The most basic reason we are overweight or are not losing weight is because we consume more than we need to fuel our bodies. DUH! Right, the diet industry has told this to us forever. Calories in VS. calories out. But what they aren’t helping us with is the why we are overeating in the first place.
We either eat just enough to maintain our current weight, or we eat more than needed and the excess is stored as fat. I know, I know, you already know this……But the reality is that if we could have just counted those calories and tracked them all we would have figured out how to lose it and keep it off, but……counting calories just doesn’t work for weight loss because food is not the reason for why we are overweight in the first place.
O.k. all you "experts" that want to chime in and tell me how your diet solution will solve my clients weight issue, just shush it! My client is tired of yo-yo dieting. My client is ready to hear a secret. It's our thinking that leads to overeating, not just the sugary cinnamon roll with it's kick of insulin to the blood stream. And we solve a thinking issue with working on changing our thinking. But first we need to understand a few things.
We need to know what we are thinking to begin with, it really can change our life.
We need to reconnect with our body, our hunger signals and do a little detective work.
We need to get good at learning what our individual body needs, uses, stores and releases to find the best protocol for our individual weight loss journey.
One Size approach to weight loss doesn’t fit all.
How much you eat is important, the sensitivity of your unique hormonal response is also important. We know this because two people can eat the same amount and one will lose weight while the other gains. Remember walking by the cafe and smelling those cinnamon rolls and getting home and seeing the scale weight has gone up even when you are eating rice cakes instead of cinnamon rolls? Since we are not into comparison trap or thoughts like “I’m just so broken” (insert whiney face), We want to become curious about how YOUR body responds to certain foods, how those foods affect your hormones and so on.
Think about your current eating patterns. What is going on INSIDE your body physically AND emotionally? What habits do you have that support your current weight? Even maintenance has a favorite type of food and intake. We want to learn to understand what eating patterns you currently have,(and what thoughts lead you to the pantry when you aren't hungry) so you can begin to learn how to make changes. This level of awareness will happen over time, and I want you to keep an accurate record of what you think and consume so that we can become that creative mad scientist who discovers your exact magic weight loss formula.
So this week take note, or a lot of notes.