Weight/Lose Weight – Control It or It Will Control You

I’m sure your hearing words all over the media like obesity, metabolism, lose fat etc.  Are you tired of the “battle of the bulge”?  Have you resigned yourself to being over-weight? Low energy level?  Tired of trying to stay in control?

A friend of mine recently told me that she just wanted to eat what she wanted, when she wanted.  She said, “I am not going to let my weight control me!”  And yet, that was exactly what she was doing.  Because she was so overweight, she often chose not to participate in family activities because she was embarrassed to be seen in shorts or a swimsuit.  She became out of breath from walking uphill or playing with her young children at the park.  She was reluctant to go to movie theaters or sports stadiums because, due to her size the seats were uncomfortable.  She often shares with me that her back and knees hurt and that her energy level is so low its hard to keep up with the kids schedule and her housework.  She is now on Prozac for depression, Maxzide for hypertension and Celebrex for knee pain.  So, tell me, is she in control of her weight or is it controlling her?

The most common and probably the least publicized reason for being overweight is chronic dieting. Women began dieting in the 1960s in response to the increasing numbers of women’s magazines available-all with a very thin supermodel on the cover.  Diets of all sorts were written about, talked about, and connected to this or that celebrity.  Over the years, many, many diets have come and gone.  All such diets, the grapefruit diet, the popcorn diet, the cabbage soup diet, the Twiggy diet, the Cambridge diet, etc. have one thing in common.  Each of these diets is too low in overall calories and contains inadequate amounts of protein and other nutrients, which can trigger a vicious cycle of dieting.

You begin one of these diets, lose 10 pounds in 3 weeks, and are soooo excited.  Unfortunately, the body can only handle this kind of treatment for so long.  Eventually, you give up and return to old eating habits. Because the protein content of most diets is too low, the 10 pounds you lost was fat AND muscle.  However, the 10 pounds that is gained back over the next three to four weeks, when old eating habits return, will be ALL FAT! Consequently, with repeated cycles of dieting, lean muscle mass declines and body fat increases.  Metabolism – the number of calories the body burns each day, is completely determined by body massThe lower the lean body mass and the higher the body fat, the less calories the body burns each day.  This makes it successively harder to lose weight and easier to gain it.

The key here is to retain lean muscle, while losing the fatShaklee “cinch” – inch loss plan does just that. It’s powered by Leucine, which is a muscle-building amino acid found in protein-rich foods.  This leucine-enhanced nutrition program was shown to help retain 100% of lean muscle mass!!  People in the program lost fat, weight, and inches while retaining their lean muscle.

Break out of the obesity trap.  Realize that you can take control of your health by learning how to control your weight forever.  The Shaklee “cinch” plan is a plan you can put into action – a plan that is easy, enjoyable, and rewarding. Look for March special.

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