So you conclude that now is the right time to shed a couple of kilos and begin an eating routine. In the wake of attempting to choose the lemon water eat less carbs, the Atkins diet, a paleo diet or the lacto-ovo vegan diet, you at long last focus on one and start your methodology.
It’s intense however you inspire yourself through it. To accelerate the methodology you book yourself in with the best fitness coach in the region and in the wake of being shouted at “there’s no torment with no addition” and to “issue it 110%” you feel you are getting some place.
At that point comes the reading a clock scale time! “Gracious crikey… how is this conceivable? I haven’t even lost any weight!”
Sounds unthinkable right, yet it can really happen and there’s a justifiable reason explanation behind this. I’ve seen numerous understudies in the past come to me whining of anxiety and weakness. They grumble that they have had a go at everything from weight control plans to fitness coaches, yet they can’t get their wellbeing in place or lose that overabundance weight around the gut.
However in a matter of weeks in the wake of beginning their contemplation course and doing less strenuous preparing, they have figured out how to shed more weight than when they were counting calories and swinging up to substantial individual instructional courses.
When we are focused on, we work in a state known as battle/flight, or thoughtful sensory system mode. In this express, our body does some surprising things. For example
- It stores fat because when you are running from a marauding tribe for days there will be no time to stop for food.
- Your blood thickens to prevent it gushing out of you in case you are bitten or stabbed.
- It releases high levels of glucose into the blood for energy
- It changes the breathing to increase the intake of oxygen
- It produces the biochemical’s cortisol and adrenalin into your system
These are just some the changes that occur when you are stressed, and all just because you have a deadline at work. When we add to this already stressed state, extreme physical exertion from a personal trainer at 7am, and reduced food intake from our diet, our body interprets this as even more of a stress state and increases the fight/flight response. Yes, your mind knows that you are with a top personal trainer that you are paying $100 an hour for and you are on some trendy diet, but all your body knows is its hungry, tired, and in an extreme physical state…. READ STRESS!
You may have heard the mantra “Do Less Achieve More”? Well this can certainly be relevant when it comes to your diet. For some people the more we diet and workout, the harder it can be to lose weight simply because they have failed to address the high levels of stress in their life. When the stress dissolves the body no longer feels compelled to store fat and regulates blood sugar levels among other things.
If you would like to reduce stress, it has been scientifically proven that meditation will help. It reverse the effects of fight/flight and restores balance in the rest and digest state known as parasympathetic nervous system. Here is a simple meditation that you can do for 5 minutes at a time in a quiet space or on your way home from work:
- Sit comfortably in a chair
- Close your eyes
- Observe the natural breath moving in and out through your nostrils
- As the mind drifts away, bring it back to the centre of it moving through your nostrils
- After five minutes or longer, you can open your eyes
See how you go with this as a start to reducing stress and perhaps leading to a healthier, happier life… PLUS you can go back to eating regularly and not get yelled at first thing in the morning.