Achieving weight loss involves so much more than just nourishing ourselves with good food. It involves emotional, energetic and physical principles that all greatly influence our body’s metabolic processes. That is, the way it functions.
I’ve been reading Dr Chrstine Northrup’s book about Women’s bodies and she suggests there are 8 areas that take part so I thought I’d give my interpretation of why these factors are all essential to consider.
Emotions sit at the top of the list because everything we do is driven by how we feel, especially when it comes to food. I really don’t believe we can separate food from emotions. We use food as comfort, we use food to celebrate, we use food to comfort, to nurture, to push down emotions under stress. And when emotions arise they can drive us to eat things we may not truly want to. The way we feel also affects how our organs function because we can literally tie ourselves in knots and if we are stuck in negative thinking, this has an effect on our physical body too because we are all connected.
Unfortunately we can’t escape them so we have to come to terms with the fact that there may be certain things we simply can’t change. There may be things we have to deal with, and genetic factors will influence the way our body functions.
Our endocrine system and the hormones that drive our bodies are such an overlooked yet essentially important factor when it comes to weight loss. Many of us are out of balance when it comes to hormones and this alone can prevent weight loss, cause more belly fat to lodge itself, or cause weight gain. It can also cause a whole array of other issues too. So we want to look at how we can balance the hormones through eating and lifestyle factors to maximise our health.
4. Macronutrient Intake (Protein, Carbohydrates, Fats)
We need to learn about what macronutrients are, how they may impact our bodies and work out what works for us best. There is no exact right or wrong way to eat but there certainly are foods that are less healthful, sugar for example. Inevitably if we consume too much sugar, our whole body is going to get thrown out of whack and this is going to affect all the other functions in our body.
5. Micronutrient Intake (Vitamins, Minerals & Phytonutrients)
Micronutrients are even more important than macronutrients in a way because it is really the micronutrients that are responsible for aiding all the body’s metobolic functions and processes. For example, we need B vitamins for energy production and protein metabolism, so if we don’t get them, things start to go wrong somewhere along the chain. We need to make sure we are getting the full array of micronutrients available to us, but often we are not.
Toxic environment, toxic body. Often we exclude the fact that many things in our environment affect our bodily functions but we are connected to our environment in an intimate way. All of the cleaning products, self care products, and other household products in our environment are absorbed by us in one way or another. We’re also subject to electromagnetic frequencies in our modern age and these can affect our metabolic proceses too. Our environment also includes our work place and where we live, and more importantly if we are happy in these places.
Our relationships have direct impact over our emotions and our happiness and this in turn plays impact on what we eat, how we feel everyday, whether we think and feel positive or negative and so forth. We need to feel supported, loved and cared about in order to properly nourish ourselves. Poisonous relationships can poison us.
8. Exercise Habits
Some or none? This of course will influence your metabolism, your fat burning capacity, your hormones, your feelings, your physique. Our bodies are made to move for a reason as it helps us on so many levels to function properly, so get out there and move.
One thing to remember is that we can’t isolate one area of our life from the others. We may change our macro and micronutrient intake yet forget to address the emotions that drive us to food. That one thing will not only affect your results but most likely send you right back to where you started each time. Then you’ll just be beating yourself up instead of working on the root cause of the problem. ie: the underlying emotion.
The same goes with genetic factors, if we have genes up against us, we must accept them and do our best to work with them not against them. Taking a wholistic approach to weight loss and gaining health requires us to understand the connection between different aspects of our life and how they may influence the outcome we may be seeking.
What factors influence your outcomes the most?
I’d love to know so please leave me a comment below