There are many things sabotaging people from proper, rapid weight loss. Wine beverage people have their own brains and anxiety to get in the manner (which is the reason I use hypnosis, NLP, and EFT to assist) but there are myths out there that make people think incorrectly about rapid, safe dieting. Offer seen, “Losing more than one to two pounds a week is unsafe?” Or “You should never skip breakfast! That messes up your metabolism!” or “Look how those French people eat! That plate is tiny! That’ can’t be enough!” “Medicines and supplements can enhance your weight loss!” These are a handful of the myths people say to me and my patients when they embark on the rapid weight loss plans I place them on for fast, healthy weight release.
Well, as a physician, I too have heard these things from nutritionists, dietitians, and other doctors and expert colleagues who still work under an old paradigm of what’s right and wrong in dieting. I’m here to share a new paradigm to bust these myths to enable you to lose weight safely and rapidly just as your body has been designed to do.
As a physician who has successfully helped 50 patients lose a total of 2000 pounds, or typically 40 pounds each, in a 5 month period, Let me tell you that these myths only get in how of healthy and safe rapid weight loss. And NO! These patients did NOT have gastric bypasses or lap bands! They used their bodies’ natural weight loss guides to succeed.
Let’s talk body basics. We eat to stay alive. When we eat extra it becomes fat. When we don’t eat enough to sustain ourselves, the fat is burned off utilize what we’ve stored. It’s that simple. All mammals have this ability. Fat allows our body to have sugar and nutrients to stay alive and disappears when we do not have sufficient going in our mouths.
However there are all these little nuances to that simplicity that are employed confuse you and help perpetuate these myths to losing weight.
1. “Losing more than 1-2 pounds a week is unsafe.”
I have safely guided my patients through a 1-pound-a-day weight loss through low-calorie diets. It works which is safe and was how we were genetically designed to use fat. I sometimes think the people who use this first myth are justifying people staying on their diets or regimens longer. It sells gym memberships and sells monthly weight-loss programs that cost 50-1000 dollars a month. If it’s normal to just lose 1 pound a week, you can keep someone who needs to lose 80 pounds on that diet for 80 weeks! That’s ample cash! If you look to the Mayo Clinic website there are multiple articles explaining against losing more than 1-2 pounds per week, however you see that they discuss rapid, doctor-assisted weight loss for the unhealthiest patients. Why do we do that for them but not healthier patients? I have made no distinction and the results have been great. But yes, these patients lose weight with the guidance of a physician so that I can ensure there won’t be any problems during the weight loss.
With my lose weight programs that I have given my patients, they can lose 30 pounds in 30 days, 80 pounds in 80 days, 150 pounds in 150 days, et cetera. I just had a patient come in today who lost 50 pounds in 50 days, came off 3 medicines for blood pressure, who feels great. Her blood pressure is 100/80 now when it was 150/90 when we started. Are you telling me a slower weight loss would get better because of her so she could have high blood pressure levels even a day longer? I don’t think so. She’s healthier and safer in a rapid period of time with my hypnosis and rapid weight loss techniques that I will explain later in an upcoming article.
2. “Don’t skip breakfast. It’s unhealthy in a diet and you won’t lose as many pounds!”
Eating breakfast keeps your metabolism in line so you use-up more calories through the day. This is correct if you are at a steady weight. However, with regards to losing weight, eating breakfast is not an accelerator of weight loss. The calories going in still need to go somewhere. Yes, you definitely get more obese in the long run if you skip breakfast, and then eat normal amounts of food for lunch and dinner afterward. A person who skips breakfast puts their body in starvation mode so that any excess food that you eat later in the day instantly becomes fat as the body scrambles to keep any sugar available systems after being told it’s starving when breakfast is skipped.
However, if you skip breakfast, and then take in small quantities of food for lunch and dinner, (lower amounts of calories than is needed for a full day), you WILL BURN FAT to replace with energy that you do not possess coming in from food. So skipping breakfast, during a lower calorie intake period, permits you to burn excess fat. It’s the way God designed us. When we were hunter-gatherers and we roamed the earth for the following food supply as nomads, there would be times where the winter would come in and the food supply would drop, or there would be times of famine where there just wasn’t a food supply. God was smart enough to design us with a source of sugar during these times of need for food. All mammals have this food storage system called fat. Possibly those commercials asking to aid children starving in other countries, those children are relying on these fat stores to survive their lack of adequate nutrients.
God and evolution also designed us to HEALTHILY use up this fat store when we do not have sufficient food. Fasting is how we were designed utilize our fat, so anyone who tells you weight loss through fasting is unhealthy has an argument with the Big Guy who designed this survival system. Through time our body has adapted to using fat for food storage to allow survival through times of famine or starvation. If it was unhealthy, the system wouldn’t exist as it was through evolution and nature. The fittest survive, and those with fat storage systems survived longer travelers have the no food.
Well this is one way this system got bastardized. After we went through the ice age and became agrarian in our economy, an abundant food supply existed. We didn’t starve anymore, and we don’t starve anymore because right we have now plenty of farms and excess food stores to supply us with nourishment. The supermarkets have been bigger and supersized as has our readily available fast food. It’s funny it is called fast food because although it is fast as a result of rapid service, here is the very food that prevents us from fasting anymore free of cost . Readily available. In fact we overindulge and never starve, and that leaves us with huge food stores in our body through obesity.
Add to that that we have, during the last 15 years, added huge amounts of sugars to our food as fillers and as fat replacements to add flavor. So furthermore we not starve anymore in the middle-class western hemisphere, we also give ourselves more food than we need and thus we are more obese than ever. (Don’t get me started on our first ever epidemic of obese 6-month-olds because of recent additions of fructose to formula).
So we don’t starve anymore but we have a plentiful harvest every time we walk into a supermarket. Since people don’t starve, we have no chance at using our natural human system for sugar storage and release: Fat burning through Calorie deprivation.
That’s where Gastric bypass, mouth wiring, lap band procedures come in. Instead of having famines or food shortages or winter times to naturally allow us to shed weight as we were designed, we use artificial surgeries to force our unhealthiest members of the population, the severely obese, in losing weight the way Nature had intended. Forced calorie droughts through surgical means work but have high-level surgical risks for these unhealthy patients. Through my experience with my own patients and those of my colleagues, I’ve seen our patients die after these procedures from sepsis (Body infections), Heart conditions, complications of the surgery itself and anesthesia, malnourishment, iron deficiency anemia, vitamin deficiency, and depression-induced suicides. I even had one patient die from bulimia after the procedure. Not everyone gets the psychological support they need nor do they get the guidance of what to anticipate once they shed the excess weight.
Also there is a phenomenon of displeasure and poor satisfaction with the results after they have lost weight. When I say satisfaction, I am talking about life satisfaction. Many people lose weight through surgery only to discover that the tremendous changes they’ve been told would happen in their lives don’t happen. Guys who lost weight aren’t suddenly dating models, Women aren’t suddenly happy to have smaller dress sizes. There isn’t any sudden acceptance into social circles after this rapid weight loss change. Leading to a sense of defeat.
4. “Medicines and supplements can enhance your weight loss!”
Some people use medications and miracle supplements to enable them to not notice hunger but eat less. I get asked at least 50 times a month by patients and friends to give them phentermine. Nobody I know who has used phentermine has had a sustained weight loss, they haven’t lost large amounts of weight, and the risks of the medication are good for people who already have enlarged hearts or elevated blood pressures. You aren’t supposed to take it with high blood pressure levels, atherosclerosis, glaucoma, or any heart conditions, conditions that many obese people already have. The medication will make you restless, nervous, dry of the mouth, and induce insomnia. But people are so desperate to lose weight naturally they keep looking for artificial means of weight loss.
Worst of all, I’ve had a few patients nowadays come to me to find that their use of that medicine with Fenfluramine before has led to Heart valve problems and a lifelong cardiac condition. If you need to continue to believe in medicines and supplements as weight loss miracles, you should plan on giving up large amounts of money for minimal weight loss. There are many supplements and medicines that enhance your weight loss such as orlistat and phentermine itself. But to truly keep the results, you’ll want to make changes that are sustainable. With the methods I use, the results are sustainable and ongoing and are real life methods… ones that the patient can understand and never have to do point calculations and higher math nor do they need to buy foods processed and packaged by someone else. You need to use whatever food you like. My next blog will explain how.
3. “French diets are tiny! This restaurant is gaping me!”
Now here are food amounts and how people joke about the small quantities of food the French serve in their restaurants. If you look at pictures of people from the USA before 1960, you will note we were a lean nation then. People’s plates were smaller, we ate less food, and we were in trim shape in most cases. Review your grandparent’s pictures and those of your great grandparents — a picture is worth 1000 words. People ate leaner and survived at a thinner weight. Compare a restaurant plate then to one now you can get from Atlantic City or Las Vegas Buffets. Those plates are HUGE.
In these days of super-sizing, buffets, and large dinner plates, the mindset is quite different. We expect a full plate these days, and we expect second helpings of what we like. We like sugary drinks. And all together, the population back then wasn’t as far off from what we do now in the realms of exercise and training. Sure, we have highly developed cross training and intense burning and core body exercises now, but isn’t it funny how not several of these new regimens aren’t the same as the past (Kettle bells are back in vogue for training? Lifting tires?). The only difference is our perceived eating needs have changed to explain the lean bodies of our grandparents to our own. Do you see fat skeletons of cavemen and women in the museums?
France has not strayed very far from its previous eating patterns. In fact in American Movies and commercials we are constantly making fun of the small portion sizes in the French diet. However what they are eating in portion is actually in accordance with what truly is needed. Just Google “world obesity rankings” and you’ll see where US and France currently stand. You’ll see USA at a 30% obesity rate (3 out of 10 Americans is obese) versus France at Number 23 out there with a 9.4% obesity rate (Just less than 1 out of 10). The closest country to the USA, Mexico, is at 24%, so we are WAY over the rest office the world in America.
So these days, almost all of the population has a skewed view of proper food amounts in our diet, we have a food supply full of sugars and high fructose corn syrup, and we go back for seconds and clean our plates. Add to this the vast amounts of food we offer for celebrations. The last wedding I went to for 200 people there were 5 large tables of all-you-can-eat food and all-you-can-drink free alcohol. Way over the handfuls of food you should be eating. Christmas time is always a gut buster, and Easter and Halloween are candy-based foods. Gluttony is en vogue these days. The USA has been battered by constant commercials about food and eating to create a normal portion size that of a super big burger and large sized fries and large sugary soda. We have learned to eat until full rather than to eat when satisfied. The handful of food in the French diet is normal and not wasteful! We no longer should be brainwashed to eat until full. We haven’t been listening to our bodies to stop eating as satisfied. (This is among the subconscious commands I give my hypnosis clients to help them lose weight). Eat when hungry, stop when satisfied. Avoid being full as that’s the signal from the body that you went too far.
All these myths I’ve mentioned above prevent appropriate weight maintenance and rapid weight loss. They are just some of the myths that make naysayers say while the doers lose weight with me. In Neurolinguistic programming and Hypnosis we talk about “Frames”: Those reference points’ people use to view the world. The standard frame is optimist vs. pessimist — do you see the glass as half empty or half full? People who see the glass half full are those who see most things in their lives as positive, those who see it as half empty have a pessimistic tone to the things which happen in their lives. If you believe in these myths, you are already framed to not accept the paradigms and information I am about to present to you over the following blog. These beliefs have clouded doctors and their patients for years to what is right and wrong about weight loss. When we reframe these thoughts from generally accepted truths to myths and barriers to our success in weight loss, we have freed ourselves to accept it is safe to lose a pound a day using our natural mechanism for food intake reduction.
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