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Maintaining Weight Loss During The Christmas Season

by | Wed, Dec 6 2023

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Trying to lose weight during Christmas can feel like climbing a mountain. Everywhere you turn, there’s tempting food – from big feasts to sugary treats. It’s a real challenge to stick to your healthy eating goals when everyone around you is digging into delicious goodies.

Being overweight comes with its own set of health challenges, and those grappling with excess weight often face a double burden when confronted with fat shaming. Fat shaming not only damages self-esteem but can also contribute to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

Additionally, it often discourages people from seeking help or adopting healthier habits. The focus needs to shift from judgment to fostering an environment that promotes empathy, understanding, and support for those on a journey towards better health.

Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Berni Dymet, host of A Different Perspective, recently joined us on 20Twenty to share his own weight loss journey, and how important he believes it is for us to be good stewards of the body God has given us. Berni discovered a way to lose 33kg without starving himself, and now he finds it effortless to maintain.

‘The Bible doesn’t say a lot about weight loss,’ says Berni, ‘because obesity back then was very rare. In fact, we know that obesity in the last 50 years has escalated dramatically. But for me, it wasn’t just the health issues. It was being a good steward of the body that God’s given me.’

The Bible reminds us that we belong to God, having been purchased at a cost. For Berni, his weight loss journey was predominantly fueled by God’s directive to care for our bodies, coupled with his personal desire to be healthy and age well.

Changing The Way You Eat

‘We don’t want to be immobilised,’ says Berni, ‘or have to use a battery-powered scooter because we can’t walk properly. There’s a whole bunch of reasons why we want to get rid of the weight, not the least of which is we don’t look wonderful. And society judges us when we carry the extra weight.’

The whole weight loss industry is based around eating less and exercising more. But Berni believes even the most disciplined person will struggle to lose weight this way. The food pyramid that we all grew up with is not the answer.

‘It is not about reducing calories,’ says Berni. ‘It’s about changing what you eat, and turning the food pyramid completely on its head. Some people seem to be able to eat whatever they want, and God bless those people. But I’m not one of them. For anybody who is struggling with their weight, there is only one word you need to know to remove those kilos. And that word is insulin.’

Understanding The Science

Berni believes that understanding the science behind insulin and doing just a few simple things can change your life. What you eat, and when you eat can make all the difference.

‘I eat a high fat, low carb diet,’ says Berni. ‘I actually think that the way food works in our world today is demonic. The way in which we’ve been led into this bad way of eating and drinking of high sugar, high fructose, high refined carbohydrate diet is something that’s not of God.’

Berni believes that the issue lies in the marketing strategies employed by the food industry, as promoting healthy eating doesn’t generate enough profits. We’ve been deceived and led into a lifestyle of eating highly processed foods that is making us sick and ultimately costing us our lives.

Avoiding Processed Food

‘What we’ve done with all the processed food that we have in this world today,’ says Berni, ‘is we’re constantly spiking our insulin. The reason I eat a high-fat diet is fat has almost a zero impact on insulin, and insulin is your fat-storing hormone.’

‘You need to lower your insulin in order to lose weight. By reducing the amount of refined carbs in your body, you reduce the insulin response and reduce your appetite. That is not about self-control.’

‘I don’t eat less because I’m a good guy. I eat less because I’m not as hungry as I used to be.’

Listen to Berni’s full interview on 20Twenty below: