With all the diet books and diet foods on the market it’s incredible to see that about one third of Canadians are either overweight or obese. Losing weight is not just about being slim and sexy! It may be a matter of life and death. Life quality. Earlier death. Excess weight escalates the rates of conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. So why do so many of us fail at dieting? Why are we too tired to exercise?
There are multiple issues. Usually one factor alone will not cause obesity but when you add two or more together you’ve got a prescription for failure. Go through this mini questionnaire and check off which of the following apply to you:
__Do you have stress at work or are you unemployed against your best efforts?
__Do you have stress in the family?
__Do you have insomnia or other sleep challenge?
__Do you find the thought of exercising overwhelming?
__Do you feel like you just cannot live without your “treats”?
__Do you eat less than 10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day?
__Do you consume more than one cup of coffee a day?
__Do you consume sugar or fried foods on a daily basis?
__Are you tired all the time?
__Do you get depressed in the winter (SAD) or are you mild depressed on a regular basis?
__Do you have amalgam fillings?
__Have you had any unusual exposure to toxins?
__Have you eaten a lot of fast foods in your life?
Saying yes to any two of the above will put you into the danger zone for gaining and storing weight. Years of eating fast food, junk food, MSG, sweeteners and other chemicals combined with environmental toxins can lead to a hormone imbalance in the hypothalamus, thyroid or adrenal glands which all help to control our weight.
How can you know which diet is best for you? First of all you need to eliminate all toxic fake food. Combined with several short periods of daily exercise—like a 10 minute walk or bouncing on an exercise ball while you watch TV, increased water consumption and getting an extra hour of sleep may be all you need to start losing. Once damage is done to the glands though, further action is necessary.
Eliminating very acidic foods will also help. Pork, farmed salmon, dairy, sugar and white flour are the most common offenders. These will cause inflammation which will lead to tiredness and pain, leaving you exhausted and unmotivated. Consuming a diet high in raw vegetables, greens and fruits will give you energy, help your body to detoxify and typically weight loss will ensue. If you switch overnight to a completely raw food diet, you may be expelling too many toxins at once so be sure to use a safe detoxifier to remove heavy metals and volatile organic compounds so as not to overburden your liver which will stall weight losses.
If you fall off the diet wagon just start over the next day rather than giving up. Concentrate on becoming healthy, energetic and feeling good right into your 80’s and 90’s.
*This article is not meant as medical advice and upon embarking on a weight loss or exercise program you should be checking in with your health care practitioner of choice.
To safely detoxify while on a fat release program contact me at detoxexpert at gmail dot com.