Over 28 % of Australians are overweight or obese. We hear these statistics over and over and by now everyone has a good understanding of why excess body fat is damaging to health with heart disease, diabetes, cancers, and infertility becoming irrefutably linked to obesity.

Excess body fat not only contributes to health issues, but also affects self-esteem, self-worth and confidence.  In fact, many associate weight with happiness, putting off feeling content and fulfilled until they reach an arbitrary number on the scales or a certain dress size.

In chasing any goal in life, we must understand that there is never a clear end point. Perfection is not something we can define with a number or control. With weight loss the real achievement lies in deriving satisfaction from the journey – otherwise happiness will remain constantly out of reach! 

How long should it take?

Weight loss is an individual thing. Some will lose weight quickly just because they decided to, with minimal effort. Others, will work hard, restrict calories, feel hungry, be strong and see little or no change on the scales. We cannot escape the fact that your body is different to the next person’s, and an individual and large number of variables will influence how your body changes. The key is to stop focusing on calories alone and take into account the rest of your metabolic and psychological story. For example, is the rest of your body chemistry in balance? Are your hormones doing what they are supposed to? Do you feed your emotions with food?

Do I have to go hungry?

If you begin with an attitude of willpower and deprivation being the key to weight loss, then the answer to this question is yes. Shift your focus towards nourishing your body, feeding it the nutrients it needs to heal and restore, loving it just a little more each day and thanking it for allowing you to experience life and you might just find you’re not missing out at all!

Weight loss is not about the number on the scales.

female measuring waist weight loss

How long should it take?

Weight loss is an individual thing. Some will lose weight quickly just because they decided to, with minimal effort. Others, will work hard, restrict calories, feel hungry, be strong and see little or no change on the scales. We cannot escape the fact that your body is different to the next person’s, and an individual and large number of variables will influence how your body changes. The key is to stop focusing on calories alone and take into account the rest of your metabolic and psychological story. For example, is the rest of your body chemistry in balance? Are your hormones doing what they are supposed to? Do you feed your emotions with food?

 

Do I have to go hungry?

If you begin with an attitude of willpower and deprivation being the key to weight loss, then the answer to this question is yes. Shift your focus towards nourishing your body, feeding it the nutrients it needs to heal and restore, loving it just a little more each day and thanking it for allowing you to experience life and you might just find you’re not missing out at all!

 

What can I eat?

It’s somewhat frustrating when you first realize that humans are the only living creatures that have lost the instinct to know what to eat! Every other (non-domesticated) animal, has retained the innate knowledge of what to eat and what not to. It’s time to ask yourself some questions to take you back to a better understanding of what is right for your body. It is absolutely unique! No one diet is going to suit every person, no matter how clever it looks or how many celebrities succeeded on it.

Ask yourself about your heritage and culture. What did our direct ancestors or great grandparents eat?  If your ancestors were Eskimos, then drinking kale smoothies is probably not going to suit your body type.  An extreme example, but you get the point, right? 

Unprocessed, whole foods, seasonally prepared with love will trump low calorie protein bars every time!  Yes it takes more time, but just maybe our misinterpretation of time is one of the reasons for the excess weight in the first place. Are there some changes you can make to prioritise your health and nourishment more?

Do weight loss pills help?

Weight loss pills are no magic solution. Whether they cost five dollars or five hundred there are no pills that are going to help you achieve your weight goals without making some other changes in your eating habits, attitude and lifestyle. Don’t be fooled! If you are looking for an easy way out, this usually means you are glossing over something important or challenging in your life that sooner or later you will have to address. If you truly want to change your body for the long haul, then you have to get your hands dirty, you have to take a look at what isn’t working and do things differently, you have to assess and reassess and never stop learning.

 

Are shakes bad for you?

Some quality whole food based shakes have some merit as a better alternative than a fast food meal in certain circumstances. However, I truly believe Michael Pollan says it best!

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

― Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

Using shakes to lose weight stops you from looking at the underlying causes of why you’ve gained weight, and doesn’t help to set healthy habits that will keep the weight off.

 

How do I keep the weight off?

Share! You may have gathered by now that long term weight management is not about life-long calorie counting. It’s about holistic health and wellbeing. Surround yourself with people who love and support you. Eat at the table, without digital distraction. Get a team together to help you fill in the knowledge gaps where you are lacking. And…be open and honest with your naturopath or health practitioner about what you are eating, thinking and doing day to day, so they can direct you to the unique tools that are going to help you be your best self, and stay that way. You don’t need to do it alone!

Body weight is notorious for fluctuations throughout your life – we’ve all heard of yo-yo dieting at some stage. The trick to long term weight management (or simply, being healthy) is to address the multiple physiological and emotional factors and to change your life to be healthier, NOT to go on a diet!  

Can naturopathy help with weight loss?

Naturopathy is a valuable part of a weight loss plan because it helps to address the underlying issues that can contribute to weight gain – like thyroid disease, insulin resistance, inflammation and hormonal imbalance. Our naturopaths at Brisbane Natural Health can also give you a diet that is right for you and help to motive and inspire you to live a healthier lifestyle. It’s not a magic solution though, weight loss takes and integrated approach with you in the centre.

Can hypnotherapy help with weight loss?

There is always an emotional aspect to weight loss so hypnotherapy or other emotional wellness technique can certainly help. At Brisbane Natural Health we believe in empowering you to live a healthy life, so we don’t advocate things like ‘virtual gastric banding’ – rather we use hypnosis to release any underlying emotional blocks that are stopping you from making healthy choices and reaching your desired weight.

What about acupuncture for weight loss?

Like naturopathy, acumen cute can help to address the underlying contributing factors to weight loss. Usually naturopathy is a better place to start though, as we can then assess your diet and decide if naturopathy or acupuncture (or both) would suit you best.

 

This quote speaks of both food and problems…don’t you think?

The shared meal (problem) elevates eating (solutions) from a mechanical process of fueling the body (mind) to a ritual of family and community, from the mere animal biology to an act of culture.

― Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

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