Why do so few people succeed in losing weight? It’s a concern for many researchers as they seek to find a solution to the problem. Eating less and exercising more are accepted as the best methods to get back into shape, but diet alone may be just the tip of the iceberg.
The body has an endless capacity to create fat. Fat is not as evil as it is make it out to be since the body burns fat stores, rather than muscle, when it needs energy. The misunderstanding about fat lies in what kind of fat is included in the diet. Hydrogenated and saturated fats like margarine, lard and many oils are unhealthy and not what the body requires. Monounsaturated fats as are found in olive oil, fish and other natural sources are healthy and what the body needs. Unfortunately, today’s common diet consists mostly of saturated fats.
When it comes to losing weight, there are two deterrents that aren’t often talked about but have an impact on how successful you will be in losing weight and keeping it off.
The first is inflammation. Inflammation is a natural activity of the body. Sneezing and a stuffy nose indicates that the body is fighting something foreign to it. In the case of a fever, the body raises the temperature as it knows that some viruses and germs can’t survive at certain temperatures.
Inflammation sets the stage for healing to occur. But when inflammation becomes chronic, trouble starts. In many cases, it’s not the viruses bringing on a response, but inflammation that comes from the poor quality in the foods you eat. Burgers, soda and a diet of processed and refined foods are acidic and foreign to the body.
The only way to eliminate chronic inflammation is by eating foods the body is meant to have. For everyone that means fresh, natural foods like fruits or vegetables, fish and organic meats. Foods like berries, dark green leafy vegetables contain a good deal of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory qualities that help restore the body to its proper PH balance.
For others, food allergies create an inflammatory response. Dairy, corn, yeast, peanuts, white flour, sugar, trans fats, preservatives, caffeine and alcohol can lead to inflammation. The only way is to eliminate those foods that cause a reaction.
The second deterrent is the polluted environment in which everyone must live and work in. While they cannot be eliminated, you can cut down your exposure to environmental toxins. Filtering both the air and water in your home is a good step. Getting on a periodic detoxification program helps to eliminate the toxins and poisons that affect the major organs of the body. Kidneys, liver and colon are especially vulnerable to pollutants.
Before you consider getting on any weight loss program, your first step should be to change the lifestyle that is creating inflammation and is responsible for weight gain. Eliminating the poisons stored in your body through detoxification makes losing weight easy. When these two factors are addressed first, then you can see far more success form the weight loss plan you choose.