There are many reasons people find it difficult to lose weight:
- Thyroid problems
- Hypoglycemia (caused by excess consumption of simple carbohydrates
- Improper digestion
- Allergies to foods such as wheat, dairy, etc.
- Lack of exercise
- The use of certain prescription drugs
- Depression or anxiety
- Low self-esteem
- Poor diet (high carbohydrate diets especially those high in sugars or highly processed foods are responsible not only for weight problems, but a long list of both minor and major illnesses).
When we are born, we have a certain number of fat cells, when we die, we have the same number; fat cells do not divide, they expand. A diet high in simple carbohydrates and trans fatty acids weakens the fat cell walls allowing the fat cells to expand. By cutting out all simple carbohydrates, (and reducing other carbohydrates in general), avoiding all refined, processed foods (including fast foods), while at the same time increasing intake of high quality proteins, (especially ocean fish and poultry, with nuts and seeds for snacks), and adding omega-3 fatty acids (flax oil), the walls of the fat cells can be reduced along with the size of the fat cells; this process takes time. Exercising 3-4 times weekly for 1 hour is helpful.
There are foods to avoid when dieting. Avoid soft drinks (very important - artificial sweeteners increase appetite by activating digestive enzymes). Avoid high carbohydrate foods such as sweets, potato chips, French fries, and even potatoes, white rice, bread, and pasta. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, all forms of sugar, chemical sweeteners (use Stevia), and alcoholic beverages (high in sugar). It is best to eat small meals 4 to 5 times a day. All meals should consist of various high quality proteins along with assorted vegetables. Avoid high salt foods and table salt, but do not go on a salt free diet. Higher fiber (quality) foods such as avocados, nuts and seeds and red meats may be eaten as long as carbohydrates are severely restricted (recent research has shown carbohydrates to be the major culprit in obesity as well as high cholesterol, high triglycerides and heart problems, not dietary fat as was formerly believed; this is due to excess insulin production from carbohydrate ingestion, causing the body to store fat rather than using it for energy.
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