Episode 86 – Body Positivity + Weight Loss
Michelle Rogers, ND, MSAOM, FDN-P
Over the past several years, I’ve created the most accessible, streamlined and effective virtual practice working with high-achieving women entrepreneurs, go-getters, and other badass women all over the world.
I intentionally blend my background of Functional, Naturopathic, and East Asian Medicine with my extensive experience in the online business world to help provide my clients with the personalized blueprint and strategy they need to get the mental focus, energy and business strategy required to share their gifts, better serve their clients and show up even more for the people they love.
Hey there, and welcome back to another episode of The WELLthy Woman podcast, I am your host, Michelle, and today I want to chat about body positivity and weight loss, because these two topics are rarely discussed together.
If you follow me on facebook or instagram, you already know that I’m in the midst of a 12-part live video series all about this topic, so if you want to catch any of the replays, just head to my facebook page @wellthywoman.co
Now, the reason I’m doing this series, is because we’re starting the second round of Your Metabolic RESET in April and I’m currently accepting high-achieving women into the program.
Definitely stick around til the end of this episode to hear about LeeAnn’s experience — she joined us for the January round this year.
Alright, so let’s dive in!
So, the thing with body positivity is that it’s only PART of the picture. Radical self-love means taking care of your body in ALL ways — and sometimes that means releasing excess weight, so you can live your best life, slay in your business and show up EVEN MORE for the people you love.
Now, if you’ve been following the body positivity movement, you might be wondering why on earth I’m talking about body positivity and weight loss in the same episode.
They should be mortal enemies, right? Wrong!
The basic ideals of body positivity aren’t bad, right? Women shouldn’t be mistreated because of their weight, and none of us should ever feel pressured to fit OUR bodies into some ideal mold of “thinness.”
For most of us, it’s not even possible — let alone remotely healthy. And, of course, we should ALL learn to love ourselves, whether we’re a size 4 or size 24, okay?
So, if you’re on board with the body positivity movement, which I am — BUT you’re still wanting to lose, or more accurately RELEASE, weight — there’s no need to be ashamed of that want or desire.
Wanting to release weight, does NOT mean that you don’t love your body.
Quite the opposite, actually.
Whether you’re wanting to release 10 pounds or 100 pounds, it’s the mindset and motivation behind it that TRULY matters — do it because you LOVE your body, not because you hate it.
Your body has gotten you through so many years of life and times of hardship, and it’s the only body you’re ever going to have, so LOVE it, don’t hate it.
This type of body positivity means looking in the mirror and maybe not being stoked on what you see, but being able to step back and realize that that’s okay, AND that you’re ready to take responsibility and ownership of your life, because YOU have the ability to consciously treat your body better, nourish it with the foods it needs, and allow it to do what it does best — which is heal!
You know, this body of yours deserves to be accepted and respected by yourself, and everyone else. This body is the best – and the only – body you’re ever going to have, so treat it like you CHERISH it.
So, body positivity isn’t enough, because it doesn’t address the health aspect. Some body-positivity activists insist that weight has nothing to do with your health, but that just isn’t true. Period.
Body positivity means radical self-love and self-love means that you not only care about your body, but you CARE about the health of your current and future self, right? Well, excess weight is an actual symptom that something is OFF in your body.
Now, I’m not just talking about image or what the scale says or fitting into certain dress sizes here, I’m talking about your HEALTH.
Excess weight sets you up for all types of chronic disease, because excess weight equals inflammation, and inflammation equals crappy cellular function.
We eat food not just to survive, but to thrive — food acts like the instruction manual to our cells. If we give clear and concise instructions, our cells operate the way they should with effective detoxification, communication, replication and even self destruction, when appropriate.
When we eat food that causes inflammation and disrupts that communication signal, we get issues. Our cells get confused, send out wrong or incomplete message, they can’t take out the trash or even take care of their day to day tasks.
That stubborn belly fat — also known as central obesity — is the number one factor associated with diabetes, high blood pressure, and infertility.
Obesity is clearly recognized by world and national health organizations as a leading risk factor for disease and for death.
Weight loss isn’t about being “skinny” — it’s about living your best life for as long as you can.
Body positivity isn’t enough, because it’s not addressing ALL of you — it’s only addressing how you perceive your outward appearance — AND, how shaky is that?
Have you ever had a bad day?
If you’re not cherishing your body, and actively working on feeling better by giving your body what it truly needs — REAL NOURISHMENT — then it’s way too easy to get derailed, and then, all of a sudden, you’re deep in those negative thought patterns and body hatred, right?
If you’re feeling conflicted or guilty about being body positive, or even body neutral, and STILL wanting to lose weight — DON’T!
You have to shift your mindset — it’s not about being “skinny” or even trying to reach some goal weight that you haven’t seen since you were 17.
TRUE body positivity means you can do whatever you want with your body as long as you do it with love. Release excess weight because you LOVE your body, not because you hate it.
I hope this is resonating with you.
You know, a lot of women view weight like their bank account – income and spending. Eating food — calories in, and exercising — calories out.
But, as you probably know, it’s not that simple. If it were, you probably wouldn’t be listening to me rant, right now.
So, speaking of exercise — not all exercise is good, because our brain doesn’t know the difference between running on a treadmill and running from a tiger — both scenarios are interpreted as stress by the brain, and those stress chemicals are then sent throughout our body.
And these stress chemicals tell our body to store fat as energy reserves.
Now, stress can be real, perceived or imagined, and it ALL gets interpreted by our brain as needing to fight, flight or freeze.
This could be stress in your business, from your family, from lack of sleep, from toxins in your environment, from looking at screens too long during the day, from a fight you had with your best friend… it’s all stress, and it all creates a cascade of stress chemicals in your body.
And guess what, we address ALL of these topics in Your Metabolic RESET — this is a holistic whole-body weight loss program, where you will learn all the tools you need to not only release the weight FAST, but keep it off long-term.
One of the reasons I’m doing these live videos and recording this podcast, is because we, as humans, don’t make decisions based on logic, we make decisions based on emotion — it’s just the way it is.
In regards to stress, I could sit here all day and explain the physiological mechanisms to you, explaining charts and graphs about how your blood sugar increases and how that stimulates insulin release and how excess sugars are stored as fat in your body, but the truth is, it wouldn’t REALLY matter, and it wouldn’t help you make the decision you need to make to take your health to the next level.
What’s more important is the WHY.
When you understand the WHY, you’ll be able to make a decision you stick with much easier. It’s like teaching a kid to like vegetables — if you get super pumped and tell them how awesome they’ll feel and how YOU feel when you eat vegetables, they’re going to be stoked on eating vegetables — or at least give them a solid chance — but if you sit down with them and try to explain the science and logic behind why eating vegetables is important, and talk comparisons of nutrient density and the spectrum of phytonutrients, you’re probably not going to get very far, right?
So, I’m going to give you a little dose of both.
Your brain FEELS an emotional response related to stress — via chemical messengers, right — your nervous system then goes into fight, flight or freeze mode, slows down your thyroid, which slows your metabolism and then you start to store fat around your midsection.
In addition, your adrenals get involved, blood sugar spikes, then insulin gets released to lower your blood sugar, but then there’s excess sugar floating around because your cells already have what they need, so your body stores the excess as fat in your belly, butt and thighs.
Now, why is this midsection one of the hardest areas to release? It’s because our body is literally protecting it with everything it has — it’s our survival storage tank. Our safety net in case of the zombie apocalypse.
When our body goes into starvation mode, it starts to burn through our good fats, then our muscle tissue and THEN our bad or abnormal fat that’s been stored for survival.
It’s called abnormal fat, because most of us shouldn’t be in starvation or survival mode, right? BUT many of us are, due to stress.
So, you can still be losing weight, but still have the bad or abnormal fat hanging around messing with your hormones and increasing your inflammatory levels.
As most of you know, you can still be skinny and be unhealthy, right? That’s why this weight loss program isn’t just about being “skinny” — this is a holistic weight loss program that is addressing the whole picture — the entirety of YOU.
So, this midsection fat can be really difficult to get rid of, so a lot of women I chat with are doubling down on their weight loss efforts — they’re combining calorie restriction with exercise, but the thing is, their body just gets more stressed, creates MORE energy reserves — as stubborn midsection FAT, and these women will either see their weight plateau or even increase over time.
Super freakin’ frustrating, RIGHT?
In order for our body to burn this abnormal fat, it needs to feel safe, and this is what I teach you in Your Metabolic RESET — how to nourish your body, so it feels safe and secure and able to release the excess, because it will no longer serve you.
Alright, in SUMMARY…
- Body positivity and radical self-love means releasing excess weight and prioritizing your health.
- Wanting to release weight, does NOT mean that you don’t love your body.
- Weight loss is more than calories in vs calories out
- Your body needs to feel safe and nourished to release excess weight.
Alright — so, before we wrap for this week – I want to share LeeAnn’s experience with Your Metabolic RESET.
If you found this episode helpful, please share it with someone you love.
Also, enrollment for Your Metabolic RESET completely closes on March 21st, so if you’ve been on the fence, now is the time to enroll — there are only 21 spots left, and I would LOVE for you to be one of them.
You can learn more and schedule a brief chat with me to see if it’s a good fit at wellthywoman.co/ymr
So, tune in next week for more awesome and actionable info!
Chat with you then!