At Primal, we don’t believe in crash diets. To put it simply, they don’t offer long-term results – no matter how quickly you lose weight in a week. Instead, we believe in sustainable weight loss that’s maintainable, achievable and more importantly, enjoyable.
With the start of a brand new year, there’s no better time than the present to start adapting to a Primal lifestyle to help you lose weight the healthy way.
But besides eating healthier and moving more, what else can you do to achieve your weight loss goals in 2020?
Set smart goals
Whilst weight loss may be your main goal for the beginning of the New Year, we're suggesting that you look at it a little bit differently.
Instead of tying your goals to weight loss alone, try and focus on actionable habits instead. These can be anything from hitting the gym four times a week to increasing your step goal from 8K to 10K a day. You see, when you incorporate healthier actions into your daily routine, you'll start to see a difference in your attitude and motivation as they slowly become a part of your lifestyle.
Don’t count calories
Another thing we don't believe in at Primal Living: counting calories. Instead, we like to focus on the quality of the foods we eat.
Every five or six years, we almost become an entirely new person. Our skin is constantly dying and being replaced, our lungs are replaced every six weeks, our liver in less than six months and our 9000 taste buds are rejuvenated every 10 days. All of this replacing, regenerating and rejuvenating is fuelled by one thing and one thing only, what we consume. Hence the saying, ‘we are what we eat’.
Therefore, if we eat junk food, our new body parts will be created by junk and will not be quite as good as the cells they are replacing. That’s what causes ageing. Rubbish input equals rubbish output. However, if we eat the right foods, drink enough water and get the right nutrients, then our body will start to love us for it and at the same time, it will help to delay the ageing process.
But what happens when we count calories? We can often end up restricting our bodies of the right foods because we're far more concerned about the numbers instead of the quality.
This year, spend more time educating yourself (read The Primal Cure) and less time focusing on how many calories you have left for the day. Believe us, it's exhausting.
Don’t make strict restrictions
As much as we encourage you to eat as healthy as you can, we're also aware that you're only human.
The moment you tell yourself that you "can't" have a particular food, the moment you'll start craving it even more. And once you get into a vicious circle of cravings, you'll find it hard to get out of.
Our advice? Be reasonable and consume a Primal diet 80-90% of the time (or whatever works for you), and then let yourself relax a little when you truly need to.
It's not rocket science really. In order to lose weight, you need to eat healthily and move more.
Picking a physical activity to keep your fitness levels up and movement going is one of the most important things you can do for your weight loss journey this year. Not only is it the key to consistent motivation, but it's the one thing that will allow you to enjoy the process.
From walking outdoors to lifting weights, we love and believe in many fitness activities. If you're new around here however, we encourage you to read our book, The Primal Cure, to find out what fitness activities we suggest as part of a Primal lifestyle.
Eat a varied diet
It goes without saying that a diet high in processed foods and sugars is highly unlikely to help you towards your weight loss goals. In fact, what you put in your mouth is more important than what you do in the gym. How does the saying go? You can't out-exercise a bad diet!
At Primal we believe in a diet which nature intended for us. Or, as we like to say... A diet our Primal ancestors consumed - one that focuses on eating organic and natural foods. To find out more about a Primal diet and lifestyle, grab a copy of our book.
While eating a varied diet is important for losing weight, it's also extremely important for our health and energy levels - both of which are needed to lose weight in a healthy and positive way.
Lastly, our bodies - which are pretty marvellous machines - are in a constate state of continual repair, rebuild and replace, and when we consume a diet high in vitamins and nutrients, you support this process by enabling your body to work the way it's supposed to.
Supplement your diet
By consuming real food, together with quality supplements, we believe that we can optimise our nutrition and provide our body with what it needs to thrive in the modern world.
Our view on vitamins and minerals is quite straightforward. Eat as much organic and nutritionally loaded, naturally dense food as possible and then supplement to meet any dietary shortfalls. By doing so, not only will you keep your body in tip-top condition, but you'll also be able to keep on track of your weight loss goals without having to strip your body of its essential vitamins and minerals.
With so much of the nutritional value in our food being suppressed, we would have to eat copious amounts of some items just to satisfy our basic requirements. Even with some organic foods, the soil has been so badly depleted over the years, they aren’t able to soak up as many nutrients through their roots as they have done historically.
To help get you started, here are a few supplements and products we recommend to all...
We believe everyone should have a high-quality Multivitamin in their diet and lucky for you - whatever your health concerns might be - we have a range of assorted multivitamins formulated for your needs. From healthy hair, skin and nails to stress relief management, you'll be spoilt for choice. Shop our entire collection here.
Your gut isn't called your second brain for no reason. In fact, did you know your gut has its own nervous system and almost 95% of our serotonin is found in there?
Which is why we're proud to say that we have two of the highest quality probiotics found on the market today. Choose between our 6 Billion CFU Probiotic or our 5 Billion CFU Immune Family Probiotic. Shop our collection here.
Omega Fish Oils
Omega 3 is naturally found in fish oil and there are two main ingredients (EFA’s). EPA (eicosepanteanoic acid) and DHA (docohexaenoic acid) are essential fatty acids, both of which the human body cannot produce itself.
This means the only way to get this vital nutrition is through our diet which many of us are lacking thanks to processed foods or poor diet choices. As it is naturally found in fish oil, it becomes difficult to get from what you would normally eat alone. As a result, we highly recommend supplementing a high-quality fish oil in your diet like ours. Shop our max strength and premium fish oils here.
It's no secret that CBD became one of our most popular products in 2019, and after much research, it has been found that CBD can provide relief for chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, depression and many other conditions such as these below:
- Autoimmune diseases (Inflammation, Arthritis)
- Neurological conditions (Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s, MS, Epilepsy, Huntington’s, Strokes, Brain Injury)
- Metabolic syndrome (Diabetes, Obesity)
- Neuropsychiatric illness (Autism, ADHD, PTSD, Addiction)
- Gut/Digestion disorders (Colitis, Crohn’s)
- Cardiovascular dysfunction (Atherosclerosis, Arrhythmia)
- Skin disease (Acne, Dermatitis, Psoriasis)
While research is still ongoing to see if CBD can aid with weight loss, some people claim that CBD can help reduce appetite. Shop our entire CBD collection here.
Now available in brand new flavours, our SlimShotz are the perfect product to help you with any weight loss goals you may have this New Year.
Slimshotz contains a natural ingredient called Glucomannan, which is extracted from the root of the Konjac plant; sometimes referred to as Gluco-K. It’s one of the only few clinically proven ingredients to aid weight loss. In fact, it's the only ingredient to be officially recognised by the EU Commission which contributes towards helping us lose weight.
Glucomannan works by expanding up to 50 times in your stomach, which sets off your stretch receptors and sends the hormone 'leptin' up to the brain, which tells us we're full.
So, if you're looking for something to support your weight loss this New Year - that's completely natural and healthy - SlimShotz is the perfect addition to your diet. Shop here.