GET READY TO LOSE THE FAT

11 Nov 2012 1:54 AM

Fat (or the excess of) is a serious issue that can produce life-threatening consequences. Many suggest that the solution is simple “eat less and move more”. I tend to disagree that this is an absolute solution that will work for everyone. But don’t get me wrong - excessive eating, inappropriate food choices and not moving create a plethora of health issues that include weight gain.

 

 

 

GET READY TO LOSE THE FAT

 

Fat (or the excess of) is a serious issue that can produce life-threatening consequences.  Many suggest that the solution is simple “eat less and move more”. I tend to disagree that this is an absolute solution that will work for everyone.  But don’t get me wrong - excessive eating, inappropriate food choices and not moving create a plethora of health issues that include weight gain. 

Why are we eating more and moving less? Recently I was asked to assist two very different individuals, both wanting to lose weight. Both had gained a considerable amount of weight and might have been classified as obese.  Initial investigations showed they were both eating more carbohydrate than proteins and not moving enough, but curiously they had very different reasons for their situation. 

Miss A (not her real name) had also experienced influenza type symptoms off and on for many months.  In time I came to realise that she was a highly stressed individual due to her circumstances and as also evidenced from her personal history.  Stress in itself can cause weight gain, especially around the middle.

It was agreed that a fat loss program would be easier if we improved her immune system and, when she was over these supposed viruses and was feeling a lot better, we could then begin the program.  After a few months of treatment for a variety of viruses there were two symptoms that persisted - Shingles and Depression.  This combination, along with several other clues in her health history, led me to investigate the possibility that Miss A suffered from a digestion issue that caused two major nutrient deficiencies. 

This was confirmed with a simple test. The consequent treatment has cleared up the viruses and conditions, and significantly reduced her anxiety and improved her mood. This is the first time in two decades Miss A has not lived with these symptoms and her quality of life has escalated significantly.  We now realise that her weight gain was a result of the digestive issues associated with this diagnosis, and her food choices were being driven by high anxiety and low mood.

Before treatment, a fat loss program would only have exacerbated the stress of this condition.  Now the underlying issues have been dealt with, Miss A is ready for  The Body Guard’s  “Feel Good Food Plan - How to lose fat and feel good without going hungry”.

My second client, Miss B was considerably older and had slowly increased her weight over the previous 15 years.  She felt the weight gain was from her reduced activity due to knee pain and then consequent knee surgery.  Unfortunately the surgery had left her in an equally painful situation that made even the simplest movements quite impossible. 

On meeting Miss B I found her to be quite emotional.  Miss B asked me to ignore her as she was always that way.  She had experienced personal loss that had left her quite grief stricken some 15 years ago.  She had had counselling to no effect and her current living situation was not supporting her.  Miss B understood that her weight gain was not helping her knee situation and had tried some healthy options. On further investigation I discovered that part of her health diet was reduced protein, and replacing breakfast with tomato juice which she didn't realise was exacerbating her inflammatory symptoms. 

Miss B did not usually eat breakfast as she had no hunger and was a little nauseous in the mornings. Miss B may possibly have a mild salycilate (in tomatoes) allergy. Her highly sensitive, anxious and tearful state may be due to hypoglycemea in addition to deficiencies in protein and nutrients that can increase inflammation and anxiety.  

Once again, increased weight may have been caused by a few underlying undiagnosed issues  (e.g., unresolved trauma, allergies, anxiety)- and not simply through overeating and under-moving.  These issues require resolution prior to starting The Body Guard “Feel Good Food Plan” or any other fat loss/weight management program.

However, having noted the above, it really is often about our food choices.  But that’s the subject of another article.

Note: If you are experiencing anxiety, depression or feel down. There is always someone that can help.


If you are depressed or finding it hard to cope, help is available 24 hrs a day at Lifeline 13 11 14 24.

For more information about managing weight, and anxiety, contact The Bodyguard on 02 8003 3544 or email christine@thebodyguard.com.au