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Weight Loss

I hate this subject…. Why because there is so many conflicting arguments or opinions, so many diet plans and of course so many people making a lot of money out of it.

I have to admit it, and when you meet me you might agree, that I am a little tubby. In fact you may even think I am fat. I know this because my kids think it’s funny to tease me. Now I would love to have the body beautiful, with the six pack and sun kissed olive skin. Well I will let you into a secret. It won’t happen as I am commander in chief of the lazy squad when it comes to exercise and I love curry and carbs.

I have tried a lot of diets and none of them stick, I get bored with the food even though I am told how wonderful it is going to taste. I have done the health drinks that substitute food and frankly after a week of that I never want to see a milk shake again. I have gone on the ALL carbs and the no carbs diets, I can’t tell you whether it is genetics or I just eat the same food as my parents.. and I’m not doing a good job selling my services in the sector of weight loss.

Saying all of that, my theory is food is the source of energy the body needs to service itself. Over fill it and the body stores it. Eat less, then the body will rather ask for more than use up stocks. I further believe that in the past the great and the good said fat was bad so we removed it from the diet and replaced it with salt and sugar for taste. I don’t believe there is anything wrong with any of these products if used in moderation.

I say this because:

Salt – For me this one taste full product sums up the whole diet paradox. Pre WWII food was preserved using salt and we did not have a concern regarding excess deaths from heart disease, stroke or kidney disease. Post WWII we started to use refrigeration replacing salt. From a recent article in Time Magazine there seems to be a serious doubt as to the detrimental effect of salt. Further salt is crucial to maintain an adequate blood volume and blood pressure ensuring that our tissues are perfused with the oxygen carrying blood and nutrients.

Sugar – I happen to agree eating or drinking too much free sugar can contribute to increased body weight and may lead to high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. Free sugars are defined by the WHO as sugars added to foods and beverages by manufacturers, cooks or consumers, and includes sugars naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and concentrates. They simple add calories but no nutrients. Natural (or 'intrinsic') sugars are the naturally occurring sugars found in whole, unprocessed foods such as fruits, vegetables and dairy. Naturally occurring sugars in nutritious foods like fruit and plain milk and yoghurt, which do not have the same effect as free sugar. 

Dairy – (and you thought salt was controversial) There are heaps of arguments pro and against dairy. Personally I eat cheese but avoid milk. The key argument seems to revolve around cows milk is designed for calves rather than humans. I think as a new father this was a big concern, we decided to avoid milk and both my children were brought up on human breast milk. This was a personal choice and I advocate it as it seems logical. But now as an adult should I use dairy or not.. There is an argument that from milk you get calcium, Vit D, Vit B2, Vit B12, Potassium and Phosphorus. There is a counter argument that without magnesium the body struggles to absorb. Conventional wisdom dictates that dairy should raise your risk of heart disease because it is high in saturated fat. However, scientists have started to question the role of dairy fat in the development of heart disease. Some even claim there is no link between saturated fat consumption and heart disease — at least for the majority of people. The effects of dairy on heart disease risk may also vary between countries, likely depending on how the cows are raised and fed. In one major study in the US, dairy fat was linked to an increased risk of heart disease. However, many other studies suggest that full-fat dairy has a protective effect on both heart disease and stroke. In one review of 10 studies — most of which used full-fat dairy — milk was linked to a reduced risk of stroke and cardiac events. Though there was also a reduced risk of heart disease, it wasn't statistically significant. In countries where cows are largely grass-fed, full-fat dairy is associated with major reductions in heart disease and stroke risk. For example, one study in Australia noted that people who consumed the most full-fat dairy had a whopping 69% lower risk of heart disease. CONCLUSION they don’t know. My opinion is simple, for babies use mums milk, for adult life use dairy but in moderation.

 

Fruit and vegetables – Yes we all know what is said about them and how many you need to eat I a day and we all know what we actually eat.. I personally have concerns as to the production technics the use of chemicals and the depletion of the nutrients that the modern vegetable has. But,, we have to eat them lie them or not.

Here’s some fun facts.

Bananas – the world’s favourite fruit, high in potassium and actually a herb.

Brussel Sprouts – The worlds least enjoyable vegetable are packed with minerals and vitamins and virtually on calorie, no fat, no cholesterol.

Broccoli contains more protein than steak

Pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain which can destroy your taste buds, hear is the tip, let the freshly sliced pineapple ret in the fridge before you eat it as this allows the enzyme break down.

Apples give you more energy than coffee, high carbs, vits and minerals

Onions – apart from making you cry and give you bad breath they are amazing, they contain 100 sulfide-containing compounds that contain health benefits such as prevention of asthma and some types of cancer.

Peppers encourage blood clotting over wounds, a little cayenne pepper into a wound will act as a gauze and promote clotting

 

Diets - I only advocate one and it is not because of wieght loss 

I am a strong advocate of the Dr. Michael Mosley Fast Diet.. BUT not because of the weight loss implications. The Brain is a wonderful tool and we don’t know much about it to be honest. According to Dr. Mosley we all have the IGF-1 hormone. A hormone is a chemical messenger coordinating complex process like growth, metabolism and fertility. The IGF-1 is the one that effects growth the more of it means that your body wants to grow knew cells rather than repair old ones. Reduce the IGF-1 through fasting and the body repairs itself.. I am not a doctor so do your own research, but for me to fast once or twice a week for 24 hours is no big deal if it keeps me clear of diabetes or cancer.

What do you get from me when it comes to weight loss, well it won’t be a diet or an exercise regime. There are plenty of skilled people out there if you need them, but for me it is about home cooked food in the right portions and not snacking.. As a hypnotherapist I will work with you on the habit of eating, deal with any issues that make you turn to food or drink as a comfort. I will not do virtual gastric band, if this is what you want I can advise a good hypnotherapist for you but I am interested in the long term control of eating and a general gradual reduction in weight. If you agree then I have no problem helping for fast.

 

Height in CM
Weight in KG


Under Weight = Less than 18.6
Normal Range = 18.6 and 24.9
Overweight = Greater than 24.9
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