The ONE Question You Should Be Asking About Weight Loss

The One Question You Should Be Asking About Weight Loss

You see it everywhere now: an avalanche of information, books, links, and philosophies on weight loss. A new plan every week! Eat grains! Don’t eat grains! Eat fats! Don’t eat fats! Eat only these fats! Eat only these fats between 10 AM and 12:30 PM! Eat this particular fat produced by this factory and endorsed by this beautiful celebrity!

I don’t know about you, but all of that is way too complex for me. Health should be simpler, shouldn’t it?

The truth is this: health, at its root, is simple. The human body is ancient, well-built, and designed to heal and regulate itself.

We’ve made things more complicated than they are. We’ve allowed corporations to muddy the waters of health. We’ve allowed for-profit entities to tell us what to think about our bodies.

In short, when it comes to health and weight loss, we’ve allowed others to make the rules.

It’s time to get back to the heart of things: no factory, program, or celebrity doctor can make the rules for health and weight loss. Because the rules are already made. They are simple and true.

The question the health industry wants you to ask yourself is, “Am I overweight?”

But that is the wrong question. It’s wrong because it focuses on only one element of your body – your weight — and uses it to measure your worth as a person and health as a human being. It’s a question that brings guilt and condemnation.

Here is the right question — a life-bringing question:

“Am I nurturing my body?”

Nurturing is a concept which reaches far beyond the simple number of your weight and into the depths of who you are as a person and as a human body.

Yes, a nurtured body is a body that gets the fats, enzymes, and proteins it needs to live well. But a nurtured body also laughs a lot. A nurtured body is hydrated. A nurtured body moves. A nurtured body gets fresh air. A nurtured body enjoys healthy touch. A nurtured body breathes deeply. A nurtured body feels love and gratitude.

A nurtured body can heal itself. And a nurtured body will regulate its own weight.

So this year, Jamie and I invite you to step away from celebrity weight fads and brightly colored posters.

Instead, step into your kitchen. Make something simple out of real ingredients. Sit down at the table with people you love. Make a silly joke. Laugh. Eat real things until you are satisfied. Stop when you are full. Enjoy the gifts that are in front of you.

Those are the real rules. And they are very good.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey toward a healthy table and a nurtured body this year!