So the key question
I want to put out there is this...can you be
overweight and malnourished at the same time?
It sounds completely
counterintuitive...yet the answer to that question
is YES. Absolutely you can.
to me, malnourishment is one of the major reasons
many people ARE overweight and could be why
YOU are carrying more bodyfat than you'd like
or you have stubborn fat you can't get rid of.
And to clarify,
when I say "malnourished," I'm not
actually talking about a lack of calories. In
today's society, that's the easy part. Calories
are cheap and plentiful.
When I say "malnourished,"
I'm referring to micronutrients like minerals,
vitamins and enzymes, etc. ...the small stuff
that is required to make the metabolic processes
of the body actually work.
THAT is what most
people are lacking in and what most people simply
don't get enough of in their food.
So going back
to the main point of being overfat and malnourished,
there are two main mechanisms by which this
First, when you
don't get the nutrients your body needs to sustain
your metabolic processes, this sends a hunger
signal to your brain to eat more food...which
you then satisfy by eating more nutrient-poor
food...which then repeats the signal that your
body is lacking nutrients...so you eat more
food...and so on.
It's one of
the reasons you have cravings...it's your body
crying out for nutrients, not deep-fried chocolate-covered
It's a vicious
circle whereby you're eating plenty of food,
but getting very few nutrients out of the food,
which causes you to feel you need to eat more
So in that case
(though I hesitate to say it), being overweight
is not actually your fault. And I hesistate
because I don't want to take the idea of personal
responsibility off the table. If you put something
in your mouth, you should take ownership of
that because you can always make better choices.
What is NOT your
fault is the nutrient-deficient state of most
of the food that we put in our bodies...even
the healthy stuff like fruits and veggies.
Even if you're
eating plenty of healthy foods, if the nutrients
just aren't in there, you obviously can't get
you're in a nutrient deficient state, your body
sees that as a famine situation.
Our bodies are
very simple in that respect... if you're not
getting enough calories and nutrients for a
prolonged period time your body thinks "famine"
and the metabolic rate gets slowed down. Fat-burning
grinds to a halt as your body fights to hang
onto all the resources it has in order to survive.
This is the situation
we're unknowingly putting ourselves into when
we don't cover our nutritional bases. We may
be getting plenty of calories, but when the
micronutrients that are critical to the functioning
of the body don't get replaced, things start
to break down.
You get diseases
and conditions associated with nutrient deficiencies
that are generally misdiagnosed and then treated
with medications. After all, who would suspect
malnutrition in a person who is overweight?
And yes, these
medications are NOT designed to address the
fundamental problem which is lack of nutrients...they're
designed to target symptoms. It's like constantly
refilling a tire with a slow leak while never
actually patching the hole.
So now that you
know the reasons by which malnutrition can play
a role in being overweight or carrying stubborn
fat, what can you do about it?
Eating more healthy
foods is a HUGE step in the right direction,
especially focusing on organic foods and unprocessed
That old rule-of-thumb
of shopping on the outside walls of the grocery
store is true...it's where all the meats, eggs,
produce and generally unprocessed foods are
and you're much better off filling the majority
of your basket with them.
Next, drop drinking
your calories...ESPECIALLY soda. The next time
you look at a can of soda and are tempted to
drink it, I want you to think of this...Coca
Cola is used by their own maintenance people
to clean the engine blocks of their trucks.
This should not be put into your body. Diet
soda is usually even worse...it's basically
just carbonated chemical soup.
These are empty
calories that not only provide nothing in the
way of nutrition and can actively work against
you be leaching nutrients out of your body when
the chemicals get processes inside you.
look at "greens" supplements.
And I know the
moment I mention the word "supplements,"
the walls go up and the "I get all the
nutrients I need from my food" reflex kicks
If you don't want
to take supplements, more power to you! I don't
think supplements are necessary either IF you're
getting all the nutrients your body needs from
the foods you eat.
myself, I know I don't get all the nutrients
I need from the foods I eat...and it's just
not about staving off deficiency...it's also
about peak performance. You can't expect your
body to perform at optimal levels and to burn
fat and build muscle if the nutrients aren't
there to run your metabolic processes.
I've been taking
greens supplements literally for the past 20
years and it's a practice I encourage. I will
never say you HAVE to use supplements to get
results or be healthy...just that they DO have
the potential to help.
So what I've got
for you now is something very interesting...it's
a free report from a guy who basically was
on his way literally towards death due to malnutrition...even
though he was a NUTRITIONIST.
It's a very interesting
read and it'll give you even more insight into
this concept of being overweight and malnourished
at the same time. He talks about his experiences
with "greens" supplements in the report
The report is called "Read This or Die"
and you can pick up a copy here.