The Secret to Good Skin Lies in your Stomach
Clear skin is achieved through good digestive health. The skin is our largest organ and mirrors what is going on within the body. The stomach needs the right nutrient levels and bacterial balance for our skin to be lustrous. It's where we produce nutrients that make collagen, antioxidants, and neurotransmitters, metabolize hormones and enzymes for detoxification, so it’s no surprise that the state of the gut has a profound effect on our skin.
If we’re not getting eating well or digesting food properly, the skin will start to show signs of failing health. The lack of nutrition will affect collagen production which results in lacklustre skin. If you want skin that glows with health, your starting place should be to check your diet! Here are some helpful tips to go about achieving a flawless complexion.
Keep a track of your daily calorie intake
Firstly, understand that a weight loss plateaus is a myth. People don’t stop losing weight they just stop paying attention to the finer details. When you first start a diet program, you make drastic changes to which your body responded to by quickly losing weight fast for a month or so. However, to continue losing weight, you’ll need to create a consistent calorie deficit, which means you’ll need to start paying attention to how many calories you’re consuming and how many you’re burning. Remember, to lose one pound of fat you will need to burn roughly 3,500 calories. To lose 2 pounds a week you will have to burn 1000 more calories a day than you are consuming. The only way to track this accurately is to count calories at every single meal. I know that it can be time-consuming and tedious, but this has been proven again and again by researchers.
Understand why you want to lose weight
If your body is not unhealthy, but you prefer a slimmer aesthetic, then you’re probably trying to lose what is known as vanity pounds. When the human body doesn’t want to be carrying around excess weight, so it generally responds quickly and easily to diet and exercise. However, when you have a negligible amount of weight you want to lose, your body is going to reluctant to shed it. This is because your body has evolved to hold on to a few extra pounds of body fat (especially if you are female) for survival purposes and childbearing. What most people in this situation do is cut more calories or increase their time at the gym, but this method usually fails. The best fix here is to take a few rest days, up your calories by 10% a week until you get yourself to a point where you are creating no more than a 500 calorie a day deficit. You will be amazed at how quickly your body will respond to this strategy and begin getting lean.