Many of us have been told for a long time that less calories and more exercise equals weight loss. But, people are more complex than that. For many of us, weight loss is not a simple equation. There are many things that effect weight loss. So if you have tried many times to lose weight and feel like a failure, it’s time for you to stop blaming yourself. Wallowing in blame and living in the past is a negative activity that doesn’t get you where you want to go. It’s time for you to start looking at weight loss differently. It’s time to understand that taking a mind-body integrated approach is likely the answer you have been searching for. So, let’s take a look at all of the factors that can finally make you successful at losing those unwanted pounds, for good.
First, all calories are not equal. Let me say this again: All calories are NOT equal! The kind of calories you eat can have huge impacts on your health and your ability to lose weight. Simple carbohydrates and highly processed foods make it much harder to lose weight. Examples of simple carbs are:table sugar; high-fructose corn syrup;refined and highly processed grains (breads, noodles, snack foods, etc.). Other carb foods that are potential problems are white rice and white potatoes.
Simple carbs are called simple because their molecular structure is simple and it’s easy for your body to break them down into usable energy. These kinds of foods are typically very calorie dense. And,due to low fiber content, they are not very filling. This means that you can eat a lot of calories before feeling full and then you can soon be hungry again.
Because your body breaks these simple carb foods down so quickly, your body must convert the excess energy into fat and store it for later use. And since your body is very efficient at storing excess calories in your fat cells this results in you getting, um, fatter. And, unfortunately, your body is not very efficient at getting the fat back out to use for energy.
On the other hand, if you eat good lean protein, high fiber vegetables, and reasonable portions of healthy fats and fruits, your body has a chance to burn off these calories because it breaks them down much more slowly. You will also tend to eat less overall calories because these foods are typically much more filling.
Also, sugar and other simple carbs are literally addictive! This addictive quality is well documented by researchers. There is both a physical and emotional dependence that can develop with these kinds of foods. So, an effective mind-body weight loss plan takes this into consideration. With dedication and a good mind-body weight loss program, you can break the cycle of eating these addictive foods and get rid of the physical and emotional cravings. Certain types of supplements, health coaching, meditation, and hypnosis are some of the ways to help break the addiction to simple carbs.
Of course exercise and fitness programs can have a big impact on how many calories you burn. But, the right kinds of exercise can also ramp up your metabolism to help you burn more calories even when you are sleeping. Strength training and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) are particularly well suited to helping change your body composition to a leaner state. There are many forms of strength and HIIT training and you should not have a problem finding one that fits your individual needs. And if you are not a “gym person”, you can do these kinds of exercises using only your body weight or minimal equipment. A good health coach can advise you on what fitness program may work well for you.
Another important factor in an effective mind-body weight loss plan is hormone imbalance. This is typically seen in people starting in their 40’s but can start as early as mid-30’s. You may be eating better, but if your hormones are out of balance it can be very difficult to lose even a few pounds. This is due to the effect hormones can have on your metabolism and fat storage. Medical professionals say that in this situation you may need to get your hormones in balance to boost your metabolism and shed the pounds.
Stress can also play a significant role in your ability to lose weight for multiple reasons. First, many people tend to eat as a way to deal with stress. Secondly, stress causes your levels of the hormone cortisol to rise. This rise in cortisol can cause cravings for more simple carbs and also increase weight gain around the mid-section. So, finding truly effective methods for managing stress is an important part of a mind-body weight loss program. Meditation and hypnosis for stress have been shown to be very effective for stress management.
With proper nutrition and exercise you won’t just lose weight. Changing your lifestyle in these positive ways can lead to prevention of chronic health problems like type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, hypertension, certain types of cancer, metabolic syndrome, depression, stroke, arthritis, improved sleep quality, and improved mood. You may even gain an improved sex life!
The truth is that you can create a “new you”. But if you have struggled with weight loss, or gained and lost weight repeatedly, you need a new approach. And it has been shown that a mind-body weight loss approach can be very effective where other more traditional approaches have failed. A mind-body weight loss plan can help you to reframe the way you see food in your life. It can also help you to create new healthy habits to sustain the “new you” over time. It can keep you moving in the direction toward positive health.
Do not overlook the power of mindfulness and hypnosis to help you get a handle on your emotional and behavioral drivers. Practices like mindful eating, hypnosis for weight loss, hypnosis for anxiety and stress, and hypnosis for sleep can be very effective. And when made part of an integrated mind-body weight loss program these methods help ensure you are addressing your needs as a whole person.
Know that you can overcome the challenges you have faced in getting to a state of positive health. You can overcome your inner emotional cravings for food. You can overcome the physical addiction to the health damaging simple carbs. You can create new lifelong healthy habits. You can create positive health and a “new you”!