Most of us have been slaves to food in one way or another, all our lives. Quite literally, what we eat controls many aspects of our existence—how we look and feel, our range of productivity and performance, the quality of our emotional experiences, whether we stay well or fall prey to disease, even the quality of our sleep and the nature of our dreams.

We hear of all the health benefits of losing weight. Won’t it be great to lower your risk for diabetes?  Your blood pressure may go down. Less stress on your heart!  You may no longer need some of the prescription medications you’re taking. Of course you’ll look better too.  Who wouldn’t want to lose weight?

If you are overweight, you have probably gone through the never ending struggle of trying to find the magic diet to lose those extra pounds and keep them off. We get caught up in this dieting merry-go-round where we continually lose the battle of the bulge. So we begin to cut out our favorite foods and all those things that are supposed to be bad for us. Maybe we even lose a little weight. Unfortunately, most of the time we either don’t make our weight loss goals, or we lose weight and then gain it back. You think to yourself: “If only I tried harder, If only I had more willpower.” We blame our parents and our genes. We look at the people who seem to eat anything they want and never gain and wonder, “Why is it so easy for them and so difficult for me?”

The reason that fad diets don’t work is that they do not match up with reality. The idea that there is one diet right for everyone is false. There never has been and there never will be such a thing. This is why in the past 300 years, literally thousands of books have been written on the subject, but there has never been one diet that worked for everyone. The reality is, that as individuals, we are as unique on a biochemical level as we are in our fingerprints. This is known as biochemical individuality. Our genes define our uniqueness in terms of how we look height, weight, color of hair, skin, eyes, facial features, etc. They also define our nutritional requirements, and the foods that are right, and wrong, for us.

If you’re overweight and have tried a simple fix like cutting carbs or going low fat, you were probably disappointed with the results. Like most quick fixes, these simple solutions don’t get to the heart of the problem. We want our bodies to burn calories and we want to feel energized, but somehow the foods we eat are just not giving us the fuel we need. Even though it seems like we’re eating less and less, those few calories we are eating end up going straight to our mid-section. The right diet will keep you feeling energized and keep your metabolism high so you burn up stored calories. You wouldn’t put unleaded gas into a diesel engine, would you? In the same way, eating the wrong foods is giving your body the wrong fuel.  Knowing how you metabolize nutrients and exactly what foods support your body, and your mind, is the key to successful weight loss.

The best way to lose weight and determine the foods that are good for you is by designing a whole foods plan based on understanding and identifying your body’s unique metabolism. Once you recognize your metabolic individuality, everything changes. The balance shifts, the tables are turned—suddenly you’re the one in control of food, it’s not in control of you. Eating right is no longer a complex challenge and food is no longer your adversary. When you know what YOU need to eat, and how to choose foods that effectively sustain your body’s unique style of functioning, eating is what it should be—easy and enjoyable.

We are as unique as our fingerprints and our bodies process food in unique ways. Have you ever seen the infomercials with stunning testimonies for raw fruits and vegetables and fresh juices? All those people seem so healthy and energized. Yet Eskimos can live on mostly fatty whale blubber and they have no problem with heart disease. The Masai of Africa have remarkable health, and eat eating almost all animal products and little if any vegetables.

Some people actually need to eat fat in order to lose weight. Others need to have lots of protein, or very little. A low carb diet makes some people gain weight, and others lose. Every BODY is different.

Imagine the sense of excitement and empowerment you’ll have the first time you go to the supermarket and select groceries in a truly well informed and targeted way—rather than being forced to make purchases in a random, haphazard fashion, based largely on guesswork about what might or might not be good for you or your family. Think of the freedom you’ll experience once you’re able to identify, with certainty, what kind of meals or snacks can make you feel great and give you high levels of energy and endurance for hours at a time. Won’t it be liberating to know exactly what you can eat anytime you need to be at your best for a business presentation or a tennis match, to take an exam or embark on a long road trip? What’s more important than knowing how to choose just the right sustenance to enable you to put in a long day at the office, enjoy your kids, pursue your hobbies, work in the yard, or relax at home?  You’ll wonder how you’ve managed to function all these years without this fundamental self-awareness of proper nourishment.

When you start to eat correctly, you’ll experience lots of positive changes that will sharply improve the quality of your life. Some of these benefits will occur right away, others will take a while longer.

Here are the kinds of improvements you can expect:

  • Natural, permanent weight loss, without struggle, deprivation or hunger
  • Your food will be efficiently converted to energy rather than stored as fat
  • You’ll enjoy plenty of physical and mental energy following meals and snacks
  • You’ll feel full and hunger-free, 4 to 5 hours after meals
  • You’ll lose your cravings for sweets and starchy foods
  • Improved resistance to colds, flu, recurrent infections
  • Reversal of chronic or degenerative health disorders
  • Slowing of the aging process
  • Digestive problems—indigestion, gas, bloating — will subside
  • Your ability to concentrate will be significantly enhanced
  • You’ll enjoy a renewed sense of well-being and positive mental outlook
  • Irritability, anxiety, depression, and hyperactivity will fade away

You no longer will need to rely on willpower alone. The secret to achieving weight loss success is not working harder, but working smarter.  You don’t want to beat yourself up or deprive yourself. You want a diet that will give your body the proper fuel for burning calories and losing weight.

As the old adage says, “If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’re going to keep getting what you’re getting.” Rather than guessing which foods are right for you, you will know what foods are going to target your problem.

How does it work? 

Once how you metabolize food is identified, you’ll receive your food list and get detailed info about your body’s needs. Foods will be divided up by category—meats, grains, vegetables, fruits, etc. Within each category there will be foods that will help you lose weight. Other foods on the list will make you gain weight. There are also foods that fall somewhere in between. You will learn what combinations and ratios of food are best for your body. Eating the right foods in the right amounts is simple with this information.

Many people are shocked when they receive their food list. Some of the foods they thought were bad are actually good for them. Some of the foods they heard were good for dieting simply don’t agree with them. It’s an eye opener for most people. Implementing the diet takes a new way of thinking for many. For example some people have whole milk on the list of good-for-me and skim milk the opposite. We’re conditioned to think low-fat milk is better but for some of us, lipids in the diet can keep the metabolism burning calories.  Let’s face it, if going fat-free were the solution for everyone, would we have so much obesity today?

The Life Center offers a medically supervised weight loss program that is covered by most insurances. You will have your own naturopathic physician and your own nutrition/life coach guiding you along the way. They will help you discover Your metabolic uniqueness and help you reach your ideal weight and a higher level of wellness. Knowing how to support the way your body functions is a fundamental self-awareness that all of us should have. Lasting changes in behavior do not occur overnight, so you will receive a lot of support to transform how you nourish yourself. The coach will provide emotional support and encouragement, and the doctor will monitor your health as your weight decreases. The results have been amazing, they have a 90% success rate and have been voted the #1 weight loss program in the area 3 years in a row.

Lori Bloomis is a Life Coach/Health Coach/Emotional eating specialist with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare. Bloomis is the director of weight loss program at The Life Center dedicated to helping each individual live a full healthy life on both a physical and emotional level. She will guide you through an individualized weight loss program that matches your nutrition to your metabolism, and provide you with support for emotional eating. The Life Center Offices are located in North Haven and West Hartford 203-239-3400.