Myths and Untruths About Weight loss
The Whole Food Farmacy's approach to weight loss is based 100% on pure natural whole foods, drinking water, walking and sunshine. The results are nothing short of amazing. But it all starts with exposing the myths and untruths about weight loss that many of us have and unfortunately have come to believe.
THE FACTS ARE:
77 Million Americans are clinically obese, 184 Million are overweight. Both of these figures increased 10% between 1994 and 1999. The existing weight loss industry has let America down. These are the results after millions of Americans have spent billions of dollars on miracle supplements, fitness clubs, exercise equipment, prescriptions, capsules, tablets, powders and potions. Something has gone seriously wrong and millions upon millions are now paying the price.
The Low Fat Myth - Many have heard that if they eat low fat or no fat foods that they can lose weight. Have you heard that? In reality, that ' s just half the story. Most people, when trying low fat diets, they go to the store and start reading labels and look for anything that has zero fat. Well what if you're someone who loves spaghetti - on the label it says "zero fat." So then you start looking at the spaghetti sauce and it has almost no fat. And then there's the "no fat" cakes and cookies - and all that stuff. So then people think, "great, I can eat all I want." They eat almost no fat at all - and end up gaining weight. That's why you need to know the other half of the story.
If you eat only low fat foods, most of them are also low in fiber. Fiber is anything that grows out of the ground. mainly fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and berries. One of the properties of fiber is that the acid in your stomach won't break it down, so when you eat fiber, it fills you up faster and keeps you full longer. Because most low fat foods are also low in fiber you have to eat more to feel full. It's like trying to fill up a sink that has no stopper. Eventually you can get it to fill up - but it takes a lot more water to do it. So when you eat more, you take in more calories than you need, and your body stores the extra carbohydrates and calories as fat. That's the other side of the low fat diet. Unless you eat low fat and high fiber, at the same time, you're probably not going to lose weight.
The Myth of Skipping Meals - One of the biggest weight loss mistakes you can make is skipping meals. You see, your body was designed with the idea that you have to expend energy in order to get food. If you think back a hundred or more years ago, if you wanted to eat something you had to either go hunting everyday or grow your own food. And that's a lot of work - that's a lot of physical activity. And even though we no longer have to do this, it doesn't change the fact that our bodies are still designed this way. So when you skip a meal, your body actually thinks that you're out in the wild and, for whatever reason, food is hard to come by. This is a built in survival mechanism that all of us have - it's built in. So when your body thinks food is hard to find, it does two things to protect you from starving. First it slows your metabolism causing your body to slow down and burn less fat. Second the meal you eat after you skip a meal will be converted almost entirely to fat and stored - to protect you from starving. So if you skip breakfast, almost all of what you eat for lunch is converted to fat. We think we're taking in less food but in reality were causing our bodies to store fat. If you want to lose weight you have to eat regularly throughout the day. You have to let your body know that there is plenty of food available so that your metabolism stays up and so that meals are not stored as fat, but rather used for energy.
The Exercise Myth - Many people assume that in order to lose weight they have to constantly do strenuous exercise but in reality this isn't the case. To understand how exercise effects weight loss, you have to understand how your body creates energy, and there's only two ways it does it. One is by burning fat, and the other is by burning blood sugar or glucose.
When you're not doing anything strenuous your body burns fat. So when you ' re sitting at a desk, driving a car, working around the house, or even sleeping, your body is burning fat. But as soon as you increase your level of activity, when your heart starts beating faster and you have to breath heavily, your body will stop burning fat and instantly begin to burn blood sugar - because blood sugar can be converted to energy much faster than fat, so anytime your level of activity increases your body stops burning fat and burns only sugars.
And when it comes to exercise, most people trying to lose weight make a big mistake by doing the wrong kinds of exercise. Jogging, bike riding, and aerobics are great for your heart, lungs, and circulation. But they don't necessarily burn fat or condition your body to burn fat.
Those who market exercise equipment to those who are struggling with their weight suggest that 20 to 30 minutes, a few times a week is all you need. People believe that this type of strenuous aerobic exercise is burning fat. Aerobic exercise will burn fat - but only after you've depleted your available blood sugar - which takes 20 to 30 minutes. So countless people are on the exercise bikes and tread mills, pedaling and running, until their heart almost pounds out of their chest - but guess what - they're not burning fat. And how many obese people do you know who can work themselves into the "aerobic zone" (70% or more of the maximum heart rate) and then maintain that level of exertion for more than 30 minutes? Exercise equipment sales are on the rise and so is obesity - does that make sense to you?