Beginning to Understand Weight Loss

trees against the sky with the sunIn my attempts to make this site targeted toward women who are seeking health and fitness, I’ve been scouring the net for resources I can use as part of my education.

There are two directions I am interested in becoming educated in for the near future: weight loss and all things exercise. Yes, this is quite broad. I decided to target weight loss as my main area of concentration right now for two reasons:

1. I already have a foundational understanding of how to write fitness programs that capitalize on exercise—cardio and weightlifting. And,

2. As I have been training people and reading and learning as much as I can already, I am finding more and more that women need help in the food and nutrition category. Why? Because health and fitness centers around food so much, there is no way I can be a great personal trainer without educating myself on this so that I can help others. More specifically, since I want to help women feel good about themselves, and women often struggle with how they feel based on their weight, I need to learn about food, nutrition in general, and our attitudes (as a nation, and as individuals) around foods, eating and dieting.
salad and fruitAs I’ve been scouring the net, one of the things I’ve been seeing is that the literature on these subjects takes two different approaches. First, and most common, I see all kinds of literature out there on how to solve our “weight problems” by looking at our food only.

Diet books, webinars, programs and whatnot are all over the place! You know that. You can choose a fad diet for every day of the week, the month—hey, I didn’t look but it wouldn’t surprise me if you can choose a new fad diet every day of the year. And not even fad diets. Even common sense, good balanced “diets” that aren’t really even diets are out there. If you want to learn it, you can learn it. It’s free for the taking if you are willing to do a little digging.

flower in black and whiteThe second approach I’ve found as I’ve scoured the net is to look at our “weight problems” from an inner perspective. The psychology of eating. The psychology of food. These approaches look at why we eat what we eat. They talk about our inner conversations about food, or our relationship with food. They also talk about our spiritual situations as they pertain to food.

You know what I think?

I need to know both. Yeah, I need to understand the difference between a carb and a protein, a vegetable from a fruit and how much of all of them I should be getting. That’s the practical, need-to-know superficial stuff. That’s the easy stuff.

But I also need to understand the spiritual approach. The psychological approach that looks at our triggers to eating foods and our deep-seated reasons for overeating.

Why do I need to know both of these?

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Because you need to understand both of these in order to be victorious in your health and fitness journey. Because you and I are spirits with physical bodies. We can’t do something to one without it affecting the other.
And I’m excited! I love learning in general, and now that I’ve found this passion and have a direction for learning, a reason for learning, there is so much more purpose to my reading and note-taking.

Over the next while, I will be studying the inner side of weight loss. If you have any questions, please let me know so I can keep my eyes open as I research, and hopefully find something. You can be sure if I do, I will write about it.

Rock on babies!

 

16 Responses to “Beginning to Understand Weight Loss”

  1. Cheryl October 8, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    I love this! There is a real need to understanding your own personal weight challenges and where they originate. We are individuals so our weight managing needs are also individual. Rock on! Can’t wait to see what you come up with. :)

  2. Bethany Lee October 8, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    We ARE individuals and that’s why I also want to look into the psyche/spritual side of things on this issue, Cheryl. I’m doing some good reading–have two books on my Kindle and I expect to do a review, and maybe some other posts along the way based on what I learn there. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Maribel October 8, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    Bethany you and I are really on parallel paths here! I’ve also realized how important it is to look at nutrition from both sides in order to fully understand what it is I’m practicing and preaching. This is why I decided to do both a nutrition science certificate AND get my wellness coaching certification- kind of a nutty schedule but fascinating to have both contrast each other on a weekly basis. I think your approach is fantastic and your enthusiasm is infectious. I’m learning so much from you already and I’m sure plenty of people out there will benefit from your whole body approach! :-)

    • Bethany Jo Lee October 10, 2013 at 8:36 am #

      Thanks Maribel! I know when I visited your blog I was struck by how much your path and mine are seeming to intersect. It is all very interesting and exciting, isn’t it?!

  4. Susan Cooper October 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    I need all that you are working on… LOL. I love the fact that you are going deeper into the whys and the cause and affects of nutrition and exercise. It’s one thing to do them because they are good for us, it’s quite another thing to understand the spiritual affects each have on us. With that knowledge we can find a way to better sustain what we need to do. Just my thoughts. :-)

    • Bethany Jo Lee October 10, 2013 at 8:38 am #

      Thanks for your thoughts, Susan! And you say you need all that I’m working on…that’s exactly why I’m doing this! I am really excited to get writing on these things too. Next post will be on the inner side of these things. Look for it!

  5. Susan Oakes October 8, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    Sounds good Bethany and if you can simplify it all the better. As you mentioned there us so much information and advice out there it can be confusing.

    • Bethany Jo Lee October 10, 2013 at 8:38 am #

      I will try to keep it simple, Susan. That’s what will make it useful. :-)

  6. Jeannette Paladino October 13, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    You’ve uncovered the key to success. Looking inside ourselves to understand what motivates us to overeat. For me, it’s stress (for people without weight problems, stress makes them stop eating). I will always struggle with weight. But we’ve also got to forgive ourselves if we gain a couple of pounds. We’re trying, but it’s hard. The road to success isn’t a straight line. We zig zag our way to the end. We are good people. It has nothing to do with character.

    • Weight Loss For Women October 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

      What you are saying is so true. A relationship with food that is. I had a strong one and, at times, still do. It is something emotional and psychological that, as a child, I learned.
      However, I learned to make a life style change and stop equating emotions with food. Best regards to your truth!

      • Bethany Jo Lee October 14, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

        Thanks! I hope I can get a right relationship with food, eat when I should, and fix whatever else might cause me to eat. In the meantime, I will be gentle on myself. Best regards to your truth as well!

    • Bethany Jo Lee October 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

      You are so right, Jeannette–we are good people. It doesn’t have anything to do with character. It is more about what we know (or don’t know) or are aware of within ourselves.

  7. Steve October 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    I think that’s a great approach. Always be trying to learn as much about the subject as possible. That way you can be knowledgeable in this area and help the most people.

    I remember when I was learning about nutrition. I read a lot about protein, carbohydrates and sugars and all those things. I tried to see what would fit into my life to make my fitness goals better. It was a long learning process, but I feel like I eventually reached a point where I got everything I needed to know down.

    Of course, my approach is different though. I don’t pay much attention to weight loss since I try to build muscle. But I did learn a few things in order to keep the fat down. It’s just a matter of continually learning.

  8. Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare October 25, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

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    I’m still working through this book, but I love it! I think there is something really spiritual about knowing that all the foods you are putting into your body are healthy and have healing properties, like antioxidants. Lately I’ve been eating a lot of things that are really bad for me, and I justify it with thoughts like “I’ll eat better and exercise when I am working for myself” or “it’s more important for me to work on my blog right now than take care of myself, because i can take care of myself when I’m making money online.” when really, I need a well-rounded approach, and I know this. I’ve also been doing a lot of stress eating too. I am excited to learn more from you about the emotional and spiritual side of eating!

  9. Lea October 29, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    I agree that so much of it is psychological!

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