THE REAL REASON YOU’RE NOT LOSING WEIGHT

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Yep, it’s that old weight-loss chestnut again.

We’ve all been there somewhere – you can’t lose it, you don’t know how, you don’t know where to start, or you’ve tried 101 ways and none of them have worked.

Considering a quarter of all Australians are now obese (and more than half are overweight) it’s really no surprise to you or me that there are so many people looking for the answer. So before you read on, let me warn you that this article is not the magical answer.

Sorry to disappoint you but please keep reading!

What I am going to give you is a few new ways to look at it, and hopefully some new ideas that you’ll go away and put into practise.

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The media likes to fill your head with all sorts of stuff. Sometimes it’s good (I just learned that global warming ‘slowed’ a little bit last year – woohoo!), sometimes it’s bad (everything involving the current state of Australian politics in my opinion!) and sometimes it’s just nonsense (celebrity break-ups are not my idea of good news coverage). And guess what – nutrition reports in the media usually fall in the nonsense category. So for the purpose of the next ten minutes, I want you to forget everything you’ve learned through TV and magazine articles and approach this with an open mind (don’t be scared!).

One

You’re not eating enough fat.

Yep, not enough of it. There’s been a crazy myth going around for the last 40 years or so that fat is bad for you, but I’m afraid that just isn’t so. Your body actually needs fat for its survival – every single nerve and cell! It helps with your digestion and energy, keeps you feeling full for longer, helps in the production of your hormones (very important!), regulates water balance and body temperature, and helps with your memory and brain structure (it’s 70% fat!). There’s a whole lot more but just believe me when I say, it’s important. Not to mention, when you buy something ‘fat free’, it’s generally full of sugar and that is FAR worse for you than a little fat. Just make sure you stay away from the trans fats (goodbye margarine and deep fried food!) and get stuck into the good fats (hello avocados, coconut, eggs, almonds, cashews and olive oil!).

Two

You’re counting calories.

Calories are not created equal I’m afraid! An average woman consumes around 2,000 calories a day but does that mean you can eat a Big Mac with fries and a vanilla shake for 1,680 calories, and a couple of apples for the rest of the day, and think you’re being healthy?

That’s a big oh hell no!

Throw your calorie counting book (or phone app) out the window (figuratively if it’s your phone of course) and just start eating real food. If you’re eating veggies, fruit, nuts and salad, you don’t need to count anything.

 

Three

You’re busting your butt at the gym and not watching what you eat.

Look, I’m all for the gym, but weight loss is 80% about what you’re eating and 20% how you’re moving. Yes you still need to exercise but if you’re spending 2 hours a day doing it and nothing’s happening, then you have to look at your food. If you’re filling your body up with processed food, takeaways and sugary drinks then nothing you do at the gym is going to counteract that. Cut your gym time down to 45 minutes, go home and cook something with real, fresh ingredients. Then watch your weight drop.

Four

You’re super stressed out.

Stress plays a major, major role in weight management, and the more stressed you get about your weight, the more it’s going to pile on. This is because when you’re feeling stressed your body releases a hormone called cortisol, and too much cortisol slows your metabolism, lowers your immune system and stops your body from burning fat for energy. Stress can also affect your blood sugar levels, add to weight gain around the mid-section (exactly where you don’t want it) and make you crave more sugary, deep fried and salty foods.

Comfort eating anyone??

So the solution is to find something which relaxes you. This might be going for a walk in nature, reading a good book, doing yoga or meditating, having a good sleep or just cuddling up to your gorgeous spouse. Think of something you love and go and do that thing.

Right now!

I truly believe that when you make the decision to become healthier, weight loss really is just a side-effect of that process.

Health is the vehicle, not the goal!

Being healthy will get you from where you are now right up to your twilight years, and if your focus is on being the healthiest person you can then you won’t even think twice about your weight. Once you’re eating well, exercising and adding some relaxation into your day, weight loss will just happen. Amazing right!

Your body knows where to go!

You just have to help it get there.

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2 Responses

  1. Kat says:

    This is an awesome article, well-written, great information and full of humor & personality! However, I disagree with #1. Yes, for some people it is true – avocado, flax seeds, walnuts are good fats and for some people even high-quality animal fats can be necessary and helpful (note: as an animal-lover veg-head I don’t suggest animal-fat, but respect your personal choices). However, in some cases and for some people a high-fat diet, even with the good fats as mentioned above is not ideal. John McDougall, Neal Bernard, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Campbell, Dr. Furhman, Dr. Doug Graham and many other well-established experts with good research around them (hello, China Study!) suggest a low-fat diet: most of them suggest 10% fat maximum, while some, like Furhman suggest 10-15% and never more than 20%. Most of these folks suggest a vegan diet, but all are plant-based with animal products only used occasionally (eating lots of animal products makes it basically impossible to eat low-fat anyways, meat/flesh, cheese, butter are all fatty). Some suggest more grains, some less, Graham suggests a low-fat raw vegan diet (no grains, clearly). These diets have wonderful results in many people, eliminating diseases, keeping it healthy, losing weight and are great for endurance sports as well. They are also environmentally friendly with the low/no animal consumption. Or there is the Gerson therapy which shows wonderful results for many forms of cancer: the diet’s only source of fat is 1 or 2 tbsp of flax oil – considering all the juices & foods that keeps the diet very low in fat. Again, I do believe in bio-individuality. Some people need more, some people need less fat, life-styles, health-levels, activity-level, climate, goals, body shapes, ethical choices etc differ, your fat intake can probably change based on season or life circumstances as well. I am not promoting a low-fat or a vegan diet (though I eat lower fat and plant-based), it depends. But we absolutely canNOT declare that people need more fat, high fat, eat as much fat as you want, lose weight with fat etc. Some cases yes, some cases, absolutely not.

  2. Bianca says:

    Hi Kat, thanks for your comments (and for checking out my article!).
    I absolutely come from a place of bio-individulaity in regards to fat consumption – we all have different needs in this area. My point is that we should be avoiding the toxic ‘low-fat’ products on the market as mentioned in my article, and not be scared to reach out for an avocado or some nuts! I’m addressing the media’s portrayal of fat, which over the years has been skewed to something quite untrue (because we all need fat, in some way, shape or form!).
    Anyone with a serious illness such as cancer should certainly consult their medical professional before making radical dietary changes.
    Thanks again Kat x

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