Perhaps starch and inactivity have been a trap for you. Don't worry. There is a way out. Here we are going to get slightly technical in regards to white starches and sugars and how they negatively affect your body.
We also will provide suggestions you can use to get your back on track and help you achieve your weight loss and fitness goals. But as with everything, this is a process.
Be good to yourself and remember: the tortoise won the race. Make slow but steady changes and you will definitely reap the results.By the way, if you have not read the last ezines, or need a refresher, go to the bottom of this page for links to back issues of The Anti Prevention Nation©.
Let us begin by first taking about the quandary of inactivity that is feeding the obesity epidemic in The Anti Prevention Nation.
The weight gain/ weight loss equation remains the same: Calories In - Calories Burned = Weight Loss or Weight Gain, depending on the amount of calories consumed.
We all know that the most successful method to weight loss is to not only decrease calorie intake, but to also increase the amount of calories burned via some sort of exercise.
The Chinese people have said for centuries that inactivity causes disease. I have found this to be personally true.
Although I am lucky that I have never been heavy, I come from a family of mostly heavy people. The genetic predisposition to obesity has been verified along with many other diseases.
But this does not mean that you should simply surrender to the fact that you will be obese because other persons from your family are overweight. This is not true.
In fact, it is the purpose of this website to motivate you and let you know that YOU CAN make the change? You CAN break patterns that perhaps other people in your family were unable to overcome.
Upon pondering this thought, I realize that I am the only one in my family that has been physically active her whole life through different forms of ballet, gymnastics and martial arts.
When, for one reason or another, I become inactive, I feel the pain almost immediately. Overall, I always become restless and uncomfortable when I go more than a week without exercising.
If you think about it, all living things move - plants, animals, humans. The only living thing that is perfectly still is one that is dead.
Why then do beings created to move (equipped with muscles, ligaments and bones that support and conduce movement) by their very purpose and design, lie still for days, weeks, months and years? It does not make sense.
When a flower stops blowing in the wind and swaying with the breeze, it is laying brown, brittle and dead on the ground. So what can you do? Don’t go jogging!
Start out with something simple that will not place too much pressure on your joints. Start small like, for example, take the stairs instead of the elevator when going into a building.
Take a walk around the block twice a week. Go to the mall and do some window shopping. Walk from one side of the complex to the other. Wherever you go, make it a point to park at a distance and walk. Go to your local video store and rent a low impact beginners exercise tape you can start doing several times a week.
Mainly, find something that you enjoy doing. Are you inclined to practice a particular sport? Tai Chi is an excellent form of martial art that is low impact but definitely works you out.
What about yoga? Or joining a gym? The options are truly endless. But you are the one that has to make the commitment to do it. Procrastination is a real killer of dreams and goals.
But, be warned: whatever you choose to do as an activity has to be enjoyable. If it becomes a chore, you are not likely to stick to it. I would suggest you draft a list of activities you enjoy taking part of, and make it a point to do them as often as possible.
The other thing you can do is to take a food inventory and remove as much refined starches and sugars from your diet as you can. There is good reason to do this. In the US, there are more stomach diseases than in any other country in the world. The reason? Abuse of starches and sugars - to a great extent.
In Asian countries, for the most part, they do not have problems with obesity or the barrage of gastrointestinal problems we see in the West.
Stomach cancer, diverticulitis, colitis - all of these diseases are rare. In my more than 20 years as a nurse, I have not seen a single Asian patient needing a gastric bypass surgery. Maybe one or two have been overweight. Most are lean.
During the 16 days I spent in China, the only overweight people I saw were present only in the large cities of Hong Kong and Beijing. Guess what? That is where the fast food restaurants are! Coincidence? I don't think so. They just do not eat the same way as in the west.
Thirty years ago, the concept of food combinations came up for the first time. It centers on the premise that, for example, starch and protein should not be eaten together.
Refined starches such as bread or potatoes should be eaten with a salad or a vegetable - not meat as it is done customarily.
Why? Because the combination of refined starch and meat often end up becoming an indigestible lump in your stomach. This puts significant strain in your digestive system.
In the US, the combination of fat and starch represents the main staple of the diet. What is a hamburger? Fat from the meat, starch from the bread. What is pizza? Fat from the cheese, starch from the dough. What is a hot dog? What is a submarine sandwich?
Same fat/starch combination with a different disguise.
First Tip to Escape the Starch and Fat Trap
What is your diet mostly made up of? How do you combine foods and which are the ones that make up the largest portion of your daily consumption?
For many overweight persons, it is almost certain that fat and starch are combined in almost every meal. This is a very harmful practice that, over years, can seriously affect your health and cut your life short.
Here is the first tip I want to share with you that can help start cleansing your system and inducing substantial weight loss.
Remove all “white” starches from your diet or, at the very least, only eat them once a day. - Foods like white rice, white bread, enriched pasta, most breakfast cereals, crackers cookies, cakes and chips, should be seriously curtailed or - better yet - eradicated.
And remember: fasting even once a week can be a very powerful practice toward weight loss and better health. Or, at the least, try skipping one meal every three days. Do what you can. But do it! It works, it really does!