fat lossSpring (the perfect season to detoxify) will soon be turning to summerand with that in mind I thought it was time to share my favourite reason to detoxify…

Now, why does my title read “FAT loss” and not “weight loss”?  That’s because an important part of overall weight loss is not just the pounds you lose, it’s the quantity of FAT you lose.  Specifically that hard-to-reach fat around the abdomen (also known as visceral fat).  Visceral fat is the type of fat that can cause more serious health problems and is linked with high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes.

How do I know if my abdominal (visceral) fat is too high?
Generally people know when they have a “gut”, but to find out your exact numbers get yourself onto a BIA (bio-impedance analysis) scale.  I have one in my office that I use with all of my weight loss patients because the first step in a healthy weight loss process is knowing the difference between gaining lean (muscle) mass and losing fat mass.  A lot of times people attempt to lose weight and only watch the pounds; there’s always a possibility (especially with diet and exercise combined) of gaining muscle mass, losing fat mass and remaining at the same weight at the beginning.  Although that person is now healthier, if they aren’t checking these other important numbers they may get discouraged with their weight loss attempts and give up altogether.

Note: Normal visceral fat readings on a BIA scale should be less than 9 (but I like to see it at 6 or below)

How will a detox help me to lose my abdominal (visceral) fat?
A detox is the perfect set-up for losing that hard-to-reach abdominal fat because it really decreases the stress (both mentally and physically) on your system.  The 2 biggest contributors to abdominal fat are 1. emotional stress, and 2. digestive stress (i.e. consuming food allergens and/or processed “junk” foods).  Emotional stress forces the body to release cortisol from your adrenal glands, a hormone which leads to fat being deposited around your abdomen.  Digestive stress affects a hormone called ghrelin which is normally secreted after a meal to tell your body that it is full (i.e. to stop eating).  When the digestive system is taxed, the secretion of this hormone is hindered, leaving your body constantly hungry and craving more food – especially the “bad” foods.

My 10-day detox helps to exclude both of these common stressors through a well laid-out diet, exercise and mind-body plan.  Most of my patients see fairly dramatic changes in their abdomens in this 10-day span, and the BIA scale helps to confirm that!

If you’re interested in learning more about detoxification, or having your body measurements taken, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Enjoy the last of spring 🙂