In this thread, I would like to focus on how our faith in God interconnects with our desire and ability to lose weight, and I would like to include scientific information about weight loss, as well. Basically, I want to bring together the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual elements, so that we have a balanced approach to weight loss.
I have posted on other areas of your site, and decided to start a thread of my own. I don't intend in any way to "push" my religious views on anybody. I really do respect our differences in that way. However, being that my views are so tied together with my weight loss philosophy, I found that I can't talk about my philosophy without giving credit to God. Please understand that I'm not trying to exclude anybody if his or her views differ from mine; I'm just trying to post where I "fit in" and where I can speak freely. If you don't believe in God, or you believe in a different God from mine, you're still welcome to jump in and ask general questions about nutrition, exercise, etc, but please let's not dwell on our religious differences.
What is my weight loss philosophy? In a nutshell, I really do agree with the underlying philosophy of the "intuitive eating" thread, and the main reason is that God gave us those internal signals for a reason--because they're important, and because we're better off when we follow them.
My posts could fit in easily there. However, I'm avoiding that thread because the term "intuitive eating" was actually coined by two nutritionist ladies, and there may be a copyright or trademark on the phrase. Just to be on the safe side, I thought I'd better avoid using other people's terms.
Did those ladies invent intuitive eating? No, they just invented the phrase. God is the one who developed the concept of hunger pangs guiding your eating. Other weight loss programs, like Weigh Down Diet and Thin Within came along a billion years later and gave the concept names, as well. But the whole idea of eating according to how your body feels dates back to Adam and Eve--and God.
Now do you see how "intuitive eating" and my Christian faith are connected? Those hunger pangs came from God. Just another reason to trust them.