Dating Den Episode 153 – With Karen Martel: Have You Hit a Weight Loss Plateau? Find Out How to Break Through it and Feel Sexy and Confident on Your Next First Date
Marni welcomes Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach and Women’s Weight Loss Expert, Karen Martel to the Dating Den to discuss her transformational weight loss program. Kern struggled with her own health/weight issues before becoming a specialist in helping women break through the emotional and hormonal stressors we all deal with.
Key takeaways from this episode:
- How to make small adjustments until you see progress
- Our bodies are hardwired to eat as many carbs as we are able
- Why keto without carb cycling may be hurting your weight loss efforts
- Why you should not wait to date until you lose weight
Losing Weight from a Biological and Evolutionary Standpoint [3:27]
When it comes to mainstream dieting what we are being told is incorrect. 90% of doctors are still saying that to lose weight women need to cut their calories and work out more but that information is backward. Our bodies are programmed for survival and hardwired to eat calorie and sugar-rich foods. Hunter-Gatherers would eat as much as they could because they didn’t know when they would eat again.
Based on the incorrect information women get caught in the trap of counting macronutrients and tied to a number an app spits out. It can drive them crazy because they are miserable and starving themselves. And, when our brain receives a starvation signal, it slows down the metabolism to conserve energy and fat on the body.
Newer diets like the fasting and Keto diets are ruining women’s metabolisms when they don’t carb cycle. It works well, to begin with, but the effectiveness stalls out. The body can not lose weight long-term through calorie restriction because we are hard-wired for survival.
The Mind-Body Connection in Weight Loss [10:58]
For those of you who are waiting to date until you reach a certain shape, wouldn’t you rather have a man fall in love with you as you are, even if you are heavier? You can’t guarantee that your weight is going to change so stop living your life or go out and accept that this may be the way it is. There are men out there who will accept you for who you are.
As a Nutritionist, Karen doesn’t believe in cheat days because you are only cheating on yourself. And, you want to cheat more because you have made it `bad’ in your mind. But, some women don’t have control over their eating habits because eating is very emotional. There is no diet or exercise program that will help you to lose weight if you don’t deal with the emotional part of why you are eating first.
Food and alcohol are quick and easy things to put in our mouths to make us feel better instantly. It doesn’t last but it is instant.
Finding Your Weight Loss Code [22:57]
Every woman is unique and it takes something different for each of us to lose weight. Diet is the number #1 factor in weight and weight loss. Karen recommends experimenting and making adjustments to your diet to see what works for you. If the food you are eating doesn’t make a change then you may have classic weight loss resistance and you need to work with your hormones (or lack of hormones) to set you straight. Facing your emotional baggage can make you lighter in so many ways.
How many women do you see in their 40’s and 50’s with perfect physiques? Start looking at the women who you find beautiful.
Look at all the pieces that contribute to your health and happiness and start making adjustments until you find your code. It takes time but it’s worth it when you are able to leverage your powerful, intellectual spiritual, emotionally-healthy self.
Make a Connection:
“Willpower always runs out.”
“Self-love, self-acceptance, and body confidence is sexy. And, body confidence has nothing to do with being a size 0 or 4.”
“We are not going to look 20 when we are 50. It just doesn’t happen.”