The days of innocence
Overweight and obesity are increasing, despite decreasing amounts of fat in our diet. This is strange considering the prevalent views why people get fat. In earlier and more innocent days, specialists almost invariably assumed that if you ate a certain amount of energy, but expended less in your day’s activities, the remainder made up your weight gain. They drew “balance sheets” of energy ingested and energy spent, and showed conclusively not only how to lose weight, but also how much weight you were bound to lose per day or per week. It was a simple matter of calculating incoming versus outgoing energy, and that was that. It was simple, and innocent, to the point of being naive.
The body’s defenses
Today we know that nothing is that simple. On the contrary, both gaining and losing weight are very complex processes, dynamically controlled through your hormonal and enzyme systems. When you put on weight, usually in the form of fat, and keep that weight for a while, your organism begins to make allowance for the new mass. It builds new capillaries, new peripheral nerves, raises enzyme and hormonal levels, and even thickens your bones, to accommodate the extra mass and weight. Hormonal messengers circulating in the blood keep the brain informed of all developments. When you go on a crash diet, you quickly lose the glycogen fuel and the 3-4 parts of water it is stored with, so you think the diet is effective. But after that, powerful mechanisms are set in motion, which ensure you lose weight only with difficulty. Your organism has invested too much in your new mass and weight, to let it go on a whim. So, it reduces your metabolic rate, rendering you slow and drowsy. It restrains the use of glycogen, making you weak and irritable. It raises digestive efficiency and bioavailability, so you absorb more though you eat less. It increases the sensitivity of your eyes, nose and mouth to food, to the point you are only one small step removed from bingeing. It is not your fault. Your body’s defense mechanisms were built, eons before the present days of abundance—when “dieting” was equivalent to starving. So don’t go on a diet again. That’s not the way to lose weight.
Losing weight permanently
If you are overweight, the first thing you must grasp is that you cannot lose weight overnight, if you want to lose it permanently. Losing weight permanently involves controlling and adjusting body processes like hormonal balance, better fat break down, learning what foods are most appropriate for your blood type, changing your eating habits to fit your lifestyle, and so on. It is a long process. But it involves no dieting, that is, no starvation strategies. Your body has a pile of blueprints for dealing with such situations.
Our comprehensive plan aims not only to permanently remove your extra weight, but also to make you aware of what is required in order to avoid this problem in the future. Briefly, our program offers,
- Comprehensive measures. Identification of the probable causes for your present overweight, and the systems involved in the process.
- Diet. What foods are best for you, how to eat them, what to cut down or avoid at least for a while, so as to begin the process of losing weight gradually and permanently.
- Nutritional supplements. Which vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, fatty acids, enzymes, soluble and insoluble fiber you need to maintain the strength of your immune system, which is threatened by nutrient deficiencies. The dosages and when to take these, so as to avoid nutrient interactions.
- Botanical support. Which standardized herbal preparations may help you better lose weight naturally, without side effects or unnecessary risks.
- Lifestyle changes. Significant changes in lifestyle, since the way you live may be at the root of a variety of imbalances, and these in turn the causes of your overweight.
- Exercise. A lack of exercise may be central to your weight problem, not because of the calories you use during exercising, but because all your systems function better with moderate exercise. Advise on what exercises to use, and what to avoid.
- Physical therapies. Other forms of treatment that in combination with the above may help you lose weight, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, etc.
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