Weight Loss and Inflammation

 Get Help! Fasting Mindfulness Program begins MAY 10th 

Do you know people, or maybe yourself, who are on a perpetual diet trying to lose weight?  They have tried the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Whole 30, and the list could go on and on.  They exercise, they eat right, they count their calories, and they yo-yo up and down in weight constantly.  Maybe they lose a few pounds at first but eventually gain it back.  What is going on?  Why is there a perpetual struggle to lose weight and to keep it off?

The weight loss industry is a billion-dollar market.  People spend a lot of money trying to find the golden ticket, the one magic bullet that is going to help them lose the weight and keep it off.  Unfortunately, they are searching in all the wrong places.  The best place to look is in their own kitchen!  But it may not be so obvious unless you know what you are looking for.  

Two-thirds of the US population is considered obese, not just overweight, but obese.  The science community is studying the weight loss conundrum as well, trying to figure out what has caused the increase in waistlines, and what is the best approach to sustained weight loss.  In recent years, science is catching up with what a lot of us have known for years – inflammation is one of the major root causes of weight gain and the inability to lose weight.  Unfortunately, inflammation is hard to see for most people because it is known as silent inflammation.  But what exactly does that mean?

When most people think of inflammation, they think of what they can see on the exterior – redness, swelling, pain, heat, and possibly loss of function.  Scientists now know that there is interior inflammation, something you can’t see or feel, that can cause all sorts of diseases such as cardiac disease, cancer, digestive disorders like Chron’s, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Alzheimer’s, dementia, arthritis, asthma, allergies, and basically anything else ending in -itis (which means inflammation).  This is what is known as silent inflammation.  By the time you realize that you have inflammation, it may be too late.  

There are many know causes for this silent inflammation and many of them are related to diet and nutrition.  According to a study found in the Journal of Obesity, “there has not been one dietary change alone in past 30 years that has increased the levels of silent inflammation. However, there has been a convergence of three distinct dietary changes that can be termed as “The Perfect Nutritional Storm”. These dietary factors include (i) increased consumption of refined carbohydrates, (ii) increased consumption of refined vegetable oils rich in omega-6 fatty acids, (iii) decreased consumption of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids.”

According to Harvard Health, doctors are learning that one of the best ways to reduce the levels of silent inflammation lies not in the medicine cabinet, but in the refrigerator. They are now suggesting that if you follow an anti-inflammatory diet, you can fight off inflammation for good.

An anti-inflammatory diet starts with the foods that you eat (the what), continues with when you eat, and finishes with why you eat.  Making dietary changes by yourself is not always easy.  That is why we have developed the Fasting Mindfulness Program (FMP).  This is a 6-week journey that will take you into a deep relationship with your body, your mind, and your kitchen! You will be guided and led along the path as you look within, clean out, and learn how inflammation affects you on all levels. You will begin to eliminate foods, thoughts, and behaviors that no longer feel good or serve you in living healthy and well. You will begin to understand how food and feelings go together, and you will become empowered to take your health into your own hands instead of constantly feeling as if you have no choice.

Now is the perfect time to take control of your health and your inflammation.  For more information on the FMP, please visit our websites, 2sistersfasting.com or wellspringholisticcenter.com.

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Barry Sears, Camillo Ricordi, “Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition as a Pharmacological Approach to Treat Obesity”, Journal of Obesity, vol. 2011, Article ID 431985, 14pages, 2011. https://doi.org/10.1155/2011/431985

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