Weight-loss is not just about calories in and calories out
This is a gross oversimplification of a very complex process. You see, weight-loss is a multifaceted process with way too many variables that cannot be just boiled down to a mathematical equation.
The truth is that even the scientists don’t know for sure everything that it is involved in it. So let’s spot pretending that this is just a matter of exercising more and eating less.
The human body is a complex piece of machinery that relies on homeostasis to function properly. If you are not familiar with the term, homeostasis is a self-regulating process that resists changes in the external environment in order to maintain a steady state of physical and chemical conditions that are crucial to survival.
When we make drastic attempts to lose weight, we threaten the stability of systems, and the body has no choice but to defend the energy balance.
You see, your metabolic processes have been pre-programmed based on the average of your past behaviours. Everything is carefully calculated to maintain the equilibrium so you can carry on with your daily activities.
When something is off, the body will do everything in its power to recover homeostasis. This means that before it allows you to starve yourself, it will run some emergency procedures so you can survive.
For instance, when your calorie intake goes below a certain threshold, the body will slow down your calorie expenditure in order to save energy. This will make you sluggish so you don’t waste energy with unnecessary activities. It will also signal the hunger centre of your brain, making you crave high energy foods.
And if you think you will be able to override these commands with willpower, think again. Stress disrupt Prefrontal Cortex function (the part of the brain responsible for self-control), meaning that the primitive brain will take charge pushing you to satisfy immediate needs.
Now, I’m not saying that weight-loss is impossible though. The reason why most people fail is because they try to rush through things, making too many changes at once. And when the body can’t cope with that, the mind rejects the changes.
What I’m trying to explain is that if you want to succeed, you will need a solid strategy to outsmart your body and reprogram your responses. And this process takes time.
So, I can’t help you if you are looking for a shortcut. But if you are willing to take the long road with me, I can show you the way.
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