Did you know that more than half of the adult population are on a diet?
For most people, the situation plays out predictably. You severely restrict your calorie intake, believing that this time it will all fall into place. You imagine your new, svelte body, and it powers you on despite the hunger pangs. You feel a little challenged to begin with, but after a few days you’re feeling great. Proud of yourself, even. You get into the swing of things for a few weeks, and you come to accept that carefully watching what you eat is now simply part of your life.
Then you go to a social event. You treat yourself to a glass of wine, then two, and before you know it you’ve guzzled half a bowl of crisps, more than 10 canapés and a slice of cake for good measure. If you haven’t gone out, there might be one night at home when the call of the ice cream in the freezer is just too loud to ignore. Dazed from days of accumulated hunger, you practically inhale the whole thing.
You wake up the following morning, horrified with yourself. You fight to overcome these uncomfortable feelings, vowing to yourself that you will be better from now on. You renew your efforts for a few days but, after resisting temptation after temptation, your resolve slowly begins to dwindle. Before you know it, you’re back to eating your ‘normal’ diet, and you try to ignore the sense of helplessness about your weight.
“The only diet you need to worry about is the one that will work for you—and this type of ‘diet’ doesn’t mean deprivation”
We’ve been taught for decades that to lose weight, we need simply to eat less and move more. If that doesn’t work, it’s simply because you’re not trying hard enough. Sound familiar?
The truth is, weight management is far more complex than we’ve been led to believe. Your body is a lot more complicated that a simple energy in, energy out equation. There are lots of dynamic factors that influence your weight (and, crucially, your ability to lose fat). These include hormonal function, gut integrity, inflammation, food intolerances, nutrient insufficiencies, stress levels and even how well you sleep.
The answer doesn’t lie in a meal plan, a named dietary approach and certainly not in calorie counting. In fact, the only diet you need to worry about is the one that will work for you. And this isn’t the type of ‘diet’ that means deprivation; it’s simply a way of eating that is simple, sustainable and satiating. Complementary to this are certain lifestyle habits that will bring your body back into balance, in turn helping you to reach a weight that’s right for you.
Through personalised nutritional therapy, we can create a way of eating that satisfies you while encouraging your body to enter that fat-burning zone. Through further application of Functional Medicine, we can pinpoint biochemical factors that may be hindering your ability to lose weight, and employ a targeted approach to address the root cause of these issues.
Eating well need not be boring, difficult nor restrictive. With the right guidance, you can rediscover the joy of food—and become comfortable in your own skin.
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