The functioning of the human body, and the mind, has fascinated me since about 1960. I have been soaking up every piece of information I could on topics related to that rather vast area since then.
Along the way, I have become aware that many people, experts and amateurs alike, tend to fall into the same trap when it comes to health-related topics, such as dieting, weight loss, fitness, and so on.
So many seem to concentrate on one small portion of the spectrum of health.
This is bad, at least in my mind, because, while each of these discrete topics and discussions deal with something which impacts the overall health of the individual, they often overlook that impact.
I can understand this, as even I find that it is difficult to address all the various components of life, and their impact on future health and happiness, in small articles…or even large books. In fact, life, a happy and healthy one, is actually such a broad topic that you could build an entire college course around it. Even then, it would be necessary for someone who ‘completed’ the course to continue to learn because of the immense amount of knowledge already available, and the new discoveries constantly coming to the forefront.
In a small way, I try to combat the narrowness of each small component of life which I may discuss by trying to look at it and discuss it from the viewpoint of how it can contribute to a longer, healthier life.
This is one reason why, when I write articles about how to lose weight, I typically avoid the subject of dieting for weight loss. In most cases, dieting is usually a short-term solution to a weight loss need and is usually only effective in helping the Biotox individual lose a few pounds…most of which often return in the very near future. I have also pointed out in other articles that ‘going on a diet’ in order to lose weight can actually be counterproductive, interfering with health and sometimes even contributing to weight gain.
Another reason I generally avoid touting dieting for weight loss is that I tend to believe in doing things that have a positive and permanent impact on health.
Your body needs a wide range of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, fats (Yes, I said ‘fats’!), fiber, and phytonutrients to remain healthy…for a long time! These nutrients come from the food you eat, and a ‘diet’, by its very nature, deprives your body of the very substances it needs to remain healthy, active, and in a permanent weight management mode.
When you diet for weight loss, you either stop eating in general, or you drastically restrict your intake of food. Either way, you are tampering with the natural balance of nutrients your body needs.