Let’s hope right in and get to it, shall we?
There are three basic factors responsible for food cravings.
The first one is hormonal imbalance. I don’t need to say anything more to my ladies out there as we all know how that affects our monthly cycle. Drop the chocolate and no one gets hurt!!! Did I say that out loud?! Our hormones are responsible for practically every function in our body so it goes to show that a slight flucuation in these can carry havoc a long way.
It may be a good idea to get them checked out via blood work with your doctor.
The second reason we crave food is dieting. Ever notice when you or someone you know goes on a diet and decides to live on rabbit food,(affectionately known as green salads) and the desire to have anything they want has been taken away, they will want that particular thing with a vengeance. If burgers are your thing, then that can become your cheat meal come Friday night if you’re a good boy or girl throughout the week. YOU can do this!!
Think of it as earning that trophy at the end of the week for winning the race, except the trophy is your flame grilled BBQ’d juicy burger with all the fixin’s.
I don’t know about you but I can smell that already!
The concept behind BHC is that you CAN have the foods you LOVE. My method is not about deprivation, it’s about living, and living with all the great things life has to offer.
The third reason we have cravings can be adrenal fatigue. This is not something that doctors really watch, monitor and care too much about but it is a very real and very serious malfunction of our hormonal system. For someone that is under a great deal of stress for a significant amount of time, the body’s cortisol levels hit staggering heights as it tries to fight outside stressors.
Elevated cortisol levels over time can;
•Impaired cognitive performance
•Suppressed thyroid function
•Blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia
•Decreased bone density
•Decrease in muscle tissue
•Higher blood pressure
•Lowered immunity and inflammatory responses in the body, slowed wound healing, and other health consequences
•Increased abdominal fat, which is associated with a greater amount of health problems than fat deposited in other areas of the body. Some of the health problems associated with increased stomach fat are heart attacks, strokes, the development of metabolic syndrome, higher levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and lower levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL)
Now I want to explain that cortisol is not a bad guy altogether. This guy has many good responsibilities including regulating glucose metabolism and blood pressure, releases insulin for blood sugar maintenance, helps with immune function and is an anti inflammatory response.
Moving right along, it is indicated that it takes 3 weeks to form a healthy new habit.
When it comes to nutrition and exercise, it is 80% nutrition and 20% effort.
Which means, you don’t need to bust yourself at a gym everyday to get the results you want. The majority of work that needs to be done (80%) is in the nutrition department, the kitchen!! It’s what goes in your mouth on a daily basis.
Let’s talk the lessor of two evils first.
The Exercise Component.
Here is the secret that no one told you about.
All that is required of you is 3 sessions of high intensity strength training, 3 days per week…….only 10 minutes per day!!! Yep, that’s it, I solemnly swear. Think you can roll out of bed for that? Sure ya can!
You got this, remember? Say to yourself, “that’s easy, I can do that!”. And yes, YOU DO HAVE TIME FOR IT!
The key here is making sure you are using heavy enough weight. (required: a pair of dumbbells).
How do you know if it’s enough weight?
If you can do one set of 10 and it scores as “super easy”, you need to increase the weight so trying to achieve that same 10 requires some sweat on the brow and a little huffin’ and puffin’.
THAT’S IT!!! SIMPLE YET EFFECTIVE.
Before starting this section, it is a good idea to get clearance from your doctor. Give yourself a day’s rest (a full 24 hours) per body part till you become accustomed. The key is to constantly challenge yourself.
See??? Quick and painless. I ripped the band aid off.
Now for the second factor. Deemed the most important above anything and everything you will do pertaining to health.
The Nutrition Component
The nutrition component is the essential ingredient in learning how to become healthy. Knowing what to eat, when to eat and how much to eat is key. Most people find this very daunting and overwhelming but that’s because they weren’t really sure where to turn and how to get started but that burden is now lifted with Body Health Coach.
From an athletic point of view, our muscles will not grow and we will not become lean no matter how much time we put in at the gym without proper nutrition. From a weight loss perspective, our bodies will continue to hold on to fat because calorie restriction (or starvation mode) tells our bodies to hold on to the fat because we don’t know when this body is going to eat again – we need all the energy we can!
Foods high in protein and low in fat are good, though we should not completely cut out fats (Essential Fatty Acids) because fats are important too – as long as they are the right ones!!
Fats do carry a high amount of calories but must not be excluded in our plan of healthy eating due to their HUGE health benefits (mentioned in Part 1). Some fats from flax seed oil, fish oil, extra virgin olive oil and organic butter are very beneficial to the body in general and one of their main functions is to raise our metabolism and maintain stable blood glucose levels. Therefore, not all fats are bad.
There are of course the numerous fad diets and tons of supplements in the market, that only make matters more confusing. The only take away I want to instil in you is you will not get anywhere with your health plans if you do not eat properly and fuel with good wholesome foods.
I hate to be brash, but truth be known through this website, you will get the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Forever and ever.