It’s around this time of year that we start thinking of how wonderful it would be to shed a few pounds before the summer months. Or we may be feeling guilty about how quickly we abandoned our New Year’s resolution diet. The multi-billion dollar weight-loss industry is always ready to provide you with, fast weight-loss plans, tricks, and gimmick diets. Knowing a few facts will help you stay on track and choose the right plan.

Never skip a meal
Some people think that if they skip a meal they can lose weight. Actually, just the opposite is true. The body has many ways to protect itself to survive. When you skip a meal, your metabolism slows down to preserve energy. Not only that, to further protect itself, your body will store its next meal almost entirely as fat just in case you choose to skip another.

How to handle cravings
Cravings can be caused by a lack of water or a nutritional deficiency. Sometimes we tend to eat when we are simply thirsty. So, before you reach for that snack, have a drink of water. Drinking pure water also eliminates toxins from your body.
If you or your children crave sweets it could be an indication you are lacking protein in your diet. To curb sweet cravings, decrease sweets, increase protein and ensure you are eating whole grain, good quality carbohydrates.
A reduced calorie diet where you deprive yourself of foods can actually increase your cravings, and as soon as you go off the diet you may put the weight back on. It is best to eat a balanced, varied, healthy diet, with plenty of fresh, whole foods.

Glycemic ups and downs
The concept of the glycemic index is quite deceiving as there are so many factors that change the glycemic index of foods. For example, the ripeness of a fruit changes the glycemic index. Peeling and cooking food and length of cooking time also affect the glycemic index. Noodles cooked al dente have a lower glycemic index than noodles that are cooked longer. The glycemic index also changes depending on what other foods are eaten at the same time. Your glycemic levels won’t rise drastically if you have a dessert at dinner time, but they will skyrocket if you have that same dessert in the middle of the afternoon.

A personalized plan
The old adage, “Eat a big breakfast, medium lunch, and small dinner,” is definitely not a good idea. It depends entirely on your metabolic type and dominant glandular type. Each person is different and requires a personalized plan. While a big breakfast might be a good idea for those who consider themselves “morning people,” someone who is slow in the morning would do best with a very small breakfast. Many of my clients agree that a big breakfast triggers them to be very hungry and eat more all day long. Instead, a good-sized dinner is best for them as this is when their metabolism is highest, so they easily burn off the calories and lose weight.

A consultation with a naturopath can guide you to find what works best for you, so that you can look forward to bathing suit season!

Author's Bio: 

Sue-Anne Hickey came to naturopathy and healthy eating through her experience with yoga in 1990. A few years after graduating from Concordia University, Sue-Anne completed yoga teachers training course in 1993 in India. She then taught yoga at Indian ashrams, Thai meditation retreats and Nepalese Buddhist monasteries. This was part of a year and a half, solo, spiritual journey around the world.

A few years after her return, Sue-Anne established a full-time practice teaching yoga in Montreal. She has encouraged thousands of people to make long-term, positive changes in their lives in her practice as well as with her yoga and relaxation DVDs, and a quarterly inspirational newsletter. (You can sign up for Sue-Anne's Yoga E-News at

In 2006, Sue-Anne decided to extend her expertise in healthy living and started training as a naturopath. Her studies allowed her to take her own health to a very high level. Over the years she has helped her clients cure all kinds of ailments, lose weight, make changes in their diets and regain their energy and happiness.