Finding the key to weight loss
Does diet help burn fat better than exercise? Should you go on a diet to lose weight? How much exercise do you need to become a fat-burning machine?
Many of us would look at those questions and say: dieting has been the answer to weight loss for decades. It’s obvious that if you want to lose weight you have to diet!
But others would argue that exercise is the key. Pfft. Is there any other way?
Well, I’m here to tell you a secret – you can lose weight and look good…and neither dieting or exercise is the key.
Did I just totally make you snort in your coffee and reach for your mouse to click off this traitorous article? Before you go, let me explain what I mean.
Dieting isn’t the answer
First, let me say, that not all diets are bad. There are specific diets needed for health reasons: a gluten-free diet for those that can’t eat gluten, an AIP diet for those who need to heal autoimmune issues.
But the kind of diet that’s detrimental is the one that becomes all-consuming and asks you to eat or not eat foods that will harm your health in the long run.
Carbs are not evil. Fat is not evil. Sugar…well, yeah, that one’s pretty evil. Depending of course on whether it’s processed sugar or natural, and even then it’s up for debate depending on many other issues (like whether or not you have candida).
But I digress. . .
The word ‘diet’ actually means “food and drink regularly provided or consumed.” Your diet, in the broad sense of the word, is simply, what you eat.
Unfortunately, for many, it has come to mean: restricting food so that I can lose weight. And there are a boatload of weight loss diet plans to choose from out there!
But let me ask you this:
Does Weight Watchers have success stories? Yep.
Does Jenny Craig have success stories? Yes.
Do Adkins, Whole30, or intermittent fasting diets have success stories? Absolutely.
Do these diets have participants who didn’t find success? Yes to that too.
If ‘dieting’ was the answer, shouldn’t it work for everyone then? How come not everyone is successful?
You might say, ‘it’s only those who follow the rules that reap the benefits”, but I can guarantee you that there are those who have followed the rules and have not found success.
Exercise isn’t the answer
Again, let me start by saying that I’m NOT saying you shouldn’t exercise. Exercise is fantastic for your lymphatic system, strengthening your bones and toning muscle…but exercise alone isn’t the answer to fat loss, just as dieting isn’t.
You can exercise consistently, add new exercises to ‘confuse’ your muscles, burn calories running, swimming, and doing insane workouts. But then why does one person workout and come out with a six-pack, and another will find the scale moving up, and no fat loss?
Why isn’t it working?
Dieting alone isn’t going to help you lose fat. Exercise alone isn’t going to help you lose fat. Because they are both just small pieces of a really, really, really big puzzle.
To ask the question, “should I diet to lose fat” or “what exercise will burn the most fat” is like asking, “should I change the tire on my car in order for it to move”.
Yes and no.
Do you have a flat tire? Is there smoke coming from beneath the hood? Is the check engine light on? The answer to why your car doesn’t move could have multiple reasons, yet we tend to focus on only one aspect instead of the bigger picture.
The women who were stuck
When I became a health coach, I started coaching women in groups, telling them the same lines I’d repeated to myself over and over: “If you want to lose weight, eat less, and exercise more – and do it consistently.”
It was the perfect formula. So the weight just fell off, right?
Even though several of the women were finding success, there were just as many who were stuck. The scale wouldn’t move, the inches wouldn’t move, and they were starting to get frustrated.
At the same time, I was beginning to panic myself. After a year and a half of trying, that ‘perfect formula’ to lose baby weight, one that had worked for multiple pregnancies, wasn’t working – at all!
I was eating healthy, watching my portions, and exercising constantly, but for the first time in my life, I was totally and completely stuck. My scale is very, very lucky that it didn’t find itself flying out the window!
A lesson learned
It wasn’t until I finally admitted to myself that dieting and exercise weren’t cutting it – that there had to be something more to losing weight, that things improved.
I started paying attention to hormones, brain chemistry, and simple lifestyle changes that seemed so obvious I almost ignored them.
And then suddenly within 5 weeks, I’d lost 10 lbs…I dropped 2 pants sizes…my stomach shrank. And it just kept coming off. . .
It was as if my body had shouted, “FINALLY!” and the floodgates opened.
“One huge but often-overlooked reason for weight-loss resistance involves hormonal imbalances.”
– Dr. Mark Hyman
I learned an important lesson from it all. Dieting wasn’t the key. Eating less wasn’t the key. Exercise wasn’t the key. It was learning how each individual body burns fat. It was learning what hormones needed to be adjusted. It was learning how to make long-term lifestyle changes.
So I took what I’d learned, and created Metabolism Unlocked an 8-week program to help unlock the reason behind stubborn fat. I started coaching others who were doing what I did: all the ‘right’ things, but finding themselves in a pattern of failure.
If you’ve found yourself in the same stuck pattern, losing the same 10 or 20 pounds over and over, or just finding that NOTHING is helping, then check out my program – I’d love to help you overcome your stubborn fat with a plan that’s doable, easy to follow, and finally gives results.