Let me ask you a couple questions: Where are you with the term ‘weight loss’? Happy with your weight? Want to lose? Want to gain? What’s your history of dieting? What’s in it for you if you are successful at changing your body weight? Is it the number on the scale or is it something more? Do you understand the connection for you between nutrition and weight loss?
As a registered dietitian, I get a LOT of questions about weight. Clients wanting to lose weight and clients wanting to gain weight. Body weight is a challenging subject – it’s hard to make your body get to a different weight because there are so many factors at play, many of them critical to survival. For example, in ancient days (or even now when so many people in the world actually don’t have enough food), the body has to be able to survive fasts and times of the week, month or year with little to no food. This is the reason we’re able to go into ketosis and this is the reason that metabolism slows down when our bodies think they’re starving (aka: dieting). There are some amazing adaptations in place regarding nutrition and weight loss – the body is incredible – but in order to purposefully change your weight now, you have to understand what you’re up against.
I get asked almost daily, “well isn’t it just calories in vs calories out?” If you eat 3500 calories you’ll gain a pound and if you burn 3500 calories you’ll lose a pound, right? Nope. Not so fast. It’s much more complicated. I also get asked “isn’t there a pill I can take?” Again, no – you’ve got to do the work and I’m here to help!
Nutrition and Weight Loss
My theme this month on Champagne NutritionÂ® is all about weight and dieting. This topic deserves a lot of discussion as well as individualized, personal care. If you or someone you know needs support with their weight, I’m here to help – just hit me up here on my contact page.
As far as nutrition and weight loss, I sure wish I had a simple answer for you. I wish I could say that it is easy. But it really depends on your body – how much muscle mass you have, how much fat mass – and it depends on your level of physical activity
and how much you naturally move in a day. It depends on genetics (and guess what? I’m rolling some genetic testing out into my practice in the coming month so stay tuned for updates
there!) and it depends on hormones. Hormones regulate how hungry or full we feel all day, every day. Finally, it depends on your metabolism and guess what? The more you diet and restrict calories, the more the body digs in its heels and hangs on desperately to fat stores, worried it might be going into a time of food scarcity. Yup: metabolism actually slows down greatly every time you diet or cut calories.
If you and I ate the same amount of calories every day for a year, we’d be different weights, not exactly the same and that’s because of all these factors. Changing your weight is a lot of work; nutrition and weight loss is complicated. The first thing I want to know when I’m working with a client is why? Why do you want to lose weight? Do you have a positive relationship with your body and with food or could that part use a little work? Can you be healthy at the weight you are now? What else needs to change in your lifestyle whether or not your weight ultimately changes? These are important aspects to explore because, as a registered dietitian, I’m all about your health ultimately. And I see weight as a bit of a different subject than health. I’ve seen people lose weight successfully. It’s a lot of work and I’m here to help. It can be done for most people – I believe that.
Everyone wants to know what’s best for them regarding nutrition and weight loss but the answer is: it depends. As a fitness
professional in addition to being a registered dietitian, I always talk about exercise in the weight loss conversation. This is absolutely critical for losing weight as well as keeping it off. And as a dietitian who practices with an integrative perspective, you’re not getting out of a consult with me without discussing your sleep and stress levels, too, because these also make it nearly impossible to lose weight if they’re not addressed. SO much to discover when it comes to you and your weight. If you meet anyone who says it’s easy or simple, run the other way.
There are so many factors when it comes to nutrition and weight loss. I’m sharing articles about changing your body’s weight all month long on my Facebook
, on my Twitter,
and of course, on Champagne Nutrition
so I hope you’ll get the chance to stop by and join
me in part of the conversation.
I do a lot of interviews about nutrition and weight loss soÂ here are some of my favorite and most recent:
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