At AFF, we don’t obsess over the scale, count calories, or structure our workouts around “burning off” what you ate last night.
This is why you love us, right? It’s all about living your strongest, healthiest life. Managing (or reducing, or eliminating) pain. Feeling good. Enjoying exercise.
We stand by this. But (there’s always a but), we can’t ignore the number one goal that many of our members and followers list on their health questionnaires and intake forms: “I want to lose weight.”
This month, we’ll explore the key factors in successful weight loss programs, discuss the missing pieces of unsuccessful ones, and give you some techniques to implement in YOUR weight loss journey.
We’re pairing this discussion with an upcoming, national weight loss challenge. We’ve looked over the protocol and fully endorse it (even me, the resident Food Police). We’re hosting a big event where you can find out more – and get free samples! – on Tuesday, September 16th at 6pm.
The Key to a Successful Weight Loss Program
It doesn’t lie in achieving the perfect balance of calories in vs. calories out. It doesn’t hinge on superhuman willpower. You don’t have to live on “rabbit food.”
No – the key to releasing excess weight is hormones. Two of them especially: insulin (in charge of storing & releasing fat from your cells) and leptin (involved in appetite control and statiety – feeling full).
These two hormones work together – and often, against you – when you’re trying to lose weight. Without giving you a crash course in nutritional biochemistry, you need to understand a few things:
Obesity is a hormonal imbalance in the body. Whether the imbalance causes the obesity, or the other way around, is still undetermined. Calorie counting (balancing energy in with energy burned) does not seem to be a successful strategy in the long term. Current research is also exploring obesity as an inflammatory condition – only, instead of brain cells being inflamed, like in Alzheimer’s, it’s your fat cells that suffer.
In my opinion, part of the reason most weight loss programs fail is because they operate from a dated, flawed paradigm: count your calories, burn your calories, fat=bad.
What if we were willing to try something else?
Enter: blood sugar. The hormone insulin is directly affected by the amount of sugar in your blood. And the amount of sugar in your blood is a direct result of how much sugar you EAT.
Think of your sweet tooth as having a range from 1 – 10. “Ten” is your sweet threshold – how accustomed your tastebuds are to the sweet flavor. On a high-sugar diet, the threshold keeps growing and growing, requiring ever sweeter flavors to satisfy.
Your first step on a successful weight loss journey is to take that threshold from a “10,” to say, a “6.” How?
Start with the low-hanging fruit. Replace soda with sparkling water. Cut your fruit juice with water, and work toward eliminating it entirely. Eat dried fruit instead of candy bars. Instead of sweet tea, try 1/2 & 1/2.
Week One challenge:
Go one full week – seven days – without eating sweets. No baked goods, no candy, no chocolate. Also eliminate soda and juice.
Will it be hard? YES. For approximately three days, it will be really hard. After that, a little easier. And after one week?
I guarantee you, the more days in a row you can achieve, the less you will crave those things.
If you have questions about this, please email me. It’s my job to help you figure out what to eat. It’s my job to make it easy.
And don’t forget to attend our Find Your Fit Event, on September 9th at 6pm. You’ll learn more about how to manage your blood sugar, and get all the details on the weight loss challenge we’re gearing up for. (Did we mention, there are $50,000 in prizes? Yeah. That too.)