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How To De Stress To Lose Weight

November 30, 2019

It’s Eric Bakker, a naturopath from New Zealand. Thank you for coming back to this channel. I often talk about stress in my videos, and
that’s probably because I spent many years studying the adrenal function and thyroid
function and working with many patients, particularly with a stress axis problem, hypothalamic,
pituitary, adrenal problem, for example. I’ve worked on thousands of patients like
that over the years, certainly the last 15 years in particular. Stress plays a fundamental role when it comes
to weight. You’ll often find people that struggle to
lose weight, particularly when they’re big, going into obese states, they just can’t seem
to lose weight, they struggle so much, they have all these issues. I’ve worked with many, many people over the
years helping them to lose weight, and one of the first things that I look for with a
patient like that is, what do you think I’m going to do? I’m going to ask them what they eat, of course,
but the most important thing is, I’m going to ask them how they live. What type of lifestyle do they lead? What type of relationship do they have? What type of occupation do they have? How do they handle other people? Is there one person whose butt they’d like
to kick, okay? That’s a good question. And I always look at the facial expression
of the patient when I throw these little questions at them, because the eyes give a lot away,
and the body language. The unseen things are what cause more problems
for many people than the seen things. Think carefully about what I said. The unseen things, okay? The intangible things make people sick, more
so than the tangible things. Stress you can’t see, you can’t feel it. You can’t throw it under a microscope, “Oh,
my God, look at that stress there,” okay? So it’s basically swept aside. Not enough attention is paid to how much stress
a person is living under and how they can mitigate the situation. When they go to a doctor, it’s, “Where does
it hurt? Here’s a pill.” When they go to a dietician, it’s “Shut up,
eat this apple, goodbye.” When they go to a psychologist, it’s “Here’s
some Prozac,” or “See you later,” and that’s about the extent of it, right? People never really get to explain the situation
of their life or their job. And it’s very, very interesting over the years,
when I’ve seen many people, I let them talk and immediately a lot of larger people will
talk about a problem they’ve got in their life. A problem. And often it’s these problems that need sorting,
because if they don’t, the mind of the person will start creating issues for that person. They’ll start getting all kinds of emotional
issues and lots and lots of cognitive dysfunction and many other issues. And of course, stress plays a major role in
all this. But how does stress achieve all this? Stress achieves this particularly through
the hypothalamic pituitary axis, and how it affects the adrenals and the ovaries, but
also the thyroid. So it all starts with how we feel and how
we think. But particularly how we feel is the operative
word, because the emotions of the person are the things that cause them the most amount
of stress, and particularly the person closest to them is the one that causes the most amount
of stress, right? Don’t forget that, the emotional triggers
are much more powerful than any other trigger. So trying to understand a person and where
they’re sitting, where they’re coming from, what kind of stresses they face, what kind
of relationship issues they face, what kind of occupational issues or whatever, friendships,
social issues, these are things that need addressing because they affect the adrenal
response greatly, especially when strong emotions come into it like love or hate or fear or
anxiety or depression. And of course a dodgy stomach, a poor gut,
as we know, the enteric nervous system, or the second brain, can really make the person
feel bad. So the diet is a key thing to get right, to
establish a proper connection between gut and the brain. But if we’ve got that sorted, and we’ve got
a person with a lot of weight issues, we need to look at the stress. A calming kind of approach for that person,
some type of way to deal with the primary problem and to get rid of that problem. So here’s what I’d like you to do if you’re
a larger person and you’re watching this video now, I want you to get a piece of paper. I want you to write down the top five things
that annoy the hell out of you, okay? The things that, if you could just wave them
away or just wash them away they’d be gone and you would love that, so write those five
things down, alright? Now, that could be a person’s name, it could
be your job, it could be your neighbor, I don’t care what it is. It could be a teenage son, whatever, write
those things down. Now when you’ve got those five, prioritize
them. One is the top priority and one is the bottom,
and then work out that situation. Now that’s a good thing to put aside and to
look at regularly and to think, “Now, how am I going to chip away at this? How am I going to get this sorted?” It’s not different from having a $100K mortgage
and chipping away at it and eventually you go, “I’m free [inaudible 00:04:53],” okay? Now the problems can be tackled in a similar
way. Because if they’re not tackled, what happens
is more problems get stacked on top of more problems. It’s like a camel, and then all of a sudden
we put a straw on the back of the camel, bang, the back’s broken, okay? That’s what happens to people all the time. That’s why they end up at the doctor’s office,
right? With problems. 95% of doctor’s visits don’t need medications,
alright? Because most of these diseases are subliminally. Stress causes more doctors visits than any
other problem. It’s not my opinion, it’s the professional
opinion in the medical association. They know that stress causes problems, but
they can’t sell stuff or give the patients stuff to fix stress out. The adrenals need attention, people. They need attention because when the adrenals
get worn out and tired and medicine doesn’t agree with me, they think that the adrenals
will either work perfectly fine or not at all, but there’s no in-between. Well, if we look at the bell curve, we will
know there’s an in-between. So if the adrenal glands get affected, it’s
serious for you because fatigue sets in, tiredness, anxiety, not wanting to do much, poor immune
function, low blood pressure, dizziness, salt cravings, sweet cravings, weight gain. Weight gain is very common with fatigue and
depression and anxiety. I find energetic people who’ve pumped up and
feel good, don’t have a problem generally with weight because they burn it off, they’re
just mobile. But larger people, especially with mental
health issues, it’s not that way at all. So my recommendation is to get the adrenal
glands checked out and sorted and also thyroid, because these can really handicap you and
hold you right back. So, how we are going to achieve that now is
we’re going to show you a couple of techniques and things you can do to de-stress. But the number one of course, is to find out,
what are the things that push your button? There’s no point looking at things to release
stress if the stress just stays there the whole time, it’s got to be worked on. That’s the intelligent approach, alright? I think the most powerful way I’ve always
taught people for their relaxation is the breathing. Alright, we’ve spoken about this on many videos,
about the parasympathetic nervous system, “para-” or “next to” the sympathetic. The sympathetic – fight or flight, the parasympathetic
– the rest and digest. So obviously we don’t want to activate the
gas pedal of stress, we want to activate the brake pedal of stress. And one of the most profound ways you can
achieve that, is through the very slow, deep breathing. Exactly what I taught my 19 year old son who
just passed his driving test. I took him to the testing station and he sat
there all nervous, so we went through a nice, relaxed breathing routine just for a few minutes,
four or five nice, slow, deep breaths. I want you to do the same, okay? So when you get in a stressful situation or
you’ve got a stressful person that you have to meet with, or you’re going to pick up the
phone, it’s your mother-in-law and your heart’s like racing, okay? Well, whatever it is, before you go into this
situation, three or four nice, very slow, deep breaths. And what you’ll find is, as you’re going into
that meeting or that phone call, you’ll feel already a couple of pegs down. You won’t be already amped up ready to [inaudible]
to open your mouth and say something you might later regret, alright? So it’s all about backing off and breathing,
and that slows the heart rate down. It also makes the mind a lot more capable
of listening rather than firing off information. So it’s all about that. Breathing is such a simple thing to do, but
nobody really does it properly, they don’t breathe in through their nose. Don’t breathe in through the mouth, breath
in through the nose. In through the nose, out through the nose. You’ll be surprised how much mouth breathing
you do. And when you’re stressed, your heart rate
goes up a wee bit, your breathing goes up a bit, and also you’re much more prone to
anxiety. So that’s a classically simple, easy way for
you to de-stress, is take three or four slow breaths. That’s number one. Number two, I’d like you to have a good look
at how fast you walk and talk, or get your wife or partner or whoever to observe you
for a while and just see how rapid you are in execution of speech and different actions,
okay? And people under stress can tend to be too
quick or move too quickly or speak too fast, this is a common thing too. Or, it could be the flip side. They could walk really slowly and talk slowly
and act really depressed and things like that. And I know a few people like that too. So, check out the locomotion or the movement
of the person. Look at the sleeping pattern, okay? Bigger people sometimes don’t sleep properly. They wake up easily, they have sleep apnea
or they can’t fall off to sleep through an anxiety issue or something like that. Again, this needs sorting, alright? Lifestyle needs sorting, if you’re a bigger
person. Not just what you put in here, but it’s also
what you’re thinking in here, you need to get it sorted. If you’re looking at this now and you’ve got
a problem, get it sorted because often that’s what’s creating problems like comfort eating,
okay? Being depressed. I saw it with my father, eating 25 cookies
in one session and dipping them in cups of coffee all day because he was really peeved
off with his relationship. And Dad ended up dying of obesity with hypertension,
on four medications, onto his fifth marriage, I think he was, okay? Oftentimes when there’s a weight issue, there’s
a problem and it’s not sorted, and the problem leads to more problems and more problems. And next thing you know, you go to Weight
Watchers and all these things and all you do is focus on your butt or your tummy. It’s a waste of time because you’re not really
looking at the original causes on why this thing happened in the first place, alright? Many people get bigger over time, and they
know they get bigger, but they’re not willing to just say, “Let’s do something about it.” And eventually they get so big and older and
they just let things go, and then they end up with all of the complications and anxieties. The chickens come home to roost, basically. There’s nothing worse than being a very, very
big person in your seventies, okay? Because it’s a very poor quality of life. But like anything else in life, if you plan
properly, get into it early, you don’t have to go down that route. Watch my video on antibiotics and obesity,
because there’s a link there definitely, as well. So, how to de-stress to lose weight – the
breathing, the watching yourself as I mentioned, in different situations, and of course the
eating, which I’ve spoken about in many other videos. If your eating is not right, it could also
stress you out, alright? I’m going to certainly be doing in 2020, a
series of videos on things like adrenal fatigue and on “hypo-“, low thyroid function, and
high thyroid function. So I’m going to branch out. Our practice is finished in two weeks. Next year is going to be more of an educational
year for me to teach people a lot more bits and pieces of things that I’ve picked up from
all of the years I’ve seen patients. But I can tell you, leaving on these parting
words, stress is the archetypal etiology of disease. I’ll say it one more time. Stress is the archetypal etiology. Now, what I meant by those two words, it’s
the mother of all causes of disease. It causes disease. Stress always causes disease if it’s left
unmitigated, if it’s left alone. It’s like the global warming thing, okay? Everyone’s talking about it, but no one’s
doing any damn thing about it, and of course we can see what’s going to happen in 20 years
from now, alright? So don’t let it happen to you. Get onto it. You got one life to lead and there’s no point
leading a sick life when you’re an older person. Thanks for tuning in. I also appreciate it.


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  • Reply Geometry dash gamer 3D November 28, 2019 at 12:26 am

    i breath in through nose…but i still feel like i'm not breathing properly…too shallow..i have nasal polyps?

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