How weight loss diets put people into shock, and how shock then affects peoples' ability to loss and gain weight.
Weight and States of Shock: an Overlooked Problem
Probably the most overlooked problem people experience with weight management is the non-lineal responses they experience to what and how much they eat. What I mean by this is that, most people can literally starve themselves for short periods and lose weight only up to a certain point. Likewise, most people can over eat for short periods and only gain up to a certain point.
What dictates these limits?
Several things. Weight ranges for one. For another, peoples' past history with food and eating; meaning their injuries.
Age and genetics are also a factors. Activity level, another.
Certainly, all these factors are important. But are these things the main factors?
Actually, no, they're not.
What is then?
The main factor in all food, eating, and body weight scenarios is peoples' state of consciousness, before, during, and after eating. Translation: the degree to which people are in shock dictates the degree to which their bodies respond to food in non-linear ways.
Very simply put, then, the more in shock people are before, during, and after eating, the more their bodies respond with programming appropriate for people in emergency situations, e.g. people experiencing famine or war. Visa versa, the more conscious people are before, during, and after eating, the more their bodies respond to food with programming appropriate for people experiencing normal healthy times.
How does this idea; the importance of peoples' state of consciousness before, during, and after eating; play out in real life then? Consider this situation.
Two people decide they will try to lose weight by starving themselves, although they are too health minded to call what they're about to do "starving themselves." So they call it, a "weight loss diet."
Both people are women in their mid thirties who are active, responsible, and spiritually minded. And they both love feeling fit but have trouble maintaining diets. Who doesn't!
OK. Now let's look at what they go through.
the Two Women Weight Loss Dieters
Both start out on a Monday with the same plan; salad, salad, salad. Salad until they lose the weight they wish to lose. About seven pounds each.
By mid day, they both experience hunger normal for people who have been eating normally. So they get out the salads and eat away.
Because they both have been used to eating more than these small salads, they both begin to go into shock.
Within hours, actually.
How much shock?
Quite a bit, actually. So much so, in fact, that by dinner time, they both are considering quiting the diet.
But they don't.
Next day, by mid day, they are both experiencing quite a bit of shock, and by the third morning, they have both begun to lose weight, at least they believe they are.
Are they losing weight?
No, not really.
But for both women, the AM number on the scale is lower. Isn't this weight loss?
No. Actually, it is not. All that has happened so far is that both women's weights have decended to the bottom of a weight range, the bodies protective mechanism in cases where there is inadequate food to eat.
Weight loss diets, of course, all mimic this condition. This is why, very quickly, peoples' emergency programming for famine kicks in.
Now look at the chart above, in the top left column. "Eating too little food puts the person's body into shock."
Peoples' short term emergency programming kicks in, which, for under eating, means the body responds to the too little food situation by copying what people are doing. Thus, when people act as if food is unimportant, their bodies do likewise. And food passes through people with little to no processing.
The result. People lose weight because they are not processing what they eat.
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