The Truth about Weight Loss
Des Moines residents are you as confused as everyone else about dieting? Between all the gurus, diet books, talking heads on the news, hype and hyperbole of magazines and websites it’s hard not to be. Almost every article or book you read claims to have the right answer, and what’s even more confusing is they all have different answers!
Did you know that over 75% of Americans are overweight? It is now officially an epidemic! The World Health Organization estimates that the spread of processed food and American fast food worldwide has made obesity and the diseases it inflicts on the population worldwide bigger contributors to premature death than starvation. Obesity is now the second biggest cause of preventable death in America right after good old cigarettes.
Being overweight so dramatically increases your chance of all the major causes of death that many doctors believe that the spread of the processed food industry may be the most serious health issue facing the world today.
So we all know we have a serious problem on our hands. I am a firm believer in the 80/20 rule. Spend 20% of your time on the problem and 80% on the solution. Now that we have identified the problem, we need to take some action, right!?
One of the biggest problems I see is that people get so bummed out about how bad things are, they just get caught up in the endless cycle of complaining and whining about how terrible it is, endlessly talking themselves in circles about the problem. It does no good to have a pity party, no you have to make a choice to be in the victors circle and not the vicious cycle. You can complain about how corrupt our government is for allowing us to poison ourselves, and blaming the food companies and whoever else you can, but does it change anything? Dr. Wayne Dyer noted, “No amount of your feeling bad has ever helped one person on this planet.”
So what is the solution? Well let’s spend some time focusing on that- a much more positive and productive approach. We know a weight loss program can only be successful if the weight loss is done safely, is permanent, and promotes overall health. Many diets may help you drop a few pounds, but they are certainly not healthy or safe!
I want to break down 2 very popular approaches to dieting really quickly here and make some points:
• All calories are not created equal. These diets work fine if you eat enough veggies but most do not
• You must get the right amount of fiber and nutrients for health
• Gives you a compounded sensation of constant hunger from lack of fiber and nutrients
• Body does not get what it needs and you have addictive withdrawal
• Low micronutrients cause cravings for junk food, alcohol, etc…
• Most people cannot sustain this-certainly not for the rest of their lives-and put the weight back on, leaving them more frustrated and disappointed then when they started.
• No carbs = no energy, and life takes energy
• Overload of animal protein causes ph. balance to become highly acidic
• So this makes you tired, gas filled, and full of acid-not a good way to go through life
• But if you like being an exhausted, acid filled, fart factory that will most likely develop serious health issues down the road…. go for it!
Now I am going to tell you the no B.S. raw truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about weight loss as promised. And the good news is its simple…. stupidly simple actually…just the way I like it.
Weight loss is not a 6 week, 8 week, or even a year-long thing. It’s about adopting a healthy life style.
Actually you can break it down into 10 Commandments of weight loss.
Here are the 10 Commandments of weight loss:
1. Eat whole nutrient dense foods at every meal (most important)
2. Do not eat processed foods (white flours, TV dinners, white rice, French fries, chips, soda, etc…)
3. Do not eat anything that starts with Mc…. (Too many trips to the golden arches will get you an early arrival at the pearly gates.)
4. Drink a gallon of water every day to flush your system
5. Drink whey protein shakes every day
6. Do not eat meat more than once a day
7. Do not eat excess saturated fat ( 70% of the saturated fat Americans consume comes straight from cheese)
8. Workout 3-5 times per week with weights and cardio
9. Eat as many veggies as you can
10. Do not eat more than 50 grams of sugar a day
And the 11th commandment of weight loss is break all the rules 1 meal a week and eat whatever you want!