Weight Issues Explained.
Obesity has become a major player in the deterioration our health. Much attention goes into losing weight, but few address the reasons WHY you gain weight in the first place. Yes, portion control is a part of it, and yes, what you eat also is important. However, they are not the only reasons people gain weight.
We’ve changed: “you are what you eat” is now “you are what you assimilate”. 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 dying and your body is making 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. Gaining weight is a protective mechanism. Until you can get the body out of this protective mode by getting it what it needs, you will struggle with weight for your entire life!
Our lifestyle contributes to this digestive incompetence for many reasons. We eat while stressed and we eat what we know are the wrong things. We are more concerned about time and money than we are about nourishing something that will last our lifetime – our body! We all want a quality of life. How you treat your body now, how it is nourished, will determine the quality of life you’ll get as the years progress.
Eliminating food sensitivities is also essential in the weight loss journey. If you continue to eat
foods that you do not digest well, this causes inflammation which also can attribute to weight issues.
One result of poor diet and digestive incompetence is a mineral deficiency. Every organ in the body has minerals 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.
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 people overeat. An important point on fats and body fats – fats don’t make you fat. People who avoid fat tend to overdo the carbohydrates which tend to make you fat. In the last 10 years, our fat intake has decreased from 42% of calories to 35%. In those same 10 years, obesity has gone up, from 20% to 33%. The bottom line is eating less fat is making us fat. at. Not the processed fats (margarine or partially hydrogenated oils), but the essential ones (like avocados, salmon and RAW nuts).
Many people forget the impact unstable blood sugar has on gaining weight. Mostly, when people relate weight gain with blood sugar, it surrounds diabetes. 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
“roller-coaster” will cause the body to protect itself by turning all sugars and
carbohydrates into fat, because fat burns slower than sugar.
You need to exercise. 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. So, if you lost 60
pounds and did not do 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 meals per day!
In my opinion I do think that many people have a tendency to over exercise, doing hard cardio for hours everyday of the week. This for some people can increase stress hormones such as cortisol. Cortisol when high can imbalance blood sugars which raise insulin levels. When insulin levels are high or imbalanced it makes weight loss impossible! So the key to exercise is doing it but not at a crazy break neck speed. Alternate your work outs do some cardio , but also incorporate yoga and stretching as well. Yoga and stretching is proven effective in lowering higher cortisol levels. Take into account of your work load and pace of life. If you are constantly on the go, constantly traveling, constantly stressed – then exercise for you should be slow, relaxing, and leisurely. Or only limited cardio would be better so you do not consistently increase your cortisol levels and allow your body to get back to a normal and relaxed state.
Find a competent health care practitioner 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. To find more Naturopathic Physicians in your area of North Carolina check out our associations website: www.ncanp.com