© 2016 Dr. Sharon Norling
The question is “Is the life you are living worth the life you are giving up?” What is your answer?
Weight gain starts because of a cause. Weight gain continues because the cause continues. Weight gain can only be resolved when the cause is resolved.
Increased fat doesn’t show up overnight, but it sure can feel that way. There are several reasons why your midsection expands. Whether your extra inches are merely annoying or a sign of health problems there are plenty of scientifically backed ways to document the cause(s) and how to address them. Here is what you need to know.
You may have tried every diet and joined many fitness programs only to lose some weight and then get it all back and more. Did you know diet sodas increase fat and sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine or heroin? Simple sugars not only add pounds, they trigger food cravings so you end up eating more. Nothing spins you faster into a sugar cycle than missing meals.
Low-fat diets have long been touted as the key to a healthy weight and to good health. But the evidence just isn’t there. Over the past 30 years in the U.S., the percentage of calories from fat in people’s diets has gone down, but obesity rates have skyrocketed.
Part of the problem with low-fat diets is that they are often high in carbohydrate, especially from rapidly digested sources, such as white bread and white rice. And diets high in such foods increase the risk of weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease.
Diets rich in healthy fats are significantly more likely to lead to lasting weight loss than is a low-fat regiment according to a 2015 Harvard study. So eat your avocados, nuts, seeds and olive oil.
You pray every night for the metabolism of a teenager. Remember when you could eat whatever you wanted and still not gain weight? Then the years piled on pounds despite dieting and exercise.
Too much visceral fat sends chemical signals throughout your body that can slow metabolism and increase insulin: high insulin levels can cause inflammation and prompt your body to convert calories to fat. And your liver processes that fat, depositing it right next to where the organ is located: in your midsection.
Avoid high fructose corn syrup which is 20 times sweeter than sugar. Cereal bars contain high fructose corn syrup and 6 oz of yogurt contains 13 grams of sugar. Additives, like Olean, decrease vitamin absorption and have been banned in Canada, China and the European Union but is promoted as “healthy food” in the US. Avoid fake health foods and added preservatives. All of which add unwanted pounds.
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