Okay, so let’s start here: There’s a reason that every diet you try works at first…then completely backfires and you gain more weight. That reason is what we are going to focus on in this post and it’s a total game changer.
That reason ISN’T that your body is somehow different, or that you don’t have enough willpower to stay away from the chips at 9pm every night. It’s that you aren’t eating the right foods.
You aren’t eating the foods that support the hormonal state of fat loss. It’s that simple (simple….not necessarily easy). I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s true. Learning how food works and how to use that to hit your goals is a HUGE game changer, and so that’s exactly what you’re going to learn about today.
So let’s figure out if you’re in the right place. If this method is going to work for you the way it did for me and does for my clients.
My method, my way of eating is not going to be for everyone. It’s for a very specific group of people who have tried EVERYTHING. People who have spent the time, logged the hours and also spent a small fortune on dieting and supplements and all of the things out there, but have never been able to make it work for real life. So let’s spend a bit of time and figure out if your’e in the right place.
#1. NOTHING is working. You’re still gaining or maintaining no matter how little you eat.
So if you’re making the same mistake I was, then you’re definitely in the right place. I thought that the less I ate and the more I exercised the skinnier I would get. I thought it was as simple as calories in minus calories out. As long as the calories out were bigger I’d lose weight. I was soooooo wrong.
I learned that calories were a very small part to a very big picture. You see it’s not JUST about calories. Whether you burn or store fat is determined by hormones NOT by energy in vs energy out. Yes that plays a small roll, but the TYPE of energy in is WAY more important because the food you are eating and the particular way it digests is completely integral to setting the stage for the right hormones to be in control.
I learned that starvation mode is a real thing. Your metabolism literally downregulates when you don’t eat enough. If you add exercise into that equation you can actually start to GAIN weight since your stress hormones spike (‘cause your body is in TROUBLE).
Think about that. Are you getting this? This is IMPORTANT.
#2. You are in the right place if you are eating healthy, following all the diet rules and STILL not losing weight
Big mistake #2 for me was thinking that healthy food automatically meant weight loss. This was probably MY biggest mistake, and the most frustrating because I felt like I was doing everything RIGHT. I was eating ridiculously ‘healthy’ foods and still stuck feeling fat, exhausted and like I was missing out on all the things I loved like wine & chocolate. It was seriously frustrating! We’re going to spend some time on this, because it’s a HUGE gap in the industry and in any other ‘diet’ you’ve tried.
#3 You are in the right place if you crave carbs every single day and your willpower is just not enough. If at the end of the day you’ve got nothing left to avoid those chips or popcorn or whatever your guilty pleasure is.
This is one of the biggest diet fails for everyone I’ve worked with. The belief that it’s NORMAL to have to avoid certain foods using willpower, and success depends on the strength of our willpower. When I learned that cravings actually had a physiological basis. That I craved carbs because my blood sugar was unbalanced and my body was desperately trying to achieve balance, my mind was blown. I still didn’t really believe it. Now I KNOW that it’s true, because the carb cravings really do disappear when your blood sugar becomes balanced. I see it happen time and time again and honestly I’m always a little blown away.
Now isn’t that mind-blowing? All of this time spent thinking that these cravings were all about your mood and your likes/dislikes, when there is something so basic and easily controlled driving them? Can you imagine how good it feels to finally be in control of cravings?
Finally….you are in the right place if you are so sick and tired of the B.S. out there.
You don’t ACTUALLY even believe that anything will work anymore but you haven’t completely given up yet. That’s why you’re reading this. No matter how sick and tired of it all you are – you still want to lose weight and there is no shame in that.
So if after reading about my big mistakes you’re still here and ready to learn, that means that you know you’re in the right place. I’d love to hear from you-which one resonated the most? I told you that for me it was believing that healthy foods were also great for weight loss….ummmmmmmm nope. Comment on this post and let me know!
Now I want to say something that I consider to be a major truth. It was DEFINITELY the truth in my case, and it is for most of my clients. What you ‘know’ about dieting is totally wrong…
Your cravings and impulses for junk food are NOT emotional…they’re physiological. Until we understand what’s going on in our bodies when we eat specific foods, we are setting ourselves up to fail over and over again. Now I don’t know about you, but I find that really really frustrating. It feels like everything you’ve done has been so wasted, and yet the truth of it is so much easier than the restrictions or the supplements that are constantly thrown at us.
The secret to how food works, is making sense of macronutrients (Fat/Protein/Carbs) and how they work in our bodies. In my program The Faster Fat Burn Method, you will learn how certain foods affect your hunger and fat loss. Let’s move on to the three steps, or the 3 secrets to faster fat loss without giving up wine or chocolate:
Step 1: You need to completely eradicate the whole willpower myth and you need to understand that it’s not willpower. It’s the underlying blood sugar and inflammation issues. Willpower will never ever win against inflammation & unbalanced blood sugar. That means traditional dieting is setting yourself up to fail. In order to balance blood sugar we need to pay attention to the three real food groups (macros) and keep them in balance.
Get rid of inflammation. I was making a critical mistake every other time I attempted to lose weight, and that’s BEFORE I even picked the diet to try. You see, I was ignoring the fact that I was inflamed and that’s a weight loss killer. Actually if I’m honest, I wasn’t IGNORING it per se, I didn’t even know inflammation was a thing. You probably don’t either….or of you do you don’t realize how interconnected inflammation is with fat storage. It’s pretty crazy so I’m going to start by explaining it.
So what exactly is inflammation? Inflammation is when your body is reactive & irritated and attempting to flush fluids and resources to an area as a reaction. Acute inflammation is normal and it’s a process that helps restore balance and healing after an injury or illness. Chronic inflammation is bad news and is caused very often by the foods we are eating and don’t even realize are irritating to us. So what does inflammation do? Well it causes us to be puffy and retain excess fluid which makes us feel (and look) fatter to begin with. Brutal. Secondly, it worsens your insulin resistance meaning your body needs to make extra. Insulin is your fat storage hormone (as you’ll learn in the next step) so this is NOT good. More insulin = more fat storage. Inflammation also causes something called leptin to be less effective. Leptin is the hormone that makes you feel full, so when you are inflamed your hunger can be out of control and you never quite feel satisfied. This of course makes you eat more and since there is so much insulin available to store fat, guess what happens.
If you can get rid of inflammation big things happen. Bloating goes way down so you feel thinner right away. Your jeans do up so much easier. You aren’t puffy. Being inflamed saps your energy so your energy goes way up! This is huge for managing those afternoon sugar cravings. Also-you sleep better and your skin is clearer. Basically, cleaning up inflammation is a HUGE deal and without doing that you can’t make much progress in lasting fat loss. Makes sense, right? So how do we do that? What’s the trick to losing fat without willpower? We get blood sugar & inflammation caused by our diets under control BEFORE we start a fat loss program. Boom, inflammation managed. So that’s step 1. Deal with the blood sugar & inflammation FIRST so you start out with big wins like inches down, bloat gone and energy up and THEN start the fat loss.
Step 2 is to flip the switch over to fat burning mode by changing up the hormones in charge. Fat is being stored or released according to hormones. There are so many hormones and factors that work together with fat storage or release, but we’re just going to focus on the two main hormonal players to keep it simple.
Let’s first talk a little bit about how fat actually works. Fat evolved as a way for us to survive periods of famine, right?Basically, when we evolved we were generally in a situation where food was available all the time OR we were in a situation where no food was available. Because our bodies are smart and adaptive, they figured out a way to take the energy from food when it was readily available, and store it away for when it wasn’t. The solution was fat cells. Your body uses fat cells as storage lockers to put away extra energy.
So in order to store energy, your body relies on hormones calling the shots. Insulin is a power hormone. It’s released from the pancreas in response to sugar entering the blood & moves the sugar (glucose) from the blood to the cells to use for energy. Insulin tells the liver to store excess sugar as glycogen. When glycogen stores max out, it tells the liver to convert excess sugar to fat so the body can store it for use later.
Glucagon is the other power player. Glucagon acts directly opposite to insulin & is responsible for breaking down stored fat & carbohydrates and using them for energy. Glucagon and insulin are counterparts, which means when insulin is high, glucagon is low and vice versa
This is huge. The type of foods you eat directly impacts whether insulin or glucagon is high. The TYPE of food you eat is directly responsible for either building up those storage lockers OR for helping to empty them.
This is BIG, right? Like calories are NOT the be all and end all. Calories have no impact on these hormones. Isn’t this great information? Don’t you find this just mind blowing after all of those years of counting calories, and only reading the calorie component of the label? I know I sure did and I honestly still do.
So things should be making a little more sense now, they should be coming together and you should be able to start to see that healthy foods, quote unquote, may not be healthy for every goal.
Let’s use a few examples. This first one is unrelated to fat loss, but it’s a really good illustration of this point. So kale is healthy, right? It’s a superfood, right? I don’t think anyone would disagree with that. What about for someone who has severe IBS? For that person, kale is actually extremely UNHEALTHY because it’s so rough. It actually irritates the intestine and causes a flare up in a ton of people. So yes, kale is healthy. It has all these vitamins and minerals and fiber BUT it’s not healthy for Joanna who has severe IBS or IBD. Make sense?
Okay this one really hits home. Oatmeal is healthy, right? Steel cut oats? Lots of B vitamins, fiber? Sure. But is oatmeal great for fat loss? Mainly carbs, no fat leading to blood sugar instability and even potentially inflammation (grains can be super irritating). In this case, I’d say no. So…healthy food but NOT ideal for the current goal.
You need to use this lens to look at all of the ‘healthy’ foods that you’ve been eating, thinking they support fat loss. You also need to look through this lens at the quote unquote unhealthy foods you’ve been avoiding. Make sense?
We now have inflammation managed so we can start to see actual fat loss. After that we moved on to hormonal fat burning and using the right foods to make sure that happens. Step 3 is to stop sabotaging ourselves by falling for the latest or even oldest fad diets. I’m going to tell you something-weight loss on these diets is almost always due to calorie restriction. Calorie restriction is dangerous because your body can’t keep it up forever, so eventually it has to end. Also, when you restrict your calories, your metabolism falls suit and declines over time. When you start eating a regular amount of food again, it doesn’t just come back up. This is what the rebound weight gain effect is so huge.
Now we’ve been through a LOT of information here, so I want to quickly recap the 3 steps to faster fat loss for you, so it’s not all muddled.
- Reduce inflammation and start to balance blood sugar to get rid of cravings and start fat loss.
- Flip the metabolic switch to fat burning mode by using the right macros. Create balanced meals so blood sugar is stable and the fat burning hormones are in the driver’s seat.
- Avoid the biggest problem most people have: calorie restriction. Make sure you’re eating enough.
So what I’ve done is I’ve put all of that information that I just shared with you, into an online program. Its called The Faster Fat Burn Method, and what The Faster Fat Burn Method is, is a way for us to work together, a way for you to implement everything you’ve just learned in this post over the next 12 weeks and beyond. Click Here to learn more!