Losing weight is quite often misunderstood. As crazy as this may sound, most of us don’t really understand the true purpose of weight loss or how to ensure permanent results. Losing weight is not a matter of getting thinner and lighter; it is in fact a little more complex than that. Many of you who are seeking weight loss don’t just want to be lighter and thinner. I can hear you thinking around about now, ‘Who is Eddy to be telling me what I do and don’t want?” That’s a fair and reasonable question to be asking so allow me to ask a few questions:
- Do you want your ‘weight loss’ to be permanent?
- Do you want to be content, feel full and have plenty of energy?
- Do you want to become healthier in the process?
Ultimately, if you are on the right track, you would have answered yes to at least one of these questions, if not all of them. If I were to tell you that ‘losing weight ’ is as easy as eating fewer calories than you burn up on a regular/daily basis, you would most probably understand this very basic method. Eat less food and your scales will announce a drop in numbers! However, this way of thinking is not only outdated, dangerous and non-sustainable, but also the absolute worst method that anyone could consider. The reality is contrary to what most people have been told, believe or perceive!
Weight gain is not just due to over-eating but a result of poor eating habits (eating at the wrong times), poor nutrition (eating many of the wrong foods) and lack of energy output (laziness or lack of physical movement). Therefore for ‘weight loss’ to be effective you need to concentrate on eating the right foods, at the right times and adding some form of physical energy output (usually referred to as exercise but more importantly just moving the body on a regular basis).
Eating the Right Foods
What are the right foods? Put another way, what is sound nutrition that allows maximum benefit to assist our energy levels and allows for our appetite to be fulfilled and nourished? By answering some of these questions our focus is taken away from weight loss but incidentally leads to correct weight loss. Certain individuals may have specific requirements however the general population should consider foods that are high in protein, fibre and nutrients and low in saturated fats, carbohydrates and sugars. Foods that are high in protein, fibre and nutrients will not only be likely to provide the body with its daily nutritional requirements but also likely to fill you up quicker and send signals to your brain that are fulfilling, satisfying and accurate (providing a feeling of satiety). Furthermore, feelings of well-being and excess energy tend to accompany correct selection of foods consumed. In contrast, sugars, carbohydrates and excess fats (predominantly excess saturated fats), do little to nourish the body and often surpass the natural ability for our bodies and brains to communicate effectively, therefore tricking the body and brain into believing that you are still hungry or have not eaten enough foods. Science has proven that those of us that are over-weight have little to no natural appetite-suppressing functions (sometimes incorrectly referred to as will-power) which have been created by poor eating habits and poor selection of foods. This can be changed in the very same manner it was created. We are designed to stop eating when we are truly full, and in fact it becomes a chore to continue to consume foods when we are full. The signal should be so strong that the desire to stop eating is much more powerful then it is for those who feel the need to continually eat the wrong foods.
Eating At the Wrong Times
Eating just prior to going to bed, eating when stress or emotions become overwhelming or eating for the sake of eating are all, generally speaking, the wrong times to be eating. Upon rising, during your working day and when physical hungry reminds you (empty feeling you get in your stomach), are all the correct times to be consuming foods. Forming the correct habits encourages the body to be following the correct methods in a subconscious manner.
If exercise seems out of reach or too difficult, then just moving the body is a great start. Playing with your pets, walking, doing an activity that you do not consider to be exercise, can and usually does make a significant difference. Don’t allow yourself to view exercise as an extra commitment. Exercise or ‘moving the body’ should be fun, enjoyable and a priority for you but not an effort. Once you become more mobile and consistent, the way in which you view exercise/movement will change.
So losing weight is far more than just losing. When we talk about losing weight the word ‘loss’ or ‘losing’ has a negative connotation. We think of sacrifice, eating less and exercising more but in reality it shouldn’t be that way. You should adopt regular eating habits, eating plenty of nutritious foods to the point where you feel satisfied and therefore have enough energy and positive mindset to want to live life to its fullest. Good food and correct nutrition on a regular basis is powerful; so powerful that your mindset and desires are often changed in a very positive way, almost like self-hypnosis. Transforming the body so that we carry less fat and more lean tissue is of greater consequence than weight loss, and in the process the way you look, feel and think will be positively enhanced.