Right so we’ve had the basics of what it is, what might impact it and it might be all sounding a little gloomy.
But hold that feeling, its not all bad. I am no scientist but it seems to me that if we can get our body comfortable at this new set point we have the possibility of influencing weight even with a slower metabolism. Many clients I work with are undernourished, what do I mean? Basically they aren’t eating enough to fuel this BMR and digestion energy need of our body. So if we focus on fuelling our body with adequate but balanced nutrition and increasing movement, could we gradually shift your muscle/body fat ratio to your favour without sending that series of chemical processes in a whirlwind of chaos?
Just as you do not want to accept this slower metabolism, I did not want to accept I have a gene that triggers my skin condition. However the longer I kept fighting the inevitable the more stressed I became and the more inflamed the evidence of this struggle was. After much support, I choose to acknowledge my feelings around my condition and over the longer term with many lifestyle changes, the inflammation reduced, the inner battle subsided. Over time I grew to not only accept but to appreciate what my body was telling me.
The thing about lifestyle changes is that it just doesn’t happen that one day you get up and live this new way forever more. As we all know about the last diet we followed, one day a point comes where something so unsettling pulls us back to our old behaviours. Do you know why? Because that’s where we feel comfortable, both our body and our mind. We learn and live through rewards, when you eat cake, you feel good and whatever discomfort you were feeling will most likely soften. This is the cool habit loop that we survive in, we like to feel good.
And when you think of the CRASH diet, I haven’t heard too many people say they get much of that positive feeling from the bag of lettuce. Because diets guide you towards a reward that is only received if the weighing scales tells you the numbers you want to see. A lifestyle change happens when you being to feel the reward in the moment, when you being to understand those triggers for behaviour and interact with them in a new way.
And I don’t want to let you off this week without anything to practice. Something that might be interesting for you to think about is to have a check of what your BMR is, you can do it here. Have a think of how much you do actually eat? Do you give yourself enough calories? Are you exercising more but eating less? Are you searching for a number in the hope that it will bring happiness? Or could you accept things as they are, practice eating with pleasure and slowly see the changes unfold in your life while FEELING happier today in the skin you are in.
Have a restful Sunday,