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Weight Loss

For most of us the days are now over when our metabolism was as fast as a formula one racing car and we could eat what we wanted.

The reality is that people in the western world and in particular Australians are getting fatter. A couple of years ago Australia became the fattest nation in the world – 26% of adult Australians are considered obese compared to 25% of Americans. Obesity has tripled in the last 30 years.

So what is going on & what can be done. Some experts point the finger at fat, some say it is sugar, some say it’s gluten (especially the gluten in wheat) some say it is our lack of exercise, some say it is stress, some say it is our emotions while others say it is portion sizes.

The truth is that it is all of the above – but which one of these should one focus on first to create the most impact – where does one start? After all, trying to control all these issues at once is a bit overwhelming.

Fat & Sugar
In the 1980’s the US health authorities recommended reducing fat and increasing carbohydrates to fight chronic disease – based on the simplified link between saturated fat and cholesterol. Food outlets began producing high carbohydrate fat-free foods. Refined carbohydrates containing, sugar, salt, and artificial flavours were used to replace the taste that had been lost by removing the fat. Health wise it has been a disaster – fat free products are full of sugar – increased diabetes & obesity has resulted.

Simple carbohydrates rather than protein became the norm. We also abandoned the “good fats”, the essential fatty acids.

When I talk about sugar, it is not just the simple teaspoon of sugar in your coffee, it is the foods that turn into glucose (ie blood sugar) once eaten. For example, simple carbohydrates such as bread (yes even multigrain), pasta and products made from refined flour turn rapidly into sugar which turns into fat tissue.

Gluten (especially in wheat)
Ground breaking research by Dr Michael Davis (cardiologist) in his book “Wheat Belly” makes the point that the modern wheat product has been significantly genetically modified. He maintains the modern day wheat explains the contrast between slender people of the fifties and the overweight 21st century people and helps explain the growth in many chronic diseases.

Dr Davis indicates that it is the gluten in the modern wheat grain that is causing the obesity epidemic. The science behind how gluten leads to weight gain is complex, suffice to say, it is just as bad as eating spoonfuls of sugar. Wheat consumption overshadows consumption of other gluten-containing grains by more than a hundred to one.

Exercise
There are a multitude of physical and mental benefits associated with exercise of any intensity. In terms of weight loss, it activates your metabolism into a ’fat tissue burning’ mode as well as building muscle tissue. The more muscle tissue the greater is your capacity to burn fat.

Stress
The link between nutritional deficiencies and stress is very strong. Depletion of essential nutrients leads to a stress response and a prolonged stress response leads to nutritional deficiencies. When one is stressed, adrenal glands release a hormone called cortisol, which makes you fat.

Emotions
Emotional eating happens when you’ve formed an association between food and some positive emotional state, such as: comfort, joy etc. Emotional obesity is the actual need to be fat, whether consciously or subconsciously, as an emotional survival stategy.

Portion Sizes
This is a good place to start a weight loss program. It is the key driver to weight control, conquer this one and be amazed at the results.

The average restaurant meal is four times larger than it was in the 1950s – compare plate sizes now with the plates grandma once used. All those additional calories are a big problem. The average adult is now 12 kgs heavier than 60 years ago. It’s not always easy to tell when one is overdoing it, especially since we have been conditioned to larger meals over decades.

To combat overeating, more and more people are turning to gastric band surgery to make their stomach smaller so they will feel fuller with less food. Whilst some have gained success with this procedure, it is not suitable for everyone and does require a surgical intervention that carries some risks, like most surgical procedures. Some people are now turning to hypnotherapy to control overeating with good results. One hypnosis technique called The Virtual Gastric Band provides similar results to the surgical option.

The Virtual Gastric Band hypnosis is a non-surgical technique which uses the power of hypnosis to retrain you to be satisfied with smaller amounts of food. It changes how you think about food and gives very safe, very predictable results. It is safe, has no side effects, does not involve the use of drugs, it is completely painless, and there is no need to take time off work.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT!

Chris Newell and his team can offer weight loss programs individually targeted to your situation.