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As a professional health coach concerned with the health and well-being of my clients it is my intention to improve your well-being and longevity by using the principles of nutrition, fitness, diet, lifestyle dynamics, and anti-aging medicine.
Ok…..here is the scoop for 2016….everyone wants to loose weight and keep it off right? This is the number one health concern people generally have.
I have decided to post this rather important information for your reading enjoyment….it may help dispel some of the many myths out there regarding sustainable weight management strategies.
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I recently read a blog on an internet news publication which was quite excellent and a breath of fresh air to my sense of factual logic as a professional health care provider. The surge for the calorie craze began several decades ago when the experts regarded a weight problem as a simple relationship of thermodynamics.
In other words, if you ate fewer calories than you needed to sustain your basic metabolic functions which placed you in a caloric deficit; this was the secret to successful and sustainable weight management.
The same principles could also be applied to exercise as the recommendations were made upon a sustained heart rate and how many calories you burned per hour and not on the specific type of exercise performed. This new trend caused a large number of people to follow many types of low-calorie diets, join gyms, begin weighing their food and listen to information which was, well…not so accurate as it turns out.
What was the result of all of this well-meaning advice?
People were eating large amounts of low-calorie foods, deserts, frozen entrees and food bars.
They were also getting fatter and sicker!
According to US statistics, in 1970 there was 1.4 million non-fatal heart disease incidents. This number steadily rose to 2.2 in the year 2000. In the US in the year 1970, there were 3.3 million people hospitalized for cardiovascular disease. This number rose to 6.2 million in 2006. The gravest statistic of all was that in 1971-74, 40% of Americans were considered at least to be overweight. That number had reached 68% by 2007-8!
What an abysmal failure this feeble attempt at improving the health of our society has been! There are still many people out there preaching the same nonsense!
According to David S. Ludwig M.D., Ph.D., director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center Boston Children’s Hospital, reports: “Obesity is such that this generation of children could be the first basically in the history of the United States to live less healthful and shorter lives than their parents.”
According to Dr. Susan Wooley, co-founder of the Eating Disorder Clinic at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine: “The failure of [heavy] people to achieve a goal they seem to want — and to want almost above all else — must now be admitted for what it is: a failure not of those people but of the methods of treatment that are used.”
I could not agree more with these two experts in their respective fields. From a global perspective, people are becoming overweight and obese at a rate which is astonishing to say the least. Clearly the method of counting calories and trying to burn more than you take in is not a successful strategy to a clear solution to this global epidemic.
Do we still need to eat less and exercise more to be a slimmer society?
According to author Jonathan Bailor, the key to successful weight management is eating more high-quality food and performing less high volume exercise sessions but instead focusing upon the right types of exercise. Mr. Bailor feels that over 90% of the time, counting calories does not lead to sustainable weight management.
He may have an excellent point. Certainly, if you eat the right foods, in the right combinations you can stay full, crave less and lose more body fat. You do this by eating the foods which can best control your levels of the hormones insulin and leptin.
You also very much want to control the amounts of insulin that your pancreas secretes after you consume food or drink!
Consequently, if you perform the right types of exercise, namely weight-training and not just cardio frequently enough, you will be able to target the stored body fat in greater amounts while improving your insulin sensitivity which prevents body fat storage.
Remember….your quality of life is the measurement of successful living regardless of your age.
Dr. Kevin. J. McLaughlin
Clinical Director: The Vitality Project