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Forever Changing The Way You Look At Weight Loss

If you’re someone who has yo-yo dieted over and over again this may very well be the most important post I’ve written to change the way you think about weight loss.

Over the years I’ve learned that changing a person’s deeply rooted belief systems can be challenging to say the least, even when the beliefs fail to produce positive results. But that’s exactly what I’m going to try and do over the next few minutes you spend reading this message.

There’s no greater example of a faulty belief system than the idea that calories are everything in weight loss. Most people are ingrained with this belief when they are very young and it’s perpetually reinforced as they get older by almost every diet and weight loss program.

Where are beliefs about weight loss come from…

Think back to how you were taught about weight loss from an early age. Chances are if you watched a parent or grandparent set out to lose weight they did so by cutting calories and going on some sort of a diet.

Maybe they lost some weight momentarily but then likely gained it all back. The whole idea of counting calories and restricting food to lose weight has systematically failed for generations so why do we keep following it? The answer is nothing short of misinformation but it goes to show you how people will hold onto beliefs even when they’re not true.

Hold true to what produces positive results in your life, question what doesn’t…

I challenge you to clean the slate of everything you’ve been taught about weight loss for just a few minutes and have an open mind to what I’m about to share with you. There’s no need to take my word as gospel but I ask you to use your common sense and good judgment to simply question your beliefs.

The first place to start is asking yourself how well has dieting and counting calories worked for you or anybody you know up to this point? Maybe you had some success with the meal prep delivered across the UK at one time but if you’re still struggling with your weight it obviously didn’t provide a long term solution.

What will NEVER work with weight loss long-term…

Let me get right to the point and tell you that dieting and restriction of calories can never work for you long-term. You simply cannot fight the biology of your body and expect to win. The primal starvation responses are far too strong and eventually you’ll crash on your diet. Deep down in your heart you know this is true.

The problem is not with calories but rather the food you’re eating.

The reality is the standard American diet today is filled with processed and refined foods. We’re addicted to starches, sugars, and foods that provide very little if any nutritional value to our bodies. Trying to lose weight by dieting and simply eating less of these foods is an exercise in futility. It’s never going to address the root of the problem and will always backfire in the end.

It’s never been about the calories!

I don’t care how many calories you’re going to eat, you will NEVER achieve the health and body you want without changing the foods you provide your body. It’s not about the calories, it’s about nutrition!

Micronutrients are the key and they’re exactly what you’re missing in your diet. Deficiency in micronutrients is the root cause behind almost every health problem, including gaining excess body fat.

Poor diets that lack micronutrients affect every hormonal system and function of the human body. Processed and refined foods lead to what’s called “cellular starvation” where your body is literally starving on the inside regardless of how many calories you’re eating.

Starving on the inside while eating plenty of calories…

Get your head around this because it’s everything. You could be strictly following a 1200 calorie diet but still be starving because you’re not feeding the cells the nutrients they need. The battleground for your heath and a slimmer waistline is won or lost on the cellular level.

Hormonal balances, function of the glands, your digestive system, everything and I mean everything depends on micronutrients.

Where do you get these micronutrients? From God’s foods alone and not man made foods. Fruits and vegetables don’t have 10-20-30% or more micronutrients than processed foods, they have 100% more! That’s because everything that’s not a natural food has zero micronutrients.

Sure it may be fortified with some synthetic, isolated vitamins and minerals but they simply don’t work the same way in your body. You can never win with these foods regardless of the calories.

The answer lies in living, whole foods!

Everything we need for optimal health and function of the human body is contained in living foods. They’re composed of phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that work synergistically with each other to support cellular health. Remove them long enough and you’ll gain weight and rob your health plain and simple.

All your weight problems can be directly tied back to how you’ve left these living foods out of your diet and replaced them with foods that merely provided energy. If you want to reverse course you need to heal your body at the cellular level by changing the way you eat.

This doesn’t mean simply including a few vegetables at dinner or a piece of fruit at lunch. If you’re overweight your needs a heavy dose of healing. I’m talking about using living foods as medicine to rejuvenate the cells, heal the glands, stabilize hormonal balances, restore digestive function, and regain health. You need to completely change the way you look at fueling your body.

How eating low nutrient foods is the REAL cause for food addictions, persistent hunger, and uncontrollable cravings…

Once again understand that eating low nutrient foods fuels all food addictions and it’s the reason all diets fail.

When you’re starving at the cellular level hunger increases, cravings increase, and the body responds to the stresses by storing fat. The body responds to micronutrient depletion by sending strong signals that you’re starving for the good stuff.

Unfortunately we tend to block these signals by simply eating more of the foods that caused the problem in the first place.

If you want to eliminate food addictions, being hungry all the time, and everything that kills your diet, you need eat MORE of the foods that provide your cells with nutrition, not less!

Understanding the difference between true hunger and “toxic hunger.”

The hunger you experience when dieting is actually not real hunger but something that’s called “toxic hunger.” When you stop eating your body goes into a catabolic state where it focuses on the removal of toxins and repair. You’ll feel lousy as your body attempts to clean out all the junk and metabolic waste.

This is when you need to stick with it and keep feeding it more of the living foods that will help to detox and rejuvenate the cells. Jumping off early and going back to sugars and processed foods only keeps you stuck although you’ll feel momentary relief.

The more toxins you have to remove and healing that needs to occur, the longer the process. You shouldn’t expect to see a miraculous turnaround in a week if it’s taken you years to create the problem.

The good news though is the human body has an amazing ability to heal itself in a very short period of time if you provide the right foods combined with regular exercise and adequate sleep.

When first you don’t succeed….

If you’ve tried following a Primal Blueprint type diet with natural, living foods and weren’t able to stick with it, don’t quit! Get right back on and make a decision to heal your body once and for all.

Your answer for long-term, lasting weight loss isn’t with hormone injections, surgery, pills, diets, or any of that stuff. None of them address the root of the problem. Sooner or later if you want to be well you’ll have to heal your body and the ONLY way to do that is to change the way you eat.

Start with small changes by simply adding a large salad with lots of vegetables to every lunch. Don’t compromise on this and make up excuses for why you can’t or don’t want to eat vegetables. Do it! Your body needs the micronutrients that can only come from living foods.

But Shane, I don’t like eating fruits and vegetables…

Years of eating the wrong foods has undoubtedly altered your taste buds. That’s why you crave the garbage and have an aversion to the good stuff. Understand this going and know that it’s completely reverseable. Your taste buds will change and you’ll suddenly find yourself craving foods you’d never imagined.

Trust me no human being was created to despise fruits and vegetables. Our creator designed us to want to eat the foods that heal and provide life. We just screw it up by eating the wrong foods and messing up our taste buds.

Blame it on your parents if you want by allowing you to have your way and eat garbage instead of live foods. There’s probably some truth in that but hey we’re big boys and big girls now so take responsibility and control over your health.

Or you can act like a child and still refuse to eat the foods that provide you with health and natural weight loss. Keep insisting that cutting and counting calories are the answer or the next quick fix will set you free. I can tell you right now you’ll only end up frustrated and fail to achieve the body and level of health you could.

The bigger picture than just carrying around some extra pounds…

Let me get a little personal about this for a second because its way bigger than your weight, it’s about your life. I wouldn’t be so blunt unless I cared for you and wanted nothing less than the best for your health.

I want you to think about what your life will be like a year from now, five years from now, 20 years from now if you keep doing things the way you are now. Checking out might be a good option for you if you are ready to change your life for the better. What will your decisions today be gaining you or costing you in the future?

I can promise you what you eat and how you live will have an impact on everything about your health and quality of life. Take a look around you at family members and friends you’ve seen grow older and tell me this isn’t the gospel truth. You won’t be getting a pass on this, nobody does.

What’s really hard!

I promise you making the right decisions isn’t hard…it’s easy. Eating healthy, exercising regularly, getting adequate sleep, these things aren’t hard. What’s hard is getting sick, being overweight, losing mobility and independence, sitting on your butt all day because you don’t have the energy or capacity to get out and do things. This is hard!

I encourage you to make the decision to get healthy, reverse disease, and add quality years to your life no matter what it takes. My father always told me there was nothing more important than your health. Once you’ve lost that you’ve lost everything.

The older I get the more I realize he is so right. You can go through just about anything if you’ve got your health and it really doesn’t matter. Lose it and all the stuff you thought was important won’t mean a thing.

Help is here when you need it, you don’t have to go it alone!

Taking the walk to change your diet and exercise habits can be tough when you’re going it alone. I can’t stress how valuable support and accountability is on this journey. Get it no matter what it takes and hold on as long as it takes until you’ve made the change.

As a fitness and nutrition coach I’m here to help you make this happen. It’s what we do everyday at Shaping Concepts and our sister company Charleston Group Fitness. Whether it’s one on one coaching or in a group we’ve got a program that will help you make the necessary lifestyle changes to regain your health.

Believe in yourself and your ability to make it happen. Forget about past failures, the nay-sayers, and all the things that can hold you back. Set your priorities, believe in yourself and don’t let go of the truth for what you’ll need to do. Put your blinders on and avoid the temptation to fall back into quick fixes.

The answer is eating living foods, exercising regularly, and having a life of balance. If you’re following these principals and you’re not there yet, stick with it! The road is straight and true, sometimes you just need to go a little further.

Shane Doll is a certified personal trainer, fat loss expert, speaker, and founder of Shaping Concepts Fitness Training Studios. If you’re looking for a personal trainer in Charleston, you can receive a FREE, no-obligations (2) session trial and consultation without risking a dime. Over 1000 Charleston area residents have transformed their bodies following our unique burst training workouts and simplified nutrition programs.

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