Weight loss: understanding what makes you overweight
It’s a struggle for so many people; being overweight. I am not talking about some simple weight loss that is needed with a few pounds here and there that you gained during the holidays. No, I am talking about the need for serious weight loss because the weight is becoming a health thread.
I have walked a couple of miles in those obesity shoes. At my heaviest, I was 317 lbs. Unable to walk more than 5 steps without severe back pain and any intense movement making me feel like my lungs were on fire. At the time I had done just about every diet in the book and always failed. As a fat girl, I was always looking for the next big thing, the next super fat burning pill or super diet. If you struggle with your weight, you know none of those work because you have tried them all, am I right?
The truth is, there is no magic pill. The answer to your problems is an answer no overweight person wants to hear. Neither did I. You need to eat right and you need to exercise. Yep, don’t want to hear it. I like my sweets and like to eat. I am completely comfortable being restricted in my movements and my daily life because that is just how my life is, right?
Yes, I get it. Like I said, been there, done that, got the t-shirt. I opted for gastric sleeve surgery. It was either that or eat myself to death. Mentally, I was constantly fighting depression. Your self-image is pretty much down the drain. Feeling like I was in the gutter, I had settled for a life of misery and totally gave up on myself. Surgery was my way out, and the best thing I ever did for myself. I have my life back, I am active and a completely new person.
What makes you overweight?
As I was going through the motions and all the required testing pre-surgery, I learned what it actually was that made me fat to begin with. I always thought fat made you fat. It doesn’t. Everything stands or falls with your blood sugar levels. This was a complete revelation to me, especially when I was told that eating more will trigger weight loss. Wait….what??
If your blood sugar is balanced, your hormones are balanced. This triggers the body to consistently release stored fat. The mindset in our society is all wrong. We are so focused on calorie and carbohydrate restriction that we think in order to lose weight we have to starve ourselves. This results in the well-known phenomena of jo-jo dieting because no one can starve themselves permanently.
If you don’t have any sugar in your body, your body automatically thinks it is in starvation mode. You’re going to hold on to anything that comes into your body and store all those fats. Instead of burning fat, you’re actually burning muscle.
So what you lose in that jo-jo dieting process is muscle and not fat. Which means as soon as you start eating more again, you gain more weight and you get even heavier because there is no muscle left to burn the calories you’re taking in.
What does this mean?
It means you have to eat in order to balance your blood sugar and trigger your body into losing weight. Are you hearing me? You have to eat in order to lose the weight! Now this doesn’t mean you should eat a Costco size pack of twizzlers in one day like I used to. I always tell people to eat as if they had weight loss surgery. That means eating 6 times a day, 3 meals and 3 snacks. Eating every 2-3 hours levels your blood sugar and lets your body know it will get fed. It won’t be storing any additional fat because the food is coming in and it will start burning the stored fat you have.
Eat lots of protein; fish, meat, nuts and dairy. Drink at least 70 oz of water a day. If you dislike drinking water, drink decaf coffee with stevia or decaf tea. Put crystal light in your water to make it taste sweet. Control your portions. Get a small plate. Don’t load up your plate, if you want seconds you can go get them. Chew your food and put the fork down! Our stomach stretches because we wolf our food down. Chew and put your fork down in between bites so you enjoy your food and fill up faster.
Start moving and I mean in any way possible depending on your restrictions. Walk. Swim. Go to the grocery store or shopping. You have to move one way or the other so find a way that works for you. It is good for you and will definitely help you feel better about yourself!
Is there a magic way to lose weight? Nope. None of the fads out there work and you know it. Use common sense. Eat healthy and get moving. Balance your blood sugar and start losing the weight. Commit to a change in lifestyle. Changing your body starts with changing your mind and attitude. Our weight loss management system can support you on your journey. Contact me for more information.
You can do this!!!