Hey guys its been a while since I have had a chance to write a blog post.
I’m coming up to my six month mark (on April 3) and I really feel like, while I still have my bad days for food, I overall feel I’ve got a really good grasp on what a healthy diet plan is and an understanding what my body needs.
I was talking about this with a couple girlfriends and the way I explained it to them is this:
To understand your body you have to think of your body as separate from yourself. Your body is such a control freak - really. It doesn’t trust you to give it enough food and nutrients to live off of, and really why should it? Most of us allow our bodies to get to a point of starvation before eating, we are not even able to feel the difference between hunger, thirst, and starvation, waiting until we are starving before eating. You certainly can live like this, but understand that your body - the control freak isn’t going to trust you. Without trust it will start to store fat for times of desperate measures. If it stores this fat it is ensuring that the next time you get to a point of starvation it will be able to survive, after all it takes energy for your heart to pump and we get our energy from fuel/food we eat.
Often when people start to try to lose weight (often to get rid of these pockets of fat our bodies have stored for times of desperate measures) they will start calorie counting and cutting back, not understanding that counting calories is not going to control this control freak that is working separate of what you want it to do.
As a result calorie counting and dieting further can result is short term weight loss but will often end badly as your body will still not let go of its “emergency stash”. Instead it will slow down your metabolism to use less energy since it gets energy less often to burn off. When you eventually get tired of dieting and start eating the way you used to your metabolism will be so slow that you will gain and store even more than before.
Remember this control freak is in charge- not you!
The you that thinks needs to work with the control freak, how do you do this?
Easy, RESPECT the control freak!! You have to show your body- the control freak respect before it will start to trust you again and let go of its emergency fat storages.
Here is how you win over the control freak’s trust:
-Your body needs to know its getting food and nutrients regularly before it will trust you. Do this by eating every 3 hours, set an alarm if you have to, but keep to this schedule, it’s important!
Think of getting lots of natural foods so you’re eating more food for less calories and fats as compared to before.
-Drink lots of water, most people don’t drink enough water and are constantly dehydrated. You’re metabolism will have to start working faster if you drink water all day. I focus on getting minimum 3L a day, maximum 4L.
-Gets lots of sleep, the control freak does most of its work while youre sleeping, so give it it’s time - none of us like being rushed while we are working!
-When eating/preparing food try to use as many whole natural ingredients as possible, this is easier for your body to breakdown and use efficiently. It’s like using premium gas in a car that needs premium gas, it just runs better!
-Stick with it! It’s going to take time for the control freak to trust you and let go of the fat stores, so give it time. It’s like a person you’ve done something wrong to, it takes time for them to trust you again. Just keep trying, it will come around and let go.
-Also, don’t forget to be active! Activity will work off this fat, get the heart pumping, build muscle, boost your metabolism, etc. there are so many benefits!
That’s it. Respecting your body is the only way to give way to the control freak and re-gain its trust. It’s like any other relationship, there needs to be respect and trust in order for it work.