Weight Loss is a Whole Body Affair

In order to succeed in losing weight from your body, you’ve got to get your body working correctly. It all comes down to an controlled balance of diet, exercise and healthy habits.

While the existence of unwanted parasites is up for debate between the medical and scientific world and certain “holistic health practitioners,” the bare truth of weight loss comes down to what goes into your body (diet), what comes out of your body (proper digestion), and what you do with your body (exercise).

You may very well build up harmful toxins in your body if you’re not prepping the machine for prime action. Then you’ve got a sickly, floppy, rusty body that is uncomfortable and doesn’t function correctly. This is what has caused the epidemic of chronic weight gain. To reduce weight and experience real weight loss, on a permanent basis, look at what goes into your life and your body.

An excess of processed foods and white flour in your diet may cause a reduction in the body’s natural ability to get rid of waste for a temporary amount of time. That can lead to bloat, discomfort, lessening of nutritional absorbency, and a lack of energy. These are also the result of poor diet in general, because of an overall lack of nutrients and just plain not giving your body what it needs. In turn, your feel less like exercising. Unfortunately, this is part of the cycle that leads to weight gain problems and unhealthy lifestyle.

The more natural and wholesome foods you use into your diet, the better. Foods high in fiber help the body to function much better and eliminate what the body doesn’t need. The less processed your food is, the more naturally occurring vitamins and nutrients you absorb from your food. The more the body gets what it needs, the less you’ll crave the nasty stuff. And the fewer empty calories your body has to store, the less unsightly flab you’ll have.

Stay fully hydrated to help the body flush out harmful toxins in your system. This allows the body to function as it should by keeping the cells healthy. In turn, food is properly digested and the function of body systems are optimal, leading to increased metabolism. Drinking sufficient water, in tandem with high fiber foods, helps you feel more satisfied and less prone to cravings shortly after eating.

Fiber is important in the digestive process. The body cannot completely break it down. As it passes through the digestive tract, it absorbs and binds intestinal residue to itself. This ensures that the waste matter passes from the body in short amounts of time and remains easy to pass, as well as getting all the harmful stuff your body doesn’t need out of there!

Some of the best sources for fiber are very well documented: vegetables, whole grains and fruits. Fruits such as plums and apples provide much of their fiber from their skins, as does the potato. Leafy greens, of course, carry the fiber in their leaves. Celery contains a large amount of fiber in the stalks, which is also an excellent vehicle for tasty protein such as peanut butter.

Insufficient fiber in the digestive system can lead to all sorts of intestinal complaints, including diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, and it has been linked to bowel cancer. Refined foods are processed so highly that the vast majority of fiber content is removed, not to mention nutritional value. White flour, white bread, white sugar, and instant products are all refined foods. A quick in doesn’t mean a quick out, and the high caloric intake of these products means more has to be burned.

Not enough exercise can lead to intestinal disorders and diminished digestive function. Exercise promotes the activity of the intestines and keeps the body’s metabolism healthy. So, little or no physical activity not only slows down your metabolism, it also slows digestion. No wonder the less we move around, the more we sag and expand. It only makes sense.

The body’s systems are all intertwined, and you really are what you eat and what you do. Pay close attention to the body from top to bottom, and be aware of the whole health value of what you eat and your daily activity level. Chances are, then, when you commit to a healthier digestive system and regular exercise, you will see the weight loss you’re looking for.