Almost two-thirds—65%—of Americans are overweight. Thirty years ago Type 2 diabetes was an adult-onset disease; today we are seeing it diagnosed in elementary school children. There is increasing evidence that the American diet—highly processed and loaded with sugar—is a major factor in the rise of diabetes across all age groups. High fructose corn syrup—a cheap alternative sweetener widely used since the 1970s—is ubiquitous throughout the processed food supply. Check your labels: high-fructose corn syrup is in bread, cereal, soft drinks, yogurt, condiments and all kinds of fast food. Our development of a cheap food supply has made food plentiful, but not healthful.
Winter Isn’t Coming
From an evolutionary standpoint, our genes have evolved to protect us from starvation, so when we have an abundance of food, our body prepares for the inevitable “winter” by storing fat. In modern life, however, winter never comes. Our lengthening lifespan also contributes to our potential weight gain as we get older. Once our reproductive years have passed we’re no longer propagating the species, and Mother Nature has less need for us. Consequently our biological need for food declines. As we age, we need to eat less and move more to maintain healthy function. A successful weight loss program considers all these factors and, in addition to better nutrition, accounts for the metabolic and hormonal changes of aging.
Conventional Wisdom Is Wrong
People like to tell you how simple it is to lose weight. ‘Just burn more calories than you eat,’ they say. ‘Everything in moderation,’ they tell you – as if you lacked discipline. This facile wisdom overlooks the fact that where a body has maintained extra pounds over a period of years, it develops its own biochemical system to maintain excess weight. In order to facilitate effective weight loss, you have to interrupt that biochemical system. Environmental toxins are also stored in fatty tissue, so a detoxification program is often the first step. We offer a range of nutritional and detoxification therapies to “reset” your system, and help you accomplish lasting weight loss.