Obesity: A national epidemic
The National Institute of Health (NIH), the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Health and Nutrition Survey (NHANES), leading medical journals, and the media all report that Americans are overweight in epidemic proportions. How did this happen? Americans consume large portions of the wrong kinds of food, such as refined foods and snacks loaded with sugar, instead of balanced meals that include good quality proteins (fresh meat, poultry and seafood), fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These poor diet choices combined with a sedentary lifestyle cause weight gain, resulting in numerous health problems.
Many Americans address their weight issues by trying a quick fix weight management program. Because these programs do not take into account the physiological needs of the body, these dieters do not experience permanent success. In addition, many quick fix programs are not designed to be practiced for an extended time frame. Dieters who go on these programs become frustrated because eventually all the weight that was lost comes back.
The ideal weight management program takes time. It needs to be gentle, reduce excess fat stores, be high in fiber, increase muscle and insure that the amount of metabolic energy being used is greater than the amount of calories being consumed. All of this needs to occur without losing muscle mass, which can be maintained by consuming vital nutrients. Once the ideal weight is reached, maintaining it requires that the amount of energy expended is equal to the energy intake. Obtaining a proper balance is key.
Our bodies are like cars with a main fuel tank and a reserve tank. When one tank runs dry, the engine draws fuel from the reserve tank to meet its needs. Our bodies run in a similar fashion. Say for instance a person walks on a treadmill for 20-30 minutes. During this time, they have burned off their main fuel-the sugar in their blood, liver and muscles. Once that fuel is depleted, their body should turn to fat (the reserve fuel tank) for additional energy.
Healthy liver function supports the body in burning fat for energy. The nutrients and dietary recommendations in the purification programs revolve around feeding the body the nutrients it needs to support optimal liver function. In addition to its role in fat burning, the liver also synthesizes fatty acids from amino acids and sugars and assists in producing lipoproteins, cholesterol and phospholipids. The liver makes a substance called glucose tolerance factor (GTF) from Chromium and Glutathione. GTF partners with the body's natural insulin to regulate and maintain healthy blood sugar levels. The liver converts any sugars that are not required for immediate energy needs into glycogen and fat. Glycogen is stored both in the liver and in the muscle tissue. The fat is deposited in undesirable areas.
Apply the fundamentals
Incorporating proper eating choices and activity habits into your lifestyle are the only ways to maintain a healthy weight.
- Determine your desired weight
- Follow your recommended program
- Get plenty of exercise
By following these three simple steps, you will be able to properly manage your weight. Once you reach your desired weight, you can incorporate some foods not listed in your program, back into your diet-sparingly.
Do not expect instantaneous success-you did not wake up morning instantly overweight, so it will take time to lose the unwanted pounds. Follow the purification program recommended by your health care professional and you will achieve effective, gentle, and sustained weight management.