“This year, it will be different!” She started by actually going to the gym where she had paid for a lifetime membership. She hired a trainer and followed the latest fad diet book guidelines.
But by the middle of January, Mary again found herself drinking triple shot crapaccinos to combat exhaustion, snacking on salt and vinegar chips, and a she had not put a dent into those 5 pounds she gained in the last week of December.
The first week on February she didn’t make it to the gym at all, but she gave herself a break because she was really, really tired. Maybe she had mono she thought.
By Valentine’s day she decided she just doesn’t have the willpower to do it alone. She joined a group of “like-minded” individuals who also confessed at their weekly meetings that they had failed to meet their 10 week target weight too.
Oh well there is always next year…
Does this common scenario (unfortunately) sound like someone you know?
Where did Mary go wrong? She followed the S.M.A.R.T.Y. goal outlined in part 1. She enlisted some professionals and joined a support group. She really put herself out there!!! What gives? *^#*!!???
I ended Part I by stating - The truth is a healthy body has an easier time shedding fat than an unhealthy body - there is no argument against that - period.
What happens she “get’s healthy on purpose and loses weight by accident”. Why?
Because a healthy body has an easier time losing weight that an unhealthy body.
Now if Mary is focused on health she is not going to suddenly quit a diet she was on. She is going to avoid the dreaded Yo-Yo because she is unlikely to go back and forth from working towards health to not working on health. She can now to build upon her progress for the long-term and age gracefully and hopefully avoid the chronic disease downward spiral that so many obese people fall into. Sad but true.
Excess body fat is a symptom of something not working right in your body. Whether the issue is primarily hormonal, auto-immune, digestive, poor diet, poor sleep, binge eating, excessive appetite, lack of exercise, or whatever else you have been told I am here to tell you that it is likely multi-faceted. So, don't just focus on the "symptom" (the weight) but the causes. Focus on fixing your health issues and the stubborn weight will likely become a non-issue .
Look at the big picture surrounding weight.
1) Nutrition – How one consumes, assimilates, and eliminates food is the basis of human health. Every single cell in the body is dependent on what goes in your mouth - nervous tissue, muscle, fat, hair, mucous secretions, bone, immune cells, and so on. Therefore it is not a stretch to say that food affects every hormone, every neurotransmitter, your energy, your sleep, your mind, and with the emergence of Epigenetics we now know what you eat affects your offspring too! Just eat real food. Ignore labels like “natural” and “low this or that” and buy foods that are not packaged or processed whenever possible. Learn to cook – it is necessary for health. I could write a book about this – but why there are thousands of them already!
2) Digestion – This is inherently linked to your nutrition. If you want to fix your health you have to fix your gut. How do you know if you need to address this? If you experience heart burn, GERD, frequent gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, IBD, hemorrhoids, etc…I am writing a book about this.
3) Sleep – Sleep is crucial for cleansing and rebuilding the body daily. It recharges your brain, helps with hormonal balance, controls appetite, the list goes on. It is no secret that those with poor sleep have a hard time losing weight. A simple Google search will give you more than enough reading material to convince you that improved sleep is a worthy goal and necessary process. And it starts with nutrition.
4) Exercise and movement - . I don’t care if you are a CrossFit fanatic or yogi, just move! The fact is movement is key, we are not designed to be sedentary beings. Haven’t you heard? Sitting is the new smoking! Even if you exercise an hour or more every day and sit for extended periods you may be undoing all the good. Move often and if you don’t exercise at all – shame on you for the self-abuse. Start simply even if it is 5 minutes a day.
5) Stress – yes you can’t avoid it these days but you can certainly mitigate the effects through conscious effort. Breath deeply often, stop trying to do everything and be everything for everybody. Focus on self and create quiet in our life daily. Stress has far reaching effects on everything I have already mentioned above.
Quit worrying about weight! If your doctor and family tell you the key to getting healthy is to lose weight. Tell them that it is the other way round!
The key to losing weight is focusing on health.
Now dump that silly guilt surrounding your failed weight loss resolution and create systems to restore your health. Be good to yourself.
Dr. Jerome Craig, DC