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same can be said for eating. At their core people don’t want to eat 5000 calories per
You may ask how some people eat like crap and stay skinny. Well, first of all, being
skinny doesn’t mean you are healthy. A high metabolism may be a benefit, but it’s not a
cure-all. (21)(2) I’ve read about some scientists researching an enzyme or lack there of
in the digestive system. Some people have the enzyme which encourages fat storage
while some people don’t which means they can burn fat as energy more often. Either
way, that gene has nothing to do with whether or not you get enough nutrients.
Lot’s of skinny people get sick all the time, have diseases or get cancer just the same
as overweight folks. So that’s why I submit we define being unhealthy as, “not getting
enough nutrients.” Everyone is different. As you are reading this, you may feel that you
could lose some extra pounds, or if that’s not a problem, not getting sick and not
worrying about cancer would be nice right?
We’ll get into the nuts and bolts of the nutrients our body needs later on, but for now go
with this: Gaining weight and getting sick is the result of not getting enough of the
nutrients that our body needs to operate and stay healthy. Everyone is different and
therefore will have different specific needs. There are basic needs common to everyone
and this book will give you the knowledge to meet your basic nutrient needs. In
addition, the more you learn about different nutrients the better you can help your body
meet its individual needs. The best medicine is the knowledge of how to recognize your
unique needs and meet them.
WHY DIETS FAIL
(1) Diets at their core are designed to deprive our bodies of calories. Conventional
thinking says that over-eating, or too many calories are what makes us fat and/or
unhealthy in the first place. We just addressed the root causes of being unhealthy and
overweight, so already you can begin to see that just cutting calories is not the solution.
Your body is a giant battery and has fat stores in it. When you deprive it of the food
energy it needs, yes, it will begin to burn fat for energy. The fat is converted to glucose
(blood sugars) and then burned as the energy you need. However, this is a short-term
fix. The second you cheat or break your diet (eat more calories) your body reacts by
storing even more fat. You have confused it into thinking that you may starve yourself
again and so the reaction is to put on even more weight to prepare for this possibility.
You have probably heard this referred to as the “yo-yo effect.”
That brings us to the next reason diets fail. They are temporary! No “diet” I have ever
heard of can last forever. Additionally, we are hard wired to want variety. Boredom is a
real human emotion and it relates to our food as well. Unless we grew up eating a very
limited diet, and have never deviated from it, our senses desire variety. Given that, in
any calorie cutting diet, there is not enough variety to keep us from cheating. Even if
you have enough will power to make it to your “weight loss goal” most people go back to