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Controlling Your Weight Means Controlling Disease

December 14, 2010 by  

Controlling Your Weight Means Controlling Disease

More than 130 million Americans are overweight. That’s nearly 42 percent of the U.S. population and more than double the entire population of France. Even worse, 40 million Americans are clinically obese or “seriously” overweight. That’s almost double the entire population of Australia. Three million Americans suffer from life-threatening obesity, otherwise known as morbid obesity. That’s 60 times the number of soldiers who died in Vietnam.

Obesity is a life-threatening epidemic. Today’s fast food restaurants, processed foods and soft drinks, poor eating habits and lack of exercise have contributed to American’s abundance of body fat. According to U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, “overweight and obesity may soon cause as much preventable disease and death as cigarette smoking."

That’s correct. He said “preventable disease and death.” Obesity is not a disease; it is a self-induced health problem that causes disease and death. And because is it self-induced, it is reversible, preventable and, therefore, curable.

There are different causes of obesity, including genetic predisposition, constitution, age, diet, emotions, level of daily physical activity and lifestyle choices. Our lifestyle choices play the major role in obesity. You see, how much we choose to eat, when we choose to eat, what we choose to eat, how much exercise we choose to engage in or we choose to avoid… often determine how much weight we gain, carry and maintain.

The answer, then, is to maintain an attitude of temperance when it comes to everything. In other words, don’t engage in too many stressful events that can cause you to eat or drink in excess. Choose not to eat too late at night. Make the decision to exercise enough every day to burn what you put in. And the list goes on.

In short, controlling food and exercise levels will provide the greatest results toward preventing or reversing obesity, and avoiding serious diseases associated with obesity, like heart disease and diabetes.

In terms of exercise, brisk walking for at least 30 minutes per day is a great way to begin. For those who have more time, joining a gym or hiring a personal trainer will help you create a program based on your personal needs. Where diet is concerned, the answer to what NOT to eat should be obvious by now. However, there are foods you should eat more of that not only make you healthier and more livelier, but also assist in weight loss.

Water is so very essential to every aspect of optimal health. It is the liquid substance of blood, keeps the body cool, the skin moist, the fluid in the synovial capsules between the joints, the digestive fluid in the stomach and intestines, urine for toxin elimination and fluids to counter dehydration from exercise and diuretic beverages. You need to consume two quarts (a half-gallon) of purified water every day for weight loss and optimal health. Iced teas, sodas, beer and so on do not count toward this quantity!

Soy products are a good way to get enough protein and are also a good substitute for fattening dairy products like milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream.

Cooked green leafy vegetables are wonderfully dense in nutrition and also help restore proper alkaline levels in the body. They are high in iron and fiber, so they help strengthen the blood and eliminate toxins through the bowels.

Cherries, grapes, raspberries and beets are all good sources of vitamins and minerals, and don’t spike blood sugar levels. (High blood sugar is a cause of weight gain.) These foods also help purify blood.

Lean beef broths and soups are terrific sources of natural protein and enzymes. By eating beef in soups, you get the benefit of the protein but eat less of it than when consuming it as the main meal focus itself.

Ginger is a great dietary addition, as it aids digestive function. It is also a diaphoretic, which means it induces sweating and breaks up phlegm and mucus.

Garlic is also great, as it works on the stomach, blood and small and large intestines and strengthens the immune system.

By eliminating weight-gain foods like sugar, dairy and fatty and processed foods, by eating more of the foods that support wellness and bodily functions and also engaging in daily exercise, you can lose weight. In fact, you can reverse and prevent obesity. Again, obesity is not a disease; it is the cause (the preventable cause) of serious life-threatening diseases like heart disease and diabetes.

–Dr. Mark Wiley

Dr. Mark Wiley

is an internationally renowned mind-body health practitioner, author, motivational speaker and teacher. He holds doctorates in both Oriental and alternative medicine, has done research in eight countries and has developed a model of health and wellness grounded in a self-directed, self-cure approach. The Wiley Method provides a revolutionary way of providing recovery and prevention of chronic pain, illness and disease. Grab your FREE COPY of Dr. Mark Wiley's "The 3 Secrets to Optimal Health" HERE.

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  • http://www.yourpersonaldiet.com/ Paul Watson

    Good post. I went through the post and found it to be an informative one. Thanks for this good article.

    • FreedomFighter

      Buy them a set of Kettlebells, it may save a life, always a thoughtful gift idea.

      Laus Deo
      Semper Fi

  • Joanna

    Thank you Dr. Wiley
    Great Post!and a wonderful advise.
    If I can to add my 2 cents…
    as long as our society is considering 4 sandwiches for $5 at Arby’s as a bargain we will have a problem…
    as long as people are using boxes and cans to make dinner we will have a problem…
    I would venture and say that a convenience is the culprit.
    ..everything you say is 100% true!!!!, but it needs to be prepared!…a time wasting for many….

  • Bob Wire

    Thank You, I’ve never wanted to call bad habits a disease either, leaving each of us to embrace our own personal struggle.

    Control of self has never been a “given”

  • maggiemoo

    You say “Soy products are a good way to get enough protein and are also a good substitute for fattening dairy products like milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream.” Unfermented soy products are NOT a healthy choice for too many reasons to go into here. And milk products, especially raw from grass-fed animals, can in fact help with weight loss partly due to CLA in the milk.

    • http://marcum@wildblue.net coal miner

      Maggiemcoo and Sean,

      Exercise is important too.

      Some people have lack of understanding of the benefits exercise can give, the reason why they don’t engage in this kind of activity. They don’t realize how exercise is very effective in making them feel good and healthy. Here are some health benefits that are responsible to a healthy and fit body:

      Daily physical activity can help prevent heart disease and stroke. By exercising, it strengthens your heart muscle, lowers your blood pressure and raises your high-density lipoprotein. It is also responsible in improving blood flow, and increasing your heart’s working capacity. It helps your heart function more efficiently.

      Regular exercise can reduce high blood pressure as well as body fatness that usually cause the increase in blood pressure. Physical activity helps to reduce body fat by building muscle mass and improving the body’s ability to use calories. With regular exercise and combined with proper nutrition, it can help control weight and prevent obesity which is a major risk factor for many diseases.

      By developing muscle strength and endurance, improving flexibility with good posture, exercise is a big help to prevent back pains and stiff necks. To prevent osteoporosis, regular weight lifting exercise promotes bone formation accompanied with calcium intake. This may absolutely prevent many forms of bone loss associated with aging.

      Exercise boosts your energy level. Regular physical activity can leave you breathing easier. You can move faster because you are not over weight and it helps your entire cardiovascular system which is the circulation of blood through your heart and blood vessels, work more efficiently. When your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you’ll have more energy to do the things you enjoy.

      Regular physical activity can also improve your mood and boost your self esteem. Researchers also have found that exercise is likely to reduce depression and anxiety and help you to better manage stress. Experts usually recommend that you do 20 to 30 minutes of aerobic activity three times a week or more and some type of muscle strengthening activity and stretching at least twice a week. Live a worry free and stress free life to look and feel younger and healthy.

      It’s not only important to make sure you’re getting regular exercise but also the right nutrition. Juicing will help with this, use a juicer such as Oster blender or the Magic Bullet blender.

      Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?Tim Shellon

      • http://marcum@wildblue.net coal miner

        Also,

        By Brenda Goodman
        Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
        WebMD Health News
        Dec. 13, 2010 — Having higher HDL, or “good” cholesterol, may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests.

        Experts say the new study, which was published Monday in the Archives of Neurology, is further evidence of a link between heart disease and dementia, and if the finding is backed by more research, doctors think it may point to a way that people can reduce their risk of both brain and heart trouble later in life, by boosting HDL.

        “If you do things for your coronary vascular health, it clearly appears to modify your Alzheimer’s risk as well in a way we don’t completely understand.” says James R. Burke, MD, PhD, associate director of the Bryan Alzheimer’s disease research center at Duke University in Durham, N.C., who was not involved in the study.

        “It’s been clearly demonstrated that you can have a big bang for your buck in terms of your heart with HDL, and now there’s initial evidence, at least, that people who have the lowest levels of HDL at least are at a significantly increased of Alzheimer’s disease, and perhaps if you modify that, then you would modify your risk,” Burke says.

        HDL and Alzheimer’s Disease
        Researchers at Columbia University in New York followed 1,130 seniors who had no history of memory trouble or dementia.

        Every 18 months for an average of four years, participants got a battery of blood, brain, and memory tests. By the study’s end, doctors had diagnosed 101 cases of suspected Alzheimer’s disease.

        When researchers compared the cholesterol levels of study participants with and without Alzheimer’s, they found that those with the highest HDL counts, over 55 mg/dL, had about a 60% reduced risk of developing the disease compared to those whose levels were under 39 mg/dL.

        “Basically, what we found is that higher levels of good cholesterol decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease,” says study author Christiane Reitz, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Neurology at Columbia University’s Taub Institute.

        Reitz and her team also found that people with high LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, and high total cholesterol had a decreased risk of developing dementia, but when they took into account other conditions known to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s, like diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or a genetic predisposition, LDL and total cholesterol were no longer significant predictors in their own right.

        “HDL was the only one which actually stayed significant and was not explained by any of the other risks factors,” Reitz says. “For HDL it seems to be an independent association with Alzheimer’s disease with, independent of diabetes, high blood pressure and so on.”

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  • http://aol.com sean murrey

    i eat cereal and milk for breakfast that how i control my weight and watch how much i eat and what i eat.

  • http://marcum@wildblue.net coal miner
  • Beverly

    You might want to check into how estrogenic soy is, unless it’s fermented it is very unhealthy. Check Dr. Mercola’s research on soy. Too much estrogen helps contribute to breast cancer, and estrogen leaches from many sources such as plastics being one of them, Men when they are older have larger breasts, due to esterogen that we are getting when we don’t even realize it, and soy is certainly one of the causes. Great article other than that.

  • http://www.productivitysystems.com Steve Thompson

    As simplistic as this is, one wonders at the Obama Administration’s and the Members of Congress’ insistence on a pharmaceutics and insurance industries “bail out” in preference to an all-out campaign actually to address health and wellness in America. The cynic in me wants to shout that there would have been no personal or political gain to a plan that did not vest the government with the purse strings…

    • Karolyn

      At least they’re getting better foods in the schools.

      • John

        The school lunch programs are a sham and shame on Ms. Obama for backing it. One carrot and a piece of broccoli isn’t going to fix our childrens future health issues. The food pyramid is totally messed up. It isn’t the fat in meat that is making kids fat it’s the deep fried crap and polyunsaturated oils along with the HFCS that isn’t really sugar (like the commercial says it is). There is a very good article in the Jan/Feb issue of the Wellness Journal regarding what is wrong with the food pyramid. Ms O and the idiots who stand behind it need to read it and change.

  • John

    My diet consist of putting up a barbed wire fence around the fridge.

    • kerry green

      This article ignores the fact that a humans organs are responsible for its condition,for instance liver and kidney malfunctions lead to water(fluid) retention etc.,chemicals contained in various substances may stimulate these organs,but do not renew the organs.

  • AMJ

    Some good things to think about regarding our society. My only issue with the article is the sentence about SOY. It is also a contributor of bad health in our society. We’ve been programmed into thinking that soy is beneficial to our health, but the phyto-estrogens in the soy wreak havoc in our body systems. Problems can be found in men, women and children. Just avoid soy.

    • John

      Agree with you 100%. Once I found out that most SOY is now obtained from GMO’d seed like corn and both are in everything I decided to start growing my own food minus the GMO’d seeds.

  • Karolyn

    Bulletin from ANH – Food Safety Bill sneaking in! Contact your senators!
    http://www.anh-usa.org/last-minute-washington-back-room-dealing-on-food-safety/

  • Carol Benson

    You say to “exercise enough each day to burn what you put in”…..how realistic is THAT??? People are overweight because they are “putting in” over 2000 calories a day, in all likelihood. What exercises should one do, and for how long, to burn that many calories on a daily basis? Remember, people who are obese are probably not in very good shape physically in terms of being able to do a lot a strenuous exercise, especially at the beginning. If they follow your advice, how many of them do you think will stick with an exercise program, assuming they don’t have a heart attack the first day.

    Get real.

  • Mick

    I guess that the president wife thinks that pouring 4.5 billions of our money into the schools will stop people from gorging themselves ! What a waste of money for a stunt trying to show the population that they actually care………..Helloooooo…………

    • http://?? Joe H.

      mick,
      i noticed they mentioned garlic for the heart but say nothing about onions that are very good for the heart, and I can eat them where garlic later turns my stomach!!

  • http://n/a luann

    Whoa! Since when is correcting basic life-giving nutrition where there was NONE, considered a waste of money? Wait ’til the gorgers find out they are starving themselves by gorging on all the empty calories! Let the children (who learn much faster and easier) LEAD their folks!
    We must begin the biggest change at the most simple level. Bless LIFE!

  • John

    The book titled “The Omnivore’s Dilema” should be required reading in High School health classes across the country. If the population really knew what is in that “blue and yellow” box of Mac n Cheese, or how the animal that is in the burger was treated prior to it being slaughtered I would hope that they’d change their eating habits. It did mine, eating healthy isn’t cheap but eating cheap fast foods will cost you more in the end. Fast food needs to be taxed like liquor and tabacco and the money used to pay for health care. Do not get me started on corn – if they only knew…:)

  • Alice Posey

    I have had an issue with obesity for most of my life. I have studied and tried many control factors..diets, exercise, went to “experts” one doc. put me on drugs..I finally flushed those!! I was thin while taking them.. The real problem I now believe was the things I told myself..”you are fat and can not loose weight” “nothing works for me” etc.
    I am now working on changing my mind set to a different thought pattern
    I don’t eat fast food.smoke.drink.etc…life is an interesting phenomenon!!!I look at pictures (50-60 years ago) I thought I was very fat..I have a couple pieces of clothing I have kept..Wow!not fat! I was not fat!! my body believed what I kept telling myself..Now I am quite overweight! I made what I believed true..What we think..happens? may be a clue!?

  • http://www.DrRossStockwell.com Dr. Ross Stockwell

    This is good information except for a couple of items. Soy is not a good food. Soy is estrogenic and causes depressed thyroid function, breast cancer and a host of other problems.
    As for fat handling in the body. There are three types of fat on the body. Dr. Simeons described them as Structural fat, storage fat and abnormal fat. In my classes I call storage fat “pantry fat” and abnormal fat warehouse fat, to illustrate why we get and stay fat.
    There are two hormones which handle calories in the body. Insulin is the “storing” hormone and glucagon is the “accessing” hormone. And there are essentially two places fat is stored. The “pantry” is where the calories that will be used between meals, is stored. When the “pantry” is full, insulin stores the rest of the calories that you ate, in the “warehouse”. When your blood sugar starts to get low, Glucagon goes to your “pantry” for calories to keep your blood sugar up. When the “pantry” is empty, your blood sugar goes low and you need to eat something to get it up again BECAUSE Glucagon won’t go to the warehouse for calories. The warehouse has spiders and glucagon is afraid of spiders so it won’t go there. Just kidding but that illustrates the point. That is why we get and, for the most part, stay fat. If you do lose weight by cutting your calories down, below what you use in a day, you will use us your “pantry fat” first then your structural fat then muscle. When you start eating again you will add the structural fat, pantry fat and muscle and guess what? Your weight will come back. Because glucagon doesn’t access warehouse fat. There is an answer to this dilemma though.
    If you are interested in the answer…email me.

    When we eat food, it is digested and the calories are sent into the blood, raising our blood sugar. Insulin is called out to store the calories and it does a good job, storing it first in the “storage fat cells” and when those are full, it stores what is left in “warehouse” fat cells.

    • http://www.DrRossStockwell.com Dr. Ross Stockwell

      Sorry about the last few lines above. They should have been in the dialogue above. I got distracted for a couple of hours and failed to proofread. Forgive me please.
      Doctor Ross

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