Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Are You Overweight or Obese? How To Tell & How To Fix It

Are You Overweight or Obese?  How To Tell & How To Fix It 

Most people have had this experience...
It's when you go to the doctor's office for your checkup, and lo and behold, the first thing that "greets" you when you're called in from the waiting room is...
...the scale.
At that moment you wish you wore a burlap sack instead of your heavy suit or bulky sweater, and you frantically remove your shoes before you step on to conserve every ounce.
You swear you can hear the scale giggling at your misery.
The nurse makes a note of your weight and says, "Hmmm, you're up a few pounds from last year."
Then the doctor (who looks like he's auditioning to be the next Pillsbury Dough Boy himself) comes in and says you should take off some weight. After all, you're not getting any younger and you don't want the weight to continue to creep up.
So you leave the office feeling like the Michelin Man and completely frustrated because you don't know where to begin, what to do or how "big" you really are.
If you've had that experience recently or want to know whether you're overweight or obese (and most importantly, what to do about it!), read on...

Overweight versus obese--what's the difference?
Back in the early 80's when I worked for a health insurance company, we used tables that showed weight ranges for various heights for men and women.
There were color-coded sections for underweight, normal weight and overweight, and obesity was defined as being 150% of your normal bodyweight.
That may have been OK for insurance underwriting purposes, but in reality there was room for a big swing in each of the weight levels. Someone could fall within the range of "normal," but still look like the spokesperson for the Krispy Kreme diet.

The new guides--let's zero in on YOUR blob
Current weight guidelines provide a more "specialized" look at the size of the lump in your rump by first of all redefining overweight and obesity.
Overweight means have excess WEIGHT for your height, whereas obesity refers to an abundance of body FAT.
And the Body Mass Index (BMI) takes a closer, more defined look at someone's specific height and weight as an indicator of whether they just are carrying some excess baggage or are truly obese.

So what's your BMI and what does it mean?
You can look up your BMI on this table:
- http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/riskfortype2/bmi_tbl_508.pdf
Most medical organizations including the CDC use the following criteria to assess bodyweight based on BMI:
< 18.5 = underweight
18.5 - 24.9 = healthy weight
25.0 - 29.9 = overweight
> 30 = obese


What kind of fruit are you?
Now, if you're in or approaching the big "O" range, it's important to also look at what kind of "fruit" you are.
As in, an apple or a pear.
Central obesity (aka "apple shape") is having a concentration of fat in your abdominal region.
On the other hand, people with a concentration of fat in the lower body region (hips, buttocks and thighs) are referred to as "pear shaped."
Men tend to more often be apple-shaped and women are more frequently pear-shaped.
With central obesity (apple shapes), there is a greater tendency for elevated blood levels of LDL, triglycerides, glucose and insulin, and lower HDL levels.
So understandably, high concentrations of intra-abdominal fat are associated with high blood pressure, type II diabetes, metabolic syndrome and chronic inflammation.
Although pear shapes have not been shown to have the immediate health dangers of apple shapes, if fat is accumulating ANYwhere in your body, insulin resistance is very likely a culprit.
And that eventually will be a major problem for you regardless of your shape.
With time, as insulin resistance worsens, people who store fat below the belt will likely start accumulating it above the belt too. At that time, they will start facing all of the health problems their apple shaped counterparts suffer with.
In addition, a pear shaped person will typically be more susceptible to cellulite and varicose veins.

Take it off and keep it off
Regardless of whether you're just a little overweight or flat-out obese, it IS possible to finally take off the weight and most importantly, KEEP it off.
Now, don't expect to become Twiggy overnight. That's not reality.
A good, consistent rate of poundage Ioss is about 2 pounds per week.
Expecting to lose more than that is setting yourself up for failure, yo-yo dieting and eventually becoming even bigger.
And gritting your teeth next time you face the doctor's scale.
The best way to go about finally slimming down and staying that way is to eat real foods and make sure your digestion is efficient.
Here's the scoop on both of those:
REAL foods takes off weight FAST
At least half (50%) and preferably 70-80% of what you eat should be real foods.
Real foods include fresh fruits, raw or lightly cooked vegetables, lean meats and poultry, fish, whole grains, dairy and essential fats.
When you eat real foods like these, your body gets nourished the way it truly needs to be. (Hey, these foods were put on the planet for a reason!)
And when you're nourished, these wonderful things happen:

- You get full faster and end up eating less overall.

- The foods you're eating are inherently lower in calories than pizza, burgers, fries, chips or whatever other nutritionally dead foods you may have eaten in the past.
- Because you're properly nourished, you'll also STAY full and satisfied longer, so your chances of binging or late night snacking have just been slashed.
All of this means: You get lean and stay lean!
Plus, the natural water content in whole fruits and vegetables helps sweep away wastes from your cells.
Efficient digestion helps maintain weight
If your foods are not being broken down like they should be, you're not getting the maximum nutrition from them. And that causes feelings of hunger which leads to overeating (and weight gain).
In addition, when your digestion is poor, that leads to waste buildup in your colon which can cause harmful bacteria overgrowth, weaken your immune system and also bump up that scale number.
It can also cause constipation, gas, bloating and eventually diverticulosis.
Accomplishing good digestion is easy--it's just is a matter of eating foods that digest well together, and giving your body a little assistance if needed.
I can help you with both of those.
1- The right food pairings takes off excess weight
In the Great Taste No Pain system, I'll show you what foods to eat and how to structure your meals so you can enjoy super-efficient digestion, have regular BMs and... Take off those excess pounds!
And if gluten is a concern for you, there's also Great Taste No Gluten. You'll learn the same food pairing principles as in Great Taste No Pain, plus get a collection of outstanding gluten-free recipes and guides for staying gluten free no matter where you are.

2- Digestive "helper" helps drops pounds
Many people who have had a typical hard-to-digest diet all their lives may be dangerously low in digestive enzymes. That means poor/painful/embarrassing digestion and an invitation for weight gain.
Plus, many people "fall off the wagon" now and then and eat foods they know aren't healthy or won't digest well...so they need a little digestive "help" during moments of weakness.
The help you need is right here--with Digestizol Max.
Digestizol Max helps your body break down whatever you've eaten -- proteins, fats, carbs, fiber -- and conserves your limited enzyme supply.
This will help keep your digestion running smoothly, even if you're low in enzymes or you massively mess up with your food choices.
Read more about Digestizol Max and all the ways it can help you here.

When you do what really works and take off pounds in a sensible, realistic way, that's when you achieve true lasting success.
And who knows? Maybe you'll be able to give your doctor some weight Ioss advice next time you go for a checkup.
Wouldn't THAT be a hoot?
To your health,
Sherry Brescia
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PPS: Linda's down 15 pounds and still Iosing!
Hi Sherry,
I discovered your Great Taste No Pain site while searching for a solution to the suffering my husband and mother-in-law have been experiencing for years. Both were diagnosed with diverticulitis and my mother-in-law actually had 18" of her colon surgically removed due to perforated diverticulitis.
After I received your Great Taste No Pain plan I was so excited to see how nonsensical the whole program is. I like to think I am in excellent health, but realized I, too, had been poorly combining my meals without the negative side effects my husband and mother-in-law still suffer.
I shared the information with both of them and started incorporating your outlined eating plan for myself.
I had gotten lazy with my workouts and consider myself domestically challenged when it comes to cooking. I was so pleasantly surprised when the pounds started dropping off from some very simple changes to my daily eating habits.
I'm 46 years old, 5'9" and was 185 lbs. I needed to get back to a more comfortable weight for my own satisfaction. Within 2 1/2 months, I've dropped over 15 pounds...and they're still coming off....even without getting back to my regular fitness regime!
I had continued my daily 2 mile walk with my beautiful Doberman Pinschers, but had not been going to my aerobics class or doing any weight training. Once I incorporate that aspect of my fitness program back into my life, I imagine I will see even greater results.
As a result of following Great Taste No Pain I have noticed an increase in my energy level, a more sound sleep (although I usually got a decent 7-8 hours sleep...now I just feel more rested in the morning), and fewer cravings for my vice of sweets.
Oh, and let's not forget the decrease in "emissions"!
Thanks for so unselfishly sharing your life experiences with the world!
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