Reshape Rehab Plan
Reshape Rehab Plan
Your guide to supporting the ReShape Body Contouring Treatment Course.
We have teamed up with Nutritional Therapist Simone Burgon to help you achieve the maximum benefit from your ReShape Body Contouring course. To make the most of your DPC Body Contouring course you’ll need to give your body some support. There are many areas that affect our lives and health, and this guide focuses on four that can have a dramatic impact.
While the ReShape Body Contouring programme will be reducing cellulite, removing fat cells and contouring your body, you need to make sure you’re not laying further fat. To make sure this is the case, we need to feed the good bacteria in our gut. That’s right – we have both good and bad bacteria lining our intestines. This bacteria determines which nutrients you absorb and how energy is stored in your body. Therefore your gut bacteria plays an important role in fat loss, influencing the absorption of dietary fats and potentially, how they’re stored in the body. For the ReShape fat reduction treatment plan to have an impact, you need to support your gut health, now and in the future. With the trillions of bacteria inside us, it’s very important that we host more good than bad bacteria.
So, what feeds good gut bacteria and helps it flourish?
• Vegetables, green and coloured. Eat them in abundance at every meal – yes, every meal.
• Lean protein – yes, if you eat animal protein, keep it lean. If you are vegan or vegetarian, make sure you have a wide variety of plant-based protein to get your full essential amino acids.
• Fat – there’s good fat and bad fat. Good fat is primarily found in fatty fish, avocado, organic Ayurveda ghee, grass-fed butter, coconut oil, seeds, nuts and cold pressed olive oil. We need to eat fat every day – but in small amounts. What we need to avoid is the bad fat. Just cutting out processed foods, take always and crisps will help with this.
• Carbohydrates – yes, we need them, but we need good, complex carbs. You might be surprised to know that veggies are full of complex carbs, as are fruit, brown rice, amaranth, quinoa, whole grains in general, beans, lentil, oats, sweet potatoes and many other foods. We need to stop consuming simple carbs: soda pop, sweets, pastries, shop-bought fruit juices, chocolate, ice cream and white flour products. Eating a wide variation of whole foods will feed a wide variation of good bacteria. Eating processed food, sugar and bad fats will feed your bad bacteria and your fat cells.
I say movement rather than exercise, as you don’t have to go jogging or join a gym. Of course, both are great, but you can do other physical activities. Any form of movement is incredibly beneficial. Climbing stairs, walking, dancing around your kitchen: your body loves it. The more you move, the more energy you need to burn. My top tip for people who are house-bound is to use your stairs. In the interval of your favourite programme, walk up and down the stairs until the adverts stop. Build it up by using two steps at a time. When you boil the kettle, do some jumping jacks or some knee lifts. Get off the bus one stop early and walk the rest of the way. Don’t take the car to the shop. Walk to your colleague’s desk, don’t send an email. Each little activity will build your level of movement throughout the day. If you want to join a gym, fantastic! Get a support buddy to give you motivation. There are so many things you can do that demand a little effort but bring big gains. Always check YouTube qualified instructor videos for correct postures when taking on new exercises. And always check with your GP if exercise is new to you.
The way we deal with stress can have a big impact on removing stubborn fat. If you’re in constant ‘fight or flight’ mode, you may struggle to shift that muffin top. What is fight or flight mode? It happens when you’re in a stressful situation where you’re poised to run or fight, for instance, if you’re fighting off a bear. Your body releases cortisol, which encourages your body to store energy so you can fight that bear or run away from it at any given time. But what happens when there isn’t a bear? Just a scary deadline, for example? In short, if you feel stressed, your body will still release cortisol. And if that happens constantly – when your body is in permanent fight or flight mode – your body’s likely to keep on storing energy, in the form of fat around your middle. If you’re constantly on high alert, your body will think it needs energy and continue to store fat. Here are some simple to tips to support the body and keep stress at bay: yoga, meditation, walking in silence and giving gratitude to nature, a warm bubble bath with pure oils and” me time” (yes, be selfish now and again). When you wake, sit in bed with closed eyes and take 20/30 deep breaths in and out. Do this at different stages of the day. Feel the chair, the bed, the floor – so you feel grounded and are aware of what you’re doing, take a deep breath, counting in for 5 and out for 5. Remind your body all is well and life is good. This is a perfect routine before a meeting, dentist appointment or a tough conversation. If you are constantly stressed, anxious and fatigued, you may be in permanent fight or flight mode. To counteract this, you need some quiet time. This signals that all is well so your body can start to get back to normal. Changes won’t happen overnight, and your body will need a regular reminder.
You need water – however, all water is not created equal. Tap water and water in plastic bottles can do more harm than good. If that’s all you have, then by all means, drink it. But glass bottled water or filtered water is so much better – and you don’t need as much as you might think. Around two litres a day is enough, but remember, you’ll also be taking in water if you’re drinking herbal teas and eating fruit and veggies. Don’t over-hydrate especially when eating, as this can weaken stomach acid, which means you don’t absorb all the nutrients in the food. Whilst having your ReShape treatments, we need to flush the body regularly. Water, herbal teas, cucumber and celery, (homemade) juices and green smoothies will all help. What will also help is staying off alcohol. When we drink alcohol, the liver stops everything and does nothing else until it has processed the alcohol out of the body. It even tells the hypothalamus to tell you you’re thirsty, so you drink to flush the toxins out as quickly as possible. In short, the liver is a remarkable organ. We need to respect it at all times, but especially during the ReShape treatment plan. If you really wish to drink – a glass of organic red wine is your best option. And no more than two glasses a week. You’ll feel amazing! Promise. Other things that will support you A positive attitude, a good probiotic supplement (make sure it is a sporebiotic so it reaches the intestines,) fermented foods such as Greek yoghurt, sauerkraut, tempeh, miso, kombucha (if shop bought, look for organic and good whole ingredients). Also, apple cider vinegar with mother (the mother is the important bit) in water (one tbs to 500ml of water) 15 minutes before you eat.
If you haven’t already signed up for one of our ReShape Body Contouring courses you can find all the information by visiting our Face and Body Contouring page.
About Simone Burgon
I’m a Cert. Nutritional Therapist. I’m also a Menopause Coach, and Advanced Nutrition for Sports & Exercise and Weight Management Coach. And being obsessed with study, I’m about to graduate as a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner www.takeapause.co.uk
This information has not been evaluated by any medical body and is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice or medical care of a qualified health care professional, such as your GP and you should seek the advice of your health care professional before undertaking any dietary or lifestyle changes. The material provided is for educational purposes only.
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