Obesity and Excess Weight Causes and Solutions – Dieting makes you fat.
Statistics show that over half, or 7.4 million, adult Australians are overweight. This figure is increasing every year. Overall, our lifestyle is more sedentary than our parent’s generation, yet we consume more calories and burn less. The junk food industry has been very effective in convincing us that we need to eat all the time. Large junk food industries are supporting Nutritional Institutes.
Social perception driven by fashion, moves, advertising, and the media has greatly warped our ideas of a healthy weight. If you are large boned tall and generally of a solid build and you are 50Kg you are not healthy! It is very sad to see young models that are obviously anorexic, and so skinny that they are not beautiful consider to be raving beauties. Be sensible, find you correct weight, admittedly, it is better to be a little underweight than overweight. There are extremes on both sides.
- Immobility results in less energy need and if the same amount of food is consumed weight will accumulate.
- Stroke – Resulting immobility can result in increased weight and excess weight contributes to weight gain. Heart and artery disease (cholesterol, arteriosclerosis) will cause stroke.
- Type 2 diabetes – 80% are overweight and physically inactive
- Hypertension – common in overweight people and can be the result of obesity, lack of exercise, kidney disease, and heavy drinking.
- Respiratory problems
- Sleep apnoea (stopping breathing while asleep)
- High cholesterol
- Some cancers – Cancer is does not just drop on us, there is always a cause for every effect. Studies show that unhealthy lifestyle habits do lead to cancer. Simple, yet too often overlooked lifestyle habits such as exercise, correct nutrition, and water drinking can make the difference in preventing degenerative disease. It is far better to put forward the effort to make changes now than to try to turn disease once symptoms develop or gets severe.
- Gall bladder disease
- Hypothyroidism – The body is functioning at a slow rate using less energy, so a small increase in food intake above what is needed to maintain that energy level is stored as fat.
- Hyperthyroidism – Irritability and unexplained, persistent increase in appetite that results in weight gain.
- Growth hormone deficiency
- Oral contraceptive use
- Hypogonadism (low sex organ function)
The roller coaster effect:
Does describe you? You make a resolution to loose weight, but as time goes on you continue to gain instead of lose weight. You try this fad diet and that miracle pill that you found on the internet, or a friend told you about. You join a weight loss club, diet, binge, starve yourself, use laxatives, eat calories controlled meals, and exercise like crazy and maybe, in sheer desperation you have a liposuction, surgery or have your stomach stapled. Guess what, cutting it out only results in you’re putting it back there again. Stapled stomachs just stretch back to the size they were before. You find there are unwanted side effects to the pills and unnatural restrictions only create more problems then you had originally. You go into an emotional roller coaster of disappointment, grief, and guilt because of your failure that you try to drown by indulging in more food!
Why do some people just have to look at food to gain weight while others eat “like a horse” and cannot put on weight? Let’s look at how the body uses and stores energy, with the aim of finding some answers. Interestingly, some underweight people actually gain weight by eating less because they take the load off their overloaded digestion that has become inefficient from damage that it has sustained. There are two energy stores in the body. When you diet consuming fewer calories than your body requires, or fast, the easy to get to store is used up first, this is the glycogen store. Glycogen is stored with water. One kilo of glycogen lost results in 3 Kg (3 litres) of water loss. This loss can cause you to get weak and tired. So drink lots and lots of water! Note that the first week on a diet may result in very rapid weight loss that is mainly water coming out with the glycogen and may actually be the result, at least partly, from dehydration. The second energy store, fat, is used when glycogen is used up. Chemicals that the liver cannot handle at the time are stored with the fat when it is laid down. So what will happen when fat is used to supply needed energy? The chemical come back into circulation and you feel sick and terrible. One person, trying to help her fellow workers was trying to encourage them to exercise. The response was “I tried that but it made me terribly sick!” Can you understand why now? Your body may hold onto your fat store because it cannot handle the detox. Therefore, when you do go on this type of program it is well to go slow and steady, use liver support, and preferably have a professional monitor you. In most cases, correct diet and lifestyle, consistently and strictly adhered to will normalize your weight.
According to the WHO, it takes only $5.03AU to feed a Mongolian country family of 12 for one week, whereas a US family of 4 spends $341.98AU on food in one week. Looking at the pictures of the typical families with there weekly fare of food shown the WHO report, the amount of money spend increased as the amount of unhealthy food increased, and the appearance of the people became increasingly less healthy.
It’s not always a simple matter of reducing calorie intake and increasing calorie usage.
If you consistently: eat the correct types of food; don’t eat between meals and eat at regular times (at least 3 hours between meals, not a morsel of any food between); have regular exercise; and drink a minimum of 2 litres of water a day (more in hot weather) your weight should be correct. Eating breakfast is been shown in research to help you to lose weight (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol 55, 645-651). If you do all this and still cannot achieve your correct weight, then you need to investigate further.
Leptin is a hormone produced by fat cells that regulates energy intake and expenditure. It acts directly on the brain to reduce the urge to eat.
Excess oestrogen compared to progesterone can interfere with thyroid function causing weight gain. This situation is caused by reduced progesterone production. Chemicals in our environment are Oestrogen mimicking substances that can be stored in fatty tissue and can be 1000 time more potent than your own oestrogens that your body produces.
Produced by Stress causes fat storage, especially abdominal fat, it can cause cravings for sweets to fill the abdominal fat cells. Sugar, containing empty calories cause vitamin and mineral deficiency.
Breathing, Exercise and Water:
Did you know you can reduce weight by breathing correctly? It is known that oxygen is essential to burn fat. Fat cells have the least amount of capillaries feeding them with oxygen and nutrients and carrying away waste. Hence fat accumulate where blood flow is slow. Fat and cellulite increases when oxygen and nutrient levels are low.
Let us think about how this works. Excess fat around the chest and abdomen make breathing properly difficult so people in this condition tend to breathe shallow using fast short shallow breaths that use the chest muscles and not the diaphragm. This is very inefficient as the chest muscle use much more energy that the diaphragm and less oxygen is put into the blood increasing the amount and size of fat cells. Airways are narrowed. Exercise is also difficult when oxygen levels are low. The amount of blood vessels in the body is much higher in overweight people than slim people increasing the load on the heart which will need to work harder because of low oxygen but the amount of oxygen available to the heart is less resulting in reduced ability to pump blood. The body compensates by lowing the metabolic rate meaning less energy is consumed and more energy from food is stored as fat. Many people don’t drink enough water causing the blood to thicken.
Weight loss breathing exercise:
Now we understand the way our body works we can formulate a simple exercise to breathe your weight away. Stand or sit straight and practice breathing deeply and slowly using your diaphragm. Put your hand on your stomach and breathe deeply in and out. Your stomach should go in when you breathe in and out when you breathe out. Focus on using the muscle underneath your rib cage, your diaphragm and stomach (abdominal) muscles. Now put your hand over your mouth and nose so as to restrict, but not stop that air when you breathe out. You can vary the resistance to the air you breathe out with your hand. The aim is to increase the pressure inside your lungs hence increase the oxygen exchanged into your blood.
Other benefits of abdominal breathing:
- Increases lung volume
- Increases respiratory reserve – you have more capacity in reserve in case you need it one day.
- It massages the abdominal organs, liver, intestines, kidneys, and spleen making them work better for you.
- Increases venous circulation.
- Increases lymphatic circulation reducing leg oedema and cellulite
- Improves the nervous system, improves sleep, relaxes you and reduces your stress
- Reduces cortisol.
The Chronic Dieting Trap:
Did you know that dieting makes you fat? That’s right dieting makes you fat! Chronic dieting puts your body into survival mode and is a trigger to put on fat. It increases your hunger, decreases you ability to burn fat and decrease your metabolism. Your body tries to increase the amount of energy coming in, decrease the use of energy storage (fat) and decrease the amount of energy you use.
The answer is to stop staving the body and give it nourishment (physical, mental and emotional)
Your body can be put into survival mode by one or more of the following triggers, in fact there is usually one main one that started it and many others often follow:
- Chronic dieting
- Nutritional deficiencies – Bad foods are toxins and produce a hormonal response – Replace good food for bad – good fats, good carbs.
- Lack of digestive power – If you cannot digest your food properly, you will have nutritional deficiencies.
- Toxins – stored to fat
Mental and Emotional triggers – produce a chemical change in the body, especially increased cortisol and brain chemistry.
- Mental stress – Assess your schedule carefully. Time management; balance your mental work with physical work or exercise. Gardening, walking in nature is especially good.
- Emotional stress – it is believe by some that there is need to be fat to be safe, but those who have a genuine faith they know can trust totally in there God and are totally safe from any threat. This experience lacking in many people.
- Limiting beliefs – Beliefs that limit what your were created to do in this life and lack of belief that the power to do is available from the one who created you.
- Sleep apnea – overweight people have a heavy head that drops down in sleep and cuts of the windpipe. They wake to almost consciousness with a start all night. Wake in the morning tired and crave stimulating junk food and caffeine all day.
A summary of what causes you to put on weight:
Stress of any kind flicks the switch to store fat by:
- Increasing hunger
- Decreasing ability to burn fat
- Decreasing metabolism
- Stress hormones promote fat storage by
- Increasing cortisol
- Increasing insulin resistance
- Increasing inflammatory hormones
- Hormone imbalances
- Cold and poor nutrition – insulation and stored energy.
- Poor breathing
- Mental emotional factors
What can we do to reduce weight?
- Lifestyle and diet:
- Exercise, walking is excellent. Mild exercise after meals will help greatly.
- Do weight loss breathing exercises explained above.
- Don’t eat between meals and leave at least 4 hrs between meals – Researches found that mice on a high fat restricted time diet did not gain as much weight and had less liver damage and less inflammation than those on the same diet, same calories, but with food available 24 hrs a day. With a good diet what could be achieved? (Cell metabolism, May 17 2012)
- Eat a good breakfast of grains fruits and good quality protein
- Eat a light tea or miss it altogether.
- Drink at least 2 litres of water
- Use Celtic sea salt for minerals
- Eat lots of fresh green vegetables, fruit, legumes and whole grain.
- Eat good quality protein for detoxification – Vegetable is best as it contains less toxins and contains more vitamins and minerals to utilize it. Animal protein tends to defeat the purpose.
- Avoid like the plague – All refined foods, sugar, coffee, tea and other junk food.
- Use Extra Virgin cold pressed olive oil. It increases digestion time so you don’t want to eat too soon and makes the meal more satisfying when other oils are not used.
- Coconut oil stimulates the thyroid gland to lose weight if you are overweight.
- Other fats then the above interfere with metabolism promoting increased body fat.
- Reduce stress – stress produces cortisol increasing fat storage.
- Deal with emotional and mental issues – Those with a genuine faith and who trust in one who has all power and is all caring deal with these issues the best.
- Vitamins and minerals: – The above diet with Celtic Sea salt used freely should supply these, but you may need some as supplements if you nutritional status is down and you are very toxic.
- Use Sea minerals concentrate ½ to 1 teaspoon daily as a general mineral supplement.
- i. Vitamin B group – Essential for the production of energy, metabolism of carbohydrates, sugars and fats, for enzymes to work, and the production of insulin, detoxification of chemicals.
- ii. Iodine, Selenium, Magnesium, Copper, Zinc, Potassium – Thyroid function.
- iii. Selenium – helps to detoxify mercury in the Thyroid
- iv. Zinc – regulate appetite and hormones and is needed for over 300 different enzyme functions
- v. Magnesium – regulates metabolism to stabilize weight, needed for over 325 different enzyme functions
- vi. Manganese – regulates fat metabolism and Thyroid function
- vii. Chromium – regulates insulin (blood sugar)
- Essential Oils:
- Basil, Peppermint, Oregano & Lemon essential oils – inhale during the day to dull the appetite
- Peppermint oil – a drop on the tongue after a meal will trigger the brain to give a sense of fullness so you don’t want to have that last tip bit.
Heavy metals affect hormones and Thyroid function
5. Fat triggers: Check each of the above fat triggers and see which ones you have to deal with.