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  1. 1. ==== ====For Great Weight Loss Tips Check This Out: ====Without A Plan Permanent Weight Loss is Impossible.The top resolution for 2010, just like it has been for every year is shedding weight and becomingphysically fit. It also can become the hardest to do: changing the way we eat and exercise in a fewdays or even in a few months can overwhelm just about anyone. The first step is always toprepare a plan, weight loss without a definite plan is impossible. Whether you try low carb, countcalories, points or eat specially prepared meals, you still need a plan. Before you jump on the firstplan you hear about, take a long look and see that the task of losing weight is nothing new. It goesback to 5000 years to early Egypt. Take a look through the centuries and find a plan that is bestfor you.Obesity and Dieting is Nothing NewThe earliest indications of obesity can be traced back to the first modern humans in Europe about35,000 years ago. In those days, efficient storage of energy (i.e., fat) in times of plenty wasparamount to surviving the next famine. Times have changed and famine does not exist in our partof the world any longer. Therefore, our once lifesaving ability to store energy (i.e., fat) efficientlyhas since turned against us. It now shows up in our society as the constant concern of too muchweight and ultimately, as obesity. For thousands of years, being overweight and obesity wereexceptionally rare phenomena and were almost never studied.The perception of obesity varied among cultures.In ancient Egypt, obesity was considered a disease. Egyptians depicted their enemies as obeseindividuals. Obesity was certainly not the Egyptian beauty ideal, which instead featured long,slender legs, narrow hips with high breasts, and golden skin. Concerned that diet maintained theirhealth, the ancients recognized that the quantity and quality of food were equally important. Theirmethod of portion control was rather primitive. TheyVomited and purged themselves three times a month.Ancient China was aware of obesity and the dangers that come with it. The texts tolled Gobiberries for strengthening the liver, preventing obesity, and fortifying the-Qi-(chi) or life force. TheAztecs believed that obesity was supernatural, an affliction of the Gods. They had a sophisticatedvocabulary for obesity and locations of specific fat deposits, including a double chin and a -beerbelly.The ancient Greeks first recognized the dangers of obesity. Hippocrates, considered the Father ofMedicine,believed that obesity led to infertility and even death.
  2. 2. Hippocrates was aware of sudden deaths being more common among obese men than lean ones.He correctly identified the energy balance equation:Energy cannot be created or destroyed.Energy is either used or stored.When -calories in- are greater than -calories out- then body weight increases.When -calories in- are less than -calories out-then body weight decreases.After Hippocrates laid the foundation for understanding energy and weight management within thehuman body, another two thousand years went by before the general public in Europe, in the early1600s, began to recognize diet and exercise as means to preserving ones health.Around the 17th century, links between diet, disease, and health were clearly acknowledged.Study after study emphasized the benefits of leanness and the dangers of corpulence. beginningin the 17 the century. The term obesity was first used in 1650 by the English physician andmedical writer, Dr. Tobias Venner. With the industrial revolution of the 19th century, England sawa growing abundance of food coupled with an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. The result was avast increase in obesity among the middle and upper classes.Unfortunately, as the medical society and the public in general began to look at obesity and itscomplications as serious health problems, knowledge on how to reverse it, especiallypermanently, remained unclear! Surprisingly, most 19th century doctors had no idea about itscause. Many thought obesity was due to sin or diseases.Physicians of the time did not believe that what you ate had a direct impact on your body and onyour general health. People typically ate bread, potatoes, pastry, puddings and cakes, and servedtheir meat with thick gravies. Alcohol was part of daily life. Basically, people of that time ate asmuch as they could afford! After all, a big belly was a sign of prosperity.Lights Begins to Shine in the early 1800s with Graham Crackers in AmericaDuring the early 1830s, Reverend Sylvester Graham was the first American to relate food choicesto health. He condemned the sin of gluttony,advocating a bland, vegetarian diet as the cure. Dr.Graham developed a recipe and encouraged people to eat flat bread made of coarse whole wheatflour. However, people who ate his Graham Cracker were described as -pale and sickly. ReverendGraham became known as Dr. Sawdust-not a very good start to reversing obesity, but these werethe first efforts made to remediate the conditionRevelations Appear in early 19th Century London:Across the Atlantic Ocean, in the early 19th century Dr William Wadd, a physician of the EnglishCourt, finally touched the heart of the matter. He connected overindulgence at the table with thedangerous conditions that resulted from an excess of fat deposits in the body.Dr. Wadds first principle of treatment was taking food that has little nutrition in it.Was he
  3. 3. describing eating food with less fat or carbs? He pointed out that many physicians refused to treatobese patients because they did not recognize the growing obesity epidemic of the early 1800s asa real and dangerous disease. That was in 1800. Sounds familiar?In 1850, the medical profession in Europe had accepted the theory of German chemist BaronJustus von Liebig that carbohydrate and fat supplied the carbon which, combined with oxygen inthe lungs, produced body heat. In terms of this theory, carbohydrate and fat were respiratory foodsand the cause of obesity was believed to be an overindulgence of them.Dr. Liebigs patients were cut off from food for as long as possible and almost starved themselvesto death. He exhorted establishing an hourly watch over the instinctive desires of his patients.Although this was only the first organized attempt to reverse obesity, a more humane treatmentwas needed. Nevertheless, the importance of limiting food intake to treat obesity became fairlywell accepted by the mid 1800s. The challenge was then, as it still is today, the unbearable hungerthat always accompanies the reduction of food consumption.4 London Doctors Uncover the Secrets of Weight Loss: (Much of which we then forgot)During the 19th century, three English doctors-Horace Dobell (1826-1916), Isaac Burney Yeo(1835-1914) and John Ayrton Paris (1785-1856)-turned their attention to the growing problem ofobesity, researching methods and assisting obese individuals in overcoming their weight-relatedissues. They concluded that the excess food and increasingly sedentary lifestyle of 19th centuryEngland conflicted with the bodys biological need to efficiently store energy (i.e., fat) in times ofplenty to survive the next famine. They recognized that quick fixes and miracle solutions offeredno answer to this problem.Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, alerted his readers in 1825 to the dangers of fad diets. He warnedagainst the common use of so called venagar to lose weight and was one of the first advocates oflimiting carbs. His book, The Physiology of Taste is one of the first important books on food.Dr Burney in 1842 Unravels the Secret to Successful Weight Loss:Humans-like animals-are motivated by four basic drives: hunger, thirst, sex, and the need forsecurity. Hunger and sex are the strongest, being necessary for the survival of our species. Dr.Burney-famous for his Yeos Treatment(treatment of obesity by giving large amounts of hot drinksand withholding carbohydrates)-noted that the sensation of hunger, although involving mainly thestomach, originates in the brain. Additionally, as this sensation is one of the most basic of thehuman emotions, its regulation must occur slowly and with the greatest care.Hunger that is not satisfied creates morbid cravings,as Dr. Burney wrote. Probably the mainreason why so many diets fail is that they ignore what Dr. Burney calls-our most basic of all drives-hunger.Before we even started to count calories, points, fat, carbs or protein, and other metrics we use tohelp us regulate our food intake, Drs. Dobell and Burney had already concluded that all of thesemethods were too complicated. Both doctors noted that dietary changes should be based on theindividuals unique requirements concerning age, gender, and activity level. However, 1865 wasthe age of vapors, elixirs, potions, and liniments. Telling an upper class, overweight lawyer that his
  4. 4. excessive eating caused the fat around his belly and that he had to physically exercise-like a farmhand-was problematic and almost drove Dr. Burney out of practice.Diet is related to age, sex, occupation... and should correspond to what a person likes. Avoid anyunnecessary changes in the number or variety of food and always give a patient what he likes,unless there is an unquestionably good reason for not doing so, writes Dr Burney in 1842.You might think recognizing that overeating will make us fat is pretty obvious and was not at all asignificant discovery. In reality, most weight loss plans today fail to take into consideration that noteveryone can eat the same food, the same amounts of food, or react the same way to foods. Thisis why none of these generic diet concepts work. We are all different and every person requirespersonalized plans of action to achieve long-term success in managing sustainable and healthyweight levels.How many diet plans even consider what the individual actually likes to eat? Drs. Dobell andBurney stressed that a successful weight loss plan depends on making as few changes aspossible and then tailoring the food to the individuals age, sex and occupation and, especially, topersonal likings. This advice is even more relevant today than it was 175 years ago. Finding thereal causes for your weight problems and then selecting foods based on these personal factors-including what you like to eat-was fundamental back then and is just as important today.Keeping Weight Loss Plans Simple is Nothing New:-Interference with a diet, like all good things, is particularly open to abuse for nothing is so easierthan to lay down a complicated code of restriction and rules as to what to eat and what to drinkand the patient is very apt to think that the skill of the doctor increases with the number and varietyof the orders. But those who understand the principle of a diet know that the reverse istrue...instead of meddling with unimportant details, seize the few essential points for which a dietgenerally will be found to turn. Those that are best off are those that abstain from all attempts tomeddle-writes Dr Horace Dobell in 1865.William Bunting, a London Undertaker Writes About His Experiences Fighting Obesity, SomePracticalIdeas from the First Celebrity Dieter:In 1860, in what is considered one of the first diet books, a famous London undertaker and coffinmaker William Banting, revealed how to lose and-most importantly-maintain, weight loss for years.At 5 feet 5 inches in height and weighing more than 202 lbs., Banting experienced rapid weightgain beginning at age 30. He was so overweight that he had to walk down the stairs backwards toavoid jarring his knees. He was unable to ties his shoes or pull up his pants. Despite vigorousexercise, spa treatments, self -induced vomiting, drinking gallons of water, low-calorie andstarvation diets, he only kept gaining weight.For many years, he went from one doctor to another in vain-They took my money but they failed tomake me thinner. He was hospitalized twenty times for weight reduction, only to fail again. One ofhis physicians noted that putting on weight was perfectly -natural-; the physician himself had beinggaining a pound a year for years. Fed up with physicians and failures, he created his own plan,
  5. 5. bearing many similarities with the findings of Drs. Dobell, Burney and Paris and described it in hisfamous Letter of Corpulence, first published in 1864.Amount of Food: People of larger frame and build require a proportionally larger quantity and foods that are beneficial in youth are prejudicial in aged.Kind of Food: Starch, sugar and fatty meats tend to create fat and should be avoided all together.Experimentation is needed, to establish which foods cause weight gain for that individual andwhich do not. No attempt to restrict all carbohydrates -- but sugar, potatoes, and some breads...Vegetables and fruits of all kinds are permitted freely.Food Changes have to be gradual and kept to a minimum so as not to cause feelings of loss and...return to former habits.Number of Meals -Four meals a day are preferred. (The fourth is a late evening snack.)-Exercise- The rules of diet you found so beneficial have been long forced upon men who areunder training for running or prize fights... most overweight people are unhealthy or lacking timeand are unable to exercise and sweat-Mr. Banting successfully lost more than 50 lbs. and kept it off until he died at age 80. Inadvertently,he incorporated the basic findings of the English doctors, including tailoring the amount of food forhis age and activity level. He made only a few important and gradual dietary changes and atethree meals a day, along with a bedtime snack. His emphasis on eliminating starch, sugars, andfatty meats in his diet preceded Dr. Atkins by more than 100 years. Banting concluded thatexercise was not as important as changing the food that he ate. As successful as it was, Bantingsplan seemed too obvious and simple. As much as his name became synonymous with slimming,he was ridiculed and denounced as a charlatan. The British Medical Society vilified his diet systemas -humbug- and the basic principles on which it was based were ignored for another century.Basic structure of daily foods revealed by Dr Paris in 1826!Despite all controversy, some headway against obesity was made when Dr. John Ayrton Parisrevealed the basic framework for moderate food distribution throughout the day in his book,Treatise on Diet (1826). His daily food framework includes the importance of breakfast, lightlunches, and small evening meals. Dr. Paris also emphasized the importance of snacks and wasthe first to introduce the idea that eating a larger dinner after a days work may be moreadvantageous than eating large lunches.--Everyones diet depends... upon the degrees of exercise, age and rapidity of growth. Usually,one large meal a day, the other light and small in bulk... again depends upon occupation. A light
  6. 6. lunch is preferable to two large meals a day. Often a patient arises in the morning withoutinclination for breakfast but because of his occupation, he is compelled to force down food in orderto protect himself against exhaustion latter in the day from lack of food. At least have a biscuit,eggs or toast for breakfast. Snacks become necessary in civilized life. Dinner, the large meal ofthe day, in this manner may be postponed to 7 PM- writes Dr Paris in 1826.Obese Individuals Turn to Quackery beginning in the 1890sIn the last half of the 19th century, both obese people and their physicians turned away from thenewly discovered -secret-- a big belly was the consequence of excessive eating. Instead, theydesperately turned to the use of all kinds of medical quackery, including water, vibration andmassage therapy, laxatives, purgatives, electrical and non-electrical corsets and belts, Epsomsalts, various tonics, creams, liniments, and pills.What We Can Lean From the Past:During the 20th century, science revealed more and greater details about the human body, butsome of the most fundamental and simplest truths about weight management seemed to havebeen lost or have faded into oblivion. Instead, modern-day weight loss methods such as caloriecounting, weighing and measuring portions, points, phases, only protein, no carbs, as much fat asdesired, no fat at all, whole wheat, natural, light, organic, pre-portioned, frozen meals-- along withcomplicated recipes, diet schemes and specialty foods-- took the place of common sense. Dietsbecame restrictive, fundamentalist, ideological, and sometimes even contradictory. Clichésand myths do not help to clear up the issues related to obesity and what to do about it.Maybe the ideas of the early 19th century London physicians can help you design a successfulweight loss plan for 2010. Give their ideas a try. They Work!Richard Lipman M.D, a board certified internist and endocrinologist has been treating weight andmetabolic problems for 25 years in his Miami office. His specialty is getting the whole familyinvolved in a healthy weight loss plan. Having an overweight child or teen trying to eat differentfood from the rest of the family never works. His motto is, "everyone can eat healthier, normal oroverweight."His recent book, The 100 Calorie Secret, describes how thousands of his patients lost weight andkept it off. Whether you read his website, buy his book, or download your free copy of Dr LipmansQuick Weight Loss Guide for the Family, dont let yourself, child or teen continue to gain weight.Learn more weight loss and tips from a doctor who actually takes care of metabolic problems andobesity problems. Download Your Free Guide to Quick Weight Loss for the Whole Family at QuickWeight Loss GuideArticle Source:
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