If you are looking for some practical advice for weight-loss and wondering how to keep the weight off permanently, the following information will help you to achieve this:
More frequent exercise: For weight-loss, five days weekly exercise of 30 minutes is much superior to three days weekly of 70 minutes, even though the total weekly exercise time of the three day people is an hour longer. In order to keep that metabolic rate churning, frequent exercise is the key.
Eat healthy rather than diet: For healthy, permanent weight-loss, depriving yourself is not the answer. Deprivation and bingeing become a vicious circle, and that’s just one of the many problems with dieting. Another thing is that diets are temporary, therefore, the results have to be temporary. The fact of the matter is that dieting doesn’t work well. It never has and it never will. If diets worked, would the rate of obesity in the world not decrease each year? In 1982, fifteen billion dollars were spent on weight-loss schemes in the US alone! If diets worked, that incredible high amount of money would surely put an end to this problem, wouldn’t it? The fact is, that this ridiculous high amount is increasing by one billion dollars every year. In spite of the new diets that come and go, the problem is becoming worse.
Natural hygiene is important: Natural hygiene is the most remarkable approach to the care and upkeep of the human body. Natural hygiene will teach you how to eat. Weight-loss is only one of the benefits of natural Hygiene as a life-style. A significant increase in energy and overall well-being is also one of the benefits of natural hygiene. Many people around the world who enjoy long, healthy, disease-free lives are practicing natural hygiene today. The basic principle of natural hygiene is that the body is always striving for health and that it achieves this by continuously cleansing itself of deleterious waste material.
It is the science of understanding the effect that food has on the length and quality of life of a human being. Its focus is on prevention and healthful living. It teaches people how to eliminate the cause of their health problems, rather than constantly battle the effects of continuously violating natural laws. The underlying basis of natural hygiene is that the body is self-cleansing, self-healing and self-maintaining. It is based on the idea that all the healing power of the universe is in the human body; that nature is always correct and cannot be improved upon.
Tune in to the natural body cycles: These cycles are based on rather obvious functions of the human body. On a daily basis we take in food (appropriation), we absorb and use some of that food (assimilation), and we get rid of what we don’t use (elimination).
Although each of these three functions is always going on to some extent, each is more intense during certain hours of the day.
Noon to 8 pm – Appropriation (eating and digestion)
8 pm to 4 am – Assimilation (absorption and use)
4 am to noon – Elimination (of body wastes and food debris)
Our body cycles can become apparent to us if we simply witness our bodies in action. Obviously, during the hours we are awake we eat (appropriate), and if we put off eating, our hunger tends to increase as the day progresses. When we are sleeping and the body has no other noticeable work to do, it is assimilating what was taken in during the day. When we awaken in the morning, we have what is called “morning breath”, because our bodies are in the midst of eliminating of that which was not used – body wastes.
Physiologically our bodies want to eat early in the evening so that at least three hours can pass which is the time needed for food to leave the stomach and the assimilation cycle can start on time.
The reason that 62% of the people in the US are overweight is that our traditional eating habits have consistently violated the all-important elimination cycle. In other words, we have been taking food in (at a record pace) and we have been using what we need from that food, but we have NOT been getting rid of what we can’t use. Far more time is spent appropriating than eliminating. So the secret of weight-loss is to get rid of the toxic wastes and excesses we carry around.
Metabolic imbalance is the key: The human body is finely designed to stay in balance in terms of tissue building up (anabolism) and tissue breaking down (catabolism). An excess of one over the other is called “metabolic imbalance”.
By keeping your system toxin-free, you significantly increase your change of having a comfortable body weight, because excesses of toxins in the body are the fore runners of obesity. Your body is building daily in two ways: Through the normal process of metabolism and by residue left over from the foods which are not efficiently utilised.
As far as your weight concerned, common sense will tell you that if more of toxic waste is built than is eliminated, there is going to be a build up of the excess. That translates to overweight. To make things worse, toxins are of an acid nature. When there is an acid build up in the body, the system retains water to neutralise it, adding even more weight and bloat.
So how do we maintain metabolic balance and accomplish the removal of toxic waste from the system while still enjoying our food? There are three easy to follow principles or tools, that can assist you in doing just that. The first of these tools to help you realise your goal of permanent weight-loss is.
The principle of high-water-content food
Like food and air, water is also important for our survival. What do we mean when we talk about high-water-content food? Our earth contains 70 percent water for survival. And so does our bodies. May be you find this hard to believe, but it’s a fact. When you consider those two facts, wouldn’t it make sense that to maintain a body that is always in top condition, you must consume a diet that also contains 70 percent water?
If your body is 70 percent water, so where does it get that water from if you don’t replenish it on a regular basis? From the moment you are born until the last breath you take, your body is craving this essential of life. This is besides drinking water, that’s another subject. Drinking water does not bring the results I’m talking about. When we talk about high-water-content food, there are only two types of food that have that high water content: they are fruits and vegetables. They should predominate in our diet.
All the nutritional requirements our body has = all the vitamins, minerals, proteins, amino acids, enzymes, carbohydrates, and fatty acids that exists and that the human body needs to survive – can be found in fruits and vegetables. The nutritional requirements are carried by the water in those fruits and vegetables into your intestines, where all nutrition is absorbed.
However, I believe we have to supplement our diet with high-quality nutritional supplements, because modern farming techniques, using chemical pesticides and fertilisers, destroy a large part of the minerals in the soil and the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables. For example, Selenium – an important mineral that protect against cancer – can’t be found in Australian soil anymore.
Even when you buy organic food, the food gets polluted by water and air from the environment. So it’s good to keep this in mind.
If you are an athlete, it’s important to eat an alkaline diet, that is: a diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables. All exercise increases body acidity. Besides carrying nutrients into the body, water performs the essential function of cleansing the body of toxic wastes.
All three of our body cycles function with the greatest ease when supplied with the water in fruits and vegetables on a regular basis. If you want to be vibrantly and vigorously alive, in the best possible shape, you have to eat food that’s alive.
Proper food combining
Its importance has been proved as a result of intense research over the last 100 years. Food combining teaches us that the human body is not designed to digest more than one concentrated food in the stomach at the same time. Any food that is not a fruit or a vegetable is concentrated.
The principle of correct food combining is based on 11 different food groups and associated individual foods. You can get a food combining chart from the Internet.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that drinking any liquid during a meal will upset the natural digestive process of the juices in the stomach. You should not drink within an hour before a meal or within two hours after a meal.
Most people like fruit but don’t know how and when to eat it. The correct consumption of fruit is closely associated with proper food combining. Fruit is, without doubt, the most beneficial, energy giving, food you can eat. Fruit has the highest water content of any food. Fruit requires less energy to be digested than any other food, in fact, almost none. Fruit is glucose in the body. Fruit does not digest in the stomach. It is essential to eat it on an empty stomach and you should never eat it with or immediately following anything else. This is also very important. Fruit is the most important food that you can eat.
How long do you have to wait before you can eat fruit, depends on the type of food. After a salad or raw vegetables you have to wait 2 hours. After a properly combined meal without meat – 3 hours. After a properly combined meal with meat – 4 hours. After any improperly combined meal – 8 hours.
From the time you wake up in the morning till noon, eat ONLY fresh fruit and fruit juice. When you eat fresh fruit on an empty stomach, it has only a positive effect, it accelerates weight loss.
The detoxification of your system
Detoxification is very important so that energy can be fried up to be used in reducing weight. Any time you alter your eating habits, your body has to adjust itself to that change and by doing so can initially leave you feeling out of sorts. See any temporary discomfort as the cleansing process taking place and health returning.
Protein is the most complex of all food elements. It is the hardest for the body to break down. Remember, the strongest animals are plant and fruit eaters, not meat eaters.
Keep in mind that all dairy products except butter are extremely acid forming. So don’t take in toxins.
No weight-loss program nor the benefits mentioned in this article will work without proper exercise.
By Adrian J
Christ & Co.