Overweight? Are You Treating Symptoms or the CAUSE?

When it comes to losing weight you can take one of two paths.

You can treat the symptoms OR you can address the cause.

For example, you could…

One: Go on a very strict diet, count calories or “points,” take diet pills and / or do ridiculous amounts of exercise.

OR

Two: Address the reasons WHY you gained weight in the first place, then make the appropriate lifestyle changes.

The difference between these two approaches?

I’ll give you a hint. One is guaranteed to FAIL.

Sure, you might lose some weight using the first approach, but sooner or later the bubble will burst, cravings will set in (usually binge eating) and you’ll end up back at square one OR gain more weight than when you started.

Whereas if you were to take a step back and ask WHY certain habits had crept in, more than likely you’d be able to identify exactly what needs to change. (Instead of resorting to such drastic measures.)

For example, weight gain could be the result of a traumatic event such as a relationship break up, the loss of a loved one, it could be unresolved conflict, chronic stress, job dissatisfaction, or lack of motivation resulting from a number of things.

I’ll give you an example…

I had a client come to see me who was spending upwards of 5 hours per week in the gym. She was completely distraught because despite her efforts in the gym and despite following a healthy eating plan she was actually gaining weight. (by the way, her nutriton plan was actually one of the best I’ve seen.)

So infuriated by her weight gain she was ready to throw in the towel.

Then I asked her about her lifestyle and I started to put the pieces together…

Turns out she was a mum of 3 children aged 2,5 and 7. She worked part time and was struggling to juggle family life, her work commitments, and as for a social life? What was that?!

She also told me that her hubby wasn’t doing his share to help out with the children and around the house, that this was causing conflict and as a result she was having difficulty sleeping.

So what exactly was going on here? And why was she unable to shift the weight?

Basically her body was producing huge amounts of the stress hormone, cortisol. (also known as the ‘fat storage’ hormone) The result of unrelenting stress in her day to day life.

And as for the 5+ hours of exercise per week? This was only compounding the problem further and pushing her cortisol levels sky high.

So the first thing I did was to cut her exercise quota in half. (which she very reluctantly agreed to I might add!)

I also suggested that she open the lines of communication with her husband and to report back to me in 3 weeks time.

Long story short…

After 3 weeks she had made the following changes.

1) She had that all important chat with her hubby. Basically expressed to him how she was feeling overwhelmed, that it was starting to impact her health and she needed his help around the house.

2) She used the extra 2.5 to 3 hours of previously allotted exercise time per week to sleep in for an extra half hour each day. (instead of getting up at 5.30am to go to the gym she would sleep til 6am, exercise for a half hour and still have time left over to make breakfast and prepare lunches and snacks for the day.)

3) She started training smarter by combining weights and cardio into a single half hour session. (instead of only doing long bouts of cardio which was stressing her adrenal glands.)

As a result she was sleeping better, feeling more relaxed and in control.

And guess what?

For the first time in months she actually lost weight!

A total of 2.1 kgs in 3 weeks to be precise, and what’s more she continued to lose weight over subsequent weeks.

Even more importantly she reported that her homelife had improved especially now that she and her husband were working as a team.

She was over the moon!!

And this was all possible because she was willing to address the cause intead of treating the symptoms.

But here’s what you need to know…

When you address the cause, things can get a little uncomfortable and emotions can spill to the surface.

Although for the sake of your health and wellbeing it has to be done.

Otherwise you’ll continue to bottle up emotions and continue to treat symptoms by spending more and more time in the gym, and potentially using unrealistic (and unsustainable) diets, instead of getting to the heart of the matter and making the necessary lifestyle changes.

Sure, it takes courage to do this, but ultimately it’s the difference between a short term fix and a long term solution.

The difference between treating symptoms and addressing the cause is like night and day.

And sooner or later you need to address the cause.

My hope is that you’ll choose sooner, rather than later.

ps: If you’re tired of treating symptoms and want lasting changes, contact me TODAY.

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