Stop Dieting to Lose Weight


Dieting to lose weight since the early nineteen fifties. We have just been inundated with this information information to eat. Low Fat Foods. Count calories eat low calorie and dieters are always told to kind of follow this approach and it's really lacking its first of all it's lacking in key nutrients and for a lot of people it can be like a starvation plan. So how did that workout not great because again more people are overweight and obese than ever before. So I'll introduce myself in. They my co-host. My name is Kara. Harper I'm a licensed nutritionist. I have a master's degree and holistic health and I'm also a certified nutrition specialist and really excited to be here today with my co host and weight loss. Expert Nell calls. Oh expert Bird now you who are the year the testimony to nutritional weight and wellness who lost ninety pounds eight years ago. You've been able to maintain that ninety pound weight loss us by eating real food. Yes and now as you know less than ten percent of people who lose weight keep the weight off. So you're the you're the Unicorn. Yeah we were just talking right UNICORNS. That's really what you've accomplished is amazing. And and you should be very very proud of yourself and maybe even you should be written up in a weight loss book I know you're a testimonial to our company. Absolutely maybe that's good enough now. I put my energy there so yeah I don't yeah. Thank you so much for that. That phenomenal intro Boost to my my ego this morning but I don't think being featured in a weight loss book is is necessary. I just want to you know for are you within the sound of my voice inspire you to give up dieting and eat real food several times a day to lose weight. That's a different message. Then you've probably heard this time of year no more starving yourself. It is a known fact that as we get older and I am getting older older our metabolism slows down more and more every year. I also know that eating protein several times a day boosts my metabolism for a few hours so I practice eating grass fed protein several times a day to keep that fire stoked to keep my metabolism fired up. Now I think our listeners would love to know what is and one of your biggest struggles maintaining the ninety pound weight loss. So I guess it's it's one thing and we'll get into a little bit later about the weight loss. Yeah but what is what is it like with the weight maintenance phase. Yeah we were just talking about this before or the show that the biggest struggle is not to get back into that. Dieting thought pattern which you would think after eight years of losing the weight and then keeping it off that I would have broken through that and I have but really that those. Those messages are very sticky for people because low calorie and and low fat eating slowdown. My metabolism and it's really challenging. I think this time of year to not see some of the ads coming out and you you know they're they're everywhere they're on facebook. They're on TV. That say you know we have the answer. Low Fat low calorie eating. But I want to tell you before I came to nutritional weight and wellness. I had many years of dieting and with each of those diets that are being advertised. Soul readily right. Now I did lose weight but I quickly gained that weight back and even more so I would get this quick hitting saying it was always twelve pounds for me so I would immediately start to feel better. Feel like my pants are getting better And it was within a few weeks or months that I would be heavier than before so I would get that quick hitting. Hey you know this is working and what was so cruel about what it is that it would come right back on as soon as I because what what they don't tell you is that you're losing water and you're losing muscle. Aw and be so frustrating when you have that you know first little bit of success and then it starts to stop and then and you start gaining and you start gaining more than before. So how did I gain that hundred ninety to one hundred pounds is because I would go on those diets and then I would gain you know twenty pounds More than before. So you do that. You know I say fifteen times and twenty seven my twenty five years of dieting. You know that extra twenty pounds ten twenty pounds at the end of each of those Yoyo. Diets is GONNA add up. Sure sure and and also we know just bio uh-huh chemically With all the training nutrition training that we've had that that really impairs metabolism kind of that the ups and downs the spikes and the losses awesome. Yeah right yes very very frustrating. Now how old were you when you first started dieting and then I mean you might have already answered this in your her in the last segment but did you lose any way like the very first time that you started dieting. Yeah and it was because I was twelve I could have done just about anything anything and and lost weight but that was the first year I went to weight watchers. I had to be I had to be Sponsored by somebody because I I was so young so my mom took me. I was desperate. I was coming into my eighth grade year and I was the Chubby kid so depressed and I did ED lose weight But I had a miserable summer and I actually just just recalled the story of being there used to be a kmart in Burnsville and we were my mom and I were walking into the Kmart and I had been you know really existing on Tuna with no Mayo just just plain tuna And Lettuce and really starving myself. I took it too far and I hated K.. Mart parking lot so talk about biochemical damage. I was really young long and I was. I was really taking that low calorie low fat message so dry tuna basically with dry lettuce And I was depriving myself. And then I that's where it began really so then you do that long enough and then you start to rebel. Your body starts to rebel and I gained all the way back. I started eating eating eating eating and really couldn't stop so for those reasons. I WANNA share with you. What I didn't know? Aw then which was the important biochemical fact that we teach in our nutrition for weight loss series which I am one of the teachers when you go on a low calorie salary low fat diet. It creates a stress response in your body. I mean think about that. I'm walking along and I drop over twelve thirteen the sad sad story and probably quite common still to this day. I would hope it wouldn't be but it's it's probably very common instill but really my body was telling me I don't have enough here to go on. Because of that stress response. The adrenal glands were releasing the hormone cortisol and that excess cortisol creates more insulin resistant. So that's what started all that insulin resistance in my body which which then you know initially lead to weight loss but then started showing up as belly. Fat so personally I don't want to create create that Cortisol response so now. I eat every two to three hours. And I'm not eating dry tuna on driverless. I know what I skip a meal or snack I gain weight because that court is all that when my blood sugars getting too low that cortisol response is going to help me to gain weight. Wait which is especially around the mid section eight that belly fat. Yeah and you would I think a lot of our longtime listeners have heard the term insulin salon resistance. Yeah we won't go into deep of a dive with that but insulin resistance just means that it's harder for your body to get the glucose into the cells out of the bloodstream and into the cells. So you're just more likely to gain weight to store fat. It's more difficult to lose weight. Yeah we have this great visual in one of the classes of your cells and there's locks padlocks all over the cells rights rate so if you think about it you're you're locking yourself cells. Those in nothing really gets in or out. That's you know making that happen. So essentially what was a lightbulb moment for me as when I was on these diets. It's my cells. Were locked up in that glucose that I was getting from my diet could not be used for energy. So he'll low energy. I felt you know fainting. Okay so he hit me of low energy right right

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