A common misconception views problem weight as a mere product of excess caloric inputs when compared to energy used and calories burned in the course of our daily activities and physiologic processes. The truth is a little more complex. Our bodies actually use adipose tissue, or subcutaneous fat, for the storage of interstitial wastes and environmental toxins. Structurally, we tend to pad and protect the organism according to the quality of fats we ingest, with denatured diets tending to higher-risk-factor stomach girth, and healthier fats tending to put down in the gluteal and thigh areas where its better supported.
We also lay down extra mass according to self-image and shame patterns, deeply ingrained psychological affects which take root following trauma or as a result of incompletely resolved stress. Lifestyle factors and inherited dispositions also combine to tend us toward practices that can adversely affect metabolism, compromise hepatic and renal functions, and impair blood glucose regulation, causing the body to lay in precautionary fat stores.
As we move toward a more whole foods-based diet, rich in alkalizing plant sources, long-chain fats, complete mineral sources and proper hydration, we naturally become more disposed to the zest of physical activity, and more open to recognizing emotional habits of eating. As the inner organs heal and resolve their imbalances, particularly the liver, pancreas, and colon, we become more able to release negative self-concepts, and feel more comfortably drawn to embark on the lifelong path of deep personal inquiry and self-acceptance work so important to general health and healing.
Diets as a method of weight-loss are proven tools of suffering and failure and should be carefully avoided. They prey on our weakness for wanting quick solutions, dispose us to unreasonable expectations and harsh attitudes towards the body. In their place, simply and slowly improving the basic quality of natural health will tend us towards gradual and sustainable weight-loss and glorious, beneficent patience.