Obesity has become a major player in the deterioration our health. We put a lot of concentration on losing weight, but few of us address the reason WHY the weight was gained in the first place. Yes, portion control and what you eat is important. However, these are not the only reasons people gain weight.
We’ve changed: “you are what you eat” is now “you are what you digest”. The purpose of eating is to supply the body with the fuel it needs to function.
Every day cells from every part of your body are being replaced by new ones. Are you making strong, healthy cells, or weak, depleted ones? Do you have sufficient nutrition and just as important, sufficient digestion to supply the body what it needs? If you are overweight, I can pretty much guarantee that you’re not.
Until you can supply the body what it needs, you will struggle with weight for your entire life!
Our lifestyle contributes to our digestive problems and incompetence for many reasons. Not all but a large number of us eat while stressed. The food we choose is of course ‘comfort’ food and not what we know would be beneficial. It’s very common to be more concerned about time and money than we are about nourishing something that will last our lifetime – our body! How you treat your body now, how it is nourished, will determine the quality of life you’ll get as the years progress.
Mineral deficiency is one result of poor diet and digestive incompetence. Minerals are found in every organ in the body by which it is dependent for function. In the absence of specific enzymes in the stomach to digest minerals, the body becomes depleted. In the absence of minerals, your organs cannot function properly. The body then perceives this nutritional deficiency as starvation or a famine. In response it lowers the metabolism and stores fat to take you through a long period of time without food. (Or in our case nutrient rich foods!!)
The greatest confusion is the topic of fats and warrants an article unto itself. Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are fats that have the ability to increase metabolic rate to help us burn more calories. Instead of being used as fuel, they are converted into hormone-like prostaglandins. These fats keep us slim! EFAs satisfy cravings and hunger. EFAs elevate mood and lift depression – one reason why some of us tend to overeat.
An important point on fats and body fats – fats don’t make you fat. People who avoid fat tend to overdo processed carbohydrates (sugar) which helps keep fat stored in your system.
In the last 10 years, our fat intake has decreased from 42% of calories to 32%. In those same 10 years, obesity has gone up, from 20% to 38%. The bottom line is eating less fat is making us fat. Not the processed fats (margarine or partially hydrogenated oils), but the essential ones (like avocados, salmon and RAW nuts).
When you think about weight gain when it’s related to blood sugar the first thing that may pop you’re your mind is diabetes. Many people forget the impact unstable blood sugar has on gaining weight. However, hypoglycemia also contributes to weight gain. A natural law of physics is “what goes up, must come down”. If you consume a food with high sugar, your blood sugar after rising, will subsequently drop, in nearly perfect proportion. This rise and fall, or “rollercoaster” will cause the body to protect itself by turning all sugars and carbohydrates into fat, because fat burns slower than sugar.
This is where exercise becomes paramount if you are unable to change your diet to a nutrient dense one with lots of leafy greens. Muscle burns fat. Every pound of muscle burns between 50 – 100 calories, per day, at rest! If, when trying to lose weight, you diet alone, do aerobics alone, or even dieting and aerobics together, but neglect STRENGTH training, 40% of the weight you lose will be muscle. The rest is water weight and fat.
Let’s say you lost 60 pounds and there was no strength training (given 40% of what you lose is muscle), you would lose 24 pounds of muscle. Those 24 pounds of muscle burns between 1200 and 2400 calories, per day, at rest! The operative word here is “at rest”. During activity, you burn even more calories! That’s one to two medium to large meals per day!
The optimal way to burn fat is to integrate strength training with aerobic training with a system that easily works together and keeps you in the ideal fat burning zone. Seeking a
In Summary you can now see how treating the cause is much more important than simply trying to lose weight. Getting to the cause will enable you to not only lose weight in a healthy manner, but will make it easier to keep it off. It will also provide you with more of what you really want – energy, better health and vitality!
Find a competent chiropractor that can diagnose this for you and more importantly, use nutritional rules to help you HEAL the reason why you gain weight in the first place. Chiropractic care is also an effective way to get the body cooperating by increasing the function of the organs involved.