Think about it… calories are the ONLY source of power for humans. You see, energy is stored in food as “calories”. When calories are consumed, they energize human metabolism and human function for all sorts of activities. Whether building muscle and bone, thinking thoughts, growing hair, fighting disease-causing viruses and bacteria, or running a marathon, only calories can meet our energy needs. Calories are mandatory for life, health, and productivity.
Being at a healthy weight is a “must” for Optimum Health. This fact is no longer debated. And you know that to be true from experience. If our body starts storing too much weight (body fat), there will be negative health consequences. On the other hand, once that weight starts coming off, health often improves quickly and dramatically. I’ve seen this with thousands of individuals on their weight loss journey. Although a change to our daily routine is required, let’s consider some of the benefits.
I overheard a revealing father-to-son comment while eating out on vacation. 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…”
Did you know that weight gain, an excessive appetite, high cholesterol, high blood sugars, heart disease, and diabetes have a common nutritional deficiency? The deficiency is present in over 90% of Americans and is related to fiber. It is a true epidemic, and almost every American is a victim! High fiber foods like oat bran, beans, rice bran, barley, citrus fruits, and berries tend not to be daily foods for most Americans, and that has created a problem. The message is that…
Do you have a “sluggish” metabolism? If so, it impacts you daily. After all, your metabolism is the driving force for 3 crucial aspects of life:
- Energy production from food and/or body fat
- Life functions (breathing, heart beating, and digestion)
- A strong and healthy body (brain, bones, muscles, and hair)
You’ve likely heard before that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” But do you know why it is true?
In many ways, breakfast sets the energy and metabolism “tone” for the day. Will this be a day of high energy, muscle building, and feel good brain chemistry? Or, a day of fatigue, excessive food cravings, and a sluggish, fat-storing metabolism?
A recent research article amused me. The researchers wanted to see if people got hungry while dieting. (I could have saved them some time on that question.) The diet reduced daily calories by 25% for 4 days. Then they measured appetite drive, the wanting of food, and cravings. After the 4-day diet, they let people eat as much as they wanted. Imagine eating just ¾ of what you are used to for 4 days and then someone asking you if you were hungry and if you wanted to eat at a big buffet. The researchers found people saying “Yes, bring it on! I’m hungry!”