Here’s the question that I get asked nearly every single day, and not just during weight loss ‘season’: “I know what I’m ‘supposed to do’ to lose weight, so why can’t I do it?”
My clients then go on to explain that they’ve tried cutting their carbs or adjusting their macros or tracking their calories, but it’s just not working.
Most of us have heard about using positive affirmations. But are they really effective? And can they really help with weight loss?
As a registered dietitian, the clients and patients I see are usually struggling with health issues such as overweight, obesity, insulin resistance, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, and more…
To say that our relationship with food is complex is an understatement, especially when it comes to weight loss. If it was easy, I would put on my dietitian hat and tell you how many carbs, proteins and fats you should be eating.
If you’re struggling with extra weight in the belly, insulin resistance may be causing the problem. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas. One of its functions is to transport sugars from the blood into all other cells of the body so that the sugars can be used as energy.
Are snacks something you eat to refuel between meals or something you do when you watch TV or are bored? Are sweets a reward for hard work or do you look for other ways to feel good?
If you feel like everyone’s walking all over you, taking what they need with little or no concern for your needs, you may have what I call ‘doormat energy’ – pleasing others at your own expense.
When it comes to weight loss, the holiday season usually spells disaster. Many of my clients share with me that between all the stress and all the sugar they would prefer to just fast forward to the month of March!
Sometimes a client would confess to me, “I know what I’m supposed to do, but I just can’t do it!” and I would feel like screaming “ME TOO!”