Everyone has a different pattern and flow of filling their stomachs. There are many aspects that go into the act of eating, and understanding these individualized aspects are essential for unraveling the dynamics of losing weight. I call it the “logistics of losing weight”.
By definition logistics is the management of flow of things between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet requirements of customers and corporations. I take the liberty of substituting certain words of this term to get to my logistics of losing weight.
My definition of “logistics of losing weight” is the management of flow of things between an individual’s original weight to future goal weight in order to meet requirements of their physical and emotional well-being. The more the client understands the flow of things, like eating patterns and variables impacting food choices, the more success the client will have at losing weight and keeping it off.
Factors In the Logistics of Losing Weight
There are many factors that impact the “logistics of losing weight” but they can be lumped into two categories: the nutritive and emotional value of eating. Losing weight is not just about eating less. It’s a tug-of-war between fueling the body and satisfying the mouth in order to successfully keep the weight off. And through it all, it means wanting it badly enough to forego immediate temptation in order to have long-term payback.
Nutritive Value of Eating
Nutritive value is the umbrella term for knowing how to plan, shop and prepare a healthy meal. It means understanding the relationship between carbs, protein and fat and why they are each important. It means knowing how to make substitutions that will still please your mouth, yet not compromise the end goal of weight loss. It’s about finding the right foods that will keep you full. It’s about knowing why eating whole, real food with simple ingredients is better than eating calorie free foods with lots of chemicals. It’s about the journey in learning all these things over time, not overnight.
Emotional Value of Eating
Emotions play a big role in food choices. Eating is a way people connect with one another and it often comes with expectations. Addressing the emotional components of eating is essential for lasting weight loss. This means being open to new recipes, putting time into planning and preparing meals and finding coping strategies to deal with temptation. It also means exploring feelings of hunger and understanding what is real hunger, and what is mouth hunger and what is behind each type of hunger at different times. It’s about continuously observing actions and patterns in order to gain “will-power” so you will get through temptation. It also means becoming self-aware without judgement because this process is a journey and no one gets it right immediately.
A Good Health Coach
There is nothing like a good health coach to help you lose weight. An impartial, supportive and knowledgeable coach will get you to your goal. A good health coach will address both the nutritional and emotional components of eating by navigating you through your logistics of losing weight and keeping it off.
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