As everyone knows, fairy tales start out with ‘once upon a time’. There are many diets that could be considered fairy tales. The question I ask when someone asks me how to lose weight is, “Do you want to lose weight, or be healthy?” They don’t always align with each other.
Wouldn’t it be better to get healthy first and stabilize at whatever weight you are? Wouldn’t it be better to know that you are not deficient in any vitamins, minerals and other nutrients? Weight gain, like headaches and high blood pressure, has a lot of causes. You might correct one or two and not address the major cause of your weight gain.
Typical causes of weight gain are thyroid imbalance, birth control pills, vitamin deficiency, depression, electrolyte imbalance, hormone imbalance, tumor, insulin resistance, leptin resistance, overload of toxins, menopause, metabolism, stress, and prescription medicines, etc.
Quitting sugar and exercising does not address most causes listed above. However, balancing your nutrition is a good place to start. It addresses the majority of the causes above. Add stress relief several times a day. Avoiding toxins helps significantly. Toxins are everywhere. They are in our foods, our personal care products and in the soap and detergents that we wash our clothes. With nanotechnology today, the toxins go right through our skin without difficulty.
With balanced nutrition, stress under control and a massive reduction in toxins, then a prudent exercise program becomes effective. Losing weight is not a one-time issue. It is a lifestyle issue that should remain with you for the rest of your life. Eating right, exercising, relieving stress and eliminating toxins become your framework of a healthy body.
What if you do these things and you are still thirty pounds overweight? Well, you are healthy, right? Which is more important, those extra five inches or the extra money you might spend overcoming recurrent disease and an increase in the risk of age-related disease as you grow older. Aim for health and see where it leaves your weight. However, there is something else.
The last three items to consider for a healthy lifestyle is to fast intermittently (at least twelve to eighteen hours daily), restricting the total calories needed with balanced nutrition and to eat foods that leave you in an alkaline state. These last three items increase your longevity and reduce the risk of recurrent and long-term age-related disease. Health has a price, but it is not expensive.