The Chinese concept of equilibrium is described as yin and yang, matching opposing forces that when in balance create perfect peace, harmony, and stability.
In medicine, the word that refers to biological systems working in metabolic balance is “homeostasis.” When we are at a normal weight, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and not stressed, depressed or in chronic pain, the human body exists in an intricate state of hormonal balance. Our appetite and metabolism centers self regulate. A natural 24-hour cycle provides a rhythm that protects us from illness and promotes vibrant health. It is a disruption of homeostasis that perpetuates the vicious cycle of weight loss and weight gain. As many of us who have tried one diet after the next have learned from experience, once the balance of weight control has been disrupted, it can be very, very hard to get back.
Our bodies have adapted over millions of years to protect us against malnutrition and starvation. Survival of our species has depended on making the most of what little nutrition existed. Consequently, we are programmed with very powerful genes to maintain adequate weight, and we do not have any similar genetic safeguards to prevent obesity.
Hormones play an important role in controlling our weight. Exciting new research has shown us how two recently discovered hormones — leptin (identified in 1994), which tells us our nutritional status, and ghrelin (identified in 1999), which tells us we’re hungry — work together to balance our states of hunger and satiety. We’ve also learned how obesity causes an imbalance in our hunger hormones. Within just the last year, a final piece of the puzzle has been revealed that has shown us how these hormones are affected by sleep.
The information on this web site is based on this most current research. It is designed to put us back into the patterns of eating and sleeping that incorporate the cycles of nature and will restore balance to our systems.
By reconnecting with the signals that tell us when we’re hungry and when we’re full, by working with the innate rhythms that regulate metabolism, dieters can lose weight effectively and permanently. Through understanding the seven keys of permanent weight control, anyone with a weight/health issue can make changes to their diet and lifestyle that will restore their hormonal balance and normal weight.