For years people have been trying to lose weight. They may approach this either; 1) physically by getting the best and newest diet plan, or 2) mentally by following an attitudinal or mindset program to get their head in the right place.

What if both approaches are correct?

For those who believe that nutrition is the key to weight loss, the belief is in the nutrients. If you give the cells the right nutrients, cleanse any possible toxins, and stop eating junk, then you will lose weight.

For those who believe that mindset is the key, the belief is that the body will only do what it is told to do. The mind has so many beliefs and emotions that are in conflict. So, if you focus on changing the way you think, your beliefs and emotions, then the weight will come off.

What is your view? Is there validity to either plan? Do you take one approach or the other?

I personally believe there is value for a combination of both approaches to lose weight. I have coached for years that the mind, the heart, and the body are a team. Getting nutritional value to your body, healing emotions, changing beliefs and mindset has worked very well for my clients. Bringing the body, the heart, and the mind into alignment will help you go far in your goals, including weight loss.

But the other day, this idea really hit home for me. We were working on our upcoming protein powder, making sure it works with every system of the body that functions with any kind of protein. In the excitement of our discoveries, someone mentioned a popular company online that sells protein bars and meals to help people with weight loss. She had not only lost a few pounds, but the company also helped with her mindset and emotionally changing her life.

Intrigued, we looked up one of the bars online and were surprised by the ingredients. It did have some proteins that were isolates, but the surprise was all the sugar. The list had broken down the sugar into 7 different types of ingredients with uncommon names but were basically straight sugar.  If you didn’t know what to look for, the label seemed to have a small amount of sugar. The carbs in the bar were 6 grams higher than the protein with some sodium added in.

We decided to look up a popular candy bar to compare the carbs and protein listed in that ingredient list. To our surprise, it contained less carbs and the protein was comparable.

Huh. The “protein” bar that people think will make you lose weight is healthier than the candy bar being marketed as healthy (even though it is not).

We decided to see what other people would think and created a visual test between the two ingredient lists, without revealing what the source was. Everyone agreed that the candy bar ingredients looked healthier. Then we revealed the products. Imagine their surprise!

So, what makes you lose the weight? Is it the protein bar full of sugar and other unrecognizable ingredients (chemicals)? Or is it the mindset program that this protein bar offered.

With a little more research, we found that six months later, many people were complaining that after they stopped the program, they eventually gained the weight back and more.

Although research shows how one’s mindset and behavior are key to creating long-term weight loss, if you eat “junk” the results are limited.

At Live by Heart, we believe individuals need both. You need the mindset, the understanding, and the support for real behavior changes. You also need the nutrition that is simple and healthy for the body. Working on your mindset supports the body’s desire to be healthy and work towards that goal. Healthy, whole nutrition supports the mind and heart’s ability to shift and to heal.

It is magic when it all works together. When you do both, you naturally want to eat healthy and think healthy.

Love ya from Live by Heart,

Ron and Jennifer