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Don't risk your health on diets - they're dangerous and they don't work.
Studies confirm there is a safe, healthy, natural way to maintain your ideal weight.
Journey at your own pace, in practical, personalized ways to suit your goals and circumstances.
There's no need to bounce back and forward helplessly between dieting and indulging.
The truth is: diets don't work!
We all know that.
You can, however, choose a pathway that does work. And delivers lifetime results.
The focus of most weight loss programs is eating less and exercising more.
But eating less runs the risk of starving your body of the nutrients it needs.
Evolution has programmed your body to store reserve energy (fat) to cope with periodic famine.
Now a diet is a self-administered famine; you're training your body to epect a periodic scarcity of nutients. It will do whatever it takes to make sure it builds up enough reserve energy (fat) to cope with the next famine (diet). It is wired for survival.
Your body has a few tricks to ensure you build up a reserve energy supply (get fat). For example it lowers your normal metabolist so that at rest (that is, most of the time), you're burning less fuel. And it creates cravings to get you to binge and build up even greater energy stores so that it can handle the next famine with confidence.
And exercising more? Well that, of course, makes you hungry. You're liable to eat your way right back to where you started. And that's exactly what your body will encourage you to do, so that it can handle the next burst of energy demanded of it - your next exercise session.
You can, however, maintain your ideal healthy body weight for life, by following the 6 Healthy Habits explained on this website.
Let's now examine some of the facts about healthy Weight Loss.Top
Obesity is now so common that it's beginning to replace under-nutrition and infectious diseases as the most significant contributor to ill health.
Certainly people who are overweight or obese are at far greater risk from many potential health problems and diseases.
For example, obesity has been associated with diabetes mellitus, coronary heart disease, certain forms of cancer, and sleep-breathing disorders. But does that mean obesity itself is a disease? The medical profession has always said 'No!"
But some experts disagree. They argue that new scientific understanding has clearly established obesity as a discrete medical condition that independently affects health. Experts say that officially classifying obesity as a disease would have a profound impact by helping to destigmatize the condition, much as classifying of alcoholism as a disease made it easier for many alcoholics to get treatment. And it would remove key economic and regulatory hurdles to prevention and treatment, say those in favor of the move.
Their opponents however say that obesity is more like high cholesterol or cigarette smoking - a risk factor that predisposes someone to illness but is not an ailment in itself, such as lung cancer or heart disease. They fear that labeling it a bona fide disease would divert scarce resources, distract public health efforts from the most effective countermeasures and unnecessarily medicalize the condition.
Obesity is defined by a body-mass index (weight divided by square of the height) of 30 kg per meter squared or greater
This however does not take into account the morbidity and mortality associated with more modest degrees of overweight, nor the detrimental effect of intra-abdominal fat.
The global epidemic of obesity results from a combination of genetic susceptibility, increased availability of high-energy foods and decreased requirement for physical activity in modern society.
The only sure way to achieve your ideal weight and keep it there, is by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The 6 healthy habits can help you to attain and maintain your ideal body weight in practical, personalized and enjoyable ways.Top
There is much debate about the reasons for the dramatic increase in the percentages of overweight and obese people in wealthy countries today
Dieting is not the answer. The truth is, dieting makes you fat. We are being conned by the diet industry.
Yo yo dieting doesn't work. It can't. Starve the body and it strives to prepare for the coming famine. That's what it's programmed to do.
Hunger, and hoarding of energy for a rainy day, kick in as survival strategies. The body desperately seeks the nutrients it needs, including energy to sustain itself in an an uncertain future (which it stores as fat).
We are overweight because we are carrying excess body fat. Mostly this is stored in the form of triglycerides in our fat cells.
Generally speaking, this happens because we eat more than we burn off with our activity. The excess food turns to fat
A small percentage of overweight or obese people do have a medical condition and require specialized help.
However the overwhelming majority of us don't have to be overweight or obese.
Diets don't work. But taking responsibility and using available knowledge can help most people to regain their ideal weight. You don't have to remain a victim of culture or conditioning, nor surrender control of your health to the food and pharmaceutical industries.
You can take control of your own life by adopting the 6 healthy habits.
In our modern lifestyle, many of us tend to sit around a lot, both at work and leisure. We aren't as active as our grandparents were. We're not using up energy the way they did, when their days were full of manual chores!
And today, food is so readily available, tasty and attractively marketed, that all too often eat for pleasure rather than because our bodies need it.
Then there are the binges and urges for "comfort food" that we seem unable to resist.
It's no wonder so many of us are overweight!
To make matters worse, excessive fat is likely to result in too many triglycerides circulating in our blood.
This increases our risk of a range of lifestyle diseases, especially cardiovascular (heart or stroke) disease.
It's a good idea to measure your triglyceride levels periodically, and where they are too high to take steps toward lowering your triglicerides.
There is more to healthy weight loss than I have discussed so far, as we shall see in due course.
Shortly I will explore in more detail the reasons why we put on weight, and how we can achieve healthy weight loss.Top
You don't feel good about yourself. You don't like the way you look.
Every now and then you feel a bit ashamed just because you think someone has glanced disapprovingly at your shape.
Maybe you even cut back on some social opportunities because you're sensitive about the way you look.
perhaps you even feel a bit envious of the appearance of some of your slimmer friends.
You probably lack energy and vitality. Maybe even tire easily, when your friends still seem ready to rage!
Being overweight shows, of course. Usually, on a man it appears first in the stomach and upper body; on a woman, on the thighs and lower body.
O.K! So you can see it! But surely lots of people are a bit overweight these days. It seems practically normal.
But from a health perspective, how do you know how much weight is bad for you? Can you really measure what weight you should be?Top
Most people I know who like to "watch their weight," seem to set themselves a target weight based on something like, "That's what I weighed when I was younger. I used to look slim and attractive back then."
They timidly step on the scales each day, struggling to get back down to their "ideal" weight. Plenty of battles seem to be won and lost along the way!
Is there a more systematic way to set a target weight?
There are various approaches. A commonly used measure is the body mass index (BMI).
This is by no means agreed by all as a perfect measure. But it's widely used, for some practical reasons.
Another measure, preferred by many to the BMI, is the Body Fat Percentage. It's a bit less convenient to use, but has the advantage of looking directly at your body fat seperately from your total body weight. Calculate your Body Fat Percentage now.
If you are new to weight management, you can try these measures. Some people enjoy setting targets and watching their progress toward healthy weight loss.
If you enjoy doing something it will help you, as long as you don't get obsessed with it.
In the end, our main objective is not just confined to healthy weight loss.
We will be aiming to achieve lasting optimum health, and keeping to your ideal healthy weight (and looking good) will be a natural outcome.Top
You may think some kind of lifetime commitment sounds too scary. Too large a goal for you.
Perhaps with your busy life, commitments and social 'realities,' it seems just plain impractical for you to consider major and ambitious changes.
Maybe you've tried changing parts of your lifestyle before, and found that eventually it just becomes impossible to stick it out.
Well, before you rule it out, I invite you to think about this.It will happen naturally, without effort. You will be in control, and you will enjoy your journey because of the results you will achieve.
As you begin to experience lasting personal change, you will build sustainable new beliefs and habits, and begin thinking in new ways about food, activity and lifestyle.
You will find yourself developing healthier behaviours effortlessly and unconsciously, because they will feel right.
You'll become more tuned in to your body's need for healthy weight loss, and more motivated to put in the necessary effort.
The important thing is, you can do it your way. There are so many options!
We are each unique human beings. Only you know your specific goals for healthy weight loss, and the lifestyle changes that will work for you.
Once you understand the underlying principles of achieving lasting optimum health, you can design your own lifestyle, one that works for you!
We don't all need to eat the same healthy foods or engage in the same healthy activities. There are many healthy choices.
The important thing is to understand the underlying principles of achieving optimum health, so that you are able to make your own healthy choices, the ones that will work best for you!
We avoid pain and are drawn to pleasure. It's in our genes.
That's why the 6 healthy habits have been designed so that you'll enjoy the journey to your new healthy lifestyle.
Imagine! A 'weight loss program' you can enjoy!
Moving to a lifestyle that embraces healthy living habits should not be about punishing yourself.
You won't achieve lasting personal change through self-denial.
Most people will soon give up on a program where the pain outweighs the pleasure!
The 6 Healthy Habits lifestyle is focused on improving the balance of pleasure over pain in your life.
You don't do this by giving up the things you enjoy.
You start by discovering the things you deeply enjoy and doing them!
the start flowing almost immediately.
You'll quickly see it's worth the effort!
You'll become motivated and continue on because you want to! You'll begin to fully understand that healthy weight loss is a natural outcome of achieving your overall health goals.
Most of us can choose to lose weight.
A small percentage of people may have an underlying medical condition contributing to their being overweight or obese.
The vast majority of us however can achieve healthy weight loss. And maintain it for Life!
Long term maintenance of your ideal body weight and other life goals requires a lifetime commitment to healthy living.
Fortunately, this is one of the most enjoyable and rewarcing decisions you will ever make.
The 6 Healthy Habits are the path to natural ideal health, the a state of complete well-being, vital energy, mental clarity and spiritual fulfilment that you are genetically programmed to enjoy as long as you are able to provide your body, mind and soul with the right conditions of ideal nourishment.
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A diet may cause you to lose some weight in the short term, but over the longer term you'll put it right back on again.
The problem is, diets are actually designed to be followed for a limited period. This is because they require discipline (denial of your 'normal' preferences), and frequently involve harsh restrictions on the range of permitted foods.
Discipline won't work for long when it means denial of pleasure.
In any case your body eventually rebels because it craves the nutrients it's being denied (with some types of diets this can be seriously dangerous to your health).
When you return to your normal routines and habits, as you invariably do, you'll gradually end up right back where you started (or worse off).
Losing weight is like loving someone. If you want your love to last, you must keep working at it.
Love, as they say, is best seen as a verb, not as a noun. It's something you do, and you must keep doing it to keep your love alive.
The way to achieve healthy, lasting weight loss is through a balanced, comprehensive approached to lasting personal change. This is the objective of following the 6 Healthy Habits.