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Weight Loss Plateaus - Blessing in Disguise?
September 30, 2006

Issue #008, October 1, 2006 Newsletter


The "Diet Free ... At Last!" Health & Lifestyle e-Newsletter is dedicated to keeping you updated on important health and weight-loss related issues...

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The Diet Free ... At Last! Weight Loss plan is not like those other unhealthy diets -- it's not a diet, it's based on healthy eating and balanced nutrition that will help you to lose weight and fat and keep it off ... forever!

  1. The Diet Free ... At Last! program does not promise you will lose the weight FAST.  Why not?  Because the faster you lose the weight, the higher your chances are of gaining it all back just as FAST!  (Not only that, but many of these diets, by not focusing on healthy eating practices, actually trigger different health conditions like gallbladder disease, fatty liver, cellulite, candida, leaky gut syndrome, essential fatty acid deficiency and more!  Click on the links below to see what symptoms these conditions have.)

  2. This program is focused on helping you to lose weight in a healthy, slow steady way.  I am more interested in helping you to, not only lose weight, but to improve your health in the process ... and you CAN do that if you choose to lose weight by eating a healthy, balanced diet. 

  3. When you lose weight too quickly on these unhealthy diets, you will be left with loose, sagging skin that is prone to wrinkling.  On this program, you will lose weight in a slow steady way, which will decrease the amount of loose, sagging skin you will have.  Also, there are many foods on this program that are specifically targeted towards improving your skin tone and reducing loose, sagging skin and wrinkles.

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  5. When you follow these other unhealthy weight loss programs, you are always hungry.  With the Diet Free ... At Last! Weight Loss plan, you're encouraged to eat lots of healthy snacks ... which are natural appetite suppressants. (And yes, you can even eat fat!  Imagine snacking -- guilt-free!)

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Table of Contents:

Article:  Weight Loss Plateaus ... A Blessing in Disguise?

"Miracle Food" of the month:  Pumpkin

Recipe of the month:  Pumpkin soup


Article:  Weight Loss Plateaus ... A Blessing in Disguise?

One of the most frustrating things when you are dieting is when your weight hits a plateau and you stop losing weight.  You can be doing everything exactly the same as before, but all of a sudden you just stop losing weight.  When that happens, it is common to panic and think you have to further decrease calorie intake to continue losing weight again, but this is usually the worst thing you can do!

If you suddenly decrease the amount of calories you eat in a day, your body thinks it is starving and it will switch on your survival mechanisms which include slowing down your metabolism.  Not only will you stop losing weight, but you are setting yourself up for massive food cravings caused by too little food intake.  Once these food cravings are triggered it is very hard to resist food and you may find yourself eating unhealthy junk food or food bingeing.  It is very easy at that time to just give up and say "what's the use of doing all this hard work if I can't even lose weight!  I might as well enjoy myself."

This of course is the first step to regaining all the weight you worked so hard to lose.  This is why yo-yo dieting is so prevalent in our society.  Many people can lose weight, but keeping it off is much harder.  So what can we do to counteract a weight loss plateau?  I have outlined a few strategies below, but you will find more in the "Diet Free ... At Last!" Weight Loss Program ....

The important thing to remember is not to panic.  Keep doing what you have been doing and even if it takes a couple of weeks, all of a sudden you will drop a few pounds, all at once.  The interesting thing about the body is that it is programmed to maintain the "status quo".  This means that the body naturally wants to settle itself at the same weight most of the time.  This is called the body's "set-point".  Basically, whether you lose or gain weight in a short period of time, your body wants to go back to its previous weight.  This is why short-term low calorie diets don't work.  You may take the weight off quickly, but your body wants to go back to its previously stable weight.

The way to overcome this is to lose weight slowly and steadily and maintain healthy eating practices.  The good thing is that once you have been able to lose weight, you will be able to easily maintain this weight as long as you do not start eating a lot of junk food again.  As long as you eat healthy most of the time, you can eat treats and more fattening foods occasionally without gaining weight ... as long as you don't start doing it everyday.

What I have noticed with my weight loss efforts is that if I have been losing weight steadily, it is like a ball rolling down a hill.  My body will be in a habit of losing weight and even the occasional treat won't stop the weight loss.  However, the opposite is also true, and if I find myself gaining weight from unhealthy eating, it is also like a ball rolling down a hill and it takes more effort to stop the ball's acceleration or else it will get out of control!

The best strategy to take is to work with your body's natural inclinations - work with its set point and try to continually lower the set point as you lose weight.  Welcome weight plateaus because that is just the body's way of re-setting the set-point.  Think of it like going down a long flight of stairs.  Sometimes it is desirable to pause on a step for a short while to catch your breath and gear up for the rest of the journey! 

Change your perception and look at weight plateaus as a positive sign of your changing and lifestyle.  And don't forget, it is important to enjoy the journey you are on.  Celebrate each success along the way.  Don't look at your weight loss journey as something you have to grit your teeth to get through so that you will finally be happy at the end when you reach your goal. 

If you do this, you are sending messages to your body that your weight loss journey has been one of sacrifice and deprivation and the chances are that you will be more prone to develop food obsessions and binge eating and regain the lost weight at some time in the future.  If, however, you celebrate your weight loss journey and re-educate the way you eat so that you enjoy eating healthy nutritious food, the message you are sending your body is that eating healthy is enjoyable and is your preferred choice.

Your journey to regaining your health by eating nutritious, healthy food is not a race!  There is no reason why you have to torture yourself to lose massive amounts of weight quickly.  Not only is it not good for your health, losing weight too quickly ...

  1. Will trigger different health conditions like gallbladder disease, fatty liver, cellulite, candida, leaky gut syndrome, essential fatty acid deficiency and more! 

  2. When you lose weight too quickly, you will be left with loose, sagging skin that is prone to wrinkling.  When you lose weight in a slow steady way, you decrease the amount of loose, sagging skin you will have.  (Also, there are many foods that are specifically targeted towards improving your skin tone and reducing loose, sagging skin and wrinkles ... More about this in the Diet Free ... At Last! program.)

  3. Losing weight too quickly often triggers yo-yo dieting and intense food cravings, making it impossible to maintain the weight loss for life.  The Diet Free ... At Last! program helps you to stop food cravings by teaching you what causes food cravings, and then teaching you how to eat a healthy diet that will stop food cravings.  (As a matter of fact, this program will teach you the "7 Miracle Foods + 1" that make all the difference in controlling food cravings.)

  4. Losing weight too quickly will cause you to lose precious muscle mass as well as fat, decreasing your metabolism, making weight loss even more difficult.  The Diet Free ... At Last! program speeds up your metabolism ... and your fat burning machine, making it much easier to lose weight and fat and maintain your ideal weight forever.

  5. When you follow these other unhealthy weight loss programs, you are always hungry.  With the Diet Free ... At Last! Weight Loss plan, you're encouraged to eat lots of healthy snacks ... which are natural appetite suppressants. (And yes, you can even eat fat!  Imagine snacking -- guilt-free!)

So what healthy weight loss program can you follow to promote these benefits, without hunger, food cravings or starving yourself on endless diets?  The "Diet Free ... At Last!" Weight Loss Program teaches you how to lose weight slowly and steadily, but most importantly, healthily. 


"Miracle Food" of the month:  Pumpkin

Everyday we hear about "new" research studies proving the "miraculous" healing powers of many different foods.  Most of these foods are really just normal everyday foods that everybody used to eat as part of a normal diet.  Of course, in the last 50 to 80 years highly processed convenience foods have taken the place of these healthy whole foods to the detriment of our health.

More and more people are replacing healthy, nutritious whole foods with nutritionally empty processed foods full of chemicals, preservatives and additives.  Food forms the building blocks of every cell and tissue in our body.  If the food we eat is nutritionally deficient, it obviously is not going to do a very good job of rejuvenating our health and preventing the development of disease.

If, on the other hand, we go back to basics and eat healthy, nutritious food, our bodies have the chance to use the vitamins and minerals in these foods to improve all areas of our health. 

Now here is a food that people do not think of when they think of a "superfood", but as you will see, pumpkin can most definitely be in included as a superfood.

So what health benefits can you expect to get from pumpkin?  This is just a short list...

  • Pumpkin is naturally low in calories and high in health-promoting Essential Fatty Acids

  • The first thing we think of with pumpkin is its colour ... and yes, that orange colour does signify that it is bursting with that most important antioxidant, betacarotene.  Betacarotene has gotten a lot of positive press because of its claim of reducing the risk of many types of cancer, as well as heart disease.  It is also known to promote eye health.  This is due to its ability to reduce free-radical damage.

  • Studies have also shown that beta-carotene is known to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol, which may reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease.

  • Pumpkin also has alpha-carotene, which is known to promote anti-aging, as well as prevent cataracts and some cancers.

  • Pumpkin is also a rich source of fibre, which in turn helps to stabilise blood sugar and insulin levels as well as lower abnormally high levels of estrogen, (known as Estrogen Dominance). They also help to improve digestive problems like constipation and diarrhea.

  • Pumpkin is rich in Vitamin A, C, E, calcium and potassium

  • As well as the flesh of the pumpkin, pumpkin seeds are also known to have amazing health benefits, such as...

    • Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc and magnesium, which is essential for continued good health.

    • Pumpkin seeds contain L-Tryptophan, which is the precursor for serotonin production.  This can help with improved moods as well as blood sugar stability.

    • Studies have been done that show that pumpkin seeds have been shown to decrease the incidence of kidney stones.

    • Pumpkin seeds are high in healthy Essential Fatty Acids Omega-3, which are the "good fats".  These good fats are essential for continued health, including good skin tone and healthy hair and nails.  They also lower your risk of heart disease.

    • Research has shown that pumpkin seeds reduce kidney inflammation and urinary problems.

    • Studies are looking into the cholesterol lowering properties of the phytosterols in pumpkin seeds.

Who would have thought a simple food like pumpkin would have so many health benefits!  And roasting pumpkin is not the only way to eat it ... there are many delicious recipes out there, but one of my favourite recipes is this delicious Pumpkin Soup...


Recipe of the month:   Pumpkin Soup

1 butternut pumpkin                3 cups chicken stock

Salt and pepper, to taste         Dash Cinnamon

Dash of nutmeg                      Sour cream

Dried parsley

 

  1. Chop up pumpkin in large chunks and boil in a large saucepan until tender
  2. Scoop flesh out of rind, place in a blender and puree until smooth
  3. Place pureed pumpkin, chicken stock, and spices in a large saucepan and simmer for 20 30 minutes.
  4. Serve with a dollop of sour cream
  5. Serves 4

 


Well, that's it for now.  Hope you've enjoyed this e-Newsletter as much as I've enjoyed writing it!  If you have any fun recipes using spinach (or any recipes at all) that you'd like to share with others, please feel free to send them to recipes@weightloss-dietfree.com and I will include them in future issues.

Take care and happy & healthy eating!

All the best,

Geri Richard

www.weightloss-dietfree.com

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