8 Common Misperceptions about Obesity and Why Body Ecology is the Ideal Obesity Solution
In the United States, more than 60% of adults are overweight , with 24% falling into the category of obese.1
At the same time, the diet industry posts $40 billion in revenue every year!2
How can so many people be obese when we spend so much money on weight loss?
Like many Americans, you may be worried about your weight, but the diet industry does not make money if you lose weight and keep it off. The Body Ecology program is a better alternative that helps you stay naturally trim and healthy for life.
Obesity is a complex problem, but a lot of information out there on food and fat is just plain wrong. Read on as we set the record straight about obesity and weight loss misconceptions.
Myth: Eating fat can make you fat.
Fact: You actually need to eat healthy fats to lose fat.
Body Ecology says: Healthy fats and oils are essential! You need a range of essential fatty acids from fats and oils to maintain a healthy weight and to keep your body functioning properly. The key is to choose organic, unrefined fats and oils.
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), one essential fatty acid, has been shown to build muscle mass, regulate metabolism, and decrease chronic inflammation. You can get CLA from raw butter and the meat and dairy products from grass fed animals.
Coconut oil is another healthy fat, rich in essential fatty acids and ideal for cooking. It is anti-fungal, anti-viral and stimulates your thyroid, which regulates your metabolism. Body Ecology recommends organic gluten-free extra virgin coconut oil.
Don’t be afraid of healthy fats and oils! Include them in your diet, and you’ll look and feel better.
Myth: Food makes you fat.
Fact: Obesity is the result of many factors including your lifestyle, diet, sleep and exercise patterns, drug use, genetics, and environmental toxins.
Body Ecology says: Certain foods can contribute to weight gain, but the real key is your digestion. Poor digestion and toxins create an acidic environment in your body where pathogenic microorganisms (like yeast, bacteria and fungi) can thrive, making you sick and leading to weight gain.
The Body Ecology protocol for health and wellness promotes a healthy inner ecosystem made of friendly microorganisms (microflora) that live in your intestines and keep you healthy and strong.
These microflora help digest your food, strengthen your immune system, and keep you safe from parasites and other pathogens in your food. They literally make vitamins (Bs and K) inside you, and even help you maintain a normal weight.
Myth: High protein diets help you lose weight.
Fact: Excess protein consumption is associated with health risks including heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, kidney stones, and elevated levels of ammonium in the female reproductive tract that lead to difficulty conceiving.4
Body Ecology says: Try to seek balance in your diet, emphasizing land and/or ocean vegetables, with a focus on raw, cultured vegetables to improve your digestion and your vitality.
80% of your food should be land and/or ocean vegetables with the other 20% being protein OR grain. However, the key is not just how much protein you eat, it’s also about whether you digest protein. Most people do not have enough stomach acid to digest protein, creating toxins in their body and setting the stage for illness, aging and weight gain.
Fermented foods and drinks feed your inner ecosystem with the best probiotics (beneficial microflora) and help you digest your protein foods better.
To learn more, read: The Surprising Reason You May be Aging Prematurely: Improper Protein Digestion.
Myth: Whole grains and cereals help you lose weight.
Fact: Common carbohydrates like grains, breads, flour products and pasta can actually damage your digestive system and feed pathogenic (bad) bacteria and yeast that lead to weight gain.5
Since most of the beneficial fiber has been removed from many commercial flour products, these foods move slowly through your digestive system. With their sticky, glue-like consistency, they literally “gum up” your intestines.
Body Ecology says: High quality carbohydrates are necessary for proper digestion and metabolism.6 Consumption of Body Ecology’s grain-like seeds:millet amaranth, quinoa and buckwheat can enhance digestion, feed your healthy microflora, help you sleep better and control your blood sugar.
Learn how to incorporate Body Ecology “grains” into your diet by reading The Risks of Consuming Typical Grains & The Healthy Grains to Choose Instead.
Body Ecology recommends grain-like seeds, like quinoabecause they are wonderful for weight loss, improve your digestion and regulate your blood sugar.
Myth: Obesity is ONLY genetic.
Fact: Hundreds of genes influence body weight, but their interaction is complex. Your environment, behavior, level of exercise and even viral, bacterial and fungal infections contribute to weight gain.7
Body Ecology says: When your inner ecosystem is out of balance, many adverse health conditions occur that can contribute to weight gain. Body Ecology’s anti-viral and anti-fungal protocol can create a healthy inner ecosystem, heal your body, and prevent weight gain.
To learn how, read: How the Bacteria in Your Gut Affect Your Body Weight & How to Get the Balance Right, sheds light on the bacterial and viral connections to obesity.
Myth: Exercise is the ONLY solution to obesity.
Fact: Exercise, combined with healthy eating and lifestyle habits lead to balance in all things, including your weight. Vigorous exercise can decrease visceral fat, the kind of fat that surrounds your vital organs and causes inflammation, elevated blood sugar and weight gain.8
Body Ecology says: Regular exercise burns dangerous visceral fat, stimulates your colon and enhances elimination. Deep breathing during aerobic exercise also releases carbon dioxide, helps alkalize your blood, and can reduce stress.
Find an exercise program that you enjoy and do it regularly as part of your healthy weight maintenance, in addition to healthy diet and lifestyle habits, like getting plenty of refreshing sleep.
One of our favorite ways to exercise at Body Ecology is with a Softbounce Rebounders. Rebounders not only give you a pleasant, gentle and effective workout, they also help strengthen your organs and cleanse your lymphatic system.
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Myth: Stress has no effect on weight.
Fact: Chronically stressed people experience weight gain, abdominal obesity, type II diabetes, and cardiovascular disease more frequently than less stressed people.9
Body Ecology says: Stress makes your blood acidic, robs your body of minerals, and causes you to store fat.
Myth: There is no cure for obesity.
Fact: Obesity is not a fact of life.
Body Ecology says: Do not let genes, environment or illness keep you from living life at a healthy weight. You can choose foods that help you create health and energy, beginning with your inner ecosystem.
As you start to choose foods that support your body’s natural healing process, you will shed pounds and reduce your risk for illness and disease.
Overall, we just want to feel good. Body Ecology is the key to feeling good from the inside out. Eating the high-energy foods on the Body Ecology program can help you gain the vitality you need to coax your body’s natural healing and metabolic processes back to optimal levels.
Body Ecology also has solutions for the growing epidemic of childhood obesity. In the coming weeks be sure to read our feature on how Body Ecology can treat childhood obesity.
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- Findings Further Link Inflammation, Obesity, and Type-2 Diabetes, Research at Penn, 2 Dec 2004. http://www.upenn.edu/researchatpenn/article.php?876&hlt
- The Surprising Reason You May be Aging Prematurely: Improper Protein Digestion, BodyEcology.com. /articles/getting_enough_protein.php
- Fallon, Sally. “Dirty Secrets of the Food Processing Industry,” WestonAPrice.com. http://www.westonaprice.org/modernfood/dirty-secrets.html
- Warning: No-Carb/Low-Carb Diet Can Cause Serious Health Problems, Oleda.com.
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- Perez, Sylvia, “Belly Fat Danger,” ABCGlobal.Go.com, 28 Feb 2007. http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=health&id=5079548. Dangerous visceral fat builds up if you don’t exercise, can go down if you do, MedicalNewsToday.com, 15 Sep 2005.
- Dallman, Mary F. et al, “Chronic Stress and Obesity: A new view of ‘comfort food,'” PNAS.org, 15 Sep 2003. http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/full/100/20/11696