and Weight Loss:
Getting Your Whole
Self Involved In
2002 by Dr. Frank B. Smoot, MA, DD
Diet Industry weight loss approaches fail, not for any single
reason, but because they're so far "off target" in so many ways. An
example is the way they restrict their entire approach to the body,
to physiological / food-oriented methods. On the surface, that's a
"logical" thing to do, because our culture has taught us to us see
ourselves as physical beings.
Most Westerners see ourselves, first and foremost, as being our
physical bodies. We also have minds and, oh, maybe those ethereal
things called spirits. But the reality is that we are spirits who
have minds and occupy bodies. Or, as the recording artist Sting put
it, we are "spirits in the material world."
More importantly, the three aspects of ourselves are intimately
connected. Unless we align our mind and spirit with our body's
weight loss goals, we're simply wasting our time--and probably
suffering while we fail.
To succeed at weight loss, you must use all your resources. You must
involve all three aspects of who you are. You must combine the
resources of your body, mind, and spirit, and get them involved and
aligned toward your goal. That may mean you'll need to let go of the
idea that you are primarily your physical body, and begin to
acknowledge your mind and spirit. If you don't or can't accept this
concept, your weight loss efforts will suffer seriously.
So let's dump our outmoded Western notion of how we humans are put
together, and recognizing that our "being"--consists of three
fundamental aspects: mind, body, and spirit, and that these three
aspects of self are highly interconnected.
An approach to healing or treatment that involves all three aspects
of self (spirit, mind, and body) is called holistic stemming from
the same root word as whole, hale and holy.
Western science is gradually becoming aware that their "model" of
health care is fundamentally flawed. We are finally discovering what
Eastern medicine has known for millennia: Our health can only be
optimized when these three aspects of self are in balance. In fact,
our entire being is one big feedback system that tells us how we're
doing in any given moment. To succeed, we need to work with all of
who we are. And to do that, we need to fix our backward priorities.
At The Root Of Our
Weight Loss Failures:
If you grew up in Western culture, you probably have some priorities
that are not serving your health and happiness. As a culture, we are
so myopically focused on the material world that we can barely even
acknowledge the non-physical one, let alone look to it for healing.
However you may feel about Bible quotes, here's on that's pretty
hard to ignore: "For the time will come when men will not put up
with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will
gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their
itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the
truth and turn aside to myths." (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
"Lose 10 pounds this weekend!" That's certainly a myth, but it's
also what we want to hear. And because it's what we want to hear, we
treat it as the truth. But in doing so, we set ourselves up for the
only outcome we have any right to expect if we base our actions on
Many of us focus great attention on our body while paying no
attention at all to our relationship with the Creator who gave it to
us. Maybe it's time for some better priorities? By the way, I have
include a few Bible quotes here and there because they speak so
eloquently to the points at hand. If they put you off, feel free to
ignore them. But please don't miss the larger message.
The "Grand Illusion"
We on earth live in "The Grand Illusion." I first heard of this
concept under the name of "maya"--the Hindu term that refers to the
illusory nature of this physical world. Millennia ago, the Hindu
spiritual teachers understood that what you can't see is much more
real--and much more powerful--than what you can see.
As it turns out, this awareness is also a critical piece of the
weight loss puzzle. As happens on rare occasions, science and spirit
are in agreement on this point. Quantum Theory--a branch of the
science of physics--has discovered that, no matter how closely we
look, we never really find anything "solid." So, if we buy into the
Grand Illusion--that what we can see is what's "real"--we'll never
discover that what we can't see--the entire nonphysical realm--is
even more real.
So it all boils down to a perceptual problem. We have learned to
believe that the physical world is more real than the non-physical
one. And, indeed, to our earthly eyes, it "looks" more real. But our
blindness to other levels of reality that are even more important is
what's actually keeping us stuck at a weight we don't like.
To sum up the problem: The result of our inaccurate perception is
our out-of-whack priorities. The result of our out-of-whack
priorities is that we look in the wrong place for our solutions. And
the result of looking in the wrong place for solutions is excess
weight we can't get rid of, health problems we shouldn't have, and a
great deal of stress that could have been avoided.
A major shift for some of us will be to understand that what we
can't see is more powerful and more influential in our lives than
what we can see. If we don't grasp this essential concept, we'll
forever be seeking solutions where none exist.
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Yours in total health,
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