How to Fit Into the Swimsuit

Posted on September 2, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

How to Fit Into the Swim Suit….

The pools are open, the water is warming up, and the patients are worried about the excess rolls around the hips and middles…and – oh no! – the thighs we well!

Several factors blend together to contribute to living the overweight life. Of course we are specifically speaking of over-fatness, not just “weight.” The extra jiggle, those rippling waves that move across the fat tissue is also caused by water contained within as well.

Very often sincere, sad and frustrated patients complain that they don’t eat all that much, that they are paying a personal trainer a small fortune to help them burn calories and build muscle, and that they are utterly fed up with the situation. Other patients are undone by cravings that they know all too well, and it’s usually for sweets or starches. Still others simply don’t do anything more physical than click a mouse all day, every day. Others still have a difficult hormone imbalance in which thyroid, reproductive, pancreatic or adrenal hormones are out of balance.

Weight loss is always more than one thing to deal with, as we just discussed. The interesting point is that exercise should not be the key to weight loss, which probably sounds like a contradiction to good, sound weight-loss advice.

In the ideal word, with a person’s appetite and hormones working at their optimal best appetite and energy expenditure should balance, day in and day out, in times of work and in times of rest. If you physically work or exercise a lot, you should be hungrier. If you lie around and do nothing, you shouldn’t be particularly hungry. How often do we see just the opposite? In my clinic the answer is every single day, as people eat from boredom, anxiety, a need for reward, or a need to self-punish. So, what exercise is really for is to build strength, tone and shape into your muscles and sturdiness into your ligaments and bones. If you absolutely must exercise a lot to lose weight congratulations on having the motivation to find a system that works, but know also that your exercise acts as a cover-up for an appetite-food intake imbalance. You are also likely to gain a ton of weight if you ever quit exercising.

It’s interesting to note that right here in our neighborhood that there are many ex-football athletes who are now “big,” but whose appetites still are stuck in their playing days, but who last worked out hard years ago!

Ideally appetite should also guide what you need. One of the healthiest people I’ve ever known makes a good illustration. She is now in her 40’s, has 4 children, still weighs less than 110 lbs,. and never has had a cavity. She craves nothing, and has been told that she has the best cholesterol values ever measured in one clinic. Some days she eats nothing but meat, perhaps a conventionally “balanced” diet the next, perhaps salads the next, and hardly anything the day after. She is not a programmed, plan-following eater. What she does have is even better – an appetite/food intake balance that is working normally and perfectly.

This then is one key: to get to the point where your systems work normally. Not revved up, hyped up, or deviated in some way but normally – which is really optimally.

To clarify, I use the word “normal” in this instance to refer to a fully-functioning natural state of operation, each part of the system working with every other to insure health. This then, is the goal of “natural” medicine, to simply do what is required to bring your body back to a normal state of health.

If your body is operating normally, your weight will take care of itself, and be easy to maintain. How about that?

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