I love the way my friend Dr Sang Lee explained this to me years ago – he said something like this, and I knew it was truth. I’ve shared this insight with patients and it has helped some to lose that weight successfully. So I’m sharing it with you too.
When you want to lose weight you have to convince your brain first that you are serious about your health – not just about losing weight but also protecting your body. It’s like you have to get a permit. The brain is in control. It controls your appetite, metabolism, hormones, blood sugar, and how much fat cells can expand or shrink. It does it unconsciously to protect you and your health. You cannot control this consciously.
You can’t fool the brain. It is brilliant. When you try to lose weight with some unbalanced crash or starvation or fad diet you can do it temporarily, but it always comes back to you and then some.
If you eat right, exercise, stick with it, enjoy it, and have a cheerful attitude, you will convince your brain that you are serious about protecting your health. It will give the OK to lose weight and keep it off. It may take two or three months to convince the brain. But be patient. It’s worth it.
Why do you have to convince it? The brain is trying to protect you. It wants to avoid a crisis. If you should decide to go back to your old unhealthy eating habits it can be dangerous. Fat and sugar will back up into the blood and there will be no room to store it. So you could have a stroke or heart attack or get diabetes more easily. Protecting your health is your brain’s priority.
Wishing you the best of health.
Information shared here is not intended as medical advice, and cannot substitute for professional medical advice and information. Information provided is general in nature and may be helpful to some people but not others, depending on their personal medical needs. Always consult with your personal physician before changing or undertaking a new exercise program or following advice designed for general audiences only. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay getting care because of something you have read here.