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Gail's E-News Health Tidbits, Issue #014 Your Metabolism and Dieting
December 02, 2012

Your Metabolism And Dieting

Welcome to my fourteenth monthly issue of E-News Health Tidbits! I am interested in sharing alternative health information from a variety of sources. I am especially addressing these to women over 40 as I share my own experiences. And, much of the information may apply to any human being or maybe, our pets.

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Your Metabolism and Dieting

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As I was reading through the June 2012 issue of Nature’s Pathways magazine, the article by Chuck and Barb Urmann entitled “Don’t Try This Alone” went into detail about the body’s response to dieting.

They are health coaches for Take Shape For Life, a Medfast support program.

I wanted to share the metabolism component which may be a review for many of you and maybe there is some new information.

The article discusses why 85% of people who are on “diets” are unable to keep off the weight and why the weight [and sometimes more pounds] is gained back.

I read from the resource that the authors used entitled, “Habits of Health” by Dr. Wayne Scott Anderson.

Understanding metabolism sheds light on why so many people fail on “diets.”

Stated by the authors, “The major problem with traditional diets is that they slow down the metabolism rate, which is the rate at which you burn calories.

If someone is overweight, then chances are that their metabolism is already very slow when compared to that of others. When you reduce calorie intake, the body will respond by slowing down even more in burning calories.”

“The body responds this way because it feels there is a shortage of food which is the reason why you are not eating as much as you did earlier.”

The metabolism or calorie burning element is even less than before. The body protects itself from starvation. If you go off your “diet” and return to your before diet eating pattern the weight returns and maybe more weight because the metabolism has remained at the diet low.

So you now have a lower metabolic or caloric burning rate than you did before you began the diet routine.

If someone continues the on again off again diet pattern, the metabolism pattern may also continue to decrease and more weight could be gained after each diet attempt.

Dieting may also change fat and lean muscle ratio. Starvation diets [which also cut caloric intake significantly] causes fat storage and less lean muscle. This is not healthy for you.

Ok, the plan adopted by the authors comes from Dr. Wayne Anderson’s book which discusses in great detail a 6 meal eating plan.

These meals are divided into small meals with low glycemic foods. He breaks down the plan very specifically for what foods, and when and how to divide these foods to meet the 6 meal goal.

He describes this plan as a way to a healthier body and a way to control weight and still fuel it which avoids the “starvation” message that the body goes to with some other diet plans.

Dr. Anderson shares, “By eating frequently and maintaining an even blood sugar level without the spikes and dips keeps metabolism at an even level and therefore cravings for sweets decreases.

If the body produces less insulin then dieting calories are not converted into body fat. So when you eat is just as important as what you eat.”

Of course, always check with your health care provider before starting something new or changing dietary patterns.

I wanted to share this brief, and I felt very important bit of information at this time. It seems the holidays can be a weight gain time for some of us. Dr. Anderson’s plan is very helpful and definitely a healthy one.

Resources: Dr. Wayne Scott Anderson, “Habits of Health”

Nature’s Pathways--June 2012 issue, “Don’t Try This Alone,” by Chuck and Barb Urmann, MOMT, PT

Nature's Pathway Magazine

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