Eating and

Weight Management

  • Fantasy, Futility and Fraud in the Weight Loss Business.

    Thousands of weight loss books, products and schemes have been marketed -some sincere but flawed, others frankly fraudulent. Some estimates of cost suggest over 40 billion dollars a year is spent in the USA alone on weight loss while increasing numbers of people are becoming obese. Diet Plans such as the Atkins diet, Weight Watchers, Nutrisystems and the South Beach variant are pitched by persistent advertising and many people join the parade of followers. Some lose weight, but almost all regain the weight they lost. Infomercials, shown on cable TV promise that you can lose all the weight you want while you eat everything you want are false and not to be believed. This is what everyone wants of, course, a quick cure, but there is no easy path. It doesn't matter what they are trying to sell you - packaged food, shakes, crab shells (chitin), fat absorbers, fat burners, magic mushrooms, wonder bark from Brazil, magic cellulite pills, pyruvate, creatine, garcinia cambogia, green goop, algae, magic genies in a bottle - it's all a great fantasy that will not come true.

    Every year, new weight-loss books appear on the bookstalls, and magazines run repetitious articles on the subject. Millions of people have proven that it is easier to gain weight than to lose it. Dieters have proven that weight-loss attempts by following a "weight-loss diet" may succeed for a short time but ultimately fail. There is no magic diet. None of the weight loss schemes printed in any book over the past 50 years has had any real advantage over common sense.

    This constant barrage of weight loss fantasy and fraud has become an integral part of the overweight problem. An essential part of the solution is to erase this book and product marketing nonsense from your mind, learn to adopt realistic goals and reasonable strategies of self-management. Research has shown several important features of body weight management. There are powerful biological controllers of eating behaviors, appetite and weight regulation. There are genetic tendencies toward excess weight and obesity-causing gene mutations have been discovered. European and North American diets are flawed. There is too much fat and sugar in all the foods and food is too abundant. Eating has become entertainment. This is a bad idea if you want to stay slim. The modern lifestyle is flawed. There is too much sitting, too much convenience and too little physical work. One of the first challenges you face is to abandon recreational eating in favor of recreational exercise. You must change the way you interact with family, friends and the community at large. Obviously, the task is very demanding.

    The medical community, food industry, dietitians government health and regulatory agencies, magazine publishers and diet businesses are all watching helplessly as Americans and Canadians consume excessive amounts of food and become increasingly obese. This epidemic of obesity threatens to bankrupt the health care system in both countries in the next 50 years.

    The Reality Shows A new wave of "reality" shows on TV show people attempting to lose weight and reveal how difficult it is to lose, how hard you have to work, how much you have to change your food choices and how much you will depend on other people to support your effort.

    Here are some reasonable consumer rules

    Red Flag - claims that are never true:

    • You can eat whatever you like
    • You don't have to exercise.
    • Fat stores "burn" off spontaneously.
    • Celullite disappears
    • Carbos are bad, fats and proteins are good

    We have been unable to substantiate any claims that any substance on the market actually "burns fat". The idea is intriguing but no product does that. Calcium pyruvate is not "exercise in a bottle." The herbal substance "garcinia cambogina" has been studied and show no fat burning ability and will not cause weight loss.

    Everyone wants an easy fix for weight problems. Every drug company wishes they could market a magic pill that made you feel full and promoted fat burning without bad effects. Every prescription drug that has been marketed for weight loss has been a disappointment and a few have been a disaster for some people. Since this is an intelligent guide to weight loss, we advise against drug use and encourage all overweight people to seek a healthier life and achieve weight goals without the use of drugs.

    In a review of the history of drug use to treat obesity, Haddock et al concluded: “Overall, the medications studied produced medium effect. Four drugs produced a larger effect (amphetamine, benzamphetamine, fenfluramine and sibutramine). The placebo-subtracted weight losses for single drugs vs. placebo included in the meta-analysis never exceeded 4.0 kg. No drug, or class of drugs, demonstrated clear superiority as an obesity medication.” This means that if your take any one of these drugs, the most you can expect if a 4 kg weight loss advantage over taking a placebo or taking nothing. The advantage of drug use is minimal and short term with many disadvantages, including death.

    There are regrettable problems encountered by users of the weight loss drugs, Redux and fen-fen, should remind everyone that weight-loss drugs have a history of poor long-term efficacy and intolerable side effects. Evidence suggested that dexfenfluramine (Redux) caused irreversible pulmonary hypertension and that the combination of this drug with phentiramine (fen-phen) causes heart valve defects in human subjects and brain damage in lab animals triggered increasing concern about their use.

  • The Book Eating and Weight Management teaches rational food selection, appetite control, weight management. Read this book and use the Alpha Nutrition Program to resolve food-related symptoms, restore more normal appetite regulation and build optimal disease-preventing nutrition. The book reveals the basic concepts of weight management and emphasizes aspects of the Alpha Nutrition Program that are most useful in achieving normal eating behaviors and weight management. Your efforts are first directed toward changing food selection, eating behaviors and increasing physical activity. The Alpha Nutrition Program is a set of instructions and nutrient tools designed to resolve disease through diet revision. The program is nutritional therapy, a personal technology of health restoration and health maintenance. The books is available in a print version and as an inexpensive eBook for download. 148 Pages.

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  • Eating & Weight Starter Pack Help understanding and managing overweight, obesity, and compulsive eating disorders. Includes Alpha ENF, Alpha Nutrition Program, and the book Eating and Weight Management.

    No one should claim that weight loss is easy, but weight management can be pursued in a rational manner with an expectation of success. First, you have to understand that the goal is not really weight loss. The goal is to become a smaller, leaner person and stay that way. The key phrase is "stay that way". A permanent change in food selection and eating behaviors is required for a permanent change in body weight. We like to think that successful weight management is a natural by-product of new healthy habits. A healthy lifestyle means that you feel and act well, you eat well, you exercise, stay in shape, and seek mind-body balance.

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