By Irma Deihl and Dr. James A. Martin
Throughout the last month, the major focus for VitaMist was weight loss. If you are doing a wellness program every month through VitaMist, then you have received complimentary packets of one of our greatest products, B-Slim. Weight loss and B-Slim were also the major focus for our product calls in the past.
Why are we paying all of this attention to weight loss? Quite simply, we believe obesity is the number one health problem the world is facing. It has reached epidemic proportions, and it is only getting worse.
You, our VitaMist clients, are a group of health conscious people, otherwise you would not be using the world’s best nutritional supplements. It falls on all of us, as health conscious individuals, to continue to promote good health and proper nutrition as a lifestyle.
For this month’s Health Tip, it is my great pleasure to present an article on this subject from Dr. James A. Martin, the Senior Member of our Medical Advisory Board.
Obesity is now considered to be an epidemic in the United States, not only affecting adults, but our children as well. The diseases associated with carrying around even a few extra pounds include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, sleep disorders, joint pain, and now some cancers. Society tells us that we need to be thin for aesthetic reasons, but we need to maintain the correct weight for health reasons. Being fat is killing us.
At the most basic level, to lose weight, we need to burn off more calories than we take in. In order to do that effectively and in a healthy manner, we need to approach the problem from several different angles, and not fall prey to fad diets, magic pills or the latest exercise machine being sold on infomercials.
First, restrict caloric intake. To kick start weight loss, you need to start out with a low-calorie diet, the precise details of which depend on the health needs of each individual. Don’t follow a crazy fad diet, which never works in the long run. I always suggest regular, everyday food that you can buy in the grocery store and cook at home. Include all of the food groups, with few restrictions save for refined sugars, saturated fats, somewhat fewer “white” carbs (rice, potatoes, pasta, bread), and place an emphasis on whole fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats (nuts, avocado, fish, etc.) In this way, you’re not going on a “diet”, per se, but just re-learning how to eat correctly and give your body the nutrients it needs to operate at its most efficient. The idea is to GET THE MOST NUTRITIONAL BANG FOR EACH CALORIE!
As an interesting aside: recent studies have shown that long term calorie restriction (1800-2000 per day) actually leads to a much longer life span. The body learns that it doesn’t have any resources to waste and it becomes super-efficient at the cellular level. You find that you actually have a much higher level of energy and brain function. Some experts believe that if we follow this type of eating plan, we can live to 120 or even older.
Second, we must elevate metabolism, or the burning of caloric energy. This can be achieved in several ways:
1 – Exercise. Minimum of 3 times a week for 30 minutes. This should be a combination of cardio and weights. Building muscle helps keep the body firm while losing fat, but muscle also burns a lot more calories that fat. After a good cardio workout, the metabolic level remains elevated for 2-3 hours.
2 – EAT TO LOSE – Minimum of 3 times per day. Do not skip any meals, especially breakfast. It is essential to start burning calories first thing in the morning and to get a good energy base for the rest of the day. By giving the body nutrition several (at least 3) times a day, the burning off process never really stops. If you do skip meals, it forces the body into conservation mode and it starts storing fat for future use.
Do not eat too late. There should be a minimum of three hours between your last meal and going to bed. You must give your body time to use what you’ve just put into it; otherwise it goes into “storage” in the form of fat.
Eat slowly. Put your fork down between each bite. Chew and swallow and only then raise the fork for the next bite. You get full sooner and with much less food intake.
Use a salad plate instead of a dinner plate. You fill the plate up with much less food and the brain sees a full plate (equals a lot of food) instead of a big empty plate with very small portions.
Cut out the sodas, especially regular soda, but even diet.
3 – Nutritional Therapy – It is essential to make sure you do not feel an overwhelming sense of hunger. B-Slim can help with this. It is highly effective in controlling appetite and has absolutely no possibility of becoming habit forming. It contains dietary fiber to help with regularity and the cleansing of toxins from the body as your health improves. As far as the taste is concerned, it has a delicious lemonade flavor and can be used with plain water or added to a fruit juice, iced tea, etc. All in all, it is highly effective from several different perspectives and is an invaluable addition to any weight loss program.