As well as a dedication to exercise and healthy eating, we at New You Boot Camp also explore the deep-rooted explanations behind clients weight gain and equip them with the knowledge to control their weight management long after their stay. We passionately believe in the positive effects of our Life Skills Management talks and individual consultations that correlate with the latest studies reporting the connection between stress, amongst other reasons, and its impact on weight gain
As a qualified Nutritional Therapist (FdSc, Dip ION, ITEC) for 20 years, Mary-Lou Harris puts forwards an interesting theory as she suggests our bodies mirror the same archaic thought-processes of the cave man but in the present ‘jungle’ of modern day life. If (in the days of cave men) we were to feel threatened by the presence of a tiger, two things would happen;
1) Stress signals would be immediately radiated from the brain to the Pituitary gland. This fear sparks a rush of adrenalin to be released, increasing energy levels and physical strength.
2) Cortisol would be released, raising blood sugar levels at a rapid speed to increase the ability to escape, and to prepare the body with healing nutrients in fear of danger.
The 21st century human body imitates this process as a reaction to work-related stresses or re-occurring, entrenched issues. What was once short, sharp bursts of fear, is now a modern environment that Mary-Lou refers to as full of ‘Tigers’ whereby people are enclosed within anxiety and stress. Extensive working hours, a bad sleeping pattern, alcohol, cigarettes, sugary drinks and foods keep Cortisol levels at a peak increasing both the blood sugar level and the inflammatory response of an individual.
Harris goes on to explain that Cortisol effects optimal immune, digestive, liver and hormonal function’ as the body cannot manage to keep these at peak levels during times of suspected danger. Evidence of this effect is clear when reviewing the amount of infertility cases and first trimester miscarriages which are then recovered when the endocrine function is relaxed.
A study recorded by the Telegraph this week reflects upon the importance of recognizing such dietary and personal issues. A study by the newspaper claims Women who never eat seafood are 53 per cent more likely to have high anxiety levels at 32 weeks’ gestation than women who eat it regularly, according to researchers who questioned 9,500 women about their diet. The Telegraph goes on to discuss the positive effects that facing ones deep-rooted problems and dietary requirements can achieve.
Supported by nutritionists, clients of New You Boot Camp are guided towards appropriate nutrition that supports and regulates stress levels. For instance, by reducing sugary, or refined white carbohydrated foods, as well as stimulants such as coffee and coca-cola, clients blood sugar levels are balanced. At Boot Camp clients are taught the foods which contain high levels of stress managing B vitamins and minerals (especially zinc and magnesium). It is here that the effects of Boot Camp go much further than the week stay. Nutritionists tackle both the mental qualms which lead to weight gain, whilst encouraging the client through the physical battle and also preparing the client for a healthy lifestyle once they depart. New You Boot Camp offer Life Skills Management Talks and individual consultations to dissolve any long-term issues which secretly contribute to increased weight gain.
As reports from the Huffington Post suggest this week, anxiety for many is a life-long issue. They encourage individuals to check their level of self-awareness, self-healing responsibility, and level of emotional freedom as these are the more transcendent elements of anxiety that need to be addressed beyond the eating. At New You Boot Camp we offer the full package; a stay which battles both the physical and internal struggles behind weight loss and body confidence.