- Who doesn’t want to lose weight, look better, feel better move better?
- Who doesn’t feel overwhelmed and confused by the overload of diet and exercise information available today?
- Are you tired of the latest and greatest body transformation programs?
- Can you really change your life by changing your body?
- Are you tired of dieting?
- Should you really have to kill yourself with exercise to lose weight?
OF COURSE, we all want to lose weight. I haven’t met one person who doesn’t want to look, feel and move better. Yes! There is so much information being dumped on you that you should feel confused and overwhelmed.
I know we are not designed to live life as one endless body transformation program, diet or to do list. Finally, we should all be tired of dieting because dieting does not work physically, mentally or emotionally.
A billion dollar industry has been built on the philosophy that “We eat and exercise to lose weight.” So, we are sold the most extreme, most insane, greatest intensity, hottest, fastest and most intense diet and workouts programs to lose weight. This idea of food and exercise as a means to weight-loss has led a nation to obesity and disease.
This idea fragments are understanding of food and exercise. It goes against our human being design and the design of food and exercise as gifts. The moment we use food and exercise to lose weight, we are set up from the start to misuse food and exercise.
Not only are most diets and exercise programs unsustainable for life, but the moment we “diet” our brain kicks in to protect us from ourselves. It will somehow, somewhere and someway makeup for us depriving ourselves of nourishment. Dieting does not work because there is a real mental, emotional and physical response to being deprived or even “feeling” deprived. Our bodies are always naturally trying to establish a rhythm and flow that brings balance and healing. We can definitely try to diet and force ourselves into a weight loss program but we should know, ” For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”. Our bodies listens. It listens to itself and what the mind and heart are saying. We are (physically, mentally, emotionally, spirituality and relationally) designed to counterbalance any restriction or deprivation with something.
And, unless your name is Michael Phelps and you swim many many hours a day, seven days a week then EXERCISE will not be your means for weight loss. In fact, exercise (even for Michael Phelps) isn’t about weight loss at all.
Both food and exercise should strengthen movement and whole-person connection. It should encourage growth, development and optimal function of our bodies that will enable us to fully enjoy and experience our lives.
Not only are our bodies meant to be free from rules and restrictions, but our spirits, minds and hearts are fighters for freedom too. Our bodies are not designed to tell our hearts, minds or spirts what to think or how feel. Instead, our bodies reflects whether a person is healthy and well nourished as a whole-person from the inside-out.
That nourishment starts with love and truth. It starts with giving up all the ways we misuse food, exercise and ourselves as a means to an end.
- We can Give-UP exercising to lose weight, it doesn’t happen long term unless we are fully nourished.
- We can GIVE-UP dieting because it isn’t how we are designed to eat.
- We can Give-Up telling our bodies what to do and start listening to our bodies and caring for them.
- We can help Give our bodies the nourishment it needs to do millions of jobs and quit getting in our bodies way of doing what it does naturally. Our bodies biggest enemy or biggest ally is us.
Give your body what it needs to do it’s job and function how it is designed. We can do this. We can Give-Up fighting against our design and GIVE-IN to caring for our design. When we can make this whole-person switch, we will easily and naturally look and feel oour best.