Combat Fat Storage and Accelerate Your Weight Loss

Combat Fat Storage and Accelerate Your Weight Loss

When the body perceives famine, it will do everything to pack on and hang on to body fat to survive.  This survival mechanism is inherent and will override every other system in the body…making weight loss impossible.  Basically, you and your body are at odds with the game your playing. You’re exercising and reducing calories in hopes to loose body fat and your body is vetoing your wishes by packing on the pounds because it thinks it’s going into famine.  This fight not only causes frustration, it causes undo stress on the body, making the situation worse.

Perceived famine is an interesting phenomenon.  To the body it can look like the potential loss of a job, not enough water, or prolonged stressful situations like not having enough money.  Take the potential threat of losing your job.  Your body knows that losing your job means no more income which means not being able to buy enough food which means potential famine. It will actually start increasing your body fat levels to prevent a possible future famine.

Not having enough water is a perceived threat that will slow the metabolism.  Most Americans are at least chronically 1% dehydrated.  If you take 1% of your body weight, let’s say you’re 180 pounds, that’s almost 2 pounds of water missing from the body.  This 1% decrease will slow the metabolism by  400-800 calories per day.  More importantly, water provides the medium for the chemistry of your metabolism to take place.  Also, water allows the metabolic bi-products to be flushed from the body.

Perceived famine can cause cravings and lead you to eating high calorie foods. Ever been stressed out and craved comfort foods?  They’re called that for a reason: calorie-dense food with not a lot of nutritional value. Food is information to the body and processed, calorie-dense food tells the body to store it all as body fat.

So now that your a toxic wasteland, dehydrated and thirsty, stressed mess, here’s what you can do to address this inherent mechanism.

Hydrate

Hydrate by using foods as well as drinking water. Foods such as water-dense veggies, fruits, and soups are beneficial to naturally absorb water into the body.  If you’ve ever felt like your dehydrated and water logged from drinking too much water, go for the water-dense foods.

Also, drink water on an empty stomach.  Research has shown that drinking on an empty stomach, no matter the temperature of the water, increased the metabolic process by 100 calories.  Not sure why, the mechanism isn’t clear but the results speak for themselves.

Take Action

Address the daily stress with action.  If you are in fear of loosing your job, do what it takes to find a new one or have a productive talk with your boss. Which ever direction you go, taking action switches the body from famine to potential balance.

 

 

How to Get Started in an Overwhelming Weight Loss Journey

How to Get Started in an Overwhelming Weight Loss Journey

Weight loss feels like your looking straight up at an insurmountable brick wall , which leaves most people in despair at the thought of what they are facing to begin the journey.  Negative thoughts of deprivation cause most people to resign and give up before they even start.  It is possible to overcome this brick wall with a little help… usually not the way most people think.

Just start doing something.  Take advantage of the phenomenon called the snowball effect.  Watch the momentum a rolling snowball picks up as it travels down the mountain, picking up more and more snow on the way down, crushing anything that gets in it’s way.   We are no different… we just have to get started.  This is the most difficult part.  Our brain perceives pain ahead and it will do anything to avoid it and go for the pleasure. So start with something small like just putting on your walking shoes and set your timer for 5 minutes.  By the time your alarm goes off you maybe half way down the block and want to go a little further.  Then turn around and come back and mark your calendar as workout complete.  This small action trains the brain that there was no pain involved.  The check mark reinforces completing something.

The starting point for nutrition is making one small change per day as you read up on all the latest nutrition.  We all know that veggies are better than fries but do we know how to make both work for us?   Many successful weight loss clients follow the 80/20 rule.  Most of their week, or 80% of the time, they are packing their lunches and cooking at home so that the other 20% of their meals can occur when situations come up.  Maybe you give yourself 3 fun foods a week free of guilt knowing that you’re nourishing your body the other days.

Next comes the stress reduction.  Stress to the body can be toxic if not dealt with over time.  We are going all day long; however, we never give our bodies true down time, and watching TV late at night doesn’t count.  Meditation has been shown to actually change the length of your telemeres giving you a longer life span.  That’s powerful!  The good news is we don’t have to sit for hours in order to change the body.  Easiest way is to take 5 minutes before you fall asleep to listen to a self-guided meditation on YouTube.  Those 5 minutes will shock you… you’ll feel more calm, you’ll sleep better and wake up refreshed.

Most of us already know this stuff, we’ve read it a millions times.  But are we implementing it?  Start by marking your changes each day to reinforce your good habits.  Pretty soon they will become second nature and you’ll be looking or new things to implement taking you to the next level. Before you know, you’ll have made a significant change to your health!