Stop Giving Away Your Health For a Doughnut!
©2003 Julie S. Rayburn
As I write this article, 65% of American
men and 62% of American women are overweight.
22% of our children are overweight and 10%
of them are obese. All of this despite the
fact that Americans spend an average $40
billion a year on diet and weight loss related
products! For $40 billion a year, you would
think that we would be getting better results
than we obviously are.
I believe that the average American is
confused about how to lose weight, get themselves
in good shape and protect themselves from
disease. It is easy to get confused considering
all of the conflicting information out there.
In this article, I am going to tell you
how to stop giving away your health for
a doughnut. I am going to explain to you
why regular dieting is doomed to fail.
In an effort to make my point, lets
look at one way that dieters have
been told to lose weight
All diet veterans know that it takes a
deficit of 3500 calories to lose one pound
of weight. So they go about this a couple
of different ways.
First, they start limiting their calorie
intake. They begin eating with an everything
in moderation attitude. They trim
their portion sizes and turn down some things
that they previously would have eaten, but
not anymore, they started a new diet!
Who hasnt used that phrase before?
Then they increase their exercise using
the charts that tell you how many calories
you can burn if you do a certain amount
of exercise. So now they are counting the
amount of calories they are burning with
exercise and also counting the amount of
calories they are saving with their new
portion controlled way of eating. I see
two immediate problems with this.
Problem #1: No one can continue to count
calorie deficits all their life. We are
too busy living, and plus, it is boring
and time intensive!
Problem #2: Eating smaller portion sizes
will only last until the dieter gets on
the scale and does not see a change, or
else they feel so hungry that they just
have to have more food!
Now the dieter feels guilty and eventually
gives up. This is not the way to diet anymore!
Following this common diet routine will
only end in frustration, hunger and eventually
failure. You do not have to starve yourself
to lose weight! You can lose weight quickly,
effortlessly, and without ever being hungry!
You dont have to give away your health
for a doughnut!
Did you know that there is a very simple
way to lose weight? A way that will work
for anyone? A way that will get results
where other diets have failed? The philosophy
is very simple, and here it is:
To achieve perfect health and a perfect
(for you) physique, you have to respect
your body, and treat it like the earthen
vessel that it is! You cannot abuse your
body every day of your life and expect that
someday you will not have to pay for your
crimes. And when we pay, we pay big! We
pay in the form of heart disease, diabetes,
cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis. We pay
because that doughnut is just too important
We teach our children early how to pay,
and it has cost us our childrens health.
The upcoming generation is predicted to
be the first in history not to outlive the
previous generation. Are we happy with what
we have created? We are the reason that
they will not outlive even us.
Well, I promised to tell you how to stop
giving away your health for a doughnut.
You just have to come to an understanding
deep inside you that you are the creator
of all the havoc you wreak on your body.
You can choose that doughnut, but know what
you are also choosing along with it. It
does not come alone. It brings with it the
possibility of lifestyle related diseases.
Everyone is aware that if you smoke, you
will probably die from lung cancer, emphysema,
or other bronchial diseases from inhaling
poisons into your body everyday for an extended
period of time. This has become well known
So why do people have such a hard time
accepting that colon cancer is the direct
result of taking poisons into your body
daily for a long period of time? Are we
that attached to that doughnut? How many
loved ones do we have to lose to various
cancers before we get the fact that there
is no magic pill! You cant abuse your
body for years and then when you are diagnosed
with cancer or diabetes or heart disease,
expect that a pill given to you by your
doctor will save you.
Prevention is the cure! Forget that doughnut,
that pizza, that cheesecake, until you understand
that the choice of whether you live healthy
or die early is in your hands, and in your
Julie Rayburn is a Lifestyle Coach for
Vitality Health and Fitness. Visit http://www.takebackyourhealth.org
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