Weight Loss Explained: Essential Health Facts

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Weight Loss is Important, But the Causes of Obesity Must be Addressed in the Right Manner

Healthy weight management balances muscle, bone, and fat in the body.

"Since COVID-19 has had us locked in for these past few months, we have most likely gained a few pounds, lost some hair, raised our blood pressure, and exercised our imagination. The inactivity, stress, concern for the unknown, overeating has had its toll on us. This article is the beginning of a series of articles that can bring us back to a healthier state. I'm hoping we find our balance emotionally, physically, and spiritually."

~Yvonne~

Humans are naturally suited to carrying an optimized balance of that bone and muscle that contributes to strength, endurance, good health, and safety.

​Excessive weight, caused by inactivity, poor diet or metabolic factors, or other health-related challenges, are threats not only to looks, heart health, or energy but may lie behind a wide range of other health conditions including circulation or muscle strength complaints. At the same time, the way we approach weight loss warrants a closer look as we bring some lesser-known facts to the table. Weight loss is a billion-dollar industry comparable to a yoyo with rapid, counterproductive fluctuations in a diet that interfere with a healthy metabolism. High levels of stress also trigger cortisol production, which contributes to weight gain.


Yo-yo dieting causes your body to go into starvation mode and allows the body systems to begin storing fat for energy conservation purposes. The leading cause of the epidemic of obesity in America is not because people are indulgent but because they are being fooled.

The best thing people can do is get their digestive system working correctly, primarily ensure the absorption in the small intestine and the large intestine functioning properly, while eliminating toxins. Knowing what to eat, in the form of a lower refined sugar diet, and how much to eat is essential; a false sense of fullness due to the adulterated content of many processed foods may be responsible for overeating in a number of cases.

After the 1973 passing of a new farm bill subsidy by the U.S. Congress, specifically planned corn subsidies led to increased production of high fructose corn syrup nationwide. As a result, the product is used in a variety of widely available foods to enhance the flavor.

Evolutionary psychologist and health author Dr. Doug Lyle says, "The consumption of unnaturally dense food is the leading cause of the epidemic of obesity. It isn't because they are self-indulgent. It isn't because they're lazier than they ever were. What's happening is that their mechanisms of satiation are being fooled. Receptors in the stomach, including stretch receptors measuring volume and caloric density or richness receptors, give people an indication of how much to eat. Five hundred calories of natural plant food fill the stomach with a corresponding bulk, while 500 calories of processed food only partially fill the stomach, causing the receptors to fool the brain into telling us to eat more food. Even worse is hundreds of calories of fat, which barely trigger any response at all. Dr. Lisle says, "The problem with weight management in humans is that if you make foods completely artificial, people will have to overeat just to be satisfied. 

Five hundred calories of natural plant food fill the stomach with a corresponding bulk, while 500 calories of processed food only partially fill the stomach, causing the receptors to fool the brain into telling us to eat more food.

Water is a powerful solvent and transporter of nutrients, but dehydration is surprisingly widespread. Sometimes the body is actually thirsty when hunger is perceived. Water your body and brain for better health. Increased water intake and reduced dehydration can be a major addition to successful weight loss efforts. Proper hydration allows nutrients to flow into the cells and waste products to be more efficiently released from the cells and eliminated from the body. All of these steps contribute to better metabolism and body balance.

 Along with the right foods, certain herbs may prove helpful in addressing the underlying causes of weight gain. Garden Essence helps to emulsify and aids in digestive enzyme production. Slippery Elm and UC3-J help with the absorption of nutrients in the small intestine. Psyllium Hulls combination may be helpful. LOCLO may help in naturally reducing cholesterol levels.

Laziness grows on all of us, but only if we let it. It takes a certain amount of determination to get yourself moving and go for a walk or work out. You can start slow 10,000 steps a day is highly recommended. You can even get a calorie and step counter. The Centrios talking pedometer may be used if desired and avoids EMF exposure as we prefer to do at Island Healthworks.

You can start slow and gradually work up to an exercise level that suits your goals and body type. What you put into exercise is what you will get back. For people with joint problems or excessive weight gain, a half-block walk per day allows activity without placing undue stress on the body. Walking sticks are excellent choices for such individuals. KC-X assists in energy and exercise by enhancing metabolism. The herbs contained in this product are known to support the thyroid. Choosing the right herbs for your purposes is essential. Healthworks only recommends the use of Quality Controlled Herbs and Supplements.

To learn more, contact Yvonne! Yvonne Dollard Perc offers phone consultations where she will develop an individualized health care program and lifestyle plan tailored to your specific needs through a personal health and lifestyle analysis. 


Yvonne Dollard Perc offers in-person and virtual consultations, health and lifestyle coaching, and the best of integrative natural health care. To book your consultation, please call 250-468-7685!

This article is intended for educational purposes and the information contained within is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease or health problem. Please seek appropriate medical attention for any health complaints. We cannot take responsibility for your health care decisions. Our intent is only to offer health information to help you with your search for better health. 

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Thursday, 01 October 2020