Weight Loss – The Single Most Important Thing You Need To Know About Fat

Posted on June 22, 2011


Have you ever wondered why some people can eat anything they want and not gain an ounce, and how others eat a piece of celery and gain 5-pounds? Or, have you ever noticed how diets just don’t work; and, as the diet and health food industries grow, so do our waist-lines? And when diets do take off the pounds, why do they come back with a vengeance more often than not? Most people have at least thought about these things; but, despite the fact we have more questions than answers, we keep doing the same things that have yet to produce results or benefits — and, we keep getting fatter.

The reason for this is simple: People don’t know the single, most important thing they need to know about food and fat. So what is it? What’s this big secret? The secret is that food doesn’t make you — or anyone — fat. If you think about the examples above, you will find that food is not the common denominator in the “fat equation.” If two people eat 100-pounds of meat and fat over the same period of time, and do the same amount of work, “traditional wisdom” would tell us that they would gain or lose the same amount of weight, depending on how much work they did. Anyone who has paid any attention at all knows this is not at all the case in real life.

The old logic is flawed because it doesn’t take the most critical factor into account: Your thoughts. Your thoughts determine your physical state; and they determine what you “hold on to,” and what you “let go of.” The old reasoning said: “If I consume a pound of food, and burn-off a half-pound of calories, then I gain a half-pound of weight.” This equation doesn’t take into account “wasted” food — food that your body simply releases. A more accurate equation (though still not complete) is: “Calories Consumed – Calories Burned – Calories Wasted = Calories Stored for future use.” It is not only possible to eat food, enjoy the experience, and release whatever you don’t need for growth and repair; it is nature’s design that it works that way.

“As a man thinketh, so it is done unto him.” — Jesus of Nazareth

The old belief that you need to eat meat (animal muscle tissue) in order to grow muscles (human meat), or that if you eat fat (animal body fat, dairy products, oils, etc…) you will add fat to your body, are simply not accurate. These imply that not eating these things will result in not producing their effects; and we know that vegetarians build muscles and people on low-fat, or no-fat diets, build fat cells as needed. The truth is, cows build all of that meat — hundreds of pounds of muscle tissue — by eating grass; and the milk, and body fat they produce comes from the same diet — grass and water, mostly. In fact, in order to make a cow get really big and fat, you need to confine them, stress them out, and give them drugs and bad food; which is exactly why most humans are overweight — stress, not enough activity, drugs, and non-organic foods.

But, the most important thing is this: Your body won’t produce an inordinate amount of fat unless it thinks it needs to. Fat is a protective mechanism, and a product of the stress response. No stress, no fat. If you need protection from the cold, from starvation, from falls or impacts, from attacks, or from unwanted attention — or even from some imagined threat — your body will slow down digestion, and produce the stress hormone, cortisol, which will help you convert that undigested food into fat. Food doesn’t make you fat, in other words; your body builds fat — when it needs it — out of whatever food you consume. And that doesn’t require much, because fat is made of Hydrogen, Carbon, and Oxygen — and most of that is available in the air we breathe and the water we drink. What we really need in order to produce fat is a reason.

“We are formed and molded by our thoughts.” — Buddha

If we have a reason to be stressed, we have a reason to produce fat. Ironically, if you think food makes you fat, and then you are faced with food, you’ll probably be stressed. And what do we do then? We talk about how this food, or that snack, is going “straight to our hips,” or “butt,” or wherever we don’t want it to go. When we think such a thing, we have taken two critical steps on the road to producing unwanted body fat: We have stressed ourself out; and, we have told our mind and body what to do with the fat, and where to put it. The single most important thing you need to know about fat is that if you don’t start thinking more positively about your body, and less negatively about food, you’re only going to see things continue on the course you’ve already established.

Food is an experience; and, in order to enjoy it, you simply can’t be afraid of it. Don’t fear the food; love your food and think better thoughts about it, yourself, and life in general. Look at yourself in the mirror and “talk nice” — love what you see, or you’ll turn it (by way of the stress response) into something you like even less. In order to minimize the unwanted effects of stress on your body, don’t eat while watching television, or during an argument, or any time you are in a state or condition of stress; do whatever you can to make food a pleasant experience for your body and eliminate the negative effects of the stress response.

“Man often becomes what he thinks himself to be.” — Gandhi

And don’t eat anything you don’t want, or don’t like — no matter how “good” you think it is for you. Besides changing your perspective and awareness where food is concerned, you can also do yourself a favor by blessing your food before you swallow it. By this, I simply mean to tell it what to become and where to go. Most people use their mental powers like this, “Food, turn into fat and go to my hips, thighs, butt, belly, and arms;” when they would do much better with a blessing like this, “Thank you, food, for becoming strong, vital body parts; and thank you body for doing this for me and releasing all that doesn’t serve this purpose.” Regardless of the words you say, what you’re thinking — and especially HOW you’re feeling — when you eat determines what your body is doing. “What” you eat only determines what basic materials your body has to work with. Even if you aren’t religious, and you think “blessing” your food is a religious thing; do it anyway because it absolutely works. This practice is only religious if you are religious; if you aren’t, just consider it self-hypnosis. See yourself the way you want to be; and hold that image in mind while working on holding love and positivity in your heart. Whether you consider this prayer, hypnosis, mind-body medicine, or just plain-old common sense, if you declare a thing, it will become a reality; and with food and fat, it is the thought that counts most.

Pete Koerner, author of The Belief Formula

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