Whenever we decide we want to lose weight, we want to lose it fast. But it is better to lose it slowly.
Here’s how that works: Skip a meal or two, and our bodies get worried and flash a hunger signal. If we ignore that, our bodies think we are dying of starvation — they slow down. Slow metabolism = no weight loss.
Our bodies are designed to resist change, even if weight loss is good for us.
Our brains resist change, too, preferring the status quo, even if the status quo is obesity. You’d think a brain would be smarter than that. But even when the body loses weight, the brain fights it.
“Your body will give it up when it’s ready to,” registered dietitian Gina Crome told us at a Feb. 9 workshop at Queen of the Valley Hospital. “But a change in the body does not change the brain.”
With our bodies and our brains fighting us, no wonder it is so hard to lose weight and keep it off.
The answer: A weight loss journey should be enjoyable and gradual. We should eat food we like, but in small portions and moderately. For exercise, we pick an activity that is fun: walk, ride a bike, swim, dance. No gym membership is required.
We’ll explore more details and strategies in the coming weeks.