The human body is truly this amazing thing. The more I learn about it, the more I am in awe of it. In addition, the more I learn, the more I realize how little we truly know about it, specifically as it relates to nutrition. Don’t get me wrong; we know a whole lot, but in reality, we know a lot less than we think.
Our body on the other hand knows all the answers to our problems. It works so hard everyday single to keep your body at its best. When something is not right, it tells you. It sends you signals. If you are not paying attention to those signals and you ignore them, over time that could be a problem. If you are carrying a few extra pounds (or a lot of extra pounds) this could be one of those signals that things are not working properly.
For me, being overweight was not fun. I did not like the way I looked or felt. Looking back, these feelings were my body’s way of telling me, “Hey, you’ve got a problem in here that you have to fix or else!” Our bodies (you know the ones that work around the clock to keep us healthy) do not want to be overweight or sick. And, when we are overweight that is just a symptom that there is something wrong internally, something is not right with our biochemistry.
I talked about some of this in my blog post “why exercise won’t make you skinny.” There are many biological reasons that cause us to be overweight, but I think most of those stem back ulitmately to what we eat (and maybe don’t eat).
I am not sure why, but it seems like when we have a problem we always tend to find a solution that addresses the symptom, rather than the cause. If we are overweight, or we are sick, or just feeling down, we typically try to fix the symptom. We exercise more to try to lose weight, or take medications to cover up the symptoms of feeling sick, or drink alcohol when were are feeling down. In all of these cases, we are addressing the symptoms and not the root problem. That’s like turning up the radio in your car when it starts to make a noise. Sure, you don’t hear the noise anymore, but eventually it’s gonna break down.
The funny thing about it is, there is a very simple, easy and cheap solution. That is to eat nutrient-dense, whole foods and to get regular exercise. It really is that simple. The problem is there is very little money to be made in this solution. The money is in selling the disease (aka nutrient-poor, processed foods) and then turning around and selling the quick fix solution (aka drugs and services) to cover up the symptoms.
Personally, I was headed down the highway of life with my car stereo volume up all the way. If I would have kept going and not turned down the music to listen to my body, I know I would have had to eventually deal with worse problems such as, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart problems and a host of other related medical issues.
So if you are carrying a few extra pounds and you do not have the body you are happy with, this may be a sign from your body that something is not right. Turn down your radio and start listening to what your body is telling you and try and fix the problem, not the symptom.
The solution is easy, I already gave it to you. The hard part is just “thinking” about making that change. It seems so overwhelming, unrealistic and like a lot of work. And, that is just because it’s different and unknown. When you actually start making the changes, you will realize it’s not as hard as you were making it out to be. When you give your body more of what it needs and less of what it does not need, it stops producing the ‘symptoms’ and those few extra pounds melt away for good.