Welcome to this blog for Weight Loss. This Blog is going to discuss the topic. Why is it so difficult to lose weight Are you tired of being told to eat less and move more to lose weight and improve your health? Are you fed up with going on dire after dire and never getting the results you were hoping for? Do you notice that you blame yourself for not being able to lose weight or feel that there is something important getting in the way of you living the life you really want to live?
If so the blog is for you and we are very pleased you have found us. We seem and have a clinical psychologist and a chartered physiotherapist. We specialize in providing health and well-being advice for people with curvy bodies for years we have lived and worked in a world where we are told that to be healthy we needed to lose weight and to lose weight.
It was as simple as eating less and moving more. Our personal and professional experience tells us this is simply not true. We have spent years developing our understanding of the science behind weight and health and we are passionate about helping you do the same.
Before we start unpacking some of this science we want to invite you to think for just a moment about the following questions if you want to pause the video between each one and some of your thoughts down
What messages have you been given about your body and your weight?
Where have these messages come from?
What does it mean to have a bigger body that weighs more?
Or a smaller body that weighs less.
What have you been told about how your weight affects your health?
And what have you been told about the best ways to lose weight and improve your health?
How have you tried to lose weight in the past?
If your experience is anything like ours and the many people we’ve worked with, we imagine your answer might be something like this. I have tried everything. Insert the names of all the diets, you know. I’ve gone to the gym. I’ve tried cleanses and detoxes, perhaps even medications, or had surgery. And I’ve tried these things lots of times.
What happens is that they work okay in the short term, but over time I just end up regaining the weight I lost.
Looking back at your experiences so far,
How many times do you think you’ve tried to lose weight?
How many different methods have you used?
What has actually worked for you?
And this is important. So how long?
If there was a way to make a diet work and get the results you want, surely you would have found it by now. And surely there wouldn’t be so many different companies out there all trying to achieve the exact same thing.
Our experience and the scientific evidence we now have tells us that diets can help people lose weight in the short term. But what tends to happen is over time, without the person actually changing what they are doing. The rate of weight loss slows down or plateaus. And often people will start to regain the weight that they have lost.
In fact, research shows the majority of people who lose weight by dieting will gain it back again over time. The specific statistics on this vary between studies, but they suggest that over 2 to 5 years, between 80 and 97% of people will regain most, if not all, the weight that they have lost, sometimes even more.
So it doesn’t seem like the odds are really in our favor. Unfortunately, we live in a world where we’ve been conditioned to believe that this inability to keep the weight off is our fault. And we blame ourselves for not trying hard enough or not being motivated enough or not having enough willpower.
As evidence-based practitioners, we believe it is important to understand the science of what is going
on and use this knowledge to empower people to find ways to improve their lives in ways that really matter to them.
Because of the journey, we have been on, both personally and professionally, we now have a much better understanding of what happens to our bodies when we go on a diet and try to lose weight. And we want to take some time to explain to you today why this is not your fault, that weight loss has not been maintained.
Just take a second to really hear that.
Let me go on a diet. This usually means we restrict ourselves in some way, whether that’s by skipping meals, restricting the overall number of calories we consume each day, or cutting out certain food groups or certain foods.
The problem is, whilst all of mine knows that this is something we are intentionally doing, our bodies do not know this and our bodies sense the diet as a sign that there isn’t enough food available to give us the energy and the nutrition it needs. Your body, unfortunately, does not know that you live in a world where food is literally available at the touch of a button and that any time you choose to eat, you can.
This is, of course, dependent on whether you are fortunate enough to have the resources, i.e. Money
available to you to access food.
Well, its primary goal is to keep you alive. So to do this, it triggers a series of physiological changes that cascade throughout the body. We will talk about exactly what happens in a minute. But to understand why our bodies react this way, it can be first useful to take a look back at how we human beings evolved.
We evolved from cave people. Cave men and women had to scavenge and hunt for hours and days at a time to get all the food and nutrition they needed. If you were a cave person, you had to eat as much food as you possibly could whenever it was available.
For example, in the summer months when there were lots of leaves and berries to be foraged, or just
after a big beast had been caught. Because if you didn’t, you wouldn’t have stored any excess energy as fat. And there was a good chance you wouldn’t have survived the long, cold winter months when there was nothing available to eat.
The cave people who did survive were the ones with the strongest instinct to eat as much and preferably as high-calorie food as they could. When they were available, those who had this instinct were the ones who survived long enough to have it.
Cave people, and babies, and pass their genes on to the next generations. And guess what? We have inherited this primitive instinct from cave people, and ancestors, and it is still very much present in our brains and bodies today.
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