There are various diet regimens that are supposed to help you to lose the extra kilograms: Dr. Atkins diet, list of foods that you should not consume, diets with counting calories and so on.
However, even though most of these regimens will help you to lose some weight, after few weeks or even days you probably will be 5 pounds heavier than you have started the diet.
In today’s article we are going to write a story about a woman who had such experience with many different diets. She recalls that the pattern of losing 10 pounds and gaining 15 pounds started back in 1990 and by September 2001 she reached her peak of 409 pounds.
On September 11 she had turning point when she narrowly missed being on UAL flight 93. She actually was killing herself with work in a high-stress Wall Street job that she hated.
Dieting can be described as roller coaster. Instead going back on the same spot from where you have started, over and over again you need to try to figure out why your body seemed to be forcing you to gain so much weight. That is the exact thing that this woman did. She had intention to be thin again. She had solid background in biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, so she made a detailed research about hormones, enzymes, neurotransmitters and chemical massagers that cause weight gain.
She came to conclusion that losing weight sustainably isn’t about following some strict dietary regime, but about creating the proper hormonal environment in your body that’s conducive to weight loss.
Due to the fact that stress and emotional issues may cause an unfavorable hormonal environment, the issue should be solved from a mind-body perspective.
This woman, during period of two-and-half-years lost 220 pounds, without dieting. She has the same weight for over 10 years and she consumes whatever she want, whenever she want.
These were the keys to her transformation:
- I STOPPED DIETING AND STARTED NOURISHING MY BODY
Through her research she learned that her body was chronically starved for certain key nutrients, like the omega-3 fatty acids, live foods and high-quality proteins. She simply made sure to consume myself as much really high-quality nutrients as possible.
- I HEALED MY DIGESTION
One of the main reasons why she was so badly starving for nutrients is that her digestive processes were compromised, and due to that she was unable to effectively extract the nutrients from the foods she was consuming. The digestion problems can cause inflammation and the inflammatory hormones put the body into fat storage mode. In order to normalize the digestion you should eat lots of fermented and cultured foods, and taking probiotics and digestive enzymes.
- I GOT A CPAP MACHINE FOR MY SLEEP APNEA
Statistically, sleep apnea is a condition that affects most overweight people. This condition creates a hormonal environment in the body that actually encourages weight gain as it causes elevated cortisol levels, which furthermore leads to junk food cravings and insulin resistance. The sleep apnea easily can be treated with a CPAP machine. To be more precise, this machine blows air into your nose and mouth to keep your windpipe open, thus you can sleep through the night without any problems.
It is important to mention that many people who have sleep apnea don’t even know that they have it, even though the people around them know that as patients with sleep apnea snore very loudly. After the CPAP machine this started having more energy and less junk food cravings. Therefore, her weight started to melt away.
- I STARTED USING MIND-BODY PRACTICES TO REDUCE STRESS
At the same way as sleep apnea, stress also causes elevated levels of cortisol and inflammatory hormones. These hormones furthermore lead to constant cravings and also put your body into chronic fat storage mode. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize the importance of learning how to reduce stress. This woman began to meditate and visualize every morning, which was extremely effective for reducing her stress.
- I CREATED A MUCH MORE SUSTAINABLE LIFE
She lowered her expenses, moved to much more affordable house and she started to grow some foods in her own garden. She explains that her life felt much more sustainable and she felt calmer and more supported. She adds that anytime she was hungry she could go into her back yard and eat some fresh fruit or vegetable that is full of vitality. It is incredible that her stress hormones where no longer coursing through the system, wreaking havoc and turning her body into a fat storage machine.
- I WORKED THROUGH SOME IMPORTANT EMOTIONAL ISSUES
For some people, the extra weight on their body serves as buffer from the world and thus they feel safer. This woman was in such situation and she knew that she must address the emotional issues that make her body to feel unsafe. She started to do visualization practices which helped her to resolve past traumas and to get her body to feel safer in letting go of the weight.
- I DETOXIFIED MY BODY
This woman lost incredible 180 pounds and she started with research about toxins and how the body processes and deals with toxic chemicals. Her conclusion was that our body uses fat cells to store excess toxins. She also realized that the last 40 excess pounds that her body was holding onto was because it was a storehouse for accumulated toxins. She began to live “detoxifying lifestyle”. In other words, she started flushing her body with lots of alkaline liquids, such as water with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, green juices, super greens and lots of salads and sprouts. It is interesting that she lost the last 40 pounds much more quickly than she lost the first 40 pounds.