What’s the formula for fat loss?

1. Calories in vs Calories out?

2. Gut microbiome?

3. Hormones?

4. Low carb/high fat?

5. ??

You’ve tried everything to lose the weight. You’ve read somewhere that to lose weight you need to be in a calorie deficit, ie calories in need to be less than calories out, so you’re eating the same 1200 calories that your 8 year old eats, and running until your knees give out, yet you’re still not seeing the weight shift.

You watched a tv program that talked about how gut microbiome can change your metabolism so you start googling diets that are good for the gut, you ban all sugar and artificial sweetener and bathe yourself kombucha and sauerkraut but the scale remains the same.

Then your cousin’s sister in law tells you she’s been reading about hormones and you think - that must be it! So you go and get your hormones check but everything looks great, what?

Eventually you decide to join the low carb/high fat bandwagon as people swear by it for weight loss and you lose a little and then put the whole lot back on again because of intense carb cravings.

What’s that about? It doesn’t seem right? Sure, for a few people, diet and exercise can work and be sustainable but for the majority it goes much deeper than that. What’s the one piece that may be holding you back that’s so common for us to miss?

5. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF WHO YOU ARE AS AN EATER.

Nutrition alone is often not enough in addressing the compelling challenges we face with food, weight, body image, overeating and food addictions. We need to fully embrace the psychology of the eater.

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That means:

Understanding your relationship with food

Identifying your triggers

Tracking emotions

Changing the environment

Understanding how much of what’s off your plate can impact what’s on your plate.

Letting go of toxic nutritional beliefs

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Because the truth is that it isn’t as simple as me telling you to eat more greens, drink more water and get more sleep. It isn’t as simple as saying, cut out your carbs, dairy and gluten, or eat more fat. Yes, whilst that may work short term for some, it is by no means a long term solution and doesn’t work for everyone. In short one size definitely does not fit all.

It’s most often not what we eat that we need help with, it’s why we eat the way we eat.

There is no magic pill or one diet that will absolutely work for everyone. People who have had success following a diet generally don’t show you the disordered eating, body shaming and obsessing that goes in to it. Diets don’t work, and to be honest, the greatest predictor of weight gain is going on a diet.

Will keto work for you? Maybe, initially, until it becomes difficult to maintain. Will paleo work for you? Possibly until you decide you really want carbs in your life again.

What I can say for sure is that understanding why you eat the way you eat, what your triggers are and who you are as an eater are much more critical to long term sustainable weight loss than just eating broccoli and kale.

If this resonates with you and you need some help with this, please contact me for a free 15 minute consult and we can have a chat.

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