Thousands of books have been written about losing weight and diets. Atkins diet, Paleo diet, Low-carb diet, Ultra Low Fat diet, Intermittent Fasting…..etc etc. There are millions of people who are struggling with their weight and are dieting over and over again.
Why does not even the best, most expensive diet in the world work?
Because it doesn’t exist on the long run!
If you don’t want to read on, click here and read about my working method for an ideal weight. If you just want to talk to me about your weight and eating habits and you are not interested in a whole plan of action, that is of course also possible. Just call me.
Our digestive system
Our digestive system is also sometimes referred to as our ‘2nd brain’. It has its own advanced nervous system to encourage, monitor and process food consumption and digestion. It has evolved over the years and knows that we don’t have to hunt and eat to survive.
It uses, among other things, the hormones, ghrelin which stimulates food intake and leptin which inhibits food intake, depending on how much food the body needs. The digestive system ensures that we eat what and when we need it, and get the most out of our food.
Unfortunately we no longer listen to this ‘2nd brain’, we are offered so many treats and unhealthy, we don’t even have to leave the house. We eat because we like it and because we like something, not because we are hungry. We Westerners do not know hunger anyway, let’s call it craving for nice food. Eating has become a habit and the type of food we eat is an integral part of that.
We stretch the stomach wall by eating that dessert that can no longer be eaten and gradually we eat more and more because it can accommodate more and because it is all incredibly tasty of course. If you eat all the things you don’t like for a month, you would lose weight quickly and without much effort, but what about after that when you have reached your goal?
And then we start dieting
At some point things get out of hand and we start to line up. Usually it comes down to eating significantly less calories. Unfortunately, however, your metabolism will slow down due to the reduced calorie supply, making it even more difficult to lose the pounds. It has been scientifically proven that if you limit your calorie intake too often, your metabolism will permanently slow down and then you really have a problem. The more often you start to line, the greater the chance of being overweight!
An ideal weight starts in the brain and not on the plate
Our brains are at the forefront of habit, especially with food, our ‘eating habits’. We all know that vegetables are healthier than burgers, but we like the burgers better, as well as we like the high sugar cookies better than a raw carrot. We create habits, good and bad for our health and ideal weight.
Our brain uses about 20% of the calories we consume daily. Our brains are busy all day with decision-making, learning, self-control, remembering, planning, processing fears and so on and willpower helps you with that, but they also exhaust your willpower. Even if you have nothing to decide anymore, you have no fears and you don’t have to learn or plan anything anymore, you would think that your willpower should be in good shape, but unfortunately that is not the case.
The fact that you are frustrated with your weight, you are deciding, planning, learning, you have fears that it will not work again, also exhausts your willpower. Nobody has a grip on this phenomenon and you will not have to rely on willpower alone if you want to achieve your ideal weight forever. Your brain gets tired and that’s why they like to grab habits and you have enough in stock. According to science, 90% of our daily food decisions are the result of habits.
As you have read, I have a strong opinion about nutrition and weight loss and my approach is completely different, but the chance of success is unprecedentedly large and permanent.
The Ideal Weight Plan
During our first meeting I want to know everything about your eating habits:
– Why do you eat
– When do you eat
– How much do you eat
– What do you eat
I also like to hear more about yourself, just as much as you want to tell me. If you have health problems it is important to report because we have to take that into account. There is also a good chance that some health problems will disappear.
For once and for all at your ideal weight
I make a plan based on what you have told me. The most important thing is that the majority of the food you will be eating has the right energie so your metabolism works full speed. I also want to know what you like because we are going to make it as delicious as possible. We will discuss this together and then you can start.
We will start consciously to adapt the old habits, we will not develop new habits because then the brain would still be able to reach for the old existing habits. Soon you will notice that when adjusting a habit the meaningful reward must remain, so we will work on that together. Step by step!
Depending on your own interest, I have forms on which you can write the old eating habits and the ones that will replace them. Why you eat, what you eat, when you eat and how much you eat. In a special food diary, you can write when you ate something you regretted and why you ate it. We also make an ideal nutritional list with things that you like and that also give healthy and lots of good energy to your body. Again, only if you are interested in this it is not a must.
Life is suppose to be fun and so should be losing weight!