Can you Train your Brain to Eat Better and Lose Weight?
How to Start New Healthy Habits - and Keep Them Going
Why are people overweight? And why can't we just lose weight and keep it off? What really is the root cause of obesity and all the miseries that comes with it - and also as long-term consequences? I wrote about that in a previous post.
Here are some thoughts how training your brain - and starting to implement healthy habits - can help to lose weight and keep it off - this is what I have done since I lost 150 lbs in 2006/7 and kept it off since then...
Using my training as a physician, a naturopath, and many more certifications and courses and doing much research, and integrating it with my own life experience and that of my many patients and clients, I came to the conclusion that it is not just emotional eating, sugar addictions, overeating, laziness or eating the "wrong' diet for your type that holds people back.
People are individuals, creatures of habit, formed by upbringing, culture, education and habits, and change is always hard - and getting out of your comfort zone is required to change engrained habits permanently.
That doesn't mean that you suddenly have to change everything you eat, and live only off salad and vegetables, and it also doesn't mean that you need to mindlessly run for hours on the treadmill in an attempt to lose weight and keep it off.
I developed the concepts of Intentional, Intuitive Eating and Movement for a gentle way to change and establish new, healthier habits, using the principles of neuroscience and brain training to do so - and having fun in the process.
Change that does not feel good will not last.
We at DocChristine Coaching help around all these areas, by providing targeted strategies for each when it comes to recovery from chronic obesity, stress-eating, emotional eating and yoyo dieting.
Obesity and Brain Health
I was fortunate to learn from one of the best, Dr. Daniel Amen MD, who wrote the blockbuster book, a multiple New York Times bestseller: "Change Your Brain, Change your Life" - and has done groundbreaking research on brain imaging related to behaviour. this research has led to the development of truly amazing and life-changing educational courses (check them out here)
We need to consider the physical functioning of the brain - and all 5 dimensions of health influence the brain structure and function - to be able to successfully eliminate most or all root causes of obesity and finally lose all the weight we need to feel great and stay well.
The overall functioning of your brain determines the quality of your decisions and these in turn determine your success in weight loss, relationships, life and work.
Most of us are not aware, that every moment, by everything you do, you are changing your brain – and changing your life – for the better or the worse...?
Neuroplasticity does not mean some abstract, complicated or weird process, but it means that your brain adapts to all you do and changes itself constantly.
So Here Is The Good News:
You Are In Control Of Your Brain And Your Life
If you eat a donut, your brain changes. If you choose a salad, your brain changes again.
Your choices in all areas determine the trajectory of your life – for the better or the worse.
Only if we address and solve issues in all 5 Dimensions of Health and Wellness – and really, life as a whole, can we be successful in life – whatever success may mean to us.
We need to strategically achieve 5D Wellness, find the true root causes of your extra pounds accumulating, then address all issues in each of those areas.
Not just try this approach, try that – whatever we see on google, what’s “in” in our circle, what our busy eye spots in a magazine or what a friend or colleague tells us “will work”.
What are the 5 dimensions of health?
The Root Causes of Obesity are Found in
the 5 Dimensions of Health...
Click on one of the Tabs to see more about each dimension...
This is our physical body, the organ systems, the mechanical part, biochemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, and more.
This is generally understood to encompass feelings, emotions, beliefs, values, thoughts, schemas and mental patterns.
But have you ever thought about what it really means? Mental health is much more than just what we think is going on in our mind, what we think about.
- Emotional Trauma
- Childhood Adverse Events
- Thought Patterns/Schemas
- Negative Thinking Patterns
- Self-Defeating Beliefs
- "Negative" emotions
- Anger management
- Stress management
- Emotional Needs
- Feeling of Self-Worth, Self-Esteem
- Fear, Worry, Anxiety, Risk-Tolerance
- Emotional needs
This means our very personal and individual connection to a higher power, God, Allah, the Universe, Mother Earth, Jahweh or others, but also meaning and purpose of life.
- Developing Your Meaning and Purpose
- Your Why's...
- Connecting with Your Spiritual Side
- Your Higher Calling
- What makes Your Life worthwhile and fulfilled?
- What's your Ultimate goal?
- Why are you here on this planet?
- What do you want to do with the rest of your life?
- Where do you want to go from here?
- Value System
- Spiritual Needs
Humans are Social Beings. We thrive of being part of a group, of a community.
- Relationships With Yourself, Your Family, Your Children, Friends, Co-Workers, community, Your adversaries, And Others
- Relationship with your significant other
- roles you play in your life
- parenting - your children, yourself, other children
- Helping others without Burning out yourself
- functioning in different communities
- Cultural issues and Trauma
- Social Discrimination
- Social Restrictions and Coercion
- Government Influence and Society
- Caring for the environment
- Relationship with Future generations
- Relationship with Previous Generations and our history
- Social Needs
In our modern world, we are no longer growing or making everything we need to live. We are dependent on a monetary system to buy necessary resources. A steady source of income means feeling secure, not having to be afraid of going hungry, losing a safe place to live and being able to afford the lifestyle we desire and deserve.
- Available Income
- Social Programs
- "Health" Insurance Programs
- "Life" Insurance
- Financial Risk Management
- Other Insurances
- Attitudes around worth
- Money Mindset
- Work and Life - Integration?
- Ways to save - or make more money
- Financial Needs
When you consider the complexity of obesity, food, nutrition, eating habits and life, it is obvious that a one-size-fits all approach will not truly help overweight people lose weight, keep it off and thrive.
There is no ONE-Size-fits-all-approach to Training Your Brain to Eat Better and Lose Weight
You probably noticed by now that there can be no one approach that fits everyone who is overweight.
What is needed, is a comprehensive, strategic, truly holistic root-cause medicine approach like the one I attempt in my simple, but effective 5-step program for Brain-Driven Holistic Weight Loss and lasting recovery from obesity and all its complications - as well as food addictions and emotional eating.
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