What they don't want to tell you about weight loss
Friday, November 18, 2016
The truth is, you are going to be uncomfortable.
I've been looking (for years) for a way to lose weight without feeling hungry. Hypercaloric diets with massive strength training (too much protein, couldn't do it). Volumetrics where you fill your belly with salads, popcorn and water (more on that later). Nutrient-dense, less cardio, I've tried plenty of ideas.
But I haven't tried being okay with a bit of hunger, treating it like its own meal. I am of a socio-economic position where I can reverse my hunger on a whim. The greatest threat, then, is to worship that hunger as a form of control. A little hunger is okay, just like a little sugar is okay. Some people even do a little bit every day, but it isn't a full-blown lifestyle.
Let's be honest, we are warriors here, right? We can probably take a little hunger. Even me, when I get hungry I get nauseated and sometimes dizzy--which shames me since I have enough body fat that I won't starve anytime soon, but my body panics anyway.
At least, we can take physical hunger.
It's the mental stuff that gets you. Even when you have a belly full of good things, even when your body is turning off all its panic signals and settilng into an evening of fullness, there is a drive that won't turn off in your brain.
When you begin weight loss, you will stop comforting yourself with food. That means the bad stuff, the bad thoughts, the fears and anxiety, all of those will rise up. You will be uncomfortable.
There is a way to quell that discomfort, to ease it. But we've been doing that for years and ultimately it isn't doing us any favors. So now, we have to sit in this mire. We have to be okay and endure a bit of panic. And we will be okay.
But this is why it isn't easy. And this is why it isn't cute or fun. This is why we all struggle, why we fall right off the wagon and then have to catch up and climb back on.
If it were easy, we'd have done it already.