Monday, February 19, 2018

Resolutions Revisited

It’s a new year. You may be in full swing into your new year's resolution or possibly contemplating one. Weight management is a popular choice and makes it to many people's resolution list. In fact this particular resolution is one of the most revisted resolutions. After falling off the healthy ban wagon then people can fall into their old bad eating habits again. I have a feeling this year will be different.

In order to lose weight, a person needs a basic understanding of body fat. First, fat is not a toxin. It cannot be “flushed.” Fat is essentially stored energy ready for use. Glucose is the body’s conventional fuel source. Your brain uses more glucose than any other part of the body. When you consume more glucose than your body needs, the body will store the rest as fat. The body actually prefers using fat as energy because it's a longer, more sustainable energy source. Converting fat back into energy in the form of ketones is simpler than some might think.

People often chose whichever fad diet is on social media or in the news. People modify their eating habits in some way and appear to net results, then for some reason fall back into old habits, gain the weight back and here we are.

All popular diets have one thing in common–they are low in carbohydrates.

People often fall back into old habits because of stress and find comfort in comfort foods–all of them full of carbohydrates and processed sugar. Have you ever seen a person eat a big, healthy salad when stressed? No, because stress increases adrenaline, which is a "fight-or-flight" hormone. When adrenaline goes up it also increases the demand for glucose to fuel the brain and muscles. When under stress the body signals the need for high sugar foods to meet the demands of the adrenaline increase. Your body tricks you into eating unhealthy, sugar-latent foods.

Before going on a diet or joining a gym, start simple. It takes 21 days for the body to form a habit. For 21 days make an effort to avoid these foods: refined sugar, high fructose-corn syrup potatoes, and corn. These foods are very high in carbohydrates, inhibit fat loss, and is often a contributor to weight gain. When these foods are consumed they can turn into fat very quick. The first week may be the most difficult. Depending on your level of dependency to these mentioned foods will determine how severe the withdrawals will be the first week. Getting through the first 21 days is goal number one. The next step is to find a low-carb lifestyle that will work best for you, and stick with it. Even if you cheat, and you will, it's ok. Just keep moving forward eating low carb.

I have had success with a low-carb diet known as LCHF (low-carb, high-fat). Diet Doctor is a great online resource (www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb), and it's free.

This is the year you reach your goal. You can do it.

by John Connor, CNC

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