First lets talk about
and the way your body uses and stores food
Did you know that maintaining an ideal weight for
you and your body type may not be what you are striving for!
Your body actually has a natural set point - this is the ideal weight for
you and if we try to go below it we will never be able to maintain it.
There is an ideal way to change your lifestyle for optimum weight management
Notice that we are talking about weight management
we will never suggest the word diet has anything to do with what we are
going to accomplish.
To achieve the ideal weight management state you will need to increase your
metabolism. The way to do this requires you to eat a lot of food.
What happens when people go on diets and restrict their food intake?
An interesting phenomenon occurs in the body.
The body realizing that food is being curtailed goes into an efficiency
mode preparing for starvation and famine (similar to the fight or flight
mode that causes anxiety and stress) this is an involuntary occurrence
that you cannot prevent. Hence after several weeks of dieting you have
lost some weight but are tired of trying and so you go back to your regular
The weight comes back sometimes more than before. This is because your
body subconsciously turned on the efficiency mode during the diet and
even though it is very good at compensating for no food or less food it
is not nearly as concerned about more food later and so remains in the
The dilemma then is to motivate or trick your body into realizing it is
not starving and actually let it know that there will be an abundance
of food for ever so it never has to move into starvation mode again.
Sounds great but how do we do this?
" What" you do is actually quite simple!! "But" your habits,
ego, cravings and comfort foods may make it a little difficult initially so
don't be to hard on yourself be patient and it will pay off. It will take
a little time to convince your body of the abundance it will be experiencing
and have your sub conscious turn off that starvation mode.
The idea is to eat a lot of food and to eat frequently
so we are not hungry, sounds wonderful right!!
We should also not eat a lot at one time thus reducing our capacity for
how much we can stuff ourselves. This frequent eating is sometimes called
grazing. Animals graze and they only get fat when food is withheld and
then they tend to over eat.
Now that we have settled on gazing we will have to decide what it is we are
going to graze on, are you excited yet you should be!!
We know that to much of certain things do produce weight gain - so how
are we be able to eat allot of food - graze all day and still move toward
our goal of ideal weight?
Now remember I am saying "ideal" weight not skinny
We will make some lifestyle changes and new food choices, these choices and
changes will be with us for life - not just a few weeks!! So choose wisely
and do not make the change to quickly or you may become discouraged.
Lifestyle change and ideal weight management is
not a "few weeks" thing and it is not about weighing in every
week in fact we prefer you to put the scales in the garbage or at least
store them in the basement.
You have in all likelihood created a dependency on them and there is no
need to ever weigh yourself again. As you move through your new patterns
how your clothes fit will tell you if you a up or down and you can compensate
accordingly by eating more foods that increase your metabolism.
This is all there is to it, we have handouts that tell you what foods increase
metabolism which ones do not and which ones prevent your body from burning
fat regardless of what you eat and which ones are fantastic energy producing
For those of you who have experience many diets
and feel that your body mechanisms are fairly far out of wack we have
some suggestions that can help you on your way.
Thermogenisis products that create a natural burn and produce energy.
Yoga, meditation and enlightenment disciplines that put you in touch with
your body, start you on the road to self love and letting go of anxiety
and the limitations that may be holding you back.
There are many self help mechanisms and opportunities
that will help ensure your success and we can provide these through seminars,
by mail or or individual appointment.
Check out the section on stress and nutrition for
many great resources.