The science behind the theory as to why a diet is never enough.
“Even when all is known, the care of a man is not yet complete, because eating alone will not keep a man well; he must also take exercise. For food and exercise, while possessing opposite qualities, yet work together to produce health.” Hippocrates
We all feel like cutting calories is the most logical way to lose weight. Eat less and the weight should just fall off right? Honestly, NO. It takes conscious mindful living to develop a happier, healthier, lighter you. If you cut enough calories it is very likely that you will lose a certain amount of weight. However, when you limit the intake of food you are also limiting the intake of valuable nutrition. This is nutrition that your body needs in order to function optimally. Additionally, cutting food may cause other negative effects in your effort to lose the excess weight. If your body is hungry for nutrients it is very likely to store the nutrients you feed it, in the form of fat, for future use. Food cessation may also wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels, which can lead to diabetes and the truth is it is un-sustainable for any real length of time. When you resume your normal eating pattern, the weight usually returns with it.
So, what is the answer to successful weight loss?
The answer to long term, sustainable weight loss lies in a balance of mindful, healthy eating and a fitness regime that has you operating on all cylinders. The body needs to move as much as it needs nutrients and the nutrients that we feed our bodies enable our bodies to move the way we need it too. Getting and staying active is a powerful step in the weight loss journey. Unfortunately, a lot of people think of exercise as work. In actual fact, if exercise is done mindfully it can be a stimulating, way to relieve stress, increase our overall energy levels and ramp up our metabolism for optimal performance. It is this very balance I refer to when I speak of “Mindful living”. Mindful living embodies the idea of every thought, every action, every idea and every reaction is performed mindfully. What we eat is just the beginning, I wrote about Mindful eating before and you can check out that article here. We need to think about our minds and our bodies and do what is most beneficial on an everyday, every decision basis.
How to Exercise Mindfully
Exercising does not have to be super stressful. It is beneficial to go beyond your body’s normal limits, but not necessary for you to bench press 100 pounds. Cleaning your house is good exercise, planting a garden is good exercise, walking the neighborhood is good exercise. The point is to mindfully move. Think about the activity you are about to do and think of a way to push it just a little more. If it usually takes you four hours to clean the house, may the decision to try and do it in two and a half. If you have never planted a garden it is a wonderful way to spend some time outside with fresh air and can result in some serious weight loss. If you enjoy a neighborly stroll, pick up the pace slightly or walk a little further than you normally would.