Weight loss interventions that work

You can lose a lot of weight only to see it return if you go back to your former lifestyle. The biggest factor in whether you will take the weight off and keep it off is how you think and feel about yourself and your world. In this article I’ll discuss this vital paradigm shift required to get to a healthy weight for you. This is the second in a series of articles on important weight loss topics. To read the first, go to The ABCs of weight loss surgery.

Where weight loss begins

If you’ve been searching for the best way to permanently lose weight, no doubt you’ve come across a myriad of methods from pills to surgery and they all have their success stories and their sob stories. But there’s one common thread to all the successful methods of getting it off and keeping it off. That thread is to get your thoughts and feelings aligned with the healthy and happy you. Allow me to explain further, and then we’ll look at practical ways to do this.

There is growing evidence that too much of a mental focus on losing weight has adversely contributed to a preoccupation with food and body, the weight loss and regain cycle, reduced self-esteem and even eating disorders. [1] Yet we know that all methods of successful weight loss require lasting changes in diet and lifestyle. You could read all the books in print about weight loss and even be an expert on health and still not be sufficiently motivated and prepared to make life changes last.

What is the root of this powerlessness? The real hold-up is rooted in loneliness, depression, despair, or some other version of forgetting who you really are and the perfectness of your own creation. It comes from thinking incorrect thoughts: that your body is you or that your physical world with all of its problems is your only reality. These incorrect thoughts lead to the feelings I just mentioned, which lead to the behaviors of taking refuge in food; unhealthy and addicting food that can numb your pain or be your best friend.

I certainly don’t want you to think I am saying that it’s all in your mind. That’s not it at all! Many of you clearly have a strong genetic predisposition for being overweight. Many of you have social, financial or perhaps dozens of other contributors to being overweight. The question remains, have you fully implemented the paradigm shift of a person at a healthy weight and a happy life? This means feeling love, freedom and joy consistently and often in your life. These ways of feeling good are the foundation of your healthier, thinner self. The more you experience this the easier your healthy nutritional lifestyle will follow. It’s not the other way around.

When it comes to making a lifestyle change, what motivates you? When your unhealthy weight hurts you bad enough from physical or emotional pain and unhappiness, you’ll be ready for change. You’ll be ready to get serious about it. When you are serious about it you’ll also be open to learning about the mental and spiritual roots of being overweight (and stop blaming genetics, peers or your finances).

Being teachable and willing to address the roots of being overweight doesn’t mean blaming yourself so you can feel worse. It means being willing to be accountable for your incorrect thoughts and the feelings that have contributed to your unhealthy weight. When this happens, you then open the door to waking up and seeing your Divine beauty and feeling your spiritual power. Please allow me to explain further.

I have written before about the importance of cleansing, detoxification and elimination. What happens when you don’t detoxify and eliminate your psychological and emotional waste? Such unprocessed unhealthy thoughts and emotions literally embed themselves in your flesh, and you are forced to carry them around with you–and on you. Unhealthy fat on your body is not only a place for toxic chemicals to be absorbed and stored, but also a place for toxic thoughts and emotions to be absorbed and stored. That’s because the physical body takes on what you allow your mind (and subsequent feelings) to feed it every day. The key is to actively maintain healing thoughts and feelings and to effectively process negative thoughts and feelings. Most of the negative ones you create yourself.

Imagine what happens to your physical body when you feed it with thoughts of gratitude, appreciation, forgiveness, acceptance, confidence and creativity. Moreover, imagine what happens to your physical body when you bathe it in the subsequent feelings of peace (not anger, bitterness, or frustration), love (not fear), freedom (not restraint or powerlessness), and gladness (not gloom, sorrow, or guilt). The healing energy from these emotions (“e-motion” or “energy in motion”) reduces inflammation, improves hormone function and enhances neurotransmitters. Even more powerfully, this positive energy corresponds to your wiser and healthier lifestyle. This makes all the difference!

Activate the paradigm

Once you are savvy about nutrient-rich, lower-calorie foods, you will want to take steps to change your brain chemistry so that you actually like their taste. This does take some time and effort, but within just a few weeks you can down-regulate brain chemicals of addiction. Do it wisely, in a step-wise fashion, and with supporting family, friends or coach.

Now that you understand more about the paradigm of thinness and health, you may be wondering how you can make it real and consistent. This, of course, is the million dollar question. It will require you to take an honest look not only at how you think and feel about yourself and your life circumstances, but also your close relationships. Consider how each word you speak will influence you and those around you. By ceasing to speak all despairing, condemning, destructive or otherwise negative words you can then shift to speaking only hopeful, commending, inspiring or otherwise positive words to yourself and to your loved ones. Words create peace or war; healing or disease.

In this short article I cannot do very much to assist you in implementing this paradigm shift part of your life. It will take you learning more and also getting a coach who understands how to guide you in sound lifestyle training and the paradigm I have presented. However, here are two great resources to read that will help to get you started:

» A Course in Weight Loss, by Marianne Williamson
» The Vortex; Where the Law of Attraction Assembles All Cooperative Relationships, by Esther and Jerry Hicks

In my next article, I’ll be addressing medications and foods most effective for healthy weight loss.

To feeling good because you are thinking correctly,
Michael Cutler, M.D.
Easy Health Options

[1] Bacon L, Aphramor L. Weight science: evaluating the evidence for a paradigm shift. Nutr J. 2011 Jan 24;10:9. Accessed online 7/31/2014 at: http://www.nutritionj.com/content/10/1/9.

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By Dr. Michael Cutler

Dr. Michael Cutler is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine and is a board-certified family physician with more than 20 years of experience. He serves as a medical liaison to alternative and traditional practicing physicians. His practice focuses on an integrative solution to health problems. Dr. Cutler is a sought-after speaker and lecturer on experiencing optimum health through natural medicines and founder of the original Easy Health Options™ newsletter — an advisory on natural healing therapies and nutrients. His current practice is San Diego Integrative Medicine, near San Diego, California.