My name is Jocelyn White. I am a qualified Naturopath and holistic weight loss counselor. I have spent the last 12 years researching and successfully treating thousands of overweight people with natural weight loss approaches.
People who have attempted diet after diet with no success. People whose days are spent agonizing over what foods they can eat, days spent constantly hungry, feeling tired, unfocused and unmotivated.
Why Conventional Diets are Making You Gain Weight?
For the last twenty years, doctors and dietitians have recommended the standard ‘low fat, high carbohydrate’ diet for losing weight. This diet has been one of the most popular fads in the western world, and yet there has been an epidemic of weight gain and obesity.
The truth is that many diets will help you lose weight only temporarily.
Most conventional diets are just low-calorie eating plans that cause you to lose fat as well as valuable water, muscle and other lean tissue. In fact, studies show that up to 25% of conventional weight loss comes from water, valuable muscle, bones and other lean tissue.
When you lose muscle you experience a drop in your metabolic rate. Your body goes into famine mode, so when you eat normally again your weight rebounds, often above previous levels!
The truth is that 9 out of 10 conventional dieters will regain their weight (and often more!) within a year. On these diets, you often also experience lowered vitality, irritability, food cravings and depression. Your hair and nails may become brittle, your skin drawn, and your eyes dull. It’s no wonder many people hate dieting!
In contrast, healthy weight loss should guarantee you:
- More energy, self-esteem and confidence
- Release from food cravings, binge eating and addictive eating patterns
- Freedom from the joint and muscle pains, poor posture, depression, mood swings and fluid retention that accompany weight problems
- Enjoyment and satisfaction from food
- Stronger hair and nails, younger-looking skin and a sharper memory
- Lower risk of suffering from high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.
- A gradual steady weight loss of 2-7 lbs (1-3 kg) a week.
A balanced weight loss diet should include some high-quality protein foods like chicken, lean red meat, fish, cheese and eggs, or vegetarian substitutes; as well as nutritious fruits, vegetables, nuts, natural oils and pure water. Most people need to reduce “high carbohydrate” foods like sugar, bread and starches.
These foods can trick your body to produce too much insulin. Too much insulin can encourage fat storage. It is tough to lose fat if you have a lot of insulin in your body.
The Real Causes of Weight Gain
A healthy diet is only part of the secret. If you want to achieve permanent weight loss, exuberant health, vitality and satisfaction, you need to establish the underlying causes of your weight gain problem, and then treat these causes naturally.
You probably know that gaining weight is not always as simple as eating too much or exercising too little.
You may have found that in your younger days you had no problem losing weight, but now the same diet has no effect. Alternatively you may find that you lose weight, only to find it shoots up again when you resume your normal eating habits.
If you are a woman, maybe your weight problems started with pregnancy, menopause or HRT. Perhaps your weight goes up before your period, and doesn’t come down after.
Is your downfall carbohydrate foods? Do you crave breads, sweets and biscuits and seem to pile on the kilos out of all proportion to what you’ve eaten? Has your life been ruined by an obsession with food. Does your day revolve around planning, shopping, preparing and of course eating food? Perhaps you have an inexplicable urge to keep eating! Have most of the diets you have tried left you feeling hungry, depressed and fatigued?
Maybe you find that a certain food or medication encourages weight gain. Are you convinced that a bad infection or stress has been the start to your problems? Are you frustrated to wake up and find that you have gained a couple of kilos seemingly overnight? You can’t even fit into the jeans you were wearing the previous day!
Do any, or all of, these symptoms sound familiar to you?
They are all symptoms of weight gain, but the causes of weight gain are many and varied. My suggestion to you is to establish and address your individual underlying causes why you are overweight.
Treat the causes of weight gain, and your symptoms will be gone forever.
Causes of weight gain may include:
- Toxins in your body
- Blood sugar imbalances
- Carbohydrate intolerance
- A sluggish metabolism
- Hormonal imbalances
- Food allergies and intolerances
- Unresolved stress
- Overeating or binge eating
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Lack of exercise
Are you beginning to see how by working on the underlying causes of your weight problem, you will also improve your overall health and vitality?
This is the way to lose weight and stay in top health for the long term. Many diet fads might work well for “super models” who are naturally slim anyway. But for the rest of us, understanding your body is the key.