Using the Whole Elephant to Lose Weight

38017748 - vector elephant silhouette with shadow isolated on white background Right now almost one third of the world’s population is overweight – around 2.2 billion people. Of those, close to 750 million are obese*. Of course, all the “lifestyle” diseases that tend to follow weight gain are also on the rise – diabetes, heart disease, stroke, etc.

One of the most fascinating things about this phenomenon to me is that almost no one who is overweight wants to be overweight. So over the course of a few decades (suddenly, by historic standards), one third of the human population has unwillingly gotten fat. And in many cases, sick.

Despite our massive efforts to both lose weight (individual) and support people’s efforts to lose weight (weight loss/medical industry), only 2% manage to drop the extra weight and keep it off long-term.

We’ve tried addressing issues beyond food and eating habits to get the weight off. But by themselves, things like exercise, emotional management and mindfulness have not proven effective as weight loss techniques.

Reducing your caloric intake by various methods and/or hacking your metabolic pathways (sugar-burning vs fat-burning) can help you lose fat, but most of the time those techniques aren’t sustained long-term and people end up gaining all their weight back, plus.

Permanently changing your eating habits turns out to be a confoundingly difficult thing to do.

No kidding, I hear you say 🙂

I really think the biggest problem is simply complexity. The drivers behind weight gain are multi-factorial and remain something of a mystery because no one can see the whole picture at once.

Everyone is looking through their particular lens and has one piece of the puzzle. It’s like the story of three blind men describing an elephant: the one holding the tail says the elephant is short, slender and bristly. The one holding the trunk says no, it’s long, flexible and muscular. The one at its belly says it’s vast, heavy and smooth.
And they’re all correct.
But each one has only part of the picture.

In his innocent certainty of what he holds in his hands, each one gives us a different image of what an elephant is like and we end up very confused. It makes it even harder when the “elephant’s tail” of keto eating helps our best friend effortlessly shed 20 pounds, while our neighbor went with the “elephant’s trunk” and lost weight with vegan fitness. A tail approach seems to work for some individuals, while another needs the trunk.

After 17 years of coaching and teaching “tail, trunk and belly lifestyle change” with hundreds of people, it’s time to bust out the whole elephant!

Well, not quite the whole elephant. I know from experience that no matter what we think today, we haven’t seen the entire elephant yet. But there are enough parts visible to us now that we finally have the technology to bring them together in a way that is effective for making long-term eating changes.

Together with the Tenth Gate Center for Yoga and Meditation we’re launching the pilot of the Essential Eating Certification program in September with two free information sessions on Wednesday July 19th at 6:30pm and Sunday August 13th at 11:30am.

Though the focus of this program is not weight loss specifically, the four core pillars apply to decoding and sustaining the right eating behaviors for your individual needs, including long-term fat loss.

The four “full-elephant” pillars include tuning deeply into your body and the foods themselves, cultivating habits that stick, plant-centric eating (this is different from plant-based eating – we’ll be talking a lot about the impact and role of animal foods for different purposes) and macro/micronutrient balance.

The pillar I’m most excited about for weight loss is habit change. By removing the most addictive food extremes from the diet and “automating” our daily eating behaviors with a few simple neuro-hacks, it’s actually possible to get the body/mind/spirit back on track and drop excess fat.

You still have to do the work of feeling your feelings as they arise, and plugging the leaks to your will power stores (yes, that’s a real thing and chances are you are draining yours every day by lunch time!), but we’ll help you systemize those things too.

Best part?
It’s only an eight-week course. It’s immersion-style, so you’ll be living it 24-7 from the first class, but the only class time commitment is one evening seminar one night per week.

Take it for yourself to get your own habits in alignment, and/or take it to be able to offer a simple, automated eating program to your clients.

Improving our eating is the most powerful technology available to us for weight loss and disease prevention. Optimizing your eating creates a ripple effect that can extend even beyond your health into your direct body experience, your mental/emotional well-being, your energy levels, your appearance, and even your spiritual development.

Join us and let’s get started.

Wednesday, July 19 at 6:30pm
Sunday, August 13 at 11:30am
AT THE Tenth Gate Center for Yoga and Meditation

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*These numbers come from the massive research study on the Global Burden of Disease ( funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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