I have tried all the regular tricks (a.k. fad diets and cleanses) in my bag as well as three months of simply reducing and logging my calories and increasing my exercise level significantly. With all that I have still not lost one pound since the initial weight came off after Ian was born almost two years ago. I haven’t gained weight either, it just won’t budge. Every time I get on the scale, it is just the same thing over and over again.
Something is keeping my body just where it is no matter what I do, so I started doing some research on other ways of looking at the diet and weight loss issue.
I believe that when ideas or topics present themselves to you, especially from a couple of different directions, it means that I need to explore that topic more.
My former book club mate Diane Sewell (also influential in this years resolutions) mentioned the “I Can Make You Thin” idea, saying this was definitely the way to do it, if you want to lose weight. She is kinda an expert in this area and generally a really smart woman, so I took her seriously. This is how I discovered the benefit of visualization.
I believe that listening to Paul McKenna’s visualization cd was a critical component to my recovery from postpartum depression. It just wasn’t quite the perfect fit for my weight loss issues. It was a daytime cd and I really needed something to listen to as I was going to sleep and it wasn’t quite structured enough for me. I do employ his general theories and they do compliment the Gabriel Method.
Secondly, I was at Barnes and Noble and walked past the “Flat Belly Diet” book and was immediately and uncontrollably drawn to it. I had purchased it before I knew what happened. A little out of the ordinary for me.
Now this is a pretty extreme diet and as of right now I am not recommending diets or participating in any of them, just the opposite in fact. But, this book contained some really great information about monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) and their benefit to our health and weight loss. I am combining and integrating this complimentary knowledge and practice into my current plan.
And then I came across the Gabriel Method. There is a lot to this and I am not going to go into very much detail because it’s too complex and you really need to read the book if you are at all interested. It is a really great book and a concept that just makes sense. But not until you can let go of some of our societies ingrained thinking about weight and food. In order to get over these things, you really need to read the book.
The basic concept is that there may be reasons that your body is wanting to keep you fat and if this is the case then there is very little you can do to stop it. You body has an huge well of chemical resources at its disposal and it will win if you choose to battle with it in this state.
You can get these “FAT programs” to shut off and teach your body to want to be thin, but you must first provide it with an environment of abundance. To do this you must add to your diet, not take away. If you add the right things and give your body what it needs then your body’s chemistry will begin to change and the weight will start to melt away.
Although this is definitely not a diet and outside what most of us have heard about before, it definitely is a lifestyle change. No one is saying you can eat whatever you want and sit on the couch all day and lose weight. Changing your body’s chemistry takes effort and dedication, but this approach eases you into the changes and is very practical and realistic about how it will all work, breaking it down into month by month steps. These steps are all about adding, not subtracting or depriving of anything. At no point does he say not to eat anything that you want to.