Every week, we counsel a number of people who are seeking help for their body weight and body fat issues.
People are confused, frustrated, overwhelmed… and getting MORE fat and LESS healthy in the process.
The irony is that there’s clearly no shortage of information out there about weight loss, diets, and fat loss. Arguably, there’s probably MORE information on the internet and on infomercials about dieting, weight loss, and exercise than any other health topic.
So, why are we still getting bigger… and sicker?
We’re gaining FAT and LOSING our health at increasing rates with each passing year. We’re becoming a society of over-fat and under-muscled people, setting ourselves up for any number of chronic illnesses. Worse yet, we’re teaching our kids how to follow in our foot steps!
Clearly, the challenge is not a lack of information! We have more than we know what to do with already!
The issue is a lack of ACCURATE information… and an accurate, sustainable strategy. Ultimately, the biggest issue of all is a lack of transformation!
In order to change the results we’ve been getting with our body composition (and our health), we must change the way we THINK.
There are consequences to the choices we make. Good and bad.
There are devastating consequences to consistently making toxic or deficient lifestyle choices in the way we eat, the way we move (or fail to move) and even in the way we think and respond to stressors in our lives.
The stress hormones released as a result of UNhealthy choices set the stage for chronic hormone imbalance. It is virtually impossible to achieve long-term success with weight loss… or with health… if you have created chronic hormone imbalance.
So, let’s be positive and proactive…
There are also consequences to making consistently HEALTHY choices in our lifestyle!
The key is consistency.
We’re stuck in a mindset that tells us we should snap our fingers, take a magic pill, eat “diet” food, go to a Boot Camp, or have a “simple” surgical procedure and we’ll see results immediately.
That’s not how health happens and that’s not how long-term success in weight reduction happens.
Transformation can only take place when new healthy behaviors are consistently made over TIME. That’s not what most people want to hear. It’s that “over time” thing that we just don’t like!
Too bad, so sad. That’s what it takes!
Real positive change only happens when we start “right” strategies and a “right” plan to implement the strategies… and then stick to what we started!!
In order to stick to new behavior and make new choices, we have to start with a new understanding… a new paradigm, or way of looking at things. This “paradigm shift” is truly the key to lasting change.
A paradigm shifts once your beliefs shift. Beliefs can shift once you have better (more accurate) information and your self-talk changes.
Part of having better information when it comes to weight loss is to understand that obesity and excess body fat are the result of chronic hormonal imbalances (directly related to toxicity, as well). If you’re over-fat, that’s your indication that your hormones are out of balance.
“What hormones?” you ask? “Is she talking about those female hormones???” Nope.
The key hormones at play are sometimes referred to as the “stress hormones”. Hormones such as insulin, cortisol and glucagon. Clearly, not just a ‘chick’ thing!
(Chronic illness is also related to these hormonal imbalances.)
Next, you’ve got to know how to shift your hormonal balance into a positive place that works for you, rather than against you. With consistently good choices, these hormones in large part will lead you to feel good, look good, and ‘function good’.
When it comes to body composition, these hormones in a healthy balance can help you burn fat.
Consistently poor choices – even the unintentional ones, like chronic sleep deprivation – will set the stage for fat storage.
The chronic stress as a result of toxic &/or deficient choices drives the production of even more stress hormones.
Fat and sugar are major substrates (‘building blocks’) of stress hormones. Therefore, chronic stress and unhealthy choices lead you to crave MORE fat and sugar so you can make MORE stress hormones! Then, you have a tougher time shedding the excess fat because of this chronic hormonal imbalance.
Do you really think a pill or a diet pop or low-fat food or a surgical procedure are going to address this major underlying cause?? No. Not for any length of time, anyway.
The key to lifetime health and optimal body weight is consistently making healthy choices based upon accurate science… and supporting our natural, balanced hormone function as a result.
I’ve heard many sabotaging and inaccurate mindsets and beliefs from people dealing with weight issues. It’s not really their fault that they believe these things… they’ve become the cultural norm for what we believe about weight. Things like:
~ Obesity runs in my family… there’s not really much I can do about it.
~ I’m just too busy to work out.
~ Eating healthy costs too much.
~ Getting healthy again is way too hard… it’s too late.
~ I eat a low-fat, low-calorie foods, and sugar-free foods… and I’m still not losing weight.
~ I work out a lot so I can pretty much eat what I want! I’ll burn off all those calories!
~ My spouse loves me just the way I am.
~ I don’t want to look all “muscled up” if I work out.
~ I don’t want to look like some skinny celebrity.
~ I can just take medication or have some surgery done down the road if it gets too bad.
~ I love food too much to give it up! (me, too… which is why I DON’T “give it up”!!)
~ I’m so stressed out and tired all the time… I can’t add another thing to my list!!
~ My stress levels and sleep couldn’t possibly be affecting my weight and body fat!
Wow. These are all so damaging on various levels. We’re “off” with our thinking about weight and health.
It’s frightening to continue thinking the way everyone else thinks… ‘cuz you know what that will get you! MORE fat. LESS health.
We need to start by asking better questions, like, “How do I support more balanced and supportive hormone function?” Then, “How do I sustain it?”
Nutrition, Movement, Mindset, Sleep, Environment… those are the biggies. Doing as much as possible to meet our cellular requirements in these main areas of lifestyle while simultaneously reducing toxicity is the underlying strategy for lifetime success in health and body composition.
No magic pills… just ongoing effort in creating, and re-creating health!