UNDERSTANDING THE PRINCIPLES OF WEIGHT LOSS AND WEIGHT GAIN
Despite much knowledge about the nature of weight loss and weight gain, many misconceptions about that frustrates most of those who wish to shed or add weight. Even professionals of long experience and knowledge often harbor notions that undermine the effectiveness of their guidance.
First the widely acceptance concept that we must eat fewer calories than we expend in order to lose weight is true-generally. I say generally because there are foods in which we can eat more calories than we normally bum up and still lose weight! Of such foods we have herein recommended for the zero calorie or negative calorie diet.
This diet will maintain the weight of an individual who is normal. Yet; because this diet represents such a tremendous improvement for overweight people, it occasions drastic weight loss. The physiological principle is this: when the body’s conditions are improved, it improves itself. In short, when practices become healthful the body will normalize, that is, return itself to a healthy condition.
Secondly, the concept that some people cannot lose weight no matter how little food they eat or how much activity they engage in is erroneous. All fat gain represents an intake and appropriation of calories greater than expenditure. Fat is not made out of thin air. This is demonstrated by these same individuals when they fast (stop all food intake except water), eat a negative calorie diet or eat such a vastly improved diet that the body goes into a catabolic stage.
Thirdly, any weight-loss diet should be of natural foods that humans naturally eat. Fasting is less harmful than a diet that is deficient. For instance, obese individuals can live a few months with an intake of only water and improve in health as well as lose weight. Or they can eat liberally a diet to which humans are biologically adapted, and likewise improve in health and simultaneously undergo drastic weight loss. In contrast many individuals have died as a result of a lopsided diet consisting of almost all proteins, cooked and/or processed foods. The all-meat diet, as an example, is so deficient and so pathological that the Chinese have used it in execution of death sentences on criminals. Life would have been several times longer and involve less suffering without any food and just water.
To skirt the many pitfalls of weight loss, we must cultivate a better understanding of foods and how the body handles them under conditions of underweight, normal weight and overweight. We must disencumber ourselves of the many current limited beliefs about food, digestion and metabolism.
Some of the observations and principles pertaining to weight loss, weight maintenance and weight gain which shed light upon the subject of this issue are as Follows:
1. There are two types of weight gain, one undesirable and one desirable to a point.
A.} There is muscular weight gain with concomitant weight gain in bone and organ systems.
B.} Most weight gain is in fact reserves. About 25% of body weight is normally fat reserves. We witness individuals who have fat that comprises 70% of their total weight … We see individuals weighing 300 pounds who should weigh no more than 125.
2. Muscular weight gain arises from vigorous and heavy muscular work and training, not from eating. Proteins contribute most heavily to this type of weight gain, yet our natural diet has sufficient protein to support rapid weight gain when exertion and training place a pronounced demand for muscular development.
3. To lose weight, caloric expenditures must be greater than caloric assimilation by the body.
4. To maintain weight, eating should be as little as possible without loss from an “ideal” weight.
5. To gain weight healthfully, we must indulge in a diet of foods natural to our palate. Weight gain should result primarily from heavy exertion as in weight lifting. This places a demand upon the body to cope. It responds by
building up muscular tissues and development of supporting organs. If we are deficient in fat reserves we must partake of foods from which we can digest, appropriate and assimilate more caloric values than we expend in digestion and activity.
6. On a biological correct health regime, overweight individuals undergo drastic weight loss regardless of calories consumed. When the body’s living circumstances are markedly improved, Its condition is correspondingly improved and normalization occurs. The first step is the Initiation of a catabolic stage, that ii, a breaking down.
7. Eating heavily of protein will not cause weight or muscular development. While proteins are the building materials of the body. the body does not develop muscles unless there is a demand for them-unless heavy exertion places a call upon the system to cope.
8. Underweight individuals who have no irremediable metabolic impairments gain weight on a biological correct regimen of living.
9. Meals eaten in the morning will often prove negative-calorie meal whereas the same meals eaten in the evening will occasion weight gain. The body has spent the previous night of rest in charging the liver and cells with about 2.000 calories of ready reserves in the form of glycogen. That is enough to last all but heavy laborers for a full day. Until that reserve is substantially depleted the body is more likely to absorb but little of the food eaten in the morning while we are active and absorb much of it in the evening when there is demand for food and we are Inactive, thus giving our digestive faculties reign to our energies.
10. Eating heavily of protein food will not result in fat accumulation. Human lose some 70% of the caloric values of protein in the strenuous process of digesting and deaminizing them, that ii, the body is only about 30% efficient in utilization of protein as energy or fat reserve. As long as there are carbohydrates in the diet, protein are spared. Proteins in excess of need Will either be putrefied in the digestive tract or be broken down in the system and excreted through the kidney at great expense to kidney health.
11. Fats in the diet usually end up as fat in me body. Fats are second-rate foods. The body does not readily break them up and create glycogen/glucose from them. As long carbohydrates (sugar) are available to the body, it does not use fats. The human body uses glucose as its primary and most efficient energy source.
12. When the body is unhealthy or not very vital it tends to hoard reserves against anticipated crises and scarcity. This is in accord with the this is in accord with the survival instinct. If the body is active and vital and fed vital food It will not become overweight.
13. A vigorously active and vital body will excrete protein, fats and carbohydrates in excess of its needs. Growth rather than accumulation occurs from heavy exercise in conjunction with heavy eating. A person who overeats regularly taxes his or hers vitality and cannot stay Well.
14. Regardless of how carbohydrates are eaten – as starches refined sugars or a simple sugar (as in fruits) they are used by the body only in the form of glucose. Hence, the complex carbohydrates of starch foods must be converted from polysaccharides to disaccharide and then to monosaccharides or simple sugar before absorption can occur. Not only are human s starch splitting capacity limited but the energies involved in handling starchy foods is about 65% to 70%. This compares with 90% to 95% for sweet fruits.
15. Green leafy vegetables and some non-sweet fruits commonly called vegetables yield no surplus calories to the body. They are truly zero calorie food. because their calories are bound up in their indigestible cellulose. More calories are expended in their processing than are obtained from them. Hence, they can be referred to as negative calorie food.
A study of these salient points about the body and its proclivities for weight gain or loss, will give you pointers that can be useful in pursuit of your health goals. Certainly, the elaboration of these principles and observations in the article herewith will greatly assist you in undemanding and applying them.