|If you are overweight, even by as little as 10 or 20 pounds, getting rid
of excess fat stores can be incredibly beneficial. Did you know that
cholesterol synthesis is elevated in overweight subjects? By reducing
fat tissue, cholesterol is targeted and transported to the liver for
removal. If an ideal weight is maintained, fasting blood sugar levels
decline, serum cholesterol drops, and glucose tolerance improves.
Unfortunately, trying to initiate weight loss by dieting has consistently
resulted in compromising health and diminishing self esteem. Why do 97
percent of all diets ultimately fail? Why are 33 billion dollars spent on
weight loss programs that don't work? Why are we more overweight
now than we've ever been before? The average American has gained
eight pounds over the last 10 years. Statistics tell us that two out of
three people who go on a diet regain the weight in one year or less.
Ninety-seven percent will regain the weight in five years. Most troubling
of all, obesity in children has more than doubled since the 1950s and
average weights for males and females is continually escalating.
|In reality, there is no diet that can cure obesity and there never will
be. The business of losing weight has become more of a recurring
syndrome rather than a health promoting activity. Health is frequently
sacrificed in exchange for burning fat, a fact that only serves to
compound weight problems and compromise vitality as well. Ironically,
calorie restriction, which is the basis of dieting, only serves to force the
body to protect itself against the threat of a diminished supply of fuel.
This protective mode inhibits the body's ability to release and burn fat.
In addition, increased production of enzymes known as lipoprotein lipase
(LPL) assist fat cells in scavenging for any lipids present in the blood
stream. Drastic weight reduction diets can put this enzyme into
overdrive. Months after dieting is stopped, this enzyme can remain
abnormally active, making it more difficult to return to eating normal
quantities of food without gaining weight.
Because the body is engineered toward self-preservation, when it is
threatened through starvation diets, fat is conserved for future energy
reserves. As a result of this nutrient hoarding, hunger is produced,
prompting more eating, and the malicious cycle continues. Typically,
most weight loss programs expect the body to respond to a drastic
alteration of diet and activity with no prior physiological preparation.
Being overweight is frequently treated as a disease. Consequently, the
symptoms of obesity are targeted rather than addressing and
correcting the cause of obesity.|
|The notion that only powerful, expensive and potentially dangerous
drugs can suppress the appetite and create successful weight loss is
not true. For every synthetic or pharmaceutical drug, an alternative
compound exists in nature. As more attention is focused on safer,
natural compounds, weight-loss formulas will continue to improve. The
role of hormones like DHEA and melatonin are only now beginning to
surface and their therapeutic implications are profound. If you feel like
pharmaceutical agents like phen-fen are your only hope, think again.
Mother Nature has provided a vast array of safe and effective
compounds that can significantly contribute to healthy and permanent