Weight Loss the Healthy Way
An ancient Tai Chi master said, "You Know, Why Don't You Do." After each and every weight loss consultation this week, I needed to repeat this saying. Why? The pattern that I was seeing and hearing was "can't I just do some of the things you suggest and improve my health and lose weight?" "Can't I just take a pill or eat something special and make this all go away?"
Well the short answer is NO! The 5 weight loss and better health suggestions listed below are not really suggestions at all. They are a formula that anyone can adopt to reduce pain, lose excess weight, have more energy, strengthen your heart, improve your quality of life and reduce your dependence on medications. This is what I practice everyday for myself. It is not a theory but reality.
So briefly, here is how the body works. All your organ systems work cooperatively. Your body requires a balance of all the organ systems. Your weight is just one of those systems. A healthy body weight cannot exist if the other systems it relies on are not working properly. So trying to just losing weight and improve health without taking into consideration the rest of your body is like trying to get your car to run better just by giving it a new paint job.
So again, make your life easier, happier and healthier and please adopt and follow these 5 suggestions. They are:
1. A daily stress reduction program including adequate rest and sleep. This helps lower inflammation caused by high cortisol and homocysteine levels reducing weight gain.
2. A diet that contains 50% fruits and vegetables. Fruits and veggies contain greater amounts of water and minerals with generally lesser amounts of animal protein.
3. Adequate water intake for maximum hydration. Water is very important in helping the kidneys regulate pH and detoxify the body.
4. Year round vitamin D3 levels in the 50-80 ng/mL (or 125-200 nM/L).
This should be confirmed by 25-hydroxyvitamin D testing.
5. A safe and effective weight bearing exercise program to stimulate balance and muscle growth which is essential for weight loss