Our Approach To Weight Loss
Our bodies are complex machines designed to use and store energy. Energy in the form of calories are used immediately by the body and any excess intake is stored in adipocytes as lipids. Adipocytes are cells full of energy (lipids) for use at a later time when energy intake is poor. A large number of adipocytes are called adipose tissue and this tends to accumulate in larger and larger proportions throughout our body, we call this excess adipose tissue “Fat”.
Large amounts of adipose tissue (“Fat”) tends to have an adverse effect on the rest of our body. Reduction in our immune system, increase blood pressure, heart rate, insulin resistance, impaired fertility, certain brain tumors, organ failures and sleep abnormalities are a few results of the increased adipose tissue “Fat” effects on our body’s systems. The good news is that Fat reduction can sometimes reverse these abnormal effects. Reducing your Fat stores is called weight loss.
The 3 most common barriers to weight loss are…Food types, eating behaviors and metabolism.
Food Types: Carbohydrates (CHO), Proteins and Lipids (Fats)
CHO: great tasting, same calories as protein, classified into simple and complex, tends to make us hungrier (appetite stimulant)
Proteins: Not very tasty (few receptors on our tongues), same calories as CHO, increase our metabolism, decreases appetite (appetite suppressant)
Lipids (fats): taste wonderful (think butter), more than twice the calories of protein and CHO, large intake can cause heart disease, unknown metabolic effect.
Eating Behaviors (Things to avoid if you want to lose weight)
Skipping meals (especially breakfast), portion oversizing, eating late at night, CHO loading, low protein:CHO ratio, lipid loading.
Difficult to manipulate, low rate can sabotage weight loss, hard to maintain higher rates for prolonged time periods, many medications can lower rate.
BMR stands for basal metabolic rate. All of us have one. Some of us are lucky to have a consistently high rate that enables us to take in large quantities of calories without producing a lot of adipose tissue (the rest of us hate you people). Some very unfortunate individuals have a very slow rate that makes it virtually impossible to lose additional lbs. by calorie restriction alone.
A Calories in vs. Calories Out Is Over-Simplified
Many providers explain weight loss to patients as simple calories in vs. calories out. This means if you utilize more calories on a weekly basis than you intake the result will be weight loss. Although this is true for the most part it is an over simplification of the problem. A person who exercises daily and reduces calorie intake weekly may find that after initial weight loss success their body weight plateaus and it becomes increasingly harder to lose weight. Further reduction in caloric intake does not always produce further weight loss and may lead to over powering hunger and binge eating. This spirals into frustration and feelings of failure which further sabotages weight loss tools and ultimate departure from the program entirely.