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Tips for Sustainable Weight Loss

A Holistic Approach.


Do you feel like you've been stuck on a diet rollercoaster that just won't end? Don't worry, you're not alone!


Trendy diets are meant to draw you in with catchy taglines and impressive before and after photos. That is why the wellness is a multi-trillion dollar industry, and diet culture has become commercialized.


If you're ready to create sustainable weight loss results, ditch the fad diets, and create a lifestyle that doesn't require deprivation or shame... then you're in the right place!


Diets are not one-size-fits all, and strict diets are not designed for long-term use. That is why the best weight loss program is a combination of personalized lifestyle changes AND patience. The weight didn't pile on overnight, so REAL results will not occur in a short period of time.


That said, you can start FEELING better almost immediately, and once you improve your overall wellbeing, your body will feel safe enough to release the excess weight you've been carrying around.


Sounds simple? It is, but that doesn't mean it's easy. You will have to commit to making changes to your mindset and tendencies. You will have to commit to your goal of feeling and looking better, instead of getting an immediate dopamine hit. You will have to commit to yourself.


Are you ready?


Here are five simple ways to begin your journey. Start here and watch how the rest of your habits fall in line.


1. Get moving.

Whether it's lifting weights or going for a run, get in at least 30 min of movement at least 3 days per week. Exercise during the kapha times of day (6-10 am/pm), when strength and stamina are at their highest. You shouldn't be completely wiped after your workout. exercise at 50-70% of your capacity, and breathe through your nostrils (at least your inhale) to prevent excess physiological stress.


2. Eat 3 meals per day.

Keep your digestion (Agni) stoked by eating 3 satisfying meals daily, and at the same times each day.

Avoid skipping meals or snacking all day, as both tend to further slow an already-sluggish metabolism.

Make lunch your main meal (ideally between 11am-2pm), when your digestive strength is strongest. And make dinner your lightest meal to super natural detoxification while you sleep.


3. Follow a kapha-balancing diet.

Excess kapha is typically involved in being overweight, since imbalanced kapha shows up as greed, lethargy, congestion, sluggish metabolism, water retention, and general heaviness in the body & mind.

Eat a diet to help clear excess kapha from the system- foods that are warm, light, dry, well-spiced, easily digestible, cooked, rough, and seasonally-appropriate.


4. Reduce your toxic load (ama).

Ama is the dark, sticky sludge that accumulates from using products with toxic chemicals, eating highly processed foods, consuming alcohol or drugs, improper food combining, or having poor agni. Ama gets in the way of your body's natural processes, puts stress on the system, and effects quality of sleep and focus. Reduce ama so your body stands a chance when returning to balance.


5. Create a daily routine.

Besides helping you stick to your wellness commitments, following a daily routine also soothes an over-active nervous system, ultimately helping you reduce your feelings of stress and overwhelm. Start with the basics- sleep and wake cycle- and then slowly add additional habits, like practicing yoga in the morning, eating at a similar time each day, and making time for meditation or prayer.


You got this! And if you feel like you need additional support, reach out about upcoming programs or openings for private coaching! Email hello@wellbymelissa.com

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