Reflections of Moon on Water: Weight Loss

This is not related to my previous posting though I have noticed there are quite a few ShanghaiMamas whose challenge this year is to lose some weight. There are tons of books written about the subject and as a nutritional therapist I could expand on calorie counting etc (in fact I will in an article very soon I promise!) but in the context of this blog I would also like to approach weight loss from a holistic point of view because I think it’s important to think about why you put on weight in the first place. Now I’m not talking about how you put on weight but why and in fact I’m going to use someone I know as an example (hoping she never reads this blog of course)…

Now this person is someone who worries a lot about the future – it ranges from “what’ll happen if my pension doesn’t see me through” to “what’ll happen if the earth explodes” and “should I start growing my own vegetables in case there is a nuclear war or food shortage or something else along those lines”… I exaggerate (clearly and very much so), but my point is she worries a lot about what is yet to come. Incidentally from an energy point of view this suggests two things – that her root chakra is blocked (i.e. she does not feel grounded and safe) and also that by worrying about bad things happening to her what she is doing is in fact attracting these things into her life… I digress. She is putting on weight, and does not like me talking to her about energy, so I suggested it might be her body’s way of responding to her worries about her future. This was new to her – instead of being angry about her weight and her body for gaining weight in the first place, she needed to acknowledge that her fears might in fact be triggering behaviour that expressed itself physically in terms of weight gain. This is the core belief of many eastern methods of healing – you need to look at the bigger picture and rather than attacking the symptom (i.e. the weight gain) think about what could be causing it. This way of thinking says that if she does not deal with her irrational fears, or find ways to make herself feel safe (e.g. by moving to the country or by opening a new pension fund or whatever it is that she needs to do), her body will continue to stockpile reserves for the day when things go wrong. Obviously this is a gross over-simplification (and please don’t sue me, it’s no one I know in Shanghai!) but if your goal is to lose weight this year take a minute or two to reflect on what could be behind your initial weight gain – if there is fear or anger or some other negative thought pattern that your body could simply be expressing, perhaps it might be worth dealing with that whilst you also focus on the physical side of weight loss which is of course counting calories etc.