95% of people put back on the weight lost in a diet within 3 years 

90% of these people put on more

In fact the only scientifically guaranteed way to put on weight, is to go on a diet!

Problem or Symptom?

Being overweight is our body’s way of telling us that it is out of balance and that we need to change something in our lifestyle.  Most obese people are, actually, malnourished.  Their body is not receiving the right nutrients for optimum health and so sends hunger signals to the brain to keep eating.  

Similarly, many people are overweight because their body is under too much stress, stimulating too much adrenalin which suppress bodies ‘rest & repair’ functions such as digestion, sleep, blood sugar regulation.  Exercise will release more adrenalin.

Find the cause and address that rather than trying to force weight loss.

“In other words, the less you eat, the less you need to eat before you start putting on weight again.” Robert Winston

Forget calorie counting

The simple calories in calories out doesn’t take into account the following:

  • How much we excrete?
  • What food we choose? Is it conscious, unconscious, cultural?
  • How much energy we feel?
  • Appetite?
  • Digestion differences between individuals (mircobiome)
  • Cravings for different food?
  • Whether calories covert into fat for energy storage or energy for instant use?
  • Whether exercise energy comes from muscles, food or fat?
  • Calorie counting / information on packets is very inaccurate
  • Basal Metabolic rate? (how many calories you burn doing nothing)

The Science

A 6 year study of reality weight loss TV, Americas Biggest Loser Season 8 found that “most of the 16 contestants have regained much if not all the weight they lost so arduously.  Some are even heavier now.”

“What was surprising was what a coordinated effect it is.  The body puts multiple mechanisms in place to get back to your (pre diet) weight.  The only way to maintain weight is to be hungry all the time.” Doctor Joseph Proietto.

“The process of storing fat – the “weight” many people seek to lose – is influenced by dozens of other factors. Apart from calories, our genes, the trillions of bacteria that live in our gut, food preparation and sleep affect how we process food. Academic discussions of food and nutrition are littered with references to huge bodies of research that still need to be conducted….There’s a further weakness in the calorie-counting system: the amount of energy we absorb from food depends on how we prepare it. Chopping and grinding food essentially does part of the work of digestion, making more calories available to your body by ripping apart cell walls before you eat it. That effect is magnified when you add heat: cooking increases the proportion of food digested in the stomach and small intestine, from 50% to 95%. The digestible calories in beef rises by 15% on cooking, and in sweet potato some 40% (the exact change depends on whether it is boiled, roasted or microwaved).” The Economist 1843: Death of the Calorie – May 2019

Susan Roberts, a nutritionist at Tufts University in Boston, has found that labels on American packaged foods miss their true calorie counts by an average of 8%. American government regulations allow such labels to understate calories by up to 20% (to ensure that consumers are not short-changed in terms of how much nutrition they receive). The information on some processed frozen foods misstates their calorific content by as much as 70%.

Negative effects of calorie restriction diets include:

  • Fat and protein deficiency 
  • Vitamin, mineral and enzyme deficiency
  • Stress response
  • Disrupted digestion (constipation/diarrhoea)
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Muscle wasting
  • Mood swings
  • Elevated insulin levels
  • Muscles develop insensitivity to Insulin
  • Fatigue which makes us reach for stimulants, which lead to further blood sugar and energy swings (coffee, chocolate, sweets)
  • Increase lipogenic enzymes (fat storing) by 50%
  • Decrease lipolytic enzymes (fat burning) by 50%
  • Leads to weight gain, thus further dieting, and the vicious cycle repeats 
  • On each cycle we get progressively fatter!

Set Points

Through your lifestyle over your lifetime your body comes up with a ‘set weight’ that it fights to maintain.  This might be a healthy weight, seriously underweight or morbidly obese, but whatever it is, the body fights to get back to that weight.

From an evolutionary survival perspective, losing weight is unhealthy and gaining weight is healthy.  Forcing your body to lose weight might win you the battle but fighting your biology will not win you you the war.  Instead you need to work with your biology through ‘future proofing’.

Future Proofing

Your mind and body chooses what to do with calories ingested according to what it perceives you will do in the future.  It guesses what you do in the future will be a harder version of what you are doing now.  Or at least similar to what you are doing now but, if it gets you ‘fitter’ you will do it more efficiently next time i.e. using less energy.  The body always seeks becoming more efficient.  This is survival conditioning through 4 million years of evolution.  This is why aerobic exercise is inefficient for long-term weight loss as the body becomes more efficient, using less and less calories.

Have you ever wondered why some people never put on weight and some people can never lose it?  This Takeshape approach is about understanding how our bodies really work; balancing our stressors for overall health, which in turn balances our hormones, thus leading to optimal weight and body fat stores throughout life. And note that this is all achieved without a painful, unnatural diet in sight!

You have to get healthy to lose weight, not lose weight to get healthy!

From a biological perspective, health is achieved by the body’s ability to regenerate at a cellular level.  The body turns over millions of cells every day, providing the energy for all the body’s regulatory systems: nervous, hormonal, immune, thermal, reproductive, circulatory, digestive and eliminative.

If regeneration is compromised in any way, these systems will suffer, reducing an individual’s ability to perform.  Furthermore, the body is a cybernetic organism, a system of systems, meaning that if one system is compromised, all systems will be compromised. 

Optimal cellular regeneration needs a positive balance of energy.  This is achieved by ensuring a balance between the stressors in life to enable an individual to perform better.