When we think of weight loss and how to accomplish it, we usually believe it works by the formula of food in, energy out. This should create a comfortable weight maintenance program. Or using an equation:
X Calories – X Activity = 0 gain/loss of weight.
This simplistic version is what we use when we diet. There is more to weight loss and weight maintenance than this simple equation. Because we are complex and constantly adjusting organisms. If we are used to a certain amount of food coming in, then when we shift gears quickly our body might not respond the way we expected. In addition there is also the attitude we have toward food and how it controls us.
Let me first explain about how our constantly changing body can affect our weight loss plans. You, like most every other organism placed on this planet are designed to live. You are programmed to live long enough to reproduce and create the next generation. In the grand scheme of things that is all we humans are really designed to do. Just accomplish that simple task of living long enough to be able to replicate.
So there is no mechanism in place to be skinny. The struggle to survive is supposed to help us maintain a healthy enough existence to survive long enough to reproduce. And since we reach puberty around 13 years of age, we really only need to survive for 13 or 14 short years. Probably a little longer, so we can care for our young until they can fend for themselves.
Here’s the problem. The struggle for survival isn’t what it used to be. So you don’t exert that much energy to survive as we used to. That means you have to create activity so that you don’t become overweight. There is also another factor that comes into play that has to do with your genetic survival toolkit.
If our body senses a drop in calories it will respond by slowing down our usage of food supplies. Your food is stored as fat, so when I say food supplies I mean that your fat usage drops down. You can rev up the exercise rate, but if food usage or metabolism drops, it will be hard to lose weight. That’s your survival toolkit.
The way around that survival mode is to eat enough food to keep your metabolism at a normal or increased level. You certainly don’t want your metabolism to drop. So it’s important not to adopt a drastic drop in calories like some of the more restrictive diets require. Depending upon your frame size, age and gender you probably want to maintain somewhere around 1500- 2000 calories of food a day.
This is not as difficult to maintain as you may think. Because mostly you have been eating in response to emotions and not the need for calories it becomes a matter of changing your attitudes, and emotional responses that revolve around food. Food does not satisfy emotions, so you can continue to eat without feeling “full”. Because the “full” feeling you are looking for is to satisfy the emotion. A correct response to food is to feel physically full and satisfied.
Depending on how much out of shape your stomach has become, you can take back control of this mechanism and be free to live your life while your body finds equilibrium. This happens when you focus on what you are eating and in what amounts. This also requires that you set boundaries as far as where and when you allow yourself to eat and not eat.
All of these things can be accomplished on your own or with the help of hypnosis for weight loss. Using these advanced tools for coming to terms with emotional eating and being freed from that driving force that serves no positive function is a very liberating experience.