Three Other Pieces to the Weight Loss Puzzle

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight? The usual recommendations are to
reduce calories and increase exercise. Yes, those work, and there are at least 10 other pieces to the puzzle of weight loss.

Here are just three:

  1. Surveys show that 25% of people skip breakfast, perhaps because they are not hungry or
    because they want to reduce their daily calorie intake. However research connects long
    term success with weight loss to eating breakfast. Breakfast revs up your calorie burning
    machinery. Consuming a breakfast with both protein and high-fiber whole grain foods
    stabilizes energy, and improves focus and concentration through the morning. And your
    body prefers an “eat as you go through the day”. Eating more in the morning also decreases late night eating which, in turn improves early morning appetite.
  2. The levels of hormone-disrupting environmental toxins in the food chain has increased.
    These chemicals, such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), accumulate in human fat
    tissue and disrupt normal endocrine activity in the body. These hormone disruptors can
    fatten us in many ways, especially interfering with the activity of estrogens, androgens,
    and other hormones that regulate fat metabolism in the body. Now’s a great time to begin
    a detoxification program that will help move these hormone-disruptors out of your body.
    Until you do, it’s hard to be thinner.
  3. Many of us eat emotionally. It’s often described as the “sad-glad-mad” syndrome of eating. And eating in response to emotions sets people up to eat much more or much less than the body requires for health. Occasional or mild forms of this type of eating can happen to many of us, if you do it frequently it’s worth really looking at. Think before you eat. Ask yourself these questions: Am I hungry? If not, what am I feeling or what’s going on? Keep checking in with yourself. I call this the “think system” —hey, it worked in Music Man!
    You can also find lots of books on this topic and stories from people with eating disorders
    at: “The Gurze 2008 Eating Disorders Resource Catalogue” which is available from
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