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If you’ve ever tried to lose weight before, you already know there are tons of options at your disposal. From shakes and crash diets, to drugs and hormones, some of these solutions may actually work for an initial, short-term weight loss. Still, doctors and dietitians agree - if you don’t change your lifestyle, you’ll never keep the weight off.

Cleansing the Body for Weight Loss

Cleansing is a broad term that generally refers to eliminating unhealthy toxins from the body and implementing new and nourishing lifestyle changes. For ultimate weight loss, cleansing can help you “get back to the basics” and focus on a healthier routine. These five lifestyle changes are the pillars of an effective cleanse for weight loss

Perform Light Exercise

There’s no reason to become a marathoner or triathlete just to lose an adequate amount and maintain a healthy weight. Instead, just a few days of light exercise  week can help motivate a healthier metabolism, which will in turn, boost your weight loss efforts.

For starters, make sure you begin slowly. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. A good idea is to simply take a walk around the block every weekday, on your work break, or every evening after dinner. Then, after a few weeks, you can amp up the time you walk, try going on bike rides, join a community exercise class, or even do a short workout video at home. Even small physical activity changes like these can be highly effective.
 

Drink Water

Water is a great cleanser as it literally flushes toxins out of the body. Experts recommend trying to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water. For some, this can be quite a large amount to aim for. Fortunately, you can include non- alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages, and water-rich foods like some vegetables and fruits as well.

Eliminate Inflammation-Causing Foods

Inflammation can serve a purpose in your body. For example, when it’s directed at foreign invaders, it protects your overall health. However, when inflammation becomes chronic without a purpose, it can be dangerous. Unfortunately, inflammation is also linked with weight gain. The good news is, you can reduce unnecessary inflammation with the right diet. In fact, the following foods are known to cause inflammation and should be avoided:
  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Processed meats
  • Sodas
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetable oils
  • Fried foods

Support Your Gut with the Right Foods and Nutrients

The right foods and nutrients support healthier gut bacteria, which can in turn, support a faster metabolism and effective weight loss.
 
Try incorporating these foods into your diet for a healthier gut:
  • Whole grains
  • Low-fructose fruits (citrus fruits, berries, etc.)
  • Avocados
  • Lean proteins (chicken and turkey breast, fish, etc.)
  • Leafy greens (spinach, kale, etc.)
You might also consider taking a probiotic, which includes healthy, live bacteria to support your gut.
 

Get Adequate Sleep

Weight gain has been linked to a lack of sleep. According to research, when you lack adequate sleep, you feel hungry even when you’ve had enough to eat. Furthermore, fat storage occurs at an increased rate with sleep loss.
 
To aid in getting longer sleep each night, try avoiding caffeine and bright lights from devices right before bedtime. In addition, start preparing for bed at least an hour before you’d like to fall asleep.
 

Long-Term Weight Loss Begins at the Cellular Level 

Performing a cleanse for weight loss is just the beginning of a sound journey. In addition to implementing the lifestyle changes above, it’s important to identify and target the individual barriers that make weight loss a challenge for you. That’s because every individual has unique sources of weight gain, as well as unique triggers that can boost metabolic activity and aid weight loss.
 
Align’s doctor-directed weight loss program helps determine these weight gain sources and metabolic triggers with scientific solutions. Each individual receives their own thorough evaluation, followed by a customized weight loss plan for effective, long-term weight loss. For a healthier, more
balanced body, get started with Align today.
 

Topics: Nutrition, Weight Loss, Health

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The Align Team

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