Weight gain is easy! Just let life take over, eat when you want, ignore your body, play on the computer and sit down…the pounds will begin to pack on!
Weight loss is NOT easy! We exercise, we watch what we eat, we try and change our lifestyles, we throw away our trigger foods…the scale remains frozen!
WILL POWER is not the problem!
Being overweight and obese is not always about lack of WILL POWER! I think there are very few people out their trying to be bigger and fatter than the average American. Nevertheless, we blame lack of will power as the fault of the person who is heavy. What we don’t always understand is the body’s response to the fuel we are putting inside. There is a direct response of our body to the type of diets we choose, the stressful environment around us, our lack of sleep, etc…Our bodies are fighting our brains and the chemical signals they are sending out. When a person is obese, their brain actually works differently than a person of healthy size & weight. An obese person’s response to food odors and flavors is reduced, therefore they take more food in to elicit a response.
Roller Coaster of Hormones
Many people eat in order to feel better, but what we eat can be destroying our bodies. When we eat a diet filled with high sugar, fat and salt, we want more and our appetite is increased. You can see this after you eat fast food (fries/burger). You will be hungrier earlier than if you ate a nutrient dense food. When we are stressed, we want to eat foods higher in fat. We live in such a high stress environment, our bodies HAVE to be affected. Our body reacts with stress by raising the cortisol levels (a stress hormone). This helps us prepare for a dangerous environment and make the choice to ‘Fight or Flight’. If we keep these levels high, we increase the risk for obesity, heart disease, sleep problems, depression and other issues.
They Learned it From Watching YOU
Children are unfortunately casualties of Our War on Our Weight! Recently I read that among 4 and 5 years olds, 60% of them have already lost the ability to self-regulate food intake. This means they eat until the plate is cleared or until the bag is empty. They don’t know how to listen to their body tell them they are full. We work to get our kids to try different foods, but we also need to help them learn how to listen to their bodies and understand the nutritional value of food. As parents, THIS IS OUR JOB! If we stuff our faces in the pantry or we kitchen graze at 4pm instead of sitting down for a prepared snack – THEY SEE YOU! We need to teach them that when they are hungry they need to sit down for a prepared snack that will refuel their tanks. Life cannot be a buffet! Children are bombarded with ads of characters selling foods that taste yummy! I was told that they see more than 10 ads a day specifically for food versus ads for games or activities. Kids want these foods because they are being told over and over how amazing they taste! Impulsivity control is not a strong character trait for kids, nor for many adults. Science is finding that this can be a big problem. Impulsivity is now a risk factor for obesity among our children. These kids are not born obese. While it is not 100% environmental, it is pretty darn close!
Weight Loss Drug
* There is NONE! * I read a tweet from Phil Southerland (professional cyclist) that there was a new weight loss drug…its called a Bicycle! I loved it! We all need to take accountability for our choices in what we eat, what we do for our body and how we handle our environment. I suggest we all eat a well balanced diet (of protein, fat and carbs). Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, carnivore, etc….just listen to your body – it is trying to tell something…
…Get Moving, Make Healthier Choices, Refuel, Enjoy Life & Breathe!