In the weight loss world the gurus simply chalk anyone not getting results up to being lazy (not exercising enough) or being a pig (simply not eating strict enough). To me, there is nothing more ignorant than this in all of health and fitness. Anyone who truly understands biochemistry realizes this is almost as bad as telling someone who has a chronic disease they are not trying hard enough to get well.
Here is the deal. We all share an inherited physiology that is built on a feast and famine reality. In other words, our ancestors did not have food on every corner and developed complex biochemical strategies to deal with food shortages including maximizing fat stores, being stingy with the release of that fat, seeking food constantly, and eating as much as we could when we found food. The second part of that is we are each different in our fat storage and fat burning capacity because we are each different in our sensitivity to insulin and other hormonal influences.
Some of us can make minor changes to our lifestyle and see immediate results and have no metabolic compensations that generate insatiable hunger, cravings and energy fluctuations…..and some of us can’t. The very essence of a fat storing physiology is driving these reactions and willpower alone is not enough. To understand the process of fat loss this point needs to be honored and understood.
Starting the process
Begin the process of fat loss and avoid the weight loss and protocol trap. Here are some rules to follow:
1. Don’t rely on off the shelf meal plans: Meal plans, recipes and food lists are a tool of protocols and weight loss. Unless you can learn to generate your own lists, recipes and food lists that work for your body, the process will be very difficult for you
2. Don’t let the latest study sway you: Do what works for you, not what a study tells you works. Research is not a tool for individuals. Research should be used to confirm what works, not define it.
3. Stop eating less: Eating less does not work for most. Even gastric bypass surgery has been found to work because of the hormonal changes it forces not the caloric ones.
4. Stop exercising more: Exercise smarter, not longer. Efficiency is the name of the game. Know which types of exercise cause negative compensatory food seeking behavior.
5. Stop expecting linear, predictable and consistent results: Fat loss happens in stages and real body change will likely involve peaks, valleys, and plateaus all on your way to changing your metabolism.
6. Learn the process, and stop looking for protocols: There is no off the shelf protocol that is going to work for you over the long-term. You are far better off learning how your body works and reacts.
7. Be a detective not a dieter: You need to know how to read the signals of your body and adjust your approach. Hunger, energy and cravings give you a reliable source of biofeedback.
8. You are not lazy, you are exhausted: Make room for change. Psychology tell us that self-control, just like our muscles, is fatigue-able. If you are doing too much, you will do nothing well.
9. Lifestyle design: If you think you can go on doing the same old things and get a different result, you are sadly mistaken. You must change and that change must be doable over the long run.
10. It is all about ME, meaning you. It does not matter if your friend can lose weight eating fruit loops and Frappucinos. There is nothing fair or logical about body change. Filter EVERYTHING through your own metabolic tendencies, personality behaviors and psychological preferences. This is the core teaching of Metabolic Effect.