For many years weight loss programs have come and gone and yet our obesity epidemic has hit an all time high. An astounding 70.7 percent of Americans are either overweight or obese, meaning that an unhealthy weight has become the norm. And that’s a problem because our “battle with the bulge” is a major contributor to our health crisis (heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, depression…).
The purpose of this article is to discuss a major cause of weight gain and identify 3 Keys to optimum wellness and healthy weight loss. Because some weight loss plans are neither healthy nor sustainable, we believe that a wellness plan that leads to sustainable weight loss is the healthiest solution.
We’re confident the following will empower you to feel and look your best!
Key #1 Create Insulin Friendly Eating & Lifestyle Habits
Research continues to show that insulin issues are a major cause of our obesity epidemic and many of our health conditions. Diabetes, Alzheimer's, Obesity, Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome and other health conditions often have insulin dysfunction as their root cause.
Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that allows our body to use sugar (glucose) from carbohydrates in the food that we eat for energy. Because insulin stores excess carbohydrate calories as fat in case of future famine, it is thought to be the major driver of weight gain.
When we eat too many carbohydrates, we’re sending a “STORE FAT” hormonal message via insulin that tells our body to store fat. And to make matters worse, increased insulin levels also tell our body NOT to use our own stored body fat for energy. So the excess carbohydrates in our diet not only make us fat, they make us stay fat!
So what do we do about insulin dysfunction?
These 3 steps can help resolve insulin dysfunction:
- We want to fuel our body with an insulin friendly diet. If we eat a low insulin producing diet, we won’t gain fat, even if we eat a lot. Please refer to the Insulin Index to determine what might be causing fat gain in your diet. To download our complementary Insulin Index, CLICK HERE.
- We want to eat feast meals intermittently throughout the day. This reduces both insulin levels and cellular inflammation that is linked to most health disorders. And furthermore it programs our body to burn fat & toxins, and even activates our stem cells. Stem cells are our body’s natural way to replace unhealthy cells with healthy “replacement cells”. They have the ability to heal our body by addressing the root cause of many health conditions. CLICK HERE to request a copy of our Intermittent Fasting Guide.
- We want to manage our stress levels because stress increases our cortisol levels, and cortisol throttles our insulin levels. And since cortisol and insulin work together as the dynamic duo, we want to control our thoughts by rebuking negative thoughts and focus on whatever is good, uplifting, and rooted in love. “Our Focus is our Future”, whatever we focus on becomes greater. Other efforts to manage stress may include: meditation, paced breathing, exercise, enjoying the outdoors, saunas & hot tubs, massage therapy, hobbies, travel, reading great books, and getting 7-8 hours of sound sleep.
Key #2 Eat Nutrient Rich Foods
According to some of the latest scientific research most Americans suffer from nutrient deficiencies. Studies show that the Standard American Diet (SAD) is high in empty calories and deficient in the vital nutrients our bodies need for us to feel and look our best. Simply stated, we want to provide our bodies with the daily essential nutrients we need so that we can feel and look our best. Let us know if you would like a one page guide to eating nutrient dense food.
In addition to eating healthy, we want to fill our nutrition gaps with nutritionals that contain the nutrients we need that are often lacking in our food. Even most organic food is lacking the essential nutrients we need because the soil our food is grown in is nutrient deficient. And last but not least, proper hydration is critical for detoxification and cellular health. A good hydration drink contains the right balance of minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, vitamin C, and B-vitamins.
Key #3 Blast Fat and Get Healthy with Short Burst Training
Burst Training naturally produces HGH, the “fountain of youth hormone” that is produced in the pituitary gland and stimulates growth, cellular reproduction, and regeneration. HGH has the capacity to turn back our body’s biological clock, helps decrease body fat and inflammation, boosts our immune system, and increases our mental focus & energy levels. Studies have shown that Burst Training for just 10 minutes spikes HGH.
Burst Training involves exercising at maximum capacity for 30-60 seconds followed by one to three minutes of low intensity exercise or complete rest. For those with health conditions, please review any exercise plan with your doctor.
If you are interested in learning more, contact us for a complementary consultation.