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Donna F. Smith
THE FAT FALLACY
& THE TEN BIOLOGICAL
"A new way of thinking
by Donna F. Smith, C.C.N., C.N.
Weight loss can no longer be achieved by will
power, a balanced diet and exercise alone. Though these components are important
in all health-oriented goals, whether it is to strengthen your heart or
lose weight, there are multiple factors present today which make this "Old
Formula for Weight Loss" difficult to achieve by itself.
Overweight people often berate themselves
needlessly for lack of will power, whereas I believe it is not will power,
but health improvement which is ultimately needed for successful weight
loss. People tend to find the will power when they know the appropriate
steps to take to achieve their goal. By appropriate steps, I means those
that work. Once the appropriate steps were will power, balanced diet and
exercise, however, this "Old Formula" applied when the greatest
percentage of our food intake came directly from our own farms, in the pre-industrial
days before "food processing" and "fast foods" became
a way of life.
Successfully losing weight and maintaining
your ideal weight today requires a new understanding, a "New Formula."
Since 1981, through observation and research,
I have discovered ten (10) biological dysfunctions or factors which inhibit
successful weight loss and/or the subsequent maintenance of ideal weight,
i.e., weight management. These are provided below:
Minor Dysfunctions Can Lead To Major Dysfunctions
and Weight Gain
||Digestive System - A whole, hard, chewy apple goes through
various mechanical and chemical changes from the moment you take your
first bite to the moment when the apple's byproducts and waste is
eliminated through bowels and kidneys. If even one part of this process
is dysfunctional, undigested food and beverage byproducts remain in
the gastro-intestinal system, ferment or rot, and then become toxic
to the human body. When the body is unable to eliminate undigested
food, byproducts/waste or any toxin, the fat cells become the body's
primary storage place. The more toxins in the body, the more fat cells
the body will grow to make a place for the toxins. The fatter the
person, the more toxic the body.
||Lymphatic System - When undigested food or toxins such
as microbials (viruses, yeast, staph, strep, bacteria), parasites/worms,
and other foreign substances travel through the lymphatic system,
it becomes very sluggish and the metabolism slows down. This, then,
can inhibit fat, fluid and food metabolism.
|| Heart - A weak or dysfunctional heart can cause fluids
to collect in the extremities and thus fluid, not fat, causes weight
gain. People may notice more weight carried in the extremities when
compared to other areas of the body, e.g., fatty or edemic arms and
|| Thyroid - The thyroid is a key gland in metabolic function.
Hypothyroidism (slow thyroid function) can cause lowering of your
metabolic rate, i.e., inhibits fat burning. Thyroid hormone deficiency
affects the brain and heart function. Thyroid T-1 hormone controls
the electrical input and charge of the brain. Thus, the brains loses
its ability to effectively communicate to areas of the body which
control the processing of fat, fluid and food. This breakdown in communication
results in organ, gland or body system dysfunction and promotes the
storage of fat, fluid and food. Thyroid T-4 hormone controls the rhythm
of the heart. The effects on weight management as a result of a dysfunctional
heart is described above.
||Metabolism - An inefficient metabolism (i.e., Kreb's
Cycle, which produces energy for mobility and all your biological
functions), inhibits fat burning, contributes to fat storage, and
increases fat cell growth.
|| Intestinal System - If the body is unable to eliminate
undigested food, fat, and fluid, they remain in the intestines. The
intestines will then stretch and expand to make room for this added
food, fat and fluid to prevent blockage of the elimination canal.
Otherwise, a blockage of the elimination canal would lead to death
by auto-intoxication. This life-protecting mechanism, however, causes
the stomach to protrude. Even in relatively thin people, you will
notice a protruding stomach, which no amount of exercise seems to
flatten. Until the undigested food, fat or fluid is removed from the
stomach and intestines, the stomach will remain protruded and perpetuates
||Ovary/Prostate - These glands, when dysfunctional, retain
fat, which is easily recognizable in women and men as "fat or thick
||Kidney, Bladder or Cerebral Fluid - These imbalances
causes fluid retention and thus promotes weight gain from excess fluids,
not excess fat.
||Lack of Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) - This fatty acid
regulates the body's manufacturing of fat cells. Once 10% overweight,
the body becomes deficient in GLA causing less biological control
over the number of fat cells produced. Even after successful weight
loss, fat cells may continue to increase due to the lack of GLA and
thus weight is regained.
|| Mental/Emotional and Spiritual Distress
- Negative emotional/mental states can lead to ill health and weight
gain from physical abuse of food, drugs, and alcohol. Yet, another
frequently overlooked mental/emotional state is the person's belief
about his/her "ability" to lose and maintain their ideal weight. This
too affects the successful weight management.
|One woman lost all but 10 pounds of her excess weight. Though
she was faithful to her weight management program, months
and months passed and she could not lose those last 10 pounds.
Further testing revealed that though she was an middle-aged
adult, she held a childhood belief that "fat" babies (fat
people) were more loved. She then recognized that though this
belief had served her well as a child, it was no longer useful
to her as an adult. She was able to release her limiting belief
and establish more useful beliefs about herself. This resulted
in the successful loss of her last 10 pounds.
People with minor dysfunctions in these
10 biological areas may find success in losing weight and maintaining
their ideal weight for a time. However, a closer look reveals that though
the bathroom scales indicate ideal weight, a front and rear view in the
mirror indicates fat, fluid or food collected in the stomach, thighs,
waist, chest, arms and upper back areas. The body has lost is proportional
shape. It has bumps and rolls and dips in places not meant to be,
even with an adequate exercise program. As time passes these minor dysfunctions
become major dysfunctions affecting the body's ability to manage its weight.
Lack of correcting even minor dysfunctions will eventually lead to health
breakdown and weight gain.
My response to the weight loss calls I
receive is that "I approach weight loss from a different point of
view: The focus being on "health improvement vs. weight loss."
After the appropriate tests have been run and a comprehensive health assessment
performed to determine the areas of dysfunction, imbalance or insufficiency,
a health improvement program is designed. The program naturally corrects
these biological dysfunctions inhibiting effective weight management.
Functional body systems have no choice but to release unwanted fat, fluid
and food, and by doing so, the body naturally returns to its ideal weight
and proportional shape. Weight loss then becomes a natural process of
health improvement. Improved health is the key to maintaining ideal body
A frequent comment I hear from clients is,
"I lost ____ pounds and I hardly noticed it." To me, the ideal
weight management program is one where people enjoy the process of becoming
healthier and are amazed at the beautiful side effect, called "weight
loss." The stress, anxiety, and obsessive focus on weight loss, which
accompanies most weight loss programs, is not a factor in this new approach.
Now, you have the "New Formula" for successful weight management.
For more information, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copyright 1998 Donna F. Smith
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