Solve This One Problem & Everything Gets Better - Fat Melts Away, Energy Soars, Aches and Pains Diminish. Life Gets Awesome from Fixing Just One Thing
You don’t have a weight problem.
You have a weight symptom.
Do you have high blood pressure?
What about high cholesterol or elevated triglycerides?
Are you diabetic or pre-diabetic?
Do you have high fasting blood sugar? (or even know?)
Have you suffered from any heart problems like coronary artery disease?
Are you taking prescription drugs?
The System is Broken
Our medical system tends to look at these problems as totally separate issues, probably because there is a different doctor for each organ in your body (and specialists can charge more than generalists).
But these common maladies are not really separate. They all share the same beginning, the same genesis.
Modern life is wreaking havoc on your body and nothing makes this more obvious than the fat around your middle.
But that fat belly isn’t really your problem, it’s just the most obvious symptom of the problem.
Inflammation is Your Enemy
Chronic, systemic inflammation is the problem you need to solve.
And lucky for you, it is totally reversible.
There are multiple sources for inflammation in your body and many of the mechanisms sound complicated (glycation, oxidation, mitochondrial dysfunction), but the primary driver is coming from your food stream.
What you’re eating is driving most of your issues.
And if you're storing excess fat around your middle, you definitely have inflammation.
If you want to burn that fat off (and fix other health issues too), reduce the inflammatory load coming from the food you eat.
Let me be clear. It's not normal to have a fat gut just because you're 50 or older.
It is quite common however.
There is a new term for this pandemic sweeping the globe:
Some key points to understand about the overfat pandemic (from Phil Maffetone site):
Up to 76 percent of the world is overfat, defined as an excess amount of body fat sufficient to impair health. As little as 14 percent of the world’s population has a normal body-fat percentage, and those numbers may be shrinking.
More than 80 percent of people in the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand and other developed countries are overfat. In the U.S., New Zealand, Greece and Iceland, prevalence of overfat in adult males is over 90 percent, and up to 50 percent in children.
People who are not overweight or obese could still be overfat (this is the skinny fat condition)
The overfat pandemic has not spared those who exercise, including competitive athletes (interesting).
The food industry — referred to as “Big Sugar,” as it has harmed the world as much as Big Tobacco — has deceived the public and governments, by disguising their junk food as healthy when in fact these foods are a primary cause of the overfat pandemic.
Babies and children are the fastest growing overfat segment of the population, and feed the pandemic (this is heart- breaking).
The overfat condition is preventable and treatable, as are the conditions it causes: hypertension, high cholesterol and triglycerides, fatigue, and others, along with most chronic diseases (from Alzheimer’s and cancer, to diabetes and heart disease).
The remedy — the reversal of the overfat pandemic — can be accomplished through a simple lifestyle change: replace junk food with real food.
Assess Your Situation
These facts and numbers should shock the crap out of you.
Don't wait until a nasty disease state overtakes you.
Have you measured your Waist to Height (W/H) ratio? I suggested you do it in the last lesson?
Do this right now. It's easy and very telling. If there is only one number you track, it should be your W/H ratio.
If your Waist to Height ratio is > 0.5, you need to work on getting healthier. (take your height in inches and divide into your waist in inches - use the largest diameter around your middle)
So if you're 6 ft tall (72 inches) and have a 39 inch waist, your W/H ratio is 0.54 - a bit too big.
You undoubtedly have inflammation and are sick. You need to get well.
That’s what this easy to get number is telling you.
Just because you haven't had a heart attack or become diabetic yet doesn't mean you're AOK.
It's not your fat belly that should worry you.
Yeah it can be irritating when your clothes don't fit well. Or when you hold your breath to tie your shoes.
But it's not the main problem. It's just another symptom of your real problem.
You focus on your fat gut because it is so obvious to you.
Yes it can certainly get on your nerves.
But you should be very clear on this one point.
Don't be concerned about the fatness. It is just an obvious symptom of your real problem:
You're sick and unhealthy.
And that's why you're kinda soft too.
It's also why you may have other symptoms like:
The Test - Do You Have Inflammation?
Measure W/H Ratio
- Is it greater than 0.5? YES. You probably have systemic inflammation. Go to #2.
- Is it a lot greater than 0.5? YES. You definitely have systemic inflammation. Go to #2.
- If you answered NO, go to step #1A.
Are You Skinny Fat?
Skinny Fat means normal weight but lower than normal lean mass (said another way, high body fat and low muscle mass). There isn't a simple measurement like W/H to detect it. It affects about 10% of the population.
If you're kinda skinny, soft, pudgy and weak, you're probably skinny fat and have systemic inflammation. Go to #2.
If you're just skinny but strong (and not pudgy), Go to #3.
Remove Inflammatory Foods
Decrease W/H Ratio
Build Muscle Mass
Building muscle is beyond the scope of this lesson. The main point is to prioritize solving your systemic inflammation first before focusing on muscle building.
I'm not saying don't work out, just that it will not cure your inflammation. And reversing your inflammation is the critical first step in achieving optimum health.
Here is a simple (muscle building) training plan for Greasing the Groove or developing your central nervous system (CNS) to help with muscle gain.
Here is a Low Back Strength training program to help alleviate Low Back Pain (LBP).
This is different than anything you've ever tried
The coaching program broke the complex down to simple, actionable advice.
Mike Reckner - Delaware
I look and perform better at 55 than at 40.
Mark Gelfand - New York
This has indeed been a lifestyle change.
Iain Halstead - Georgia
Eat Anything You Want and Still Lose Fat
This is the easiest way to lose fat permanently and reverse your inflammation without starving yourself and feeling miserable.