OBESITY and Weight Management
Blended excerpts from Potential Within A Guide to Nutritional Empowerment
Authored by Franco Cavaleri ISBN 0-9731701-0-7
Original post: September 17, 2010
This article is composed of multiple excerpts to result in tone and content shifts and reference numbering that may be out of order.
Fat Loss Made Easy
Weight management can be a complicated battle to plan. However, with the right strategy it’s not much of a contest at all. Ageless Performance is your answer to prevention and recovery from obesity. Instead of further limiting nutrient status of the body, the program provides an unlimited supply of building blocks and metabolic co-factors for tissues, gene regulation, and healthy hormone balance. Just as important, this nourishment is delivered with a relatively low calorie value.
The nutrient density of Ageless Performance helps meet nutrient demands to alleviate deficiency cravings, and the plentiful supply of balanced fats with all the nutrient navigational factors promotes healthy eicosanoid- hormone balance and cognitive well-being.
The genes that code for the excess baggage carried around our hips might not be much different from the code thinner people possess. Similarly we might think a genetic predisposition makes us vulnerable to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and chronic inflammation—in effect, holding us prisoners for a good part of our lives—but that’s not the case at all. You can have complete control of your metabolism if you choose. However, choosing the wrong program will make things difficult.
The right program allows for change to happen very quickly and with little effort. We’ve previously discussed the consequences of limited dietary essential fatty acids: poor energy levels, hunger pangs for endorphin-secreting fats, cellular havoc, hormone imbalance, and disease, including obesity. Since animal protein sources usually contain more fat than vegetation does, animal protein sources become restricted on calorie restricted diets. The lack of protein in the common hyper-restricted diet presents two other serious problems: it contributes to the degradation of lean muscle and compromises immune-system activity. The simple addition of protein supplementation to the weight management program helps manage appetite and stimulate thermogenesis but it does not account for dietary fat requirement.
Recent studies show that we can improve the production of leptin, that fat management hormone, by simply choosing the right dietary fats. Polyunsaturated fats induce incremental leptin activity, which improves appetite and body fat management. The application of these basic principles makes fat loss easy. Consuming enough of the conditionally essential and essential polyunsaturated fats also supports healthy state of mind, mood, and immune system.
Extreme weight management programs produce the yo-yo effect. Let’s face it, fluctuating body weight isn’t healthy. A temporary state of deprivation might transform the way we look for a short period, but lost weight is usually regained unless the program incorporates easy-to-apply lifestyle changes. Most diets result in the same outcome: fast-paced, indiscriminate weight loss followed by a reward system that sends us back to the original problem—carbohydrate addiction. The outcome is the yo-yo effect, which entails weight loss, weight gain and, inevitably, more anguish.
Exponents of this kind of diet say, ―Cut back to one meal per day to really shed the pounds!‖ But one meal a day can’t supply the nutrients required to meet demands; our nutrient absorption sites just aren’t able to absorb the necessary nutrition from only one daily opportunity. The metabolic reduction that results from this single meal is the body’s attempt to reserve calories, since it thinks it’s facing a period of food scarcity. Ageless Performance involves the consumption of four and even six small meals daily. These multiple daily meals improve metabolic rate. As discussed in the previous chapter, dietary fats are most commonly eliminated in the fat-loss diet, since they deliver more than two times the calories of both carbohydrates and protein. It might seem to make more sense to cut back dietary fat because each gram delivers nine calories while protein and carbohydrates each deliver four calories per gram. However, another factor which contributes to fat gain is the actual macronutrient proportion of each meal – that is the fat, carbohydrate, to protein ratio of the meal. If fat is eliminated, carbohydrate intake usually goes up and this, in itself, changes the way the insulin-glucagon axis works in the body to collect body fat more easily than it would if fat intake were higher in the diet instead of carbohydrate intake.
A diet high in the right fats, quality protein and low glycemic index carbohydrates, which can be consumed as abundantly as desired is the way to long-term results. The right proportions in the meal can literally push the body to burn fat as an energy source to counter the calories of the meal. Just follow the plan and choose the foods from the list. Once this dietary part of the program is addressed fat loss facilitators such as thermogenic aids wont be necessary.
However, if they are applied they will melt away the pounds fast since they don’t have to contend with unhealthy hormonal cascades.
Add a mild dose of regular exercise to the right diet and fat melts away fats. Now add the fat melting nutraceuticals described in the next chapter, and you’ve set up the healthy lifestyle which will help manage body fat like never before. In addition, this program will prevent disease and premature aging.