Why cutting calories is the last thing you should do to lose weight
If you had a friend who was in a shitty relationship with someone who was physically abusive to her, you’d encourage her to leave, right? But maybe she justifies staying in the relationship because her partner said that it’ll be different this time. But you’ve heard this all before. You can see her making the same choices (to stay) over and over and over again, expecting things to be different, yet everything always ends the same way.
Now, think about dieting for a minute. You go on a diet (doesn’t matter which one), you lose some weight and get all excited, thinking that you finally found the answer to all of your weight problems. A couple weeks go by and you’re sitting in your office break room when all of a sudden a birthday cake appears out of thin air. You think to yourself, “there’s nothing wrong with having a little taste… I earned it for being so good,” but that taste turns into four slices. Then, since you already blew it, you decide to eat whatever the hell else you want… and you’ve officially fallen off the wagon. A week or two goes by and you’re now heavier than before you started the diet. And what do you do? You go on another diet. Wash, rinse, repeat.
I think by now most people are familiar with the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. A lot of people can look at the abusive relationship scenario and come to the conclusion that the outcome will not change unless choices change. But most people don’t apply that same principle to dieting and weight loss.
Here’s the thing: the diet and weight loss industry as a whole generates wildly ridiculous revenue, not only because there’s a large percentage of the population that’s overweight, but because the very things that are promoted for weight loss actually end up making your weight issues worse (in more cases than not). And you’re made to feel as if YOU are the reason why the diet or product didn’t work… it was your laziness or lack of willpower.
Well, I’m here to tell you that YOU ARE NOT THE PROBLEM… the diet is.
The reason why typical diets and weight loss products don’t work in the long-run is because they don’t address the root cause for your weight gain in the first place.
In fact, your weight, in and of itself, is not the problem; it is a SYMPTOM of an underlying problem.
Fixating on calories to lose weight is like taking a pill to mask a symptom… as soon as the strategy that masked the symptom is removed from the equation, the symptom comes back because the root cause was never addressed. (And who in the hell wants to obsess over calories for the entirety of their life, anyway?? That’s not a healthy way to live…)
Oh, and your laziness and lack of willpower? Those are also symptoms. In fact, the underlying problem can strongly influence your cravings and food choices, your energy levels, your mood and desire to workout, your hormones, your metabolism… and many, many, MANY other things.
And guess what? The problem that I’m referring to is NOT your genes. (FYI – you actually have more control over your genes than you probably realize, since your lifestyle can influence whether certain ones are turned on or off…)
The REAL problem that led to your weight gain can basically be summed up to be… drum-roll please… some sort of stress or imbalance in your body.
And as you reduce or correct the stress or imbalance in your body, the behaviors that you see as laziness or lack of willpower (or other undesirable behaviors/symptoms) begin to disappear, resulting in:
- Weight loss that lasts without having to starve yourself. Or spending countless hours in the gym. Or taking a bunch of ridiculous, ineffective, and overpriced supplements.
- Being excited about moving your body (in ways that actually feel good to you)
- Feeling naturally energized (no caffeine required)
- Feeling like a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders (literally and figuratively)
- Feeling better in your own skin (and finally feeling like your body isn’t plotting against you)
- Feeling more level-headed and in better moods
Now, you’re probably wondering just what types of stressors and imbalances are at the root of your symptoms, amiright?
Here are just a few:
- Emotional trauma or stress, which includes things that you’re consciously aware of AND things that run unconsciously in the background (often showing up as self-sabotage); chronic stress can especially promote fat gain around your mid-section
- Lack of sleep/R&R, which often increases hunger levels and cravings throughout the day, impairs decision-making, impairs your body’s ability to repair itself and perform optimally, etc.
- Nutrient deficiencies (yes, you can be overweight and nutritionally starving at the same time), which affect your body’s ability to perform any number of functions efficiently and can impact things like metabolism, cravings/food choices, hunger levels, etc.
- Ongoing inflammation, which is basically caused by your immune system overreacting to what it perceives as a threat; on-going/low-grade inflammation creates a lot of stress on your body and can result in tons of different symptoms, including weight gain, impaired thyroid function, hormone imbalances, mood swings, aches and pains, low energy levels, food cravings, and others
- Dysbiosis (which is basically a fancy term for an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut) can wreak havoc on your body, including turning on undesirable genes (that can cause weight gain and illness), driving certain food choices (certain bad microbes LOVE sugar and other less-than-ideal foods), lowering energy levels, causing bad moods or mood swings, messing with immune function, and others
- Environmental toxins, which create a lot of work for your body’s detoxification system AND can deplete you of vital nutrients that are needed for detoxification and for fighting off free radicals that would otherwise cause damage (leading us back to issue #2 above); certain toxins are also stored in fat tissue and can end up promoting fat gain (especially if your body’s detoxification system is stressed or impaired)
Can you see how restricting calories doesn’t really help these issues (and might actually make certain issues, such as nutrient deficiencies, worse)?
And THIS is why dieting doesn’t work in the long-run.
If losing weight (and actually keeping it off) is important to you, you need to address the reasons why you gained weight in the first place. Believe it or not, weight gain is often a result of your body’s efforts to protect you. So, if you don’t go about losing weight in the right way, your body will fight you every. step. of. the. way.
Because I feel so passionately about this, I’m (finally) creating a program that is aimed at addressing the root cause of weight gain.
This is NOT about meal plans. Or counting calories. Or going low-carb. Or taking ridiculous miracle supplements. Or exercising your ass off.
This is about bringing balance back to your body (and life!) so you can finally feel good in your own skin (and actually learn to work with your body instead of against it).
I think it’s time to finally put an end to the dieting madness, don’t you?
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