This is the second part of our two part article on how to manage weight loss in Singapore as part of Levitise’s 10 Elements Assessment. If you haven’t read the first part then please do so first as we cover the first 5 key Elements including why exercise might not be all its cracked up to be, nutrition, why diets suck, sleep, breathing and your emotional wellbeing. Please access How can a Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach help you to manage and lose weight in Singapore - Part 1 here otherwise read on.
Water is pretty useful. If you don’t get it for 3 days you will perish! Good quality water naturally suppresses excess appetite and increases the body's ability to metabolise stored fat. Why is this so? Water is required for the kidneys to efficiently function to remove toxins from the body. If you can’t remove toxins they will be stored in your fat cells. Considering the amount of toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis (insecticides, pesticides, chemical fertilisers, fluoride, chlorine, pollution, plastics etc) this is of prime importance. An inefficient kidney will also result in other organs of detoxification to take up the slack such as the liver. A liver fully occupied with detoxification has less capacity for converting your fat stores into energy. Look at the results from this study, drinking water is associated with weight loss in overweight dieting women independent of diet and activity, where they conclude, “Absolute and relative increases in drinking water were associated with significant loss of body weight and fat over time, independent of covariates.”
At Levitise our Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaches will advise you not just on how much water to drink each day depending on your height, weight and activity levels but also on how to minimise the consumption of chlorine, fluoride, pesticides, nitrates, nitrites, medical drugs1, lead and other heavy metals commonly found in Singapore’s tap water supply.
Surprisingly Singapore is not actually the cleanest environment in the world. It’s certainly far less polluted than Beijing but it’s not quite the same as living on a remote beach in Thailand. In addition, to external factors beyond our control what we choose to take into our bodies may also result in creating a dirty internal environment. All internal and external toxins must be processed by the 5 organs of detoxification: the liver, kidneys, skin, lungs and the colon. The more toxic our environment, the harder our organs have to work, and the more likely these toxins will be stored in fat cells to be released another day2.
Creating the cleanest internal and external environment you can is essential, not just to manage weight loss, but for achieving optimal health, happiness and longevity. Our Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach can do everything from running simple tests to determine your toxic load, to ordering more complex heavy metal and stool analyses. In addition, we provide practical suggestions on creating the cleanest environment around you without creating unnecessary hassle or expense.
I think most people by now have heard of the famous study that demonstrates that being lonely is as harmful to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day3. But what about the link between isolation and weight gain? Whilst, there are several scientific studies in mice that demonstrate that isolation increases their propensity for obesity there is only epidemiological evidence in humans. This makes sense as the fewer friends and family we have, the less happy we are, the less motivated we are to take care of ourselves, the more likely we are to overeat and indulge in comforting sugary foods.
Working with a Levitise Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach is a great way to get you on the right path to social wellness. We specialise in coaching motivation techniques that will help you zero in on your dreams and goals that will have positive knock on effects to your social environment.
As mentioned above Levitise Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaches are trained in techniques for goal setting. It is not enough to just throw around the commonly overused phrase, “try more positive thinking” and expect that that is all it takes. That’s just wishful thinking. We have found that having clearly defined objective goals is the best way to personalise and internalise your motivation for making the changes you desire.
Furthermore, if that desire is weight loss and weight management then, we can help you find the additional motivation required to achieve your dreams. Our coaches use a system that works on your core values and ideology to help set your goals and dreams that will effortlessly help you achieve the right mindset required for change.
We humans are essentially solar powered and one of the most important effects of getting sunlight on your body is to produce Vitamin D. Vitamin D is more of a hormone than a vitamin insofar as it instructs the body on absorption rates of all other vitamins and minerals, particularly calcium. You can think of it as the master controller vitamin. Vitamin D has a wide range of positive health effects such as bone growth, inhibiting the growth of cancers4 (yes, you read that correctly), increasing endorphin levels and coordinating circadian rhythm.
So, how does this affect weight gain? The more sunlight we get, the more efficiently we absorb nutrients so, the less we need to eat and the less likely we are to overeat. The more sun exposure we get, the less likely our serotonin levels are to drop causing us to eat more5. Of course, too much of anything is never a good thing and this also applies to sun exposure. At Levitise, we show you how to increase your Vitamin D levels safely with more sun exposure without getting a tan (and certainly not burning) and through other natural means, without potentially harmful supplementation.
So that’s it. For those of you in the TLDR (too-long-didn’t-read) camp who skipped the meat of the article, and for those that read the lot (congratulations), the conclusion is as follows. If you think you can go for a jog on the treadmill and avoid the odd desert in order to manage weight loss then I’m sorry to say that’s just not going to cut it. However, by working with one of our friendly Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaches and focusing on making small, but permanent, changes to The 10 Elements of Health, we guarantee you will achieve the body weight you desire.
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Health, Happiness and Longevity
The Levitise Team
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5. Known as S.A.D. or Seasonal Affective Disorder