Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Many of our clients were told by nutritionists and other health care providers that weightloss is a mechanical situation, where calory intake has to be reduced and weight loss will automatically follow. Sadly enough, this is an outdated version of the story, and modern research suggests that achieving and maintaining weight loss is a more complex process.
First, what you crave and how much food satisfies you, is regulated in your brain. If you cannot down-regulate the appetite center in your brain, you will always fight an uphill battle. A number of different aspects reduce your interest in food: acupuncture being one of them; other include sufficient sleep, not going hungry, not eating a lot of sugar, keeping you blood sugar level stable.
Second, even if you lose the weight, statistics suggest that is it likely you regain it, unless you take precautions. In our clinic we plan for a treatment phase and a maintenance phase. It is of utter importance that the changes you make in order to lose the weight are comfortable and increase your sense of well-being, consequently it become less likely that you return to your previous habits.
In conclusion, ask yourself, what would need to change for me to lose the weight and keep it off. Then find a provider who can skillfully guide you through a process that can be free from frustration, self-loathing, and looming defeat. At Innerhealth, we want your next attempt to lose weight to be your last one; we want you to learn how to have a new relationship with food.