It amazes me to look at the escalating incidence of obesity in our society. Besides losing the appearance of health, the increase in various disease processes continues to be an ever present issue. Obesity steals our youth and in many cases our zest for life. Often I see those with weight challenges losing the desires that had been there before. The more sedentary we get the less we desire to do. Activity breeds the desire for more activity.
Adiposity, or obesity can arise from several influencing factors. The obvious would be a
calorie intake greater than calorie output. For those of us blessed to not have a weight issue, the common advice is just to eat less. In many cases, this just isn’t the case. I’ve seen people starve themselves and not lose weight. The causes of obesity are many. Remember, we are unique!
Hormones play a role in weight control. We have hormones that are anabolic (storing),
and catabolic (metabolizing). Thyroxine is catabolic and estrogen is anabolic. Foods that act like estrogen can actually add weight, especially around the hips and thighs. Insulin is anabolic since it inhibits fat burning hormones. The more we indulge in carbohydrates, the greater the insulin release, thus greater weight gain.
Where the body stores fat can tell a lot about why there is a fat issue going on. Visceral and subcutaneous fat are what create the big belly issue. This is what I’ve been seeing far too much of. When this is the case to extreme, low back pain is a usual consequence. Causative factor is usually blood sugar control issues. Frequently called a beer belly, and rightly so as alcohol and the grains all institute elevations in insulin and encourages the body to burn 36% LESS fat while encouraging greater storage of dietary fat and reduction in muscle building.
Often times, hunger is really your body crying for hydration. Just 17 ounces of water can
increase your metabolic rate 30% within 10 minutes and peaks around 40 minutes later. Water consumption should be half of your body weight in ounces. (Your weight 200, drink 100 ounces)
Foods that help the body swap fat for muscle include; eggs, nuts, veggies, leafy greens,
Exercise but don’t over train. Fat burning occurs during the rest period 24 to 48 hours aftere classic for increasing your weight. Potassium aids in the transfer of fluids in your cells. When thinking of potassium, think of veggies. The closer to nature your foods are, the greater benefit they will be to your body. Processing is always a bad idea when it comes to nourishing your body.
Exercise but don’t overtrain. Fat burning occurs during the rest period 24 to 48 hours after
exercise, not during the exercise. Exercise should be specific to your body type. Some are
thyroid types, adrenal types, gonadal types, and pituitary types. There are studies on all these body types and how to taylor your approach to exercise specific to these areas.
Sugar substitutes and monosodium glutamate act on the hypothalamus to actually
increase the production of the hunger stimulating peptide hormone Ghrelin. Using diet sodas and other diet foods actually increases appetite and weight gain.
Digestion is critical to metabolic burn. poor digestion is to your body what a poorly tuned
carburetor is to a car. Poor energy output and greater carbon deposits.
Dr John A. Briggs ND
20 N.E. Lillich St.
Clatskanie, Oregon 97016