What is it that makes us not able to be the author of our own destinies when it comes to the food we put in our mouths?
The Susceptibility Scale
- A scale from 0-10 that measures how much someone is affected and drawn in by the addictive pull of refined foods.
- People who score low have the ability to self regulate their eating patterns. They eat when they're hungry and stop when their full.
- Those who score on the high end, you start to eat and frequently experience lack of control over what they eat. The mouths and brain don’t signal satisfaction. Over time, thoughts over food, weight, and feelings about food begin to take over their life. Binging is common.
WE are not all the same when it comes to food. What it takes for one person to feel happy, thin, and free is not the same as another. Starting a new diet and sticking with it for a while is common, many Americans will start and stop diets 5 times per year.
Why can’t we put the focus and energy into weight release that we put into our careers, our families, our hobbies, and other areas that are important in our lives? Almost nobody loses their weight and kept it off for over a decade. That’s what makes BLE different.
The truth is that we know why people are getting fat. But the resources that exist to support long term weight release in the science world simply do not exist. What does that mean to you?
Our brains are literally blocking our ability to lose weight. Insatiable hunger and overpowering cravings plague us. This prevents our brain from moderating our intake of food. But your brain can literally rewire itself and allow you the freedom to release the weight and keep it off for the rest of your life. Doesn’t that sound amazing?
This is what happens when you find yourself unsatisfied even after a large meal. Why does this happen? We can attribute it to a hormone called Leptin. Leptin is responsible for telling our brains that we are not hungry any more and that it's time to get moving. Where does it come from? Our fat cells! As our fat cells release leptin, our natural instinct is to stop eating and start moving. Our ancestors experienced this when they would eat abundantly for periods of time, and then suddenly stop and build homes and hunt and fish.
The problem is that our leptin no longer works to control movement and satiety because it's blocked by the brain. Leptin resistance is responsible for 80% of weight gain in America. It is literally being blocked in the brain. So, what's stopping it? Insulin resistance. Our insulin levels are higher than ever due to an abundance of processed foods: sugar and flour. If you want to release weight, you have to dramatically lower insulin levels. The baseline insulin levels of our population have been steadily rising over the past 50 years.
Leptin was discovered by genetically modifying mice without any leptin. The mice ate and didn’t move at all. They sat and ate and got fatter and fatter. The only way to make them move was to move the food trough to the other side of the cage. They would slowly move over to the trough and then lay there. Sound familiar? Their brains were telling them they were starving and they needed to eat to survive.
They are what drive you to get out of your house int he middle of the night to get the perfect snack. They have to do with the addictive pathways of the brain, just like cocaine. When you eat heavily processed foods, massive amounts of dopamine. Over time, because of the massive bursts of dopamine released, the brain begins to regulate the release of dopamine, meaning you have to eat more and more to get the effects. When you stop flooding with sugar/flour, your dopamine receptor cells begin to repair themselves.
We have taken wholesome, Whole Foods and turned them into drugs. Drugs do not affect everyone equally. Some can handle it and successfully stop. Some cannot stop.
If you’re missing out on showing up in a body that feels comfortable for you, then it is time to get rid of the refined foods. This is extreme. So is your weight. I wouldn’t tell an alcoholic to only have a little wine in the house for special occasions, right? Get rid of it.
Take the susceptibility test and then reflect on your thoughts as you look at your results. Write them in your journal. What does it help you learn about yourself? What realizations do you have? How will this drive you to pursue a different perspective on sugar and flour moving forward?