“too much food, too little toil”
Poor diet and lifestyle are the most common reasons people become overweight. It is logical, then, to presume that reversing these western lifestyle factors will be enough to reverse the weight gain.
However, as most of us know from experience, getting the weight off and keeping it off is often not that simple.
So this newsletter is the first of a series that will share with you some insight on our professional view of long lasting weight loss.
1.Regulation of Energy Balance: (Energy In vs Energy Out)
In pure mathematical terms the energy we put into our body (food) should equal the energy expended from our body (movement). If this occurs then the energy stores within our body (fat stores) will remain the same:
Energy In è Energy Stores ç Energy Out
However for over 60% of Australians it actually looks like this:
Energy In èEnergy Stores ç Energy Out
To effectively address long term weight loss we need to identify and treat the contributing factors of the above imbalances.
Contributing Factors of Increased Energy In:
- ØLarge food portion sizes
- ØAffordable, energy-dense (high fat, salt & sugar) diet
- ØStress and mood disordered eating (reward eating)
- ØBlood Glucose imbalances
Contributing Factors of Decreased Energy Out:
- ØSedentary Lifestyle
- ØLow muscle mass
- ØSlow Metabolism
- ØHormonal Imbalances (eg thyroid)
- ØLack of dietary phytochemicals (low vegetable and fruit intake)
Contributing Factors of Increased Energy Stores:
- ØInsulin Resistance
- ØGut Toxicity
- ØEnvironmental Chemicals
- ØHormonal Imbalances
- ØVit D deficiency
So what becomes obvious is… what we eat, how we eat, the amount we eat and why we eat coupled with lack of movement, will directly influence how and where our body metabolises and stores energy (fat).
Toxins (from our food and environment), stress, lack of sleep and nutrient deficiencies will all impact our body’s fat metabolising pathways. Other physiological pathways including our “satiety system”(feeling of fullness), mitochondrial system (the cells the body uses to convert our food into energy), insulin production system and metabolism are directly influenced not only by the food we eat and the exercise we do, but also by the amount of stress we are under, the amount of sleep we get and whether the body has the right nutrients available at the time for them to actually work effectively.
So that simple mathematic equation of energy in should equal energy out is very simplistic. And we as individuals are anything but simplistic.
But what we do know, at the very basic level, is that the quality and quantity of food we eat, the amount of movement we do each day, the amount of stress we are under and the level of toxins we are exposed to will directly influence every cell of our body which in turn will directly impact the way we look, the way we feel and the way we age.
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