SIMPLE HABITS FOR HEALTHY WEIGHT MAINTENANCE
Weight maintenance doesn’t have to be a complicated process full of shortcuts and sacrifices – by simply installing a few simple habits to your mealtimes you can transform your journey to lifelong wellbeing.
Healthy weight maintenance is consistently maintaining your body’s ideal weight – not being over or under this optimum weight for fluctuating periods of time. It’s one of the most challenging aspects of our wellbeing, but it brings innumerable benefits to our health. Our organs function more efficiently, there’s a greater hormonal balance, energy and mood improve, aches and pains reduce, and the chance of weight-related chronic diseases is decreased.
Then there are the emotional benefits. When we maintain our ideal weight, we look good and when we look good, we feel great. Our self-esteem is improved, and the happy chemicals are flowing freely.
We encourage a more holistic and sustainable approach to weight management at Kamalaya Koh Samui Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa and recommend that you incorporate the following habits into your mealtime routine:
Dehydration is often misunderstood by our bodies as hunger. Keeping hydrated can prevent unnecessary overeating and we suggest that you drink water, at room temperature, consistently throughout the day rather than gulp it in one go.
Staying hydrated also reduces fatigue. When we are tired, we crave sugary foods to help increase our energy and this in turn leads to snacking and tiredness can wreak havoc with our hormones and metabolic rate. At Kamalaya we use an IV therapy designed to effectively kick-start your journey. The Metabolism Boost formula helps the body to metabolise carbohydrates, proteins and fats as it is infused with B-complex vitamins that are vital in energy production and support energy promotion and cardiovascular health.
Delicious food is in abundance and our changing schedules, environments and life stages mean that there will always be fluctuations in our interactions with food. If our ability to practice self-control remains consistent, it will be much easier to maintain weight, and this can easily start with portion control. Simply reduce the amount of food on the plate and stop eating once satisfied.
If you find it challenging to stop eating once full or to decline food when you’re not hungry, it could be a habit that stems from your earlier childhood experiences with food, or it could be a defence mechanism to coping with stress. In this case, we suggest that you consider your relationship in your healing journey using some of these techniques.
One of the quickest ways to eat properly is to eat mindfully. Being completely in the moment when we eat means that we take the time to savour the scent of the food, we feel the texture of it, listen to the sounds it makes on the plate, and then we fully taste the exquisite flavours. We acknowledge how our body responds to it and this natural slow down allows our body time to realise that we are full.
We also pay much closer attention to the food we eat, and we start to appreciate higher quality and more nutritious produce, rather than faster food products designed for instant gratification.
Discover some of holistic and detoxifying recipes here and browse the incredible selection of healthy, wholesome dishes available at our wellness resort in Thailand.
Our digestion functions at its optimum best when it’s in a Parasympathetic Nervous System state. That means that the body is in ‘rest and digest’ not ‘fight or flight’ mode.
Ideally, you could plan your mealtimes shortly after meditation. Meditation restores a state of balance and peace and leads us to greater levels of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. At Kamalaya you can learn tailor-made meditation techniques to suit your personal goals, and this can prepare you for a lifetime of healthy habits.
One of the most profound impacts on weight maintenance is our state of rest. If we are tired, our hormones are imbalanced, and we make less thoughtful food choices. If we are well rested, our metabolism works better and we’re less inclined to snack on fast and low-nutrition food.
Actively moving the body not only boosts metabolic activity and burns calories, but it also clears away toxins and improves mood. When we are happier, we are less likely to use food as an instant mood booster. We sleep better, benefit from greater hormone balance and many other factors that contribute to our overall weight management efforts.
There are a variety of wellness programs available at our wellness sanctuary in Koh Samui, such as Ideal Weight and Optimal Fitness – providing personalised and holistic support for your weight loss journey. You may also be interested in our online weight management program Fit for Life available through Kamalaya Connect.
Written by: Leila Abachi, Naturopath at Kamalaya Koh Samui
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