Massive Weight Loss (part 3)
A story of “unintentional massive weight loss”.
Phillip and Joan’s Story
Living close to London, Phillip and Joan have been married for over 30 years. They have two daughters; one of them will be part of the story, and the other one will never be mentioned again. (Do I hear; “story of my life”… from the second daughter … sorry about that)
Their first daughter, Karen, is young, slim and healthy with a strapping young husband called Brian, in similar shape. To make matters worse, they live in Australia.
Phillip works as an accountant. Not noticing first, but then becoming evident, he has gained some weight, which protrudes unsightly over his low-set trouser.
Even so, he sometimes pads his tummy in a sympathising fashion; he can’t deny that he is not too happy about it.
For the statistically minded, Phillip is 56 years old – 178cm tall – lately, his scale shows 92kg. Only five years ago, still playing a bit of soccer, he felt fit with a weight of only 78kg.
We all know Phillip’s problems, or should I say issues; after all, it’s not a problem, more like an affliction. Older, a bit lazier, a bit more to eat, and an extra glass of his favourite liquid have tipped the scale into the dreaded area.
Anyhow, he was not worried; he could get it under control quickly; after all, he was not stupid; he knew what to do. The only problem with that, according to Joan, his loving wife, “yes, he knows what to do, but he doesn’t do it“.
For reasons of self-preservation, Joan kept only whispering these types of statements, more or less talking to herself. Joan, you see, has been overweight all her life, or to put it more correctly, the weight started with pregnancy and never wanted to leave again.
Furthermore, while pregnant, Joan believed the old wife’s tale, “pregnant ladies have to eat for two”, … and she did.
Has this phrase been coined by an old wife or the food industry lobby?
No idea, but these days with marketing gone too far, it wouldn’t surprise me to see a marketing campaign created with the idea of selling more processed food.
To hold you in suspense about how our story will proceed, I would like to say that the food industry and marketing, in general, is not something one could term ethical. – It is focused more on sales and money than on health. I am just quickly adding this to show that I understand the temptation of refined food. We are bombarded with information trying to convince us to stuff our faces.
I wonder if it ever changes; it may… we have seen it with cigarettes and alcohol already. – Warning information on food advertising may be next.
Maybe similar to cigarettes, each food package next to the list of ingredients will have a warning label. Sugar makes you fat.
Back to our lovely couple, and a treat is waiting for them.
Their daughter has become a mum, what a joy. A long holiday is called for, resulting in planning a 3-month holiday in the land of OZ.
Let’s quickly have a look at Joan’s vital statistics.
Joan, bringing to the scale a feisty 89kg. – I suspected it could have been a few more kilograms, but saying ninety out loud would have caused severe depression.
However, the story gets better; Joan is very active, hasn’t got much of a tummy, and the weight seems to be a bit all over, but she is only 164 cm tall. All in all, Joan is your favourite jolly little ball of fun. She has some blood pressure problems and suffers a bit from hot flushes.
There you have it, two lovely people, in the prime of their life and still reasonably healthy and fun to be with.
At this state, please let me point out the distinct differences between those two body types.
First of all, and obviously, they are of a different gender – secondly, and even more important, they have different weight distribution and thirdly, different onset.
Putting myself into therapy mode now; years ago, if they had consulted me, I would have probably treated them both differently, advising them of different programs, having learnt much later in life that there are other factors in play than just diet and exercise.
Finally, the day has arrived; Phillip and Joan can take their daughter and new family into their arms, joy and happiness all around.
Have I mentioned that Karen and Brian are fit and healthy, having planned the pregnancy well?- Good diet, yoga exercise, long walks, relaxation, deep breathing, you name it, very responsible thinking young people.
There is no need to describe the diet in detail other than to say, for three months, Phillip and Joan ate what came to the table. They embraced their daughter’s diet. They had too much of a good time, playing with their granddaughter, attending to the garden and having a good time, then complaining about not having a roast.
If any of you readers like to copy their diet, it’s easy. Stick to fresh food, nothing processed, no sugar, nothing artificial; just eat fresh food. – Veggies, salads, fresh meat, chicken and fish, fruit and some homemade whole grain sourdough bread. Nothing special, no diet tricks, no calorie counting or anything.
Slowly but surely, after the third week, Phillip and Joan noticed that their dresses seemed to be a bit too large, belts had to be fastened, and they seemed to be a bit lighter and quicker on their feet.
Cutting a long story short, they needed to buy new clothes after three months to fly home. Both had lost the same amount of weight, 12 kg each.
By the way, an average loss of 1 kg per week is probably the most healthy and natural way to lose weight. Usually, you lose a bit more weight at the beginning, which is fluid, before you start some gentle fat burning.
Why is this story so remarkable?
If someone had told Phillip and Joan to lose weight in London, they wouldn’t have made it. They would never have accepted a dramatic change from their usual way of eating to fresh food, no sugar diet. The difference in diet would have been too drastic unless someone had explained that change is all in one’s mind.
Your mind is your biggest downfall, not your fork!
By working on your mind issues, the fear of change and understanding the underlying habit type of addiction, you can gently slip into a natural way of losing your weight.
No need to hurry; please remember that it often takes years to add weight and may take some time to lose. But who cares, as long as the journey is a journey you can enjoy.
I hope this story demonstrated that weight loss could be simple, not quick, but simple. All you have to do is change your attitude and make it a desirable journey.
Guess what? Phillip and Joan kept the weight off; after three months on the food they liked, they found it easy to do the same at home. They noticed that the occasional outing with friends and dinner parties made no difference. They have adopted a more physical lifestyle. Phil is coaching soccer to the little league, and Joan loves yoga that much; she kept it going, and guess what…. the hot flushes have stopped.
Still, on the major topic of addressing change, let’s look at ….
To be continued – Part 4 – Eating Habits … or, why do you eat what you eat?
Article by Dieter L. – N.D.-D.C.H.-D.M.H.-D.H – Writer & Holistic Health Consultant
Holistic Weight Loss Menu
- Part 1 – Free Holistic Weight Loss Guide Canungra – Introduction
- Part 2 – Holistic Weight Loss – Lifestyle Change
- Part 3 – Massive Weight Loss
- Part 4 – Eating Habits
The information provided in this article is intended for general use and for personal interest only. It should not be used or understood as a suggestion or medical advice.