By William Duda
The processed foods have caused your body's nutritional system to become clogged, confused, and locked into fat-storing mode. If you're like most people, you've tried it all but nothing seems to work. Now it's time to find out why. If you'll give us only 20 minutes of your time, we'll show you the truth about weight loss in a form so compelling it can change your life.
Most people who struggle with an overweight condition blame themselves for lack of discipline or willpower. While good eating habits are important, the real problem has to do with a much larger issue, our food supply.
Perhaps you can now understand your challenge in a different light. Our processed and packaged food supply is inundated with artificial chemicals that give the junk foods flavor, color, sweetness, and a long shelf life. Over time, these chemicals build up in your body causing your body's nutritional system to become confused, clogged, and locked into fat-storing mode. The first step to healthy weight loss is cleansing your body of these chemicals and understanding your body's need for fruits, veggies, grains, nuts, seeds, and berries - otherwise known as whole foods. We'll tell you more about our foods in a moment. First we need to untangle a few of the "myths" and misunderstandings about losing weight - let's start with the topic of skipping meals.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make while trying to lose weight is skipping meals. When you skip a meal, your body "thinks" that you are starving. This is a built-in survival system that all of us have. When your body "thinks" that you are starving, it makes two changes to protect you from starving.
First, it slows your metabolism causing your energy levels to drop. You slow down and your body burns less fat. Secondly, the meal you eat after you skip a meal will be converted almost entirely to fat and stored to protect you from starving. If you skip breakfast, almost all of what you eat for lunch is converted to fat. You think you’re taking in less food but in reality you’re causing your body to store more fat.
The solution is to eat small meals regularly throughout the day, fueling your body with whole foods and water. Your metabolism will increase, your stamina and endurance will increase, your appetite will decrease, and your body will produce less fat while it burns more! Your stomach will shrink back to it's normal size and a normal amount of food will leave you feeling completely full and satisfied. Learn to “listen” to your body – it knows what’s best for you. Eat whole foods and drink water when you’re hungry and stop eating once your hunger is satisfied. Then repeat as necessary throughout the day. It really is that simple!
Another common mistake while trying to lose weight is doing strenuous exercise.
To create energy, your body burns fat or it burns blood sugar (glucose), but it can’t burn them both at the same time. When you’re not doing anything strenuous your body burns fat. When you exercise into the aerobic zone (70% or more of your max. heart rate) your body will stop burning fat and instantly begin to burn blood sugar – because blood sugar can be converted to energy much faster than fat.
Aerobic exercise will burn fat – but only after you’ve depleted your available blood sugar – which, for most people takes at least 20 to 30 minutes of being in the aerobic zone. Countless overweight individuals are on the exercise bikes and tread mills, pedaling and running, until their heart almost pounds out of their chest but they are not burning fat. The first 30 minutes only burns off blood sugar – after that you’d need another 30 minutes to burn any fat. Exercise equipment sales are on the rise and so is obesity – does that make sense to you?
The truth? Walking is the best type of exercise for healthy weight loss. Walking burns fat. Walking also builds lean muscle which “feeds” on the body’s excess fat. Walk daily, eat whole foods, drink plenty of water, and turn your body into a healthy, energetic, fat burning machine that incinerates fat 24 hours a day! Once you move closer to your ideal weight, then adding some aeorbic exercise is a great way to maintain your weight and support your heart, lungs, muscles, and circulatory system.
Now that you understand the real problem and know how to avoid the big mistakes - You're on the path to weight loss success and healthy living.