You can’t force your body to do something when your brain doesn’t want to.
You’ve probably experienced this in a number of scenarios.
You’re standing in the pantry simultaneously snacking while telling yourself you shouldn’t be snacking.
Or you hit the snooze button instead of getting up and going to the gym.
Or you stay up for another episode on Netflix because you just need to find out what happens next and skip out on sleep.
All of these situations are examples of your brain deciding on something, and your body going along for the ride.
Which begs the question …
When are we going to stop placing the emphasis on body first?
Like … eat less, move more is a body-first approach.
Every single diet is a body-first approach.
But what happens when your brain decides that it’s not going to cooperate?
Scientifically speaking … you’re fucked.
This is why more and more coaches are adopting a Neurotype-based approach to sustainable body transformations.
And also why more individuals are beginning to understand the importance of MIND over macros (no, not the show ;).
It’s one thing to read about it. Or be told about it …
It takes on a whole new meaning to FEEL it.
Let’s run through the application in relation to fat loss.
There are 5 Neurotypes (or personality types).
Each of the 5 types are categorized by their brain chemistry (aka their neurotransmitter balance and dominance).
This is what’s responsible for your personality traits and how you respond to certain stimuli.
The fat loss keys for each Neurotype are:
Type 1A: Keep dopamine high, get quick wins, avoid burning the candle at both ends (the biggest challenge for 1A’s).
Type 1B: Support dopamine production and sensitivity, get quick wins, set goals to keep mentally engaged, and avoid taking on too many tasks or trying to be too perfect (the biggest challenge for 1B’s).
Type 2A: Maintain adrenaline sensitivity, keep variety in the mix, set clear deadlines and timelines, and avoid shiny new object syndrome (the biggest challenge for 2A’s).
Type 2B: Support GABA production, provide a positive reward system, give permission to feel, and avoid checking out or ghosting when negative emotions kick in (the biggest challenge for 2B’s).
Type 3: Support serotonin production, provide a detailed plan, get information far in advance, and avoid perfectionist tendencies and getting completely derailed when the plan needs to change suddenly (the biggest challenge for 3’s).
Notice how the key principles aren’t … eat this and do that.
Now, within each of those principles there are certainly nutrition strategies, training strategies, and lifestyle strategies that will help to accomplish those outcomes.
But at the core of each … it’s priming the brain to optimize the body.