by Dr. Natasha Turner ND
It makes good sense to do a body reset during the summer months and I suggest that you think of it as a required “metabolic wake-up” after transitioning from spring and winter, the seasons 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.
I’ve come up with my own top five tips for a metabolic boost and summer reset. Aim to adopt at least one of these habits, even better if you can achieve all five! In real simple terms these are the benefits you can expect:
Tip 1: Adopt a FRESH new outlook towards your diet, exercise habits and lifestyle: Start each day by asking yourself this question “How much am I going to move today?”
Your answer to this question will determine your diet habits for the day – including what you eat when you eat it and how much. You should let go of the mentality of adopting an “eat less, move more” approach as it sets us up for failure. In fact, 96% of people who do this gain the weight back, plus more.
The answer is simple – yet so commonly overlooked – when you move more, you should eat more. When you move less – you should eat less. The days you are sitting at your desk or not exercising, are the days we need to take in less so that our body uses the reserves stored in our body as fuel instead.
How can we eat less?
Tips 2: Change your perspective on moving.
I ditched my Fitbit! I did this after researching into the benefits of walking and realized I have been quitting my walks right at the moment when my body would have switched to burning fat stored on my body as fuel, rather than the energy provided from the sugar in my bloodstream. You must deplete the blood sugars with steady activity before you can hit this metabolic sweet point. For most people, the time this happens is after at least 60 to 75 minutes of walking, briskly, and without dilly-dallying on your phone! So – use the Fitbit to track what you do – but do it right for the optimal metabolic, fat burning, stress reducing and mood enhancing benefits. Stop thinking 10k steps – start thinking 60 -75 mins continuous walking 5 to 6 days a week.
After you have mastered this habit – the next metabolic must is 30 minutes of high-intensity strength training, two to three days a week. Check the workout from The Hormone Boost, but make sure you hire a good trainer to learn how to do things right and to remain injury free.
Tips 3: 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.
Tip 4: Pay attention to how you feel: You may need to change when you eat certain foods and in which combinations.
Tip 5: 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. Natasha Turner ND spoke with Wei Chen of CBC radio Ontario Morning today about the benefits of Spring cleaning your body.
Listen here. (It starts at the 13-minute mark)