Do you have big 2021 weight goals?
But have you been on a yo-yo diet year after year, gaining a little progress, and then ending up where you started or in a worse place?
You’re not alone.
I have these conversations with my clients every single day.
And believe it or not, I was once in their shoes. I was once a chronic dieter in my twenties (and perhaps even younger) – always reaching for that next diet that would help me lose that extra 10 pounds. There was always a better answer, or so I thought.
I would cut calories, only to end up binging when I reached the point of starvation after so much self-deprivation. I was around for the low fat, no fat movement. And you bet I made all those swaps in my pantry too – falsely believing that eating fat made me fat.
And I would set unrealistic goals for myself to reach a certain body weight by a certain date and would go on these extreme cleanses like the cayenne pepper and lemon water fast. Yuck!
Even when I gave it my best, I would lose a few pounds and gain them right back in less time.
My mind constantly questioned my weight. I didn’t like the way I looked. My thighs were too big. My body was too puffy. And funnily enough, I thought the amount I weighed was important to other people too.
And even worse than that, I didn’t feel good about myself. I lacked confidence. My anxiety about what others were thinking of me kept me under pressure all the time.
I was seeking perfection (which heads up, doesn’t exist).
And honestly, I was never really bad overweight.
Most people would probably tell you I wasn’t overweight at all. And it probably had a lot to do with insecurities. But after battling this for so many years, I finally realized the reason I wasn’t able to manage my weight better had a lot to do with the fact that I was trying way too hard to lose weight.
Weight Loss Is A Side Effect Of Health
If you get nothing else from this blog today, I want you to know that weight loss is a side effect of health.
If we focus on the weight and how to get it off, then we can actually make things worse. We destroy our metabolism in the process with these fads. While they may give us results in the beginning, they turn out to be super unhealthy in the end.
One of the best things I ever did for myself was throw out the calorie counting apps and the scale.
I was so tired of trying to figure out whether or not I was in a calorie deficit, then looking at the scale to see the number didn’t budge after all of my hard work. I started to wonder whether or not I would ever be happy with my weight.
Everyone else counted calories and it seemed to work for them.
How can millions of people have calorie counting apps downloaded and they don’t seem to work for me?
And why am I doing all the right things and the scale seems to go in the opposite direction?
Part of the problem is… You’re focusing on the problem.
I believe wherever you put your focus, it grows. And if you’re constantly focusing on your waistline, then maybe you’re causing it to grow.
While that may be stretching the truth a little bit, it makes you think.
Sometimes, we need to let go of things and relax if we want to see change.
Why Is It Important To You To Lose Weight?
So I want you to ask yourself a question today… Why is it so important that you lose weight?
I remember having this ideal body in mind. I even put photos on my devices of other people with similar bodies to strive towards. And I would go to the gym to half kill myself. Then I ended up sabotaging myself by filling up on food that didn’t really take me closer to my goals.
This is really easy to do when you don’t understand why you’re doing it in the first place.
When I dug a little bit deeper, I found that I was struggling so much because I didn’t really know why I wanted the physique I saw in the photo.
Perfection was part of it.
But I didn’t really understand why it was important to me until I started digging a little deeper. And then I realized, the biggest thing I wanted was confidence. I had been insecure about my weight my whole life, but my weight wasn’t the real issue. It was insecurity in me, and showing myself to the world. I felt like I would have more confidence to be who I wanted to be in front of other people if I could put my best face and my best body forward.
Underlying Health Issues
I tried everything I needed to get that perfect body! But I didn’t realize at the time that I had underlying health issues that were actually keeping me from reaching my goals.
Stress & Anxiety
I was suffering from stress and anxiety because of the hormone imbalances causing shifts in my mood and energy.
I was holding onto belly bloat and constant tummy issues because I had a sluggish liver, parasites, and bacteria and yeast overgrowth. And I wasn’t consuming the right diet for me. I was focusing on all of the foods that others were telling me I should eat on all these fad diets instead of focusing on the foods that my metabolism needed.
You need a you-centric diet. Not an everyone-centric diet. You are not everyone.
When I began to work on myself from the inside and started to heal some of these underlying health issues, my weight began to stabilize and I was able to maintain a healthy weight by living a healthy lifestyle.
The truth is, I even battled with eating disorders. And there was a time when I became so malnourished that I was unable to gain weight.
And you’d think after all those years of wishing I could lose weight that I would be happy. But the problem is, I felt horrible. I suffered from adrenal fatigue, a non-functioning gallbladder, and nonexistent hormones. Yep! I was in perimenopause at the age of 27.
And I was still not maintaining my weight, even with a hypoactive thyroid.
I was always told that it would get more difficult as I got older, but you are not designed to have weight and metabolism issues for the rest of your life. Sometimes, it takes a little bit of time and investigation to figure everything out.
I’ve worked with people who have lost weight without counting a single calorie or spending hours in the gym. Want a sneak peek into what I offer my clients? Access my free food guide here to help you navigate eating for your metabolism.
Investigating Your Health
Finding health all comes down to investigation, using the right lab tests, and identifying where your body is imbalanced. And when you support the imbalance, the body will begin to heal naturally. And weight loss just happens.
Some of the areas that cause people to gain weight are underlying hormone, immune, digestion, detoxification, energy, or nervous system imbalances.
Unfortunately, the standard blood tests your doctor runs will not usually pick up these imbalances because they aren’t looking at what’s happening in the body from a functional level. They are looking to diagnose or treat specific diseases. And if their lab tests don’t reveal enough information to provide you with a diagnosis, then you end up leaving with more questions than you have answers. Those doctors don’t believe you’re sick.
A person’s weight is one thing that can give us insight into how well these systems are working together. When it comes to your weight, there’s much more to the story than diet and exercise alone.
I encourage you to start with a lifestyle of balancing your energy, weight, and metabolism. And when these things are not enough, then send me a message and let me know that you’re ready to dive in to do a little bit of functional lab testing.
5 Things To Meet Your 2021 Weight Goals
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss. But I can attest from my own experience that when you focus on your health first, you’ll meet your 2021 weight goals (within reason). In the meantime, here are a couple of things you can do to start heading in the right direction:
- Clean up your diet by removing inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy, sugar, soy, alcohol, and hydrogenated fats. If you want the secret to feeling satisfied, energized, and uplifted after meals, download my free guide here.
- Move your body for at least 20 minutes a day. The best exercise is the one you are actually going to do, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself to do an outrageous workout.
- Implement a 10 p.m. bedtime. Your body needs rest to recover and prepare you for the next day.
- Do something every day to practice mindfulness whether that be prayer, meditation, yoga, or deep breathing.
- Support your body with a good quality multivitamin that includes antioxidants.
If you do these consistently for 30 days and you’re not seeing any changes in your body, you may need to dig a little deeper to see what’s going on. I support people just like you with energy, weight, and metabolism issues by helping you gain access to the right lab test and resources. My goal is to see you shine with the confidence and energy needed to live your best life!
Before you head off to conquer 2021, download my free food guide here.
Happy New Year!