I overheard a revealing father-to-son comment while eating out. A family of 3 was seated at the table right next to me. Sadly, both parents were overweight by 40+ pounds, as was the 20 year old son. The father, speaking wisdom, commented, “Son, be very careful to protect your health, or you will end up with problems. Look at me…”
“Malnutrition” – What comes to mind? If you are like me, it is the disturbing and painful image of the frail, fly-covered, “nothing but skin and bones”, impoverished children of Africa. After seeing the suffering, we’ve all sensed that tug on our hearts to do something. Malnutrition seems all too painful and all too unnecessary in this age of plenty.
Our bodies are made of cells. Muscle cells make up muscles, brain cells make up our brain, and fat cells (known as adipocytes) make up fat. And the fact is, without ABNORMAL fat cells, unwanted weight gain cannot occur! Let me explain….
Imagine if something triggered your muscle cells to enlarge and multiply to the point that your muscles doubled, tripled, and then quadrupled in size! The added bulk would be a major bother. What if our skin cells started enlarging and multiplying to the point that our skin became baggy and was dragging around on the floor while walking? How bizarre!
I overheard a revealing father to son comment while eating out on vacation. The family of 3 was seated at the table right next to me. Sadly, both parents were overweight by 40+ pounds, as was the 20 year old son. The father, speaking wisdom, commented, “Son, be very careful to protect your health, or you will end up with problems. Just look at me…”
“I’ve just got to lose 40 pounds!”
Their family weight problem was apparent, as was the complete absence of an effective plan.
Everyone knows that losing weight and keeping it off can be difficult. But gaining weight is easy! Consider these 3 weight gain facts in America:
Is your scale “creeping” upwards? You’re not alone. Unwanted weight gain is common and can be devastating to health and happiness. 80% of Americans are now overweight, with more people joining the ranks each year. Calories from food end up as fat (what we DON’T want), instead of energy (what we DO want). Calories have become a “bad guy”!
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There is an epidemic of high blood sugar. Normally, our metabolism converts blood sugar to energy for things like fun physical activities and thinking with our brain. When resistance to this process occurs, there are rising blood sugars and a situation known as “Insulin Resistance” or “Metabolic Syndrome”. If this situation is not managed early, the result is progressive weight gain and eventually blood sugars increase to the point of Type 2 Diabetes.