(NaturalNews) Obesity is not merely a cosmetic problem, but a severe threat to health and longevity. That old saying, "The longer the belt, the shorter the life," is entirely accurate.
Associated with obesity are diabetes and heart disease among others. This can be confirmed by Googling or Yahooing, "Could Sulfur Deficiency be a Contributing Factor in Obesity, Heart Disease, Alzheimer's, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?" written by Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a noted scientist at MIT.
In order to make this a complete article I'm going to include some of the findings of the first article on the subject of Preventing Obesity Early.
The origins of obesity often lie in early childhood. Statistically, children who are overweight by age 2 turn into fat adults more frequently than their lean playmates as early feeding patterns set the stage for adult obesity.
The most common mistake is fattening the child with excess starch and cow's milk. Most infants receive starchy foods as their first solid foods, around 4 months of age. Aside from being far too early for proper digestion, it sets the stage for allergies later in life.
More importantly, in causing obesity, these grains cause rapid weight gain due to the fact that most of the grains are of the refined variety of empty calories, stripped of their fiber and bran.
Rather than grains being given early and regularly as first foods, they should be introduced relatively late in the weaning process and less frequently to avoid rapid weight gain.
Then there's cow's milk that contributes to rapid weight gain. Keep in mind that cow's milk is designed for the rapid growth of cows, not kids. And, the fact that most of the cow's milk given is homogenized, making the fat particles easier to assimilate, is another aspect of a substance that favors obesity.
Raw unhomogenized goat's milk is a far better food for human infants over 6 months of age and does not cause rapid weight gain since the composition is closer to that of mother's breast milk.
Also, breastfed infants have a far less chance of becoming obese than formula-fed babies. Granted that all mother's milk are not identical and the mother's own biochemistry goes a long way in affecting the type of food she produces for her infant.
Then there's the obvious fact that if the breastfeeding mother is herself on an improper diet of excess refined carbohydrates, sugar, and excess animal fats, she is not only laying the groundwork for infant obesity, but for a generally unhealthy child.
In most cases the child can pass through childhood without growing fat. Two possibilities can be the cause.
One, if the child is lucky to have parents with some common sense and has been "deprived" of all kinds of sweets, pastries, white bread, sodas, sweetened and refined cereals, or other junk foods and given only wholesome unrefined foods, he or she has a good shot at avoiding obesity and leading a long, healthy life.
Two, that the child has been fed a typical junk food diet in his or her growing years, but due to an abundance of childhood play and exercise has been able to avoid weight gain or other obviously noticeable complaints except a tendency to get sick frequently or possibly to have behavioral problem.
The reality is as the child passes into adult life, the general activity level deceases substantially, but the diet does not, except maybe to include alcohol, which is by far, no improvement.
The body becomes accustomed to a diet of quickly absorbed refined carbohydrates and internal biochemical changes have been made to deal with these more or less as demanded.
The pancreas now knows it must act fast at the first signs of sugar in the system since from experience it knows a flood of it will soon be in the bloodstream. After all, refined carbohydrates are very quickly absorbed.
This increased sugar sensitivity may then progress to hypoglycemia, especially with the added burden of alcohol, which, next to refined sugar, is the mother of all refined carbohydrates.
Couple these dietary influences with the addition of stress from a job or new family life, which depletes the adrenal glands, the co-manager of our blood sugar level along with the pancreas, and we see how profoundly our internal chemistry has been abused.
It's not rocket science to see that the chemistry of an obese person is found to differ from the average person of normal size. Most obese people show abnormal glucose intolerance and have raised blood levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and free fatty acids.
Many overweight people do not eat any more than other people yet they still gain weight. Some thin people eat way more and do not gain weight.
What has happened is that both are suffering from the same insidious results of the same refined diet, but have made different biochemical adjustments, depending in part on hereditary predisposition, or the state of their organs of elimination, endocrine system, or nervous system, excess refined carbohydrates and saturated fats, and a reduction in activity level when reaching adult life.
So, now what? We've spent our whole life getting here and we want to reverse it in a matter of days. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way.
We are told to eat less and exercise more. Obviously, weight loss can be obtained by a calorie-restricted diet and an increase in exercise.
The problem is in preventing weight gain after the diet is over. If an obese person stores fat better than a thin person on the same diet, something must be done to change the inner controls or else the obese person will be doomed to a lifetime of ridiculously limited diet and self-reproach for each minor incident of fall-down.
So, no real progress will ever be made along these lines unless the actual biochemistry of the obese person is changed.
The answer to the dietary aspect of obesity is not necessarily to eat less, but to eat properly.
Knowing that refined carbohydrates cause weight gain, they must be eliminated from the diet and replaced by unrefined high-fiber carbohydrates such as quinoa, brown rice, millet, barley, buckwheat, bulgur and other whole grains, which should be cooked enough to make them chewy but not soft.
The reasons for these changes are simple. A person can eat a much larger amount of refined starches and grains than their whole grain counterparts. The refined grains are also much easier to digest and absorb. By eating whole grains cooked very conservatively one can eat only a fraction of the amount previously eaten and can thoroughly digest even less.
To prove this, first eat an entire loaf of white bread at one meal and then try to eat an entire loaf of whole wheat bread at another meal and you'll see what I mean.
One step further than the concept of refined vs. whole food is the concept of "unaltered whole grains," which works even better with the obese.
So, a similar comparison between bread made from white flour and bread made from whole-wheat flour can be made between whole wheat flour and whole-wheat berries. If the wholegrain itself is eaten and has not been ground up into flour by powerful grain mills, much less can be eaten and still less digested and absorbed.
For this reason the best diet approach for the obese is a balanced diet of fresh fruit, raw vegetables, vegetarian protein, and unaltered, unrefined, high-fiber carbohydrates.
To change the biochemistry exercise is needed, but not as usually suggested. Weight loss due to caloric benefits of exercise is not all it is made out to be. Walking may use up to 120 calories per hour while actual jogging burns only 440 calories per hour.
The average obese person is incapable of doing enough exercise to burn enough calories to affect profound weight loss. In reality, the best way to lose weight would be to exercise and play as actively as when we were young kids. In other words, almost constantly. This would be impossible for the average person with a job or a family.
What to do? What to do? Aerobics! What does that mean?
Aerobic means air. More specifically it refers to the oxygen in the air. The muscles need oxygen to function and their need for oxygen goes up dramatically when we work them. We can measure how hard a muscle is working by how much oxygen it is burning. As you exercise harder, you need more oxygen and the heart rate goes up. So, increases in your heart rate due to exercise are an indirect measure of how hard your muscles are working.
Examples of aerobic activity are speed walking, bicycling, treadmills, elliptical machines, rowing, stair climbers, etc. That being said, nonstop aerobic exercise for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the exercise, at 80% of the maximum heart rate is the key. To determine your 80% heart rate, subtract your age from 225 and multiply that by 80%. Let's say for argument sake that your 80% heart rate is 120. This means that your heartbeat should be 12 beats every 6 seconds. Just put your finger on the neck artery under your chin and count the beats made in 6 seconds. Remember there are 10 six-second intervals in a minute.
True aerobic exercise changes the body on a biochemical level, altering the deeply ingrained way the obese handle carbohydrates and fat. These exercises also stimulate the endocrine system, which may be a factor in weight gain in the first place.
In the final analysis all you need is a mirror and a large water source to judge your weight accurately. The mirror shows the general body shape. If you look more like a blob than figure eight, you have a way to go. If you float easily in water, it means you still have plenty of fat.
Your basic diet should be:
RAW FRUIT: Moderate amounts of raw citrus and sub-acid fruits. No sweet fruits like grapes or dried fruits. Fruit juices are a no-no as they are in essence "refined" without their pulp and roughage. Diluted grape juice is okay taken one half hour before meals as it helps decrease appetite. Also, no bananas.
RAW VEGETABLES: Allowed without restraint. At least a salad once or twice a day. Vegetable juices are good.
COOKED VEGETABLES: Only fresh and conservatively cooked (steamed, stewed, lightly sauteed, or baked, but NOT fried). No frozen, or canned vegetables. The proportion of cooked vegetable consumed should be less than raw. Vegetables properly cooked are still slightly crispy. Potatoes are okay two to three times a week only if eaten with the skin.
PROTEINS: Beans, sprouted beans, sprouted seeds, nuts in moderation, low-fat yoghurt without sugar. Nothing that had a face or a mother or eggs. Only vegetarian proteins.
CARBOHYDRATES: Refined is forbidden. No sugar, alcohol, white flour products, quick oats, white rice, Only unrefined whole grains in their natural state, as stated in an early paragraph. Let your teeth do the grinding.
FATS: Olive oil, safflower, oil, sunflower oil only. For salad dressings combine with lemon juice and herbs.
Obviously you should not overeat. Give your stomach time to adjust to its proper size. It's better to eat four to five smaller meals than two or three large meals. To get rid of snacking, only eat when it's time to eat. And when you eat, avoid talking, listening to the radio, watching TV, or any other mental distraction. This will eliminate the tendency to munch incessantly and will require you be hungry.
Remember, you took you whole life to get to this point so be patient, diligent, and persevere. The end result will bring a smile to your skinny face.
Once again search for Dr. Stephanie Seneff's article, "Could Sulfur Deficiency be a Contributing Factor in Obesity, Heart Disease, Alzheimer's, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome." It will blow your mind to see how that essential mineral that was depleted in the soil by the petro-chemical fertilizers affects your overall health and vitality.
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