Part One – The Nervous System
Have you ever wondered why those last few kilograms are so stubborn and hard to shift?
If you’re anything like the majority of people, this phenomenon is not only frustrating but also disempowering. It can lead to negative beliefs such as:
- “There’s something wrong with me.”
- “I’ll never get to where I want to be.”
- “I have bad genetics.”
- “My body shape is hereditary.”
- “I have a slow metabolism.”
Ironically, these beliefs become self-fulfilling prophecies, as they promote a ‘giving up’ mentality. Nothing great can ever be achieved if we give up before we get there. As Henry Ford once said, “Whether you believe you can or you can’t – you’re right!”
Now let’s look at some logical reasons why our body makes it so hard to remove stubborn fat.
1. The Nervous System – Your nervous system has been ‘programmed’ or so to speak, over many years, to have it’s own ‘normal’ body weight. This weight may fluctuate up and down by a few kilos here and there, but your body has created a certain internal environment of biochemicals, hormones, neurotransmitters, and electrical signals to keep itself balanced within this weight range. Scientists call these conditions ‘homeostasis,’ which essentially means, ‘to stay in balance.’ Your body’s nervous system operates within this range and will always attempt to pull itself into alignment if it is temporarily outside it.
In real terms, this means if you lose a few kilos and take yourself outside your body’s normal range, it will begin to resist and fight further change in order to bring itself back to what it considers to be normal.
Now, don’t be too upset about this, as this is nature’s way of keeping you alive. The same principles of balance are what warms you up when you’re feeling cold (thermoregulation), tell you to sleep when your body needs rest (circadian rhythm), encourages you to eat so you don’t starve (satiety), etc. These are all examples of your body keeping itself in balance by operating within certain conditions. The major problem here is that what your body considers to be it’s normal range may not necessarily be what YOU think is desirable. It knows nothing about your wants and wishes – it only knows about habit and survival.
So, how do we change it? How do we ‘rewire the program?’
You need to be persistent and patient, while your nervous system adapts to a new version of normal – YOUR normal. In other words, by staying OUTSIDE of your body’s conditioned normal range for enough time, your body has no choice but to change what it considers to be normal. Instead of fighting against your efforts to lose weight, it will create internal biochemical, hormonal, neurotransmission and electrical conditions that SUPPORT your new weight. This is further evidence that nature does not like ‘quick fixes.’ Your body craves SUSTAINABLE CHANGE. And this is what you’ll need if you want to get those last bits off.
About the Author: Dale Ingram is the Business Development Manager of Revival and General Manager of Papilio System. He is the co-creator of the Papilio System. He speaks publicly and is passionate about raising awareness of the Power we have within ourselves to make positive Change in our lives.