Recently I was waiting for a friend in a large shopping centre in Brisbane. As I looked down on the pedestrians below I started to count how many seconds would pass before I saw someone suffering from obesity. The count was 5 seconds!
This scares me as I know that Australia & NZ are now fighting it out as to who can take the title of ‘The Fattest Nation in the World’. Obesity has overtaken smoking as the leading cause of premature death & illness in Australia. The contribution of excessive weight to ill health has more than doubled in just 6 years, & accounts for 8.7% of all disease, compared to 6.5% for tobacco!
OUCH!! So how can I help folk do ‘weight loss’ with joy in my heart? I guess its all about how FAT BURNING occurs in our bodies & how we can turn it on….
How we can turn on FAT BURNING to be able to lose weight? There is a simple answer to this.
Our bodies physiology is basically the same as our ancestors.
Traditional tribal living meant that invariably there would be a feast or a famine. During the feasting times our ancestors gorged themselves with plentiful food which quickly converted into adipose tissue ie: FAT!
Insulin, (the hormone responsible for converting food into energy,) became trigger happy, grabbing all the blood sugar from the feasting & converting it into fat for use during famines!
Today, the bush people of the Kalahari desert will gorge themselves on a ‘kill’ & quickly grow huge buttocks to store this fuel for use later on!
Today, if we habitually over eat, or indulge in a feasting like Xmas, our insulin acts exactly as it did for our traditional elders. It switches on, stays on, and no matter how we diet, our bodies think we are feasting & the weight stays on!
In order to switch on FAT BURNING we must put our bodies into a ‘famine’ mode. This desensitizes our insulin, lowering it, & tricking our body into finding fuel from our fat & not from our daily food.
This is when weight loss occurs! Switching on our FAT BURNING, does not happen effectively with most ‘diets’. It requires a careful balancing of our protein with our carbohydrates to get the desired result!