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Weight Management

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The Paleo Diet (and other similar ones) and the general Paleo philosophy is great in terms of focusing us back on ‘real’ food (eliminating processed/junk food), minimising or avoiding alcohol, caffeine and sugar, as well as for promoting good exercise. However, according to ancient, time-tested health sciences such as Ayurveda, the heavy emphasis on meat, and completely avoiding grains, dairy, and legumes is not ideal.

It’s the ignorant way we consume these foods in our modern world, not the foods themselves, that is harmful. Consume them as they were designed and we can get all the benefits of the Paleo diet, plus even more benefits.

On 12 Dec 2013 Kylie B. wrote:

Hi Mark,

I am wondering if you could suggest something to kick start my metabolism.

I am a 40 year old overweight woman working 16 hour days and looking after 4 boys (this includes my husband). I have been a yoyo dieter since I was 14 years old have always lost the weight and have always gained it again. I have recently given up my ever loved ciggies but can’t help with the weight.

Recent research from Japan backs up what traditional health systems have suggested for millennia – that eating too quickly can lead to stacking on the kilos.

Scientists from Osaka University looked at the eating habits of 3,000 people and suggest stuffing down meals in a hurry may be enough to nearly double a person’s risk of being overweight. The study which was reported in the British Medical Journal, showed that compared with normal-speed eaters, fast-eating men were 84% more likely to be overweight and women were just over two times as likely.

Those who tended to eat until they felt full were more than three times more likely to be overweight.

In Maharishi Ayurveda, it is recommended we eat to ¾ capacity to allow proper digestion of our food. Eating slower also allows us to properly ‘taste’ our food (a critical component of digestion and assimilation) and gives our satiety receptors time to inform us when we’ve had enough to eat.

So it’s good to hear of modern science backing up ancient wisdom. Now we just have to do it. Slow down. Take your time. Put your knife and fork down between bites. Taste, savour and enjoy. And keep your waistline trim.

If you are a beer drinker, but are conscious of your weight, you might have been sold on the marketing of low carb beers recently. Apparently, since their inception, sales have gone through the roof. Unfortunately, we are the bearer of bad news.

Though carbohydrates are getting a bad rap of late, it’s not them alone that are important for your weight. It’s the total number of kilojoules, that is most important. And unfortunately, most of these low carb beers have similar (usually slightly less) total kilojoules as their more conventional counterparts. This is not to mention the fact that they have the same amount of ‘alcohol’, which of course, seems to be overlooked in the whole debate. If you are thinking about your ‘health’ and not just your weight, then that alcohol factor is even more of a consideration. They are low carb (sort of), not low alcohol.

Summary:

If you like a beer and you enjoy these low carb varieties, then fine, you may as well drink these. However, if you are drinking these on the understanding that they are in some way healthier or that you can drink more of them without putting on weight, you are mistaken.

Sorry, but it is once again a marvellous example of terrific marketing masking the real truth.

We often emphasise the importance of eating in a settled way to ensure proper digestion and avoiding many of the problems associated with food.

So today, I want you to make a special focus on eating a ‘proper’ lunch(or dinner if suits)…and see if you notice the difference.

Is water good for weight loss?Do you know someone (yourself even) that eats ‘moderately’ sized meals, exercises, is always drinking lots of water etc, but still can’t shift those excess kilo’s? Frustrating huh?

There may be a reason – here’s something to think about (even if you aren’t trying to lose weight).

Do you have kids? Do you work with kids or deal with them regularly? Do you remember back when you were a kid? It wasn’t that long ago was it? How many kids back in your day were obese, had diabetes, wheat or dairy allergies or had autism, ADD or ADHD? I’m guessing that if you are like me, not many…if any! What has happened? Why does it seem that every second child these days is either obese, has diabetes, is allergic to something or has been diagnosed as ADHD? We have a fantastic article (I didn’t write it!) that will hopefully shed some light on this all-important issue for you.

Ever felt frustrated that you just can’t do everything you are ‘meant’ to, in order to be ‘healthy’? Do you even get to the point where you create ‘more stress’ trying to fit all the ‘healthy’ things into your life?

Well, I can assure you, that you are not alone…and I have a funny little story that has a lesson that I’m sure will help.

This is just a simple reminder for anyone looking to lose weight.The most important thing in losing weight is to…..NOT TO FOCUS ON LOSING WEIGHT.

Focusing solely on ‘what we weigh’ is a recipe for disaster and often results in compromising our health.

Everyone of us is different, and you have a healthy (ideal) weight range for your particular body type – pre-determined genetically.Some people are naturally slim – these are the people with a ‘high metabolism – commonly known in scientific/technical terminology as ………….’BASTARDS’.Others are NATURALLY of a bigger build (the ‘cuddlies’). This is perfectly normal & healthy for them.

“Don’t be a Cow” …nothing personal, I’m talking about ‘grazing’. Grazing – eating lots of small meals regularly throughout the day has become an all popular pillar of many weight loss & energy boosting regimes in recent times. It came about because most people generally eat ‘too much’ at any given meal, thus overloading their digestion, leading to sluggishness & weight gain etc.

Science therefore looked for ways to increase our metabolism. Of course, research showed that eating food increases metabolism! Therefore it made sense to modern science to advise eating smaller meals more often – as a way of keeping metabolism active! Now, this logic makes sense when you consider metabolism ‘in isolation’ – which modern science loves to do. However, remember ‘health advice’ like this (and fad diets like Adkins etc) generally come about from findings based on one narrow result – e.g metabolic rate/weight loss – they are almost never based on the fundamental laws of nature that support ‘all-round health’. So, while many people feel better on this ‘grazing’ regime, the improvement is due to the fact they are not overloading their digestion at any one time, not the fact they are eating ‘more regularly’.

Take a minute to add up your ‘Total Activity Time’ for last week – or a typical week. Include any activity over 3 minutes in duration – do not worry about intensity – just that you are moving, e.g. any walking – to bus stop, to office, to church, to the ice-cream shop!! Any structured exercise – gym, jogging, ‘real’ sports (lawn bowls only counts for 25% – no offense!). Other activities – chasing/playing with your kids, chasing/playing with spouse!!

If exercising for weight loss/weight management, don’t make the mistake that you have to exercise at high intensity. It’s commonly prescribed that the higher intensity, the greater the calories we burn. While this is true (during exercise), the calories burned in one high intensity workout is insignificant in comparison to the calories from one decent meal.

What’s most critical for weight management is our ‘basal or ‘resting’ metabolism, which is best stimulated by regular, consistent activity. We have to give the message to our subtle/non-physical body (the INTELLIGENCE running our cells) that we are an ‘active person’. This makes our body efficiently burn calories morning, noon & night…not just during exercise.

So when exercising for health, feel okay about keeping the intensity low/moderate and FOCUS ON INCREASING YOUR DURATION & REGULARITY (daily best).

You’ll be a more efficient fat burner …even while you sleep! And keeping exercise at a moderate level will protect you from injury & illness, help you maintain ongoing motivation and most importantly keep it enjoyable…the way exercise is meant to be.