Obesity Code Unlocking Secrets of Weight Loss

Are you pre-diabetic, diabetic or obese? Do you love someone who is? If so, you need to read this book! 

As someone who loves someone who was a type 2 diabetic, this epidemic is very personal to me. It is frustrating when your loved one is sick, their blood sugar is out of control and the doctor just wants to give them a pill (metformin in our case) and send them on your way.

This is where the problem is.

Pills don’t cure the disease. They are simply a band-aid. Unless you fix the cause of the disease, it will continue to get worse. We couldn’t let that happen. We had to turn this disease around.

And we did it by changing our diet. He reversed his diabetes and dropped 50 pounds. I was lucky, my obesity hadn’t turned into diabetes yet, but I was heavier than I should have been and very unhealthy.

As part of my weight loss journey, I found myself hungry for more and more knowledge. I mean, I learned by watching my body shrink down from a size 16 down to a size 8 how to be healthy but I wanted to know more. Why does is my body healthier by eating more fat and fewer carbs? Why is it many diabetics are able to reverse their diabetes simply by eliminating sugar from their diet? I got all of my questions answered in this book.

The Obesity Code: Unlocking The Secrets of Weight Loss by Jason Fung, MD

In this book, Dr. Fung answers many of the questions that I needed answers to. And he explains them in an easy way to understand.

First, he talks about the epidemic. And yes, obesity is an epidemic. Just look around. Here in America, it seems as though there are more overweight people than people of normal weight. And the number of obese people is ridiculous.

There are more obese children than ever before in history. This is scary for me. Whats even scarier is learning that there are more type 2 diabetic children and teens with liver disease than ever before! This is frightening to me and really sad.

In the first section of the book, Dr. Fung talks about some of the myths about weight loss. For example, the idea of “eating less and moving more”. I can tell you from my personal experience as someone who ate less and worked out daily that it doesn’t work! No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t lose the fat.  I consistently was overweight regardless of how much I worked out.

It wasn’t until I eliminated sugar and added more fat that I was able to get my weight under control. You see, we are wrong when we had this idea that eating less will help us lose weight. In this book, Dr. Fung explains some of the lies that we were taught. And you will realize that you were not crazy. And if you are overweight, it isn’t your fault. You just need to learn what actually works.

This books helped me to understand how my body works and about how insulin is what controls my weight not necessarily calorie intake. And actually, in part 3 Dr. Fung says he can make anyone fat simply by giving them insulin. He believes that insulin is the cause of obesity. So this explains why counting calories don’t work. Actually as crazy as it seems, insulin

This book really helped to clear up the confusion I have over the obesity problem we have here in the US. It is actually pretty simple. Obesity isn’t about calories in and calories out.

Obesity is about having a hormonal imbalance. The two hormones that play a role in weight loss and weight gain are insulin as discussed above and cortisol.

So what about the hormone cortisol aka stress hormone? After reading this book, I have learned that yes, in fact, stress can cause weight gain and obesity. Also, the lack of sleep can add stress to the body and trigger cortisol. So I think we can all benefit with a little rest and relaxation. Sleep is very important.

He also goes into great detail about how a low carb diet actually does help you lose weight and get healthy. Yes, Atkins had it right all along. It seems us Americans are hardheaded at times. A great example is a low-fat diet that I knew most of my life. From the time I was a teenager until my late 40’s, I believed the hype that fat was bad and you should eat low-fat food. Yet, as a country, eating this way made us fat. Duh. So it is only logical that fat isn’t the problem.

If you were like me and think that fat is the problem (not sugar), then you really need to read this book. I promise you will not be disappointed and it may save your life or the life of a loved one.

 

 

Food Crazy Mind The Book

Food Crazy Mind: 5 Simple Steps to Stop Mindless Eating and Start a Healthier, Happier Relationship with Food

I love “Food Crazy Mind”. Davina Chessid writes about the most challenging part weight loss and that is a mindset. We are our own worst enemy or should I say our minds are.

Are you a mindless eater? Do you binge eat? Do you eat when you are not even hungry? If you are, you are not alone.
I was a grazer. If a food was there, I would eat it, even if I wasn’t hungry. So if you are a mindless eater, Food Crazy Mind is a book for you.

The Author, Davina Chessid shares her personal experience in a humorous was as she walks her readers through the “5 simple steps to stop mindless eating and start a healthier, happier relationship with food”.

You will love Davina’s writing style. She makes you feel like you are just hanging out with a friend. She writes about her personal experience so you find yourself relating to what she says because you are the same way. And I love this because no one wants to feel like they are the only one struggling with obsessing over food.

STEP 1 Exploring Resistance

This is when we want to make changes, but we end up sabotaging our efforts because the root problem is that we are afraid of change. This step is all about going deep and figuring out why you keep putting off making the changes that are needed. If you can’t figure out why you can’t make a change.

I have to warn you, exploring resistance can be difficult. It is about honesty and truth. Sometimes we believe our own lies and we hide behind our fears. Perhaps we use our fat bodies as a sort of a body armor to protect ourselves. But the bottom line is. We have to figure out why we resist change.

STEP 2 Introducing Mindfulness

Mindfulness is simply observing yourself. It isn’t about making changing tor doing anything different. It is about simply being aware of when you eat, why you eat, how you eat. It’s about being aware of the emotions you are feeling at that moment.

I love this section because you get to sort of play pretend. She suggests that you think back to a time when food was an issue. And put yourself back in that situation but pretend you’re are at your ideal size. In your mind walk yourself through how you might feel and act when you are your future healthier self.


STEP 3 Looking at Feelings

This section is about the reality that most of us who have struggled to lose weight often don’t eat because we are hungry. We eat for other reasons. Looking back I realize I actually eat my feelings. I was an emotional eater. And I will always be. But being aware of it gave me control over food.

It’s about taking time to think before you eat. It’s about just taking a few minutes to ask what you are feeling before you eat.


STEP 4 The Power of Habit

Change can be difficult, but once you make changes for the better and repeat it enough that it becomes a habit, it sort of becomes automatic. You almost don’t even need to think about it anymore.

However, changing a bad habit can be difficult as you have been doing it for a while. But in this section, the author gives many ideas and suggestions to help anyone get control and change their habits and over time, their relationship with food.

STEP 5 The Significance of Self Image

This is all about learning to love yourself for who you are. The development of self Esteem while losing weight is really tough.

I know because I spent many months working on pulling back all the layers and realizing that I am perfect just the way I am. I wrote an entire post about the development of self Esteem while losing weight. It is tough but so empowering. It is the final step to releasing the hold that food has on you.

This final step is about changing your thinking and introducing positive self-talk and changing your self-image.

I recommend this book to anyone who struggles with control. It will help you understand why you do the “crazy” things you do when it comes to food. The most important thing is to understand you are never alone.


 

 

A Ketogenic Diet For Beginners

If you are curious about a Low-Carb, High-Fat diet then The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners: Your Essential Guide to Living the Keto Lifestyle is a for you. It is a very easy read that anyone will be able to understand.

The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners: Your Essential Guide to Living the Keto Lifestyle

There are 3 sections to this book. The first section is about the Ketogenic Lifestyle. In this section of the book, we are taught how the body works and what you will need to eat on a ketogenic diet. The book gives you a list of what you will need to remove from your kitchen and tells you what can stay. It also lists what you will need to shop for and what you will want to have on hand.

It also shares with you what to expect. For example, many people experience a keto-flu. It is simply a normal part of withdrawal. This is what happens when we give our body good nutrition. Once you get past the “flu” you will feel better.

The middle section gives readers a 14-day meal plan so you clearly understand what to eat for breakfast, lunch dinner and even snacks. A ketogenic diet is pretty easy. You simply eat more natural foods. But many people find that they need structure. I like that the author lays out a clear meal plan on what someone should eat for 14 days on a ketogenic diet. It makes it very simple for anyone to follow.

The last section of the book is full of recipes, 75 to be exact. The recipes are very easy to follow and most of them don’t have a lot of ingredients which can save you money in your wallet.  And most of the ingredient are things you already have in your kitchen. There is a good variety of recipes and different ways to cook them. The best part of having all the recipes right here for you is that you will never bet bored with your ketogenic diet. When you eat amazing delicious food, you won’t be missing the carbs and sugar.

The only thing that is missing in this book is images of the food, but really it isn’t something that is needed. The descriptions of very clear so they are easy to understand.

I also like that there are recipes for those who can’t eat dairy or are gluten-free. There are also many vegetarian recipes. So everyone can find something that they will love.

There are also suggestions on how to eat out. This is a very important part of a ketogenic diet that many people don’t think about. But most restaurants don’t have a low-carb menu. So eating out can be a huge challenge. No worries. This book has you covered.


Eat Fat Get Thin Review

I just had to write a review about this book because it was the information inside that got me started with a high fat, low carb diet.

The lessons in this book have been able to help me take my life back. The things I learned in this book has helped me lose 22 pounds so far and I’m not done yet. But that’s just part of it.

My allergies are totally gone and I don’t have any more joint pain. My knees used to kill me. But now the pain is gone. I sleep soundly and feel great when I wake up in the morning.

My boyfriend has had even better results!

Read Brian’s Low Carb Success Story.

Brian’s sugar is lower and he has been able to reduce his meds for his diabetes. He has zero acid reflux. This to me is really amazing because he used to wake up in the middle of the  night not able to sleep. Or he would have to have his head elevated. He also sleeps on his stomach now, which I have never seen him do the entire time I have known him. And best of all, he no longer snores.

Our lives have changed so much simply by changing the way we eat.

So let me tell you about Eat Fat, Get Thin. This book was written by Dr. Mark Hyman.

In his book Dr. Hyman teaches people about how most of the information that we have been taught about nutrition is wrong.

I thought fat made people fat.I thought that fat raised cholesterol and gave people heart attacks.I thought to be healthy, I needed a low-fat diet.

If you believe the same, then you need to read this book. I think you will be surprised.

We were taught that fat makes you fat. And that does seem like it would make sense, in reality, the “low fat” revolution has created a lot of overweight and obese people. Now many people have or will eventually develop type 2 diabetes simply because they are doing what has been recommended by government nutritional experts.

In this book, Dr.Hyman explains how fat is not a bad thing and how what we really need to avoid is sugar.

The diet in this book is very easy to follow. You will have a list of how to shop and what to eat. There is also a bunch of really awesome recipes in
the back of the book.

If you are struggling with your weight then I highly recommend you read Eat Fat Get Thin.

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