Whats the difference between being a metabolic detective about yourself instead of a weight loss dieter? and how can each of us begin to do this?
A dieter is often focused on calories, meal plans, and diets. Focusing on their exercise and eating to lose weight. They may have an ‘all or nothing’ or ‘on or off plan’ mentality, may stick to the plan to a T for a period of time then drop off eventually trying some new diet, or yo-yo in and out of trying the same thing.
The ‘Eat Less, Exercise More club’ is popular.
Weight loss is their goal - whether that weight comes from muscle, fat, water change, or some other factor or tissue.
Dieter’s will likely see changes in the scale, weight lost, and a different appearance, though their body shape itself may be similar just of a smaller nature.
Since calories and weight loss are important, that’s where the mindset is mindfully or subconsciously.
Willpower, often takes over as the means to remaining on plan and on track. Sometimes, resistance, guilt, or comparisons (to others or to themselves) show their face.
We DON’T want to be a dieter.
Dieter’s don’t stick around for the long haul, their results are hard to keep if we look at track progress over a year.
If you truly want results that last, are sustainable and enjoyable, that create positive body change, and a mindset and lifestyle that works personally for YOU then you want to be a Detective.
A detective is on a path toward learning to understand their own metabolism and hormones, and cultivate a way of eating, exercising and living that is unique to their personal preferences and goals.
They understand that there is more to it than calories and exercise. It’s about hormones, biofeedback, listening to and understanding the body.
This process takes work and patience.
You will have to let go of preexisting thoughts, beliefs, bias’, and expectations around food, weight loss and dieting., and move toward a fat loss lifestyle.
a) being intuitive, mindful, and aware, and
b) learning to listen and understand the body’s signs, symptoms and biofeedback.
You can get started being a detective a few ways....
>> Start with a diet (paleo, Keto, Whole 30 are my top recommendations if you feel you need to go this route as they’re pretty nutritionally sound to begin with. But, you will NEED to mold that diet to you and your lifestyle. This means what the diet rules are, may not be your tried and true results. When you hit bumps or challenges along the way,
>> Check your SHMEC. Short for sleep hunger mood energy cravings. These refer to your biofeedback, which correlate to your hormones and metabolism. Also observe any signs and symptoms, and monitor your results. Keeping a journal is very useful here.
>> If your HEC and SHMEC are in check, you’re not seeing an negative signs or symptoms and your are getting results (even slow, small ones) you’re on the right path.
>> If HEC is out of check, you’re experiencing signs or symptoms that aren’t your normal, and/or not getting results it’s time to make an adjustment.
Of course you need to also know what to do given this scenario and that’s where I can come in!
Working together is going to be ideal for you to be able to cultivate a way of eating and living that meets your preferences and needs, gets you results, helps you keep them. You be able to identify what and how to make adjustments along the way so that it becomes natural and enjoyable.
You own your life, and it starts here with your diet and eating.