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Why Can't I Lose Weight?

A lot of people ask us how they can lose weight. It is such a huge issue today in Western society. Why is this? There are a few reasons:

  1. The main reason is excessive carbohydrate consumption.

    Just look at people's shopping carts at the grocery store.  They're filled with bread, cookies, pasta, and other sugary and starchy items. They generally are not filled with proteins and low-glycemic carbohydrates such as veggies (non-starchy). We all know that sugar is not good for us, but most people don't realize that pasta and other high-glycemic carbohydrates are just as bad. Why? Because they are converted into glucose (sugar!) in our bodies.

    When this happens our pancreas releases a powerful hormone called insulin. Insulin attaches itself to glucose molecules and transports the glucose to the cells to be burned as energy. If you do not need this energy at the time, then the glucose is sent back to the liver and is converted to glycogen. It is then stored in the muscle tissue and  liver, to be released as the body requires it.

    What happens when you run out of glycogen storage capacity?
    Excess glycogen is sent back to the liver where it is converted into fat or triglycerides. Fat does not make you fat, carbohydrates do! Main stream medicine has been telling you for years to eat a low fat diet, but this is dangerous... you need fat, the right kind of fat. Animal fat, olive oil, and grape seed oil are okay. But hydrogenated fats, like margarine, Crisco and the like, are not okay.

    Click here for the real story on fat!

  2. Lack of regular activity can be a factor too. Moderate exercise... even just a half hour walk 3 to 4 times a week can help make a difference in conjunction with a healthy food plan. There are many activities that can help such as gardening, biking, yoga, Pilates, or some other sport you like and can do regularly.

  3. So you've tried it all and still can't lose?

    If this is the case, then we would suspect some other health issue is present. It could be a number of things such as thyroid and adrenal problems or even anemia. Click here for information on thyroid and adrenal conditions. Regular medical tests don't always show these problems so other methods may be needed to determine if these conditions are causing you to have difficulty losing weight.

 So what can you do to start?

Cut out bread, pasta, any other flour products, potatoes and other high starch vegetables. Stick with low-glycemic fruits such as berries. Cut out sodas (including diet sodas) and sugar in all forms (including honey and maple syrup). Safe sugar alternatives are stevia and, in moderation, sucralose (Splenda). (Low glycemic diet information.)

Eat plenty of protein, such as fish, meat, poultry and eggs, etc. Stay away from packaged foods as they are often high in sugar and starch. Read the labels! If you would like a glycemic index, please ask. (Or click here.) The idea is to stay with moderately low to low glycemic foods and avoid the high-glycemic foods. Don't starve yourself. If you want a great big steak, have one! Just have veggies with it.

cover Diana Schwarzbein, author of The Schwarzbein Principle (highly recommended), put "Type 2" diabetics on a low carbohydrate diet. The ones that cheated and had steak every night did better than the ones that adhered strictly to her plan (which, at that time, did not include high-fat foods).

covercoverOther experts on the low carbohydrate subject are Dr. Robert Atkins  (The Atkins  Diet), Drs. Eades ( Protein Power Plan), Fran McCullough (Living Low Carb ), and  Dr. Barry Sears (The Zone). All are recommended reading.


If you need some help, Dr. Wallach from American Longevity has two products which helped me accelerate my progress.
The first one is Resolution, which is taken before meals and the second is Resolution PM which is taken 3 hours after your last meal. This helps to burn fat and keep the metabolism even. Also helpful are the Plant Derived Minerals. They can be used to reduce cravings. After all... cravings usually come from deficiencies and we are the most deficient in minerals. Contact us for more information on purchasing these products. 

We hope this helps shed some light on the weight-loss dilemma. It doesn't have to be hard to lose weight. Just stick to a low-carbohydrate plan and see how easy it can be.

Make an appointment today. You CAN lose weight!

Phone: 604-272-4325. Email: consultation@pihealth.com.

 


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