Ways to Lose Weight Naturally

Can you believe it? People spend billions of dollars on diet books, the latest diet crazes, miracle diet drugs, and different medical procedures that help people get rid of fat. Isn’t it ridiculous? These weight loss manufacturers are making money, hand over fist, and getting rich by taking advantage of people who just want to look good and be healthy.

Today, people are spending so much money on trying to lose weight that they don’t see the root causes of their problem. So many people want to lose weight last year, last week, or yesterday and will do anything to get it. They want it Now!  When in reality, there are many ways to lose weight naturally. By including a few changes in our daily lifestyle, we can find ways to lose weight naturally and keep it off.

Sabotaged By Our Food

But most obesity and weight gain in today’s society isn’t all our fault. We need to put the blame where it really belongs, the food manufacturers. When will people figure out that we are all products of our environment regardless of what country or century we happen to be born in? Today, if you look at the manufacturer’s labels on our food, you will notice all types of fats and chemical additives that are packing on weight and slowly killing us. This is the main reason why obesity cost so much and is killing us.

Oh, The Caveman Days!

Have you ever seen a fat caveman? How many pictures of a fat caveman have you ever seen? You’ve never seen a fat caveman or pictures of one because obesity never happened back at the beginning of civilization. A caveman’s diet was completely natural and different back then. Early food sources during caveman times that were available were very basic and provided only the necessities for survival and growth.

Cavemen lived on Mastodon meat, berries, roots, and fish. There where no Snickers, Little Debbie Oatmeal pies, Lays Potato Chips, or Coke. If you look back at their food, they had a balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fats every day of the year. There were no drive-thrus, convenience stores, or other fast food joints.

Cavemen didn’t know what microwave meals were or prepackaged foods. Mastodon meat never came prepackaged with noodles or potatoes for a quick and easy meal. There was no such thing as sugar, flour, or manufactured fats that led to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and a host of other health problems. Combine that with the fact that they burned all their extra calories off by walking for miles every day in search of food.

Then Came The 19th Century

When I looked at books from the 19th century and see pictures of people inside, I can’t remember seeing any people who were fat or obese. Obesity was not a major issue during this time. Most people where average-sized and maybe the odd person would be obese.

The people of the 19th century had better food choices that were available at the time. They didn’t have fast food, chemical additives, force-fed animals, pesticides, and fertilizers. They also didn’t have a killer variety of hydrogenated fats that people are exposed to on a daily basis as we do now. Many were farmers and grew their own food naturally.

As a population, they were probably healthier. People had to do their own farming with primitive tools and plows and this kept them in shape. Their modes of transportation were less convenient and people used their own power to get around. They simply lived a healthier lifestyle and where exposed to more fresh air, sunshine, and better food choices.

Do As The Caveman Did

People in today’s society say they can’t lose weight. They should forget the fancy diets and think about eating like a caveman for 6 to 8 weeks. If they eliminate wheat, sugar (or any type of sweetener), packaged food, processed food of any kind, canned food, sodas, and dairy products, they can definitely lose weight. So in other words, no bread, buns, muffins, cake, cookies, donuts, soda, chocolate, sweeteners, hot dogs, hamburgers, milk, ice cream, bacon, cheese, sausages, packaged meat, canned food, beer (regular and lite), alcohol, and the list goes on and on. This type of food is slowly killing us and putting more money in the pockets of companies with weight loss programs and weight loss products.

If we stick to fresh or frozen vegetables, eggs, butter, whole grains like brown rice and oatmeal, potatoes, coconut oil, olive oil, water, nuts, black coffee or herbal tea, beef twice a week (if desired), fish (canned tuna and salmon okay), chicken, turkey, lamb, and limit our fruit intake because they are high in sugar, we can definitely lose weight.

Do A Little Exercise

If you give this diet a try, get out there and do a little exercise for a change. It wouldn’t hurt if you go for a walk, ride your bike, or maybe go for a swim for at least 3 or 4 days a week. At least go exercise and get your heart rived up for about 45 minutes to an hour. This will make your heart stronger and with the loss of weight, it reduces your chances of a heart attack or stroke. Do “something” physically for a change and with the caveman diet and the exercise, you can lose weight naturally.

Change Your Life For The Better

After your 8 week trial is over with the new diet and exercise, you will be thrilled with your weight loss and you will know the secret to lose weight naturally. You can slowly add more varieties of food to your diet and monitor the difference it makes. You can also try using honey as a sweetener and leave off the sugar and artificial sweetener which packs on the fat. In addition, you should try adding a few dairy products like skim milk and yogurt (pass on the ice cream and coffee cream), a few more varieties of fruit, and some pasta (not wheat-based), allowing you to experiment and see what works for you.

If you are like me, you have spent tons of money on weight loss programs and weight loss products with nothing to show for them. How many months, years, books, and diets have you gone through with few results to show?

As you can see, this is an easy way to lose weight naturally. If your doctor has told you to lose weight or risk health problems or maybe even death, it is in your best interest to consider trying this caveman diet. What can be so hard
about trying this diet plan for 8 weeks and exercise that could change your life for the better? You will be around for years to come for your family and friends.

But as with anything, you need to have the right mindset to achieve your weight loss goals. If you think your heart is in the right place, you will do whatever it takes to lose weight and keep it off. So with this in mind, happy dieting!

 

5 Tips For Successful Weight Loss

Have you ever been on a diet? Have you ever been successful at weight loss? I imagine most of your friends, like my friends, have given you tips for successful weight loss. But have you ever taken a close look at them, they are still overweight and many of them have “beer bellies.” Funny isn’t it? I heard it all the time from my friends who were giving me advice on how to be successful at weight loss, but they should be following their own advice.

228 lbs.

Because of my military injuries and 16 surgeries, I haven’t been very active. This lack of activity and exercise has caused me to become very depressed. For many years my depression has been my only friend. My friend has caused me to overeat and I have become very overweight {obese). Being overweight has caused me to have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Yesterday, I finally got my mindset right and I decided to lose weight. I went to the bathroom and learned the horrible truth, my scales said I weighed 228 lbs.! Oh, boy, I need to lose 38 lbs.!

But before I decided to go on my diet, I needed to find out how to lose weight safely and keep it off. I researched different ways to a successful weight loss solution. I found advice from many different experts and doctors giving tips for successful weight loss. And from my research, I believe these five (5) tips for successful weight loss will not only help me out with my weight loss journey, but it will help you in yours. By adopting these five tips, you will see your weight loss success.

Seek Social Support

According to these experts, a successful weight loss journey is better when you involve family members and friends who have the same objective as you do. They may feel a need to join you on your journey to lose weight and lose weight themselves. In this way, you will have moral support and if you get depressed or want to give up along the way, your weight loss partner(s) can reassure you. Statistics say that when you are losing weight with a partner(s), you tend to lose twice as much weight as if you were losing weight alone.

Track Food Consistently

For anyone who starts a weight loss journey, it is a very good idea to keep a journal of his/her food intake, no matter what he/she eats. We should always log everything we eat in our food journal. Because a lot of times we eat without realizing it. Our journal records everything we eat. It records if the food we eat is good for us and if it is bad for us. Just looking at our journal brings attention to what we are putting in our bodies, whether good or bad. According to experts, 88 percent of people who use a journal to record their food intake for seven days, lost weight. And by keeping a food journal, you can lose more pounds than if you didn’t.

Hold Yourself Accountable

If you are on a weight loss journey and you want the best results possible, you should seek social support and track your food intake (use a food journal). Experts say if you share your food journals with your weight loss partner(s), this will give you and your partner(s) inspiration to stay on track with your weight loss goals. It will also put your eating habits on display for your partner(s) to see, and this is the best way to keep yourself honest. By sharing your journal with your partner(s), experts say that you tend to lose 2 times the weight as people who don’t share their journals with their partner(s).

Stay Motivated

If you are going to do any type of weight loss program, you need to have the proper mindset. This will help you stay motivated as well. A positive attitude will keep you motivated when you want to give up or you are hungry. It will help you stay away from snacking unhealthy foods.

In addition, while on a weight loss program you should do some type of exercise. A positive mindset when you do some sort of exercise or work out, keeps you motivated to stick with it. People who exercise and work out, lose twice as much as weight as people who do not do some type of exercise.

Even if you aren’t able to do much exercise, you should still move and keep active. I am not able to do a lot of exercises, but I keep a positive mindset and I walk 2 1/2 miles each day. It’s not a fast pace, but it is a steady pace and it helps me to lose weight and it exercises my heart. Even 30 minutes of walking each day, keeps your heart in good condition.

Cook For Yourself

You should always cook your own meals if you are trying to lose weight. Home-cooked meals tend to be more nutritious and less fatting then restaurant foods. Cooking at home has a huge impact on your weight loss goals and you should find nutritious recipes that are less fattening. By cooking at home, you can cut down on your portions which will be a big factor in reaching your desired weight loss goals. Cooking at home provides more nutrition than eating out and a good home cooked meal provides more protein and fiber that meals from restaurants. Experts say that if you use nutritious recipes, log them in your food journal, and cook them at home, you will lose 40 percent more weight than people who don’t do this.

Wrapping It Up...

Anyone who wants to be successful at weight loss should always have a plan. People who decide to go on a diet by themselves can be successful, but people who seek out friends or family members as weight loss partner(s) have a better chance to reach their ultimate weight loss goals. A weight loss partner(s) can help you stay motivated by helping you keep a positive mindset and pushing you to work out (exercise) more when you want to give up.

By keeping a food journal, you and your partner(s) can keep track of what you eat. This will make you and your partner(s) accountable to each other so that you can show each other what you have eaten, whether good or bad. When I go on my weight loss journey (I have been on a lot of them), I keep a food journal so that I can track my food intake and calories. This allows me to change my food intake if I veer off and helps me get back on the right track. By keeping a food journal, it is not to embarrass you or your partner(s), but to keep you going toward your weight loss goals.

Restaurant food is bad for your diet and you don’t know what’s in the food they serve you. Always cook your meals at home when you are on your weight loss journey. When cooking at home, you get to pick your own healthy recipes; thus you can shop for the best and leanest cuts of meats, the best vegetables, and starches. You also decide how big your portions are and you will know what’s in your meals. This will give you the most nutritious meals for your weight loss journey.

In conclusion, I believe that these five (5) tips for successful weight loss I have given you will help you achieve your weight loss goals. Remember to keep a positive mindset, find a family member(s) or friend(s), and stay motivated!!

Obesity – A Growing National Epidemic

Obesity – A Growing National
Epidemic

Have you ever been told by your doctor that you were obese? Has anyone ever called you “Fat?” It hurts, doesn’t it? I remember in 1995 when my pain management doctor diagnosed me with
obesity. I knew I was overweight, but I really never heard of the words, “obese” or “obesity.” Not only did it hurt, but I wanted to slap him! So when I got home, I began researching obesity and the causes and statistics of obesity. I also wanted to find out how I could lose this excess weight and I found some interesting facts about it. Before researching obesity, I didn’t realize how bad it was across our nation.

Facts About Obesity

Obesity is a growing national epidemic and it has become a serious health issue in the United States. Nearly 35% of Americans are diagnosed with obesity (more than 1 in 3 Americans are obese). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now considers it to be a national epidemic. In addition, the American Medical Association and the Obesity Society considers it a
chronic disease.

But despite growing recognition of the problem, the obesity epidemic still continues in the U.S. The rates of obesity are increasing around the world. The latest estimates are that approximately 34% of adults and 15–20% of children and adolescents in the U.S. are obese. Obesity affects every segment of the U.S. population.

Obesity has almost tripled since 1975. Even with the attention of the health profession, the media, and the public, and mass educational campaigns about the benefits of healthier diets and increased physical activity, obesity in the United States has more than doubled over the past four decades.

In 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that more than 1.9 billion adults (39 percent) were overweight, while more than 650 million (more than 1 in 10 humans) were obese. WHO wrote, “Most of the world’s population live in countries where being overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.”

What Is Obesity?

Many people often get offended when their doctors call them “obese”. I know I did when I went for my appointment to see my pain management doctor in 1995, and he diagnosed me as being obese. It really hit me to the core and all I could think about was that I am a “Fat-Ass,” or a “Lard-Ass.” I lost all my self-esteem and confidence in myself. It took me years to face it because although I could cut down on what I ate, I couldn’t exercise. And that made my depression worse.

Not matter how doctor’s sugar coat obesity, they say that they want to let their patients know that obesity is just a medical term used to describe your physical weight if you can believe that! (LOL) Why don’t they just tell their patients they weigh too much and need to eat less and exercise?

Obesity means having excess fat, so being obese means a person with too much fat in his/her body.
Generally, this is based on the BMI (Body Mass Index), which can be calculated by using a BMI calculator. In this type of calculation, your weight and height are taken into account to find the results.

How Your Health Is Affected By Obesity

After my military injuries and my 14 surgeries, I had very little physical activity. Because of these unfortunate circumstances, my depression and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) got worse and this made me feel sorry for myself. With this depression, it brought on anxiety, and I began to eat more unhealthy foods. Soon, I was packing on the pounds and I couldn’t properly exercise to get the excess weight off. With all this excess weight, I developed high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I am very fortunate that my condition didn’t get any worse.

Obesity and being overweight not only can cause high blood pressure and high cholesterol, but it can cause a lot of other problems. It can take a toll on a person’s body and cause long-term problems. If a person doesn’t take the proper steps to reduce his/her food intake and ensure he/she gets proper exercise, he/she may experience:

• High BP (blood pressure)

• High cholesterol

• Heart disease and stroke

• Type 2 diabetes

• Osteoarthritis (Joint problems due to excess weight)

• Sleep apnea

• Breathing problems

• Gallstones

 

The Cost of Obesity in America

Obesity and its obvious dangers to health are incredibly costly in a financial sense. In 2008, it was estimated that the annual medical cost in America was around $147 billion. And people who were obese had average medical costs of $1,429 more than those people who were at a normal weight. The medical costs for obesity continue to rise because the rates of obesity will rise more each year.

America Goes On A Diet

According to research from Boston Medical Center, an estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year. Americans spend more than $33 billion each year on weight loss products. Yet, nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. At any given time, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men are on some sort of diet. These dieters are in structured eating programs or watching what they eat (some are for diet purposes, some are for health purposes such as allergies or diabetes). Experts say as few as 5 percent of dieters manage to keep the weight off long-term.

About Danny

A Warm Welcome

Hey, and welcome to my website, A Weight Loss Story. My name is Danny.

Are you overweight or have you ever struggled to lose weight? Do you know someone who needs to lose weight? Then if so, “A Weight Loss Story” is for you or someone you may know.

As long as I can remember, I have been overweight. And I have always been trying different ways to lose weight. My journey has included trying many weight loss programs and weight loss products over the years. With these different programs and products, I have gained a lot of valuable knowledge about dieting and ways to help improve my quality of life. And I hope to share with you my journey as I go through steps to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle.

My Weight Loss Journey

Growing up in south Alabama, I was raised on my family’s farm. My mother was a great cook, but she had no clue about cooking healthy, nutritious meals. My mother was a “stay at home mom” and she always fried the meats she served us. She would fry our meats in either vegetable oil or lard with lots of flour. During this time, we had no knowledge about Canola oil, Olive oil, Coconut oil, nor the benefits of cooking with these oils.

Every Spring we planted a huge vegetable garden. We cooked the vegetables we grew in the Summer and canned the rest and put them in our freezer. When my mother cooked our vegetables, she usually cooked them with fatty, smoked meats and used dripping from the meats she fried to season them with. Because of the way we ate, my younger brother and I were always overweight.

Enlisting in the Army

It was not until I enlisted in the U.S. Army that I had to address my weight issues. The Army’s primary goal was to get every soldier in shape and be “combat ready.” Because of my weight problems, I was put on the Army’s “Fat Boy” program. With this program, I had to eat fewer portions and do more running and exercises than other soldiers. This helped me to get my weight under control plus get me in shape.

After completing basic training and my advanced training, I volunteered for Airborne School and Ranger School. The training in both of these programs helped me to be in the best shape I had ever been in. And with the continued physical training as an Army Ranger, I kept my weight under control and learned to eat more nutritious meals.

In August 1990, as a U.S. Army Ranger, my unit was deployed to serve in Desert Storm. During one of my parachute jumps, my parachute collapsed some 70 – 80 feet above the ground and I fell on my back. Although my rucksack caught my fall, I sustained serious injuries. I was evacuated to a hospital and I had to undergo surgeries on my back, neck, both shoulders, and both knees. After I recovered as much as I could, I was medically discharged.

My Surgeries

Before it was over, I went through 14 surgeries (5 back surgeries, 1 neck fusion, both shoulder surgeries, left knee surgery, and 3 right knee surgeries, and 2 right-hand surgeries). In addition, I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), severe depression, panic attacks, and anxiety disorder. At this time, I was dealing with severe chronic pain and later diagnosed with osteoarthritis.

Because of the inactivity and not being able to exercise, my depression got worse and I ate more. I began feeling sorry for myself and I gained a lot of weight. This caused me to develop high blood pressure and high cholesterol. In addition, in September 2000, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

My Need To Change

In 2013, my son, Zeth, moved in with me. Zeth has Autism and he needs constant care. I finally realized that I had to change my eating habits and live a healthier lifestyle because my son needed me. Plus, I wanted to live a longer life. Because of this, I stopped feeling sorry for myself and began eating more nutritious foods. It wasn’t long before I was walking each day. In about 4 months, I reached 3 1/4 miles and started losing weight. Soon my health and my depression got a lot better.

I began researching different ways to lose weight and other ways to lead a healthy lifestyle. I began preparing and eating more nutritious meals including cutting out bread and I stopped frying my food. It has been several years since I have eaten any fried foods and if I do eat any, I get sick. Research showed me that herbs and supplements could help me feel better and help me with my other health problems. It wasn’t long before I was taking over 35 herbs and supplements each day.

My VA Checkup

I went for my 6-month checkup at the VA and realized I had lost over 25 lbs. The doctor showed me my lab work and my high cholesterol had gone back to normal levels. My blood pressure had also decreased and was back to normal. My doctor couldn’t believe the change in me.

My Accident

Walking and lite exercise had become passions of mine. I had been walking for over 3 years and had lost over 35 lbs. I was feeling great and my blood pressure and cholesterol levels were normal. I continued to take my herbs and supplements and they were doing a great job making me feel better. Eating nutritious meals and snacks, walking, and taking herbs and supplements made me feel like a new person.

On November 10, 2017, I had taken my fiancee to Destin, Florida, for her birthday. We went down to the beach for a day of antique shopping and eating fresh seafood. When we were leaving Destin, I was waiting for a traffic light to turn green and my truck was hit in the rear by a commercial van. Immediately, I experienced pain down both arms, my neck, down both legs and my lower back. The sheriff’s department and fire department were called and I was taken to the emergency room. I was given MRIs on my neck and my lower back.

The doctor diagnosed me with 2 herniated discs in my neck and 4 herniated discs in my lower back. Because of the accident, I wasn’t able to walk anymore nor do much of anything else. My depression soon came back and with that, I began eating more and eating the wrong foods. It wasn’t long before I was overweight again and my depression returned.

I had my neck fusion in March 2018, and I had my lower back fusion in July 2018. It has been a slow recovery for me with all my other surgeries.

Another Weight Loss Journey

Due to my accident and last 2 surgeries, I’ve finally gotten to where I can walk again. I’ve been walking every day now for about two weeks and I am walking 2 miles each day. Christmas has come and gone and I have definitely eaten too much like most folks. I am planning my goals for 2019, and my top two goals are to lose weight and be able to walk 3 1/4 miles each day again. I hope that you will follow me on my journey to reach my desired goal!

My Goal 

Being overweight and obese can cause high blood pressure and high cholesterol because it happened to me. It can also cause stroke, heart attack, heart disease, and diabetes 2, and some cancers as well as other diseases. I have also developed a fear of people looking at me and thinking I was a “fat-so.”

Over the last 28 years, I have had to overcome a lot of obstacles in my life. Growing up the way I did, my military injuries, and the auto accident along with my severe depression caused me to overeat. This overeating caused me to become obese. And with obesity, came high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I am very lucky that I didn’t develop a heart attack, heart disease, diabetes 2, or some sort of cancer.

I am very passionate about wanting to help people avoid being overweight because I have been overweight most of my life. I want to help people avoid the causes of being overweight and show them that with eating the proper foods, watching their food intake, taking supplements, and doing some sort of exercise, they can lead a more productive life as well as a healthier lifestyle.

All it takes is the right mindset along with support. While undertaking any sort of weight loss program and weight loss products, we need to have a positive attitude and a “can do” mindset. My fiancee told me that she has never met anyone who has gone through some much strife in their life as I have, and remain as positive as I have. I know if I can do it, anyone can!

In my blog, I will be introducing you, my readers, valuable information to help you obtain your weight loss goals. I will be introducing you to different weight loss programs, weight loss products, supplements, and give you some healthy recipes and tips to get you moving in the right direction.

If you ever need a hand or have may questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

 

Daniel (Danny) Barley                                                                                                  danny@aweightlossstory.com