
Yes, it’s true, we are physiologically and mentally set-up for weight gain and lethargy in the winter due to a drop in thyroid hormone, your metabolic master, and mood hormones, which control your cravings for comfort food.
At 47, I have learned that the same Hormone Diet tricks that worked at 30 years old, need some adjustments now. So, over the past year, I have made it my mission to find a solution! And as a result of my research and clinical experience, I’ve come up with an overview of the perfect “Hormone Diet Day for Fat Loss”. In real simple terms these are the benefits you can expect:
Here are my top five tips for a metabolic boost and fat loss reset. Aim to adopt at least one of these habits at certain times of the day – but it’s even better if you can achieve them all!
Morning: It’s ALL about the tracking!
After my own research, experimentation and clinical experience, my patients have been taught to become metabolic detectives and fat loss experts by measuring ketones along with their weight. Ketones present in the urine indicate that your body is burning fat. We can cause our body to burn fat by restricting carbohydrates and sugar, reducing calories, moving more and fasting (when done correctly). Measuring ketones does not mean following “The Keto Diet”, which I do not recommend, especially for women and we can discuss at another time.
My own new personal approach and that used with my patients is still based on balancing hormones but is now also based on a philosophy that is simple: when you exercise less, I want to help you to eat less; and when you exercise more, I will help you chose the right foods to eat more. According to the latest research, about 96 percent of people tend to gain weight back—plus more— with the typical approach of cutting calories/exercising more. Clearly, this does not work and only leads to future weight gain, to say nothing of metabolic damage as the stress it causes only furthers a greater drop in thyroid hormones drop and loss of precious metabolically active muscle.
You will never again – eat less and exercise more! Your dietary habits, how much you move, and how much you exercise are inseparable. I want you to start living each day by asking yourself this question: How much am I going to move today?
Then you must spend only five minutes in the morning to record two numbers:
Record these on the tracking sheet. An example I have specifically designed for my patients and for use myself is available on my blog and you can access it for free here: ClearMedicine_WeightLoss_7DayTracking_N
I believe consistent tracking is the most important part – even if you do not change your diet at all as you can begin to see your activity or your diet can influence fat loss, as well as both in unison together. These two numbers will always reflect the impact of your dietary habits and your activity completed in the previous day.
Morning: Take my 3-month breakfast challenge – you won’t believe the benefits!
Go to your local health food store and pick up these simple items to mix in a shaker cup with as much water as you prefer (I prefer less water!) and begin your day by drinking these three ingredients:
Shake, drink and devour all these wonderful metabolic, energy, and body benefits from the one simple concoction of these three supplements. I can tell you something else – I am never ever sore from my intense workouts and I feel energized and focused all morning. Best to shake and not to blend as these are delicate proteins.
Afternoon: Pay attention to how you feel: You may need to change when you eat certain foods and in which combinations.
Evening: It’s ALL about the tracking and you must get results weekly! If one week goes by without favorable changes, while you are following your plan, get help – change your plan and reset your approach.
Dr. Turner ND is the Founder of Clear Medicine Wellness Boutique.