Almost daily I’m asked, “what’s the best way to lose weight?” Most often my patients see random messages or one-liners that speak to one small piece of the weight loss puzzle, and they are intrigued, but more often, they’re confused.
The hardest part is that there is no short answer. It’s complicated.
So I thought I’d try and shed some light on this timeless question as to the best way to lose weight.
To start, our bodies are wired to push us off any diet or restriction – and, even though we tend to think this is a horrible thing, or something we need to overcome and conquer, it’s actually a good thing. Our resistance to dieting is a biological advantage for survival. But that inherent protection against dieting is why dieting is so hard, and leaves us so obsessed with weight and counting calories. It’s also why we get so hungry. It’s why we can’t stop thinking about food. It’s why we binge. And why we almost always gain the weight back. We are simply programmed in this way.
Dieting, the way I see it, puts us in a state of obsession with food. Food obsession is a real thing nowadays and seems to be getting worse. As a society, we definitely feel obsessed when we are restricted in any way. Even just mentally restricted. Dieting makes us fixated on food and this because of a chemical reaction in our brain and in our body. Dieting and restricting make us act obsessed to all types of food. It feels real and it is, but it is just the state we are in when the body is screaming to be fed.
When you are chronically worried about food, it raises your free radicals, insulin, and blood pressure which all damage your brain cells. Your body naturally has a checks and balances system to make sure you don’t go too far in one direction. When you’re stressed your catecholamines rise releasing serotonin and GABA to counteract it. If you’re constantly under stress and releasing serotonin and GABA, you’ll eventually desensitize to them and they’ll become depleted. This leaves the catecholamines to run rampant. Excess amounts of catecholamines in your system leads to depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Which means your feel-good hormones get depleted, circling back to the feelings of anxiety, depression and obsession!
STOPPING THE OBSESSION
If you feel that you’re obsessed with food, it’s because your body is trying to communicate with you and begging you for help. Please listen. When you do, you’ll be able to stop your battle with dieting for good and any obsession that you created to go along with it.
Let’s do this together, I’m here to help you to start listening (and healing) your body.
(some material sourced from caroline dooner)