Stress and Fat: Discover the Stress and Fat ConnectionWritten by Carmellita M. Brown
Can a pill reduce stress and “stubborn” belly fat? The answer to this question may shock you and save your life. Discover real connection between stress and fat. The “diet” and weight-loss industry has preyed on our lack of knowledge about health, fitness, and nutrition for too long. Since much of truth has been exposed about fat-free fad, low-carb fad, and food pyramid misrepresentation in Standard American Diet (SAD), “diet” and weight-loss industry has revamped its approach by jumping on “stress factor” bandwagon. Let’s get down to truth. Stress causes fat. Stress causes fat by chemical imbalances in body. These chemical imbalances are related to body’s pH level. pH levels above 7.0 is alkaline and pH levels below 7.0 is alkaline. The body’s a properly pH balanced body is slightly alkaline at about 7.365. This level of alkaline produces healthy cells. Healthy cells produce health tissue such as lean muscle. Unhealthy cells—acidic cells produce fatty acids which produce fatty tissue. However, there is more to consider. Where does stress originate? It originates in body. When we have right nutrients in our biological terrain (inside of our body), life is less likely to stress you out. Hence, much of stress we have comes from foods we eat. For average person, 80% percent of what we eat has no nutritional value. About 40% of foods we consume are meats and animal products such as milk, cheese, butter, which have nutrients, but these nutrients do not assimilate well in Human body. We eat it because we enjoy way it tastes and because it gives us a temporary sense of fullness. The other 40% is processed foods such as pastas, breads, canned foods, and frozen foods. Only about 20% of what we eat is actually raw fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. This ratio not only promotes anaerobic pathogens, it also causes obesity, nerve damage, allergies, and stress. The symptoms of stress, low self-esteem, and depression are results of chemical imbalances that often manifests as excess weight. In a vicious cycle, excess weight gain and food addiction contribute to many physical, emotional and spiritual maladies. However, source can be linked to biochemical imbalances caused by acidosis. Again, pH vitality is answer. Often times what has been diagnosed as “food addiction”, “stress”, “emotional eating” is result of acidosis (a highly acidic biological terrain). Emotional stress can decrease body’s alkalinity just as acidosis can cause stress. Why are so many people so stressed? Well, most people have a pH level of about 5.1 to 6.0. With an acidic biological terrain such as this, stress flourishes. The stress stems from amount of pressure placed on body to try to alkalize internal environment so that it can release metabolic waste. You feel pressure because your body feels pressure. For example, have you ever tried to work in a junky office with papers piled up on floor, desk, and in chairs? In office, there is dust everywhere and nothing is in order. There’s hardly any room on desk for computer because books are stacked up everywhere and just as you clear a space on desk…someone brings in five more stacks of paper and covers desk again. How much work do you think you would get done in this environment? How stressed do you think you would be?
Is Your Goal Really Weight Loss?Written by Nathan Latvaitis
Are you ashamed of your weight? Do you have a goal weight that you want to reach through weight loss? I’d say so, it’s been pushed into our brains many times over and over again that “weight loss” is what we want to accomplish. There are weight loss guides, weight loss supplements, and many other things that push “weight loss”. Many people even set their goals to be at a certain weight. Additionally, medical community has developed an “ideal weight” chart, which can further add to confusion about weight loss.
Now, let me ask you a question. Is your goal really weight loss? Unless you are trying to make a weight class for wrestling or some other sport with weight classes, you may think that your goal is weight loss, but it really isn’t. You are trying to lose that flubbery stuff attached to your body called FAT. Correct?
So then, why do we measure our progress by how much we weigh? Why do we step on bathroom scale and hope that those numbers will be lower than before? You see, our weight is affected by more than just how much fat is on our body. Some other factors include water, muscle, glycogen, and obviously if we have eaten anything earlier or used bathroom lately.
Our water weight fluctuates constantly. For instance, when we exhale water vapor comes out. When we sweat, we are sweating out water. There are also many more factors that can affect amount of water in our body. Water is what usually causes those random gains or losses of a pound or two in weight that can make you happy or sad. It is almost physiologically impossible to lose a pound of fat in one day.
One reason low-carb or no-carb (also called ketogenic) diets are so attractive is because of large initial loss of weight. However, this weight is not necessarily fat. When carbohydrates are restricted body has a backup store of them located in liver and muscles in form of something called glycogen. The human body can store approximately 400 grams of glycogen. In larger individuals this number can increase. In addition to this, for each gram of glycogen stored in human body, 3 grams of water are also stored. If you figure it out, this would equate to about 1600 grams (3.5 pounds) of glycogen and water.
When you stop or limit your consumption of carbohydrates, your body starts using its glycogen stores. After a couple of days that 1600 grams (3.5 pounds) of glycogen and water are gone. Also, as an adaptation to restriction of carbohydrates, your body produces these things called ketones. Ketones also appear to have a diuretic effect, which would mean an even greater loss of water.