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A Holistic Approach To Weight Loss

Have you ever tried eating less and exercising more only to find yourself losing a little weight, but not what you’d expect, considering how much effort you’re putting out there? You are not alone. While eating the right foods and exercising are critical components of any weight loss plan, they are, in most cases, not enough to do the job.

As a holistic health practitioner, I subscribe to a philosophy that views us as “whole” beings. We are physical beings who think and feel and have spiritual (core) values, living in a specific environment (our home, our workplace, our community). I also take the view that we are each unique with different needs, physical and emotional states, spiritual values, and preferences. Because of our uniqueness, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss, or any other malady. From a holistic perspective, your weight loss program should be created to fit you, not your spouse or your neighbor.

If you want your efforts to be truly successful, it’s important to examine your weight loss issues holistically in the context of the rest of your life. What are you thinking and feeling about yourself and others? Do you sleep well, or not so well? Are your relationships healthy or not? These factors and many more are related to whether or not you will be successful in achieving your weight loss goals. While we try to isolate parts of our lives – eating and exercising – these activities exist within the context of the whole of our existence.

So what parts of your life are out of balance? By viewing weight loss as a process of getting your life into balance, rather than the traditional view of fewer calories in, more calories out, you will be far more successful on your journey toward a healthy body, mind and spirit.

About The Author

Sally Gabriel, PhD – Holistic Nutrition

Dr. Gabriel is a certified health coach, nutritionist and healthy foods advocate. When she was younger, she was a yo-yo dieter, gaining and losing the same 20 pounds a year. After switching to a whole foods diet, adding exercise, and therapy for food addiction, she has remained at a normal weight for the last 20 years.

Through her business, Second Act Health, she uses a holistic approach to weight loss and shares her knowledge and experience with others who want to make lasting positive changes in their lives.

Dr. Gabriel has a PhD in holistic nutrition, and certifications in both health coaching and nutrition. She lives in Sarasota, Florida with her husband and two animals.

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