Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
Too Many Cigarettes
A Journal of Endocrinology review of more than 100 studies on the hormonal effect of smoking came to a stunning conclusion: Smoking sucks.
Smoking impacts many endocrine glands – your pituitary, thyroid, adrenals, testicles, ovaries – in addition to your lungs, heart, brain, and every other cell in your body.
Smoking helps cause insulin resistance and diabetes, drives up your cortisol levels, and gives you a fat stomach.
Smoking can make you infertile and throw your body into menopause years before your time.
Smoking is also a huge risk factor in developing problems with your thyroid – it can lead to hypothyroidism because of increases in levels of thiocyanate, a know goitrogen (a substance that grows goiters).
If you’re already hypothyroid, smoking cuts your thyroid secretion even further.
Even with all we know about smoking, there are still 20-year-olds who smoke like chimneys, saying, “I can’t quit – I don’t want to get fat!”
In fact, a survey of 4,000 women in Self magazine found 13% of women smoke to lose weight.
I have news for you – smoking will make you fat.
Oh, and maybe dead.
That’s hardly a sustainable beauty regimen.
For the last time, people, quit smoking.
Just because some starlet is shown chain-smoking somewhere doesn’t mean that’s the secret behind her weight-loss plan.
Smoking fills your body with many pollutants that not only won’t help you lose weight, they’ll make you fat.
Just don’t do it.
Too Much, Period!
This last reason our hormones are in full meltdown mode is often one of the first reasons cited for our excess pounds.
And yes, there’s no denying we’re struggling with an environment that conspires to make and keep us fat.
Restaurant portions have increased up to 500% since the 1970s.
On average, we each eat 23 pounds of candy and drink 35 gallons of regular soda a year.
Add in remote controls, no sidewalks, 5 million television channels, Internet addictions, drive-throughs, longer commutes, extended workweeks, super sizing . . .
Okay, I can see you starting to nod off.
You’ve heard this. You know this.
You’ve read about all the insidious ways our food supply has ballooned over the years.
But we have to see this epidemic of “too much” not just as a harmless symptom of our supposedly greedy appetites.
I want you to see this caloric excess as a highly profitable, corporately sanctioned endocrine disruptor every bit as scary and horrific as the pesticides and pharmaceuticals we talked about earlier.
I want you to look at supersized, overblown fast foods and think of them as bordering on grotesque, just like the thought of swallowing a glass full of estrogen right out of your tap.
We need to look at these huge portions as poisonous, to help us realize by cutting back, we’re not depriving ourselves – we’re sidestepping an enormous black hole of toxins in our environment.
And we can fight back; there are hopeful signs everywhere of how we can change our country’s zombie walk straight into the deep-fat fryer.
One study found if schools offered kids in 4th to 6th grade healthier snacks (and rewards for eating them), limited the availability of soda and junk foods, and provided 50 hours of nutrition education per year (woven into the normal curriculum), they reduced the number of overweight kids by 50%, compared with a control school that took none of these steps.
If they can do it in school, you can do it in your house.
Toss the soda, keep reading about nutrition (this blog), and follow this plan back to a place where your metabolism and hormones start working for you, instead of greedy corporate poison peddlers.
When you look at all of these factors together, it’s kind of unbelievable everyone isn’t morbidly obese.
We’re locked in a struggle, there’s no doubt about it.
But once we’ve had our eyes opened, we can start to do things differently.
Each change you make here will make a positive difference in your endocrine function and create changes of its own.
Soon you’ll have a much healthier, more balanced endocrine system – and a lot less fat to show for it.
In the next post we will take a look at how we’ll accomplish that.
Come join me on my weight loss journey! I’d love to have you along!
Have an awesome day!
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Dick and Lenay
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