If you are like many, you have lost weight and put it back on repeatedly. This can cause a person to feel defeated. Have you lost and gained the same 20 pounds over and over, again and again? Do you feel like a weight loss failure because every diet you have tried gave you no long lasting results? Do you eat very little and still manage to gain weight? Have you given up hope of ever reclaiming your smaller figure and settled for a lifetime of flab? If this is the case, it is important to realize diets have failed you, not the other way around.
Fad diet’s have one commonality, they are not a lifestyle change. They are a temporary limitation of either certain foods, calories or entire types of foods that are not possible to maintain for a lifetime. In the long run, the weight comes back and typically comes back in full force. Weight loss is temporary and never a permanent feature of your life.
Along with getting heavier, your blood pressure rises, your blood glucose rises and eventually you develop heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and in some cases, even cancer. I know because I was a lot like you!
I saw my doctor for my yearly physical over one year ago. I was easily 20 pounds overweight, my blood pressure was elevated and my cholesterol levels were high. I was a typical middle-aged woman. I knew I needed to lose weight but was puzzled about all the different diets and had a hard time getting started. At that point, I studied the low glycemic impact anti-inflammatory approach to eating. Not a diet more of a way of life, I knew I could eat this way forever. The science of low glycemic impact eating made sense to me as a doctor. In addition, the supplements I started using made my body feel full and satisfied in a way it had not in years. Their physical effect helped restore my body's own metabolism and normal glucose regulation.
The eating was simple. I just learned to eat the right foods in the right amounts at the right time. I never deprived myself. I used the 90 / 10 rule. 90% of the time I consumed healthy foods and make sensible choices. 10% of the time I rewarded myself with a treat! With these simple guidelines, the pounds simply began to shed. In addition, my aches and pains disappeared as well. Within 12 weeks my blood pressure was normal and my cholesterol was the best it had ever been!
Eating fresh, whole foods with limitless access to fruits and vegetables, wise choices of lean protein, beans and whole grains combined with smart supplements is really the secret of the low glycemic anti-inflammatory diet for life.
Dr. Pamela Avery, the Natural MD, is a board-certified physician and specialist of over 30 years in the management of pain through natural methods. She offers free articles, weekly newsletters and online classes in nutragenetics, nutrition, supplements, stress reduction, exercise and restorative sleep. She has developed an innovative lifestyle system for chronic pain entitled "Live Pain Free! 6 Steps to a Pain Free Life." It can be accessed at www.drpamavery.com Her free special report, "Vitamins - Who Needs Them", as well as her E-zine, "Natural Solutions", can be accessed at www.the-natural-md.com