Today's weight management programs don't work over the long haul! Yet there is a $52 billion market that continues to convince overweight people that there is hope if they use the program or product offered by a particular company. This results in yo yo weight changes but but rarely in sustained weight loss. The bottom line is that ultimately most people who who have been on diets or weight loss products feel like a failure, suffer from low self esteem, and often give up in disgust with their weight management efforts. This is a lose-lose situation except, of course, for those people who are prospering from the income generated by their weight management programs and products!
A healthy lifestyle outweighs body size for overall quality of health
There is a new movement in the weight management field that is more accepting of whatever weight a person is, and focuses more on lifestyle measures that reduce inflammation through a healthy diet, improved fitness, better sleep, reduced stress, and less exposure to environmental toxins. This is a win-win approach as research verifies that a healthy lifestyle is more important than what you weigh, and that you can live a long and healthy life even if you are overweight. in fact, being a little overweight is associated with a longer life!
Taking the whole person into consideration when looking a what he or she weighs is of major importance. Quality of life issues that include self esteem and self confidence may be far more important than what a person weighs. In some situations, being overweight confers a longer life!
Being overweight is not just about overeating!
Medical research has shown that our appetite is regulated by a wide range of factors that have been poorly understood and, for the most part, ignored. In this section of DoctorSaputo.com we provide an indepth review of those factors as well as the solutions that should be considered to deal with weight management issues -- either too much or too little.
Calories in and calories out may have a basis in physics, but this is hardly ever the situation for people who are overweight. Factors that determine what you weigh include:
Hormonal factors such as thyroid, adrenal, and ovarian
The amount and type of exercise you do
How well you sleep
Exposure to environmental toxins
Certain medications such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, beta blockers, steroids, anti-seizure medications
One size fits all approaches to sustainable weight loss are silly; we're all different! It is critical to deal with the underlying causes of why we are overweight, and this can be done by taking a complete history that includes the abovementioned factors, assessing our biochemical imbalances through labwork, and considering each person's unique life story.
Our weight is only one single aspect of a healthy lifestyle!
The secret to success in creating wellness is to do what you can that doable and works! Creating a wellness plan that is achievable will inspire further commitment and self confidence that "yes I can!" Today's approach to restoring and maintaining good health are centered on unrealistic goals anchored in what you weigh, and when that fails we tend to give up the whole idea being healthy even if we're overweight.
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As you can see from the above overview, there are many causes for being overweight and the solutions offered that relate to diets, pills, and supplements have marginal benefits, many side effects, and all too often come at the expense of loss of self esteem when they are not successful. In order to begin to understand what is involved in sustainable weight loss, it is important to understand the various reasons for unhealthy weight gain. Here is what you need to know to get started in this process!
Weight Managment (Video)
Which Diet is Right for You?
There are so many diets that all but a few physicians are thoroughly confused about which one is best for us. Most diets work in the short term, and this leads to short-sighted half-truths that are usually exaggerated.
The diet that is right for you depends on your specific needs and should address your physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual needs! It is necessary to cut through the confusion to find the solution that is right for you!
Diets: Which One is Right For You? (Video)
Living a Healthy Lifestyle
Lifestyle is our most powerful medicine; it is safe, effective, affordable, and within our control to use. The work of scientists such as Dean Ornish, MD, and the writings of Bruce Lipton, PhD, have documented that even our genetic code, our DNA, is clearly modifyable through lifestyle practices. Even what we think and believe has a powerful effect on our biochemistry, physiology, and overall health. Pharmacological drugs can be lifesaving, but compared to lifestyle medicine they are usually only minor players.
Paying attention to what you eat and how much you exercise are two critical factors that have to do with your weight.
With the epidemic of obesity, the metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes, we've learned a lot about the role of sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup, in causing it. You will learn how your body deals with different sugars and how they can make you fat.
The intensity of exercise is important because it burns calories faster and causes a sustained increased basal metabolic rate for several hours afterwards. That's right, we get to burn calories at a faster rate when we're resting! Interval exercise, which involves doing very strenuous exercise for just a couple of minutes at a time, stimulates the body to condition itself faster and more than just gentle exercise. Until we exercise beyond our conditioning, the mitochondria in our cells burn fat, not carbohydrate. Fat provides much more energy in the form of ATP than any other fuel. It is our primary fuel until we become fatigued, at which time we begin to burn carbohydrate and produce lactic acid. The buildup of lactic acid is what is believed to make us tired. Aging is associated with worsening mitochondrial ability to burn fat and produce energy.
There is a pandemic of obesity and diets will not solve the problem because they are not scientifically sound. Wow! Our cells know what they need in our diet and if they don't get it they send messages to our appetite center saying "eat." However, what we eat is not necessarily what we need; all too often it is fast food that is relatively devoid of the nutrients we need, but full of calories we don't need.
Another factor that leads to impeding burning fat is exposure to environmental toxins. Toxins cause inflammation and inflammation causes two major hormones (leptin and insulin) that regulate our appetite to lost their efficiency. This results in an increase in appetite and also interference with how our mitochondria burn fat, so that we store it instead of burning it for fuel.
Toxins are ubiquitous. In a study of 9 people, 167 chemicals were found that caused cancer, were endocrine disruptors, reproductive toxins, neurotoxins, and caused birth defects.
This very interesting study provides the basis for showing the widespread serious pollution on the planet and the reasons why our bodies are in such an inflammed state. It is this inflammation that is one of the reasons why we have both insulin and leptin resistance and and increased appetite.
The diet pill industry is in business for the money. Its history is marked with example after example of a strategy that is not only ineffective but also unsafe. A number of products have been taken off the market by the FDA because of dangerous, life-threatening side effects. Yet many Americans are so unhappy with their weight that they'll try anything purported to possibly help them lose weight.
Lifestyle remains the most effective strategy for weight management. Dr. Saputo recommends the link below to learn more about appetite suppressants.
Artificial sweeteners in theory have been designed to lower the caloric intake from sugars. And they do! However, there are no long term studies that show weight loss while on artificial sweeteners. In fact, the studies that have been done show just the opposite...weight gain! Not only do they not work but also have a wide range of side effects that are dangerous.
There is new data showing that it is possible to become physically and emotionally addicted to Nutrasweet. Dr. Saputo recommends the audio below to learn more about artificial sweeteners.
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