Weight problems are usually not just about eating too much. So deprivation dieting doesn’t generally work. Excess weight is a symptom of something else, and is more likely to be about:
Eating the wrong kinds of foods
- Be eating too many foods that are low in nutrients, or not enough nutrient dense foods, means you are compelled to eat more, as your body tries to get the nutrients it needs
- Have foods that you’re intolerant or allergic to
- Be eating the wrong types of foods, or balance of foods, for your personal metabolism. eg: Eating too many carbs is a common problem, which often leads directly to fat storage.
Some other kind of physical imbalance
- Low thyroid function
- Insulin resistance
- Inability to absorb nutrients
- Hormonal problems
- Candida overgrowth
- Heavy metal or other toxins, stored in fat cells
Emotional issues of some kind
Some common ones are:
- Using food to handle anxiety of some kind
- Unhelpful beliefs about food and/or weight
- Inaccurate body image
- Past trauma
Other lifestyle factors
Some habits can also make things worse:
- The wrong kind of exercise
- Not enough water
- Not enough sleep
Starting with any of these can lead to others, or they can feed each other in a vicious cycle. Eg. Eating the wrong foods can lead to hormonal problems. Or going on restrictive diets can lead to nutritional deficiencies that then cause further problems.
Weight loss is most successful if all aspects are looked at together. So we look at the causes, rather than the effect. The primary aim might be to first bring your health back into balance, then focus on weight.
That could involve:
- Eating an appropriate, nutrient dense diet for your personal needs. One that is tasty and satisfying, as well as nourishing.
- Using supplements where necessary.
- Using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to work on any emotional issues or beliefs that may be involved.
- Looking at what other lifestyle factors can be better balanced.