Excerpt from a lecture by Dr. Bellonzi on weight loss, health, life style, nutrition and food & why diets & fasting don’t work.
So the first class, if we were doing it in a series, but you all know that you can join at any time, is really more of an introduction into the idea of eating less processed foods, of learning how to take care of yourself, of learning things that you can incorporate into your lifestyle.
In the first class, we start introducing some of the concepts that I want to go over as well tonight. One of the main things that we talk about is glycemic index.
It’s not about being real complicated and learning how to do complexing.
Glycemic indexing, you could write a whole book on it. People have taken it to extremes like anything else. But let’s just keep it really simple. I want you to eat foods that have a low glycemic index; ideally fifty five or below. If you do that you are forced to eat foods that are better for you. You are forced to eat vegetables, proteins, things that are going to be more accepted by your body. If you go above fifty five you start going into the processed foods and as you go higher and higher with those numbers, you’ve gotten into things that probably have no relationship to their origin at all.
So, if I can get you to keep that glycemic index low, you’re suddenly forced to eat better.
Fifty five or below tends to keep you again in the more natural foods. That’s another rule that we talk about. We do make rules here. So, if you eat foods that are closer to their origin you’re going to be eating healthier foods as well.
If you eat a food that doesn’t look like anything in nature it probably has been messed with by man, yes, Twinkies, I hear it in the background, you’re eating things that your body doesn’t know what to do with. If you’ve been to our class about sugar, remember we’ve talked about AGES, Advanced Glycation End-products.
Sugar changes the body structurally and functionally, so if your body doesn’t function well and it is structurally changed, you’re going to have disease. That’s where we find a lot of disease coming from. That’s the main theory of aging is the fact that people eat sugar, it becomes a glycation end-product and I’ve now changed my body for the worse.
So, if you stay in that lower glycemic index you’re going to eat sugars that are more naturally occurring, the body knows what to do with them, there is no alarm stage, there is no problem in the body and you’re going to have a better time of it.
Another concept that we talk about is that muscle dictates metabolism.
If you don’t exercise, what happens to muscle? You lose it? It’s never static.
It’s either built up or it’s being broken down. In fact, your muscles are a store house for protein. If I need protein, my body can go to my muscles to get it.
What happens if I don’t eat properly?
I end up sacrificing my muscle. I eat myself. So, remember, most of you have promised to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, right? If you haven’t, you need to take the oath. I want you to eat on a regular basis, otherwise you’re going to be cannibalistic.
You’re going to eat yourself, and when you do that, you’re in trouble.
That’s what the whole yo-yo dieting is about. People think, well, I just won’t eat those meals. I’ll go on a diet. I’ll start fasting. I’m not eating anything, it’s less calories in, I’ll lose weight. Right? It’s true, It happens. The scale goes down. But, if you look at the proportions of how much lean tissue you have to how much fat you have, you’re actually proportionally fatter, because you burned up as much or more lean tissue as you did fat. Even though the scale is less, you’re actually a fatter person.
Anorexic people, they have very little muscle tissue, low bone mass, they don’t have much active metabolic tissue. They are not very healthy. The scale looks good. They think they’re in good shape but they really aren’t capable of doing anything and their body doesn’t operate in a very healthy state. So we have to look at living a lifestyle that is more conducive to health instead of what most Americans live.
If I have you eat low glycemic foods I’ve forced you to eat better foods.
What that means is you’re not going to cause damage, you’re not going to take toxins in, you’re not going to eat processed foods. You’re going to eat foods closer to their origin.
You’re not going to have the whole set up for what is called metabolic syndrome. You’re not going to have the insulin responce because of the high sugar content. So you’ve totally taken yourself to a lifestyle that will make you healthier as opposed to less healthy.
And you still can lose weight. I want you to lose weight and be healthy at the end of this and not just lose weight and make the scale look better because that’s not always the answer, in fact it’s never the answer. Again, diets don’t work because, first of all they usually cause you to be sicker when you’re done. You’ve probably all done a diet, or you know somebody, we’ve all done diets. I mean let’s be honest.
You’ve probably noticed that people that are finishing with a diet look a little bit sickly. Their faces are drawn. A lot of times they look like a little stick with a ball in the middle, because they couldn’t get rid of the gut. They have just lost all of the structural fat, the visceral fat, they’ve lost that voluptuous shape but they think that they’re healthier because the scale looks better.
A lot of times we just want people to throw the scale away. We monitor it here, but it’s not something you really want to look at. You want to look at how your clothes fit, how you look physically. The other thing about the diet is eventually you have to get off the diet. This isn’t about a diet here, other than the fact that we’re using HCG. This is about a lifestyle change. I want you to take the things we talk about here in class and do them for the rest of your life. Not perfectly. Everybody can cheat a little bit, but I want you to cheat without causing yourself to go down.
If you eat a pizza and you’re sick for two days, Something’s wrong, You’re out on the edge.
In fact, that’s another concept that we talk about, right? Everyone remember organ reserve?
Nobody remembers it, Ok. Organ reserve is the concept that you can abuse yourself.
Now I say that kind of kiddingly, but, if you have organ reserve you can eat a pizza, you can eat something that’s not so good for you, you can be exposed to something and not create any symptoms. But if you have no organ reserve, you’re in trouble.
You’re right at that threshold. When you were young, most kids had a huge organ reserve. They can eat dirt, they can roll on the ground, they can fall down the stairs. They just get up and keep going. You wonder how they did that. Well, they’ve got a huge organ reserve. Not only does it not affect them that much, they repair very quickly and it’s water off the back. No big deal. But you fall down and eat dirt, what happens?
You might have to go to the hospital. And it’s the fact that you have no reserve left.
What we’re doing is we’re building that reserve. It’s a concept that I really like to use because if I’m healthier I can do a lot of things and not be affected by them.
I can walk out in a cedar grove and not be put in the ground because my nose is running and my head hurts. I can go into a house and be exposed to something, not that I want to be exposed to bad things, but if you find that a small amount of stress, physical, mental, whatever causes you to have symptoms, your reserve is gone.
If you have organ reserve, you’ve got that level of health that small things don’t take you down.
By doing what we’re talking about in class. You want to eat better, you want to exercise, you want to watch your exposure to things, you want to take care of yourself. If you take care of yourself and you create health, you’ve got a reserve. But if you find that you’re right on the threshold and the symptoms remain just under the surface you’ve got to do something.
Remember the symptom checklist that you did the first day? I always refer back to that.
That sheet should be clean. If you checked any of those boxes on the checklist then you’ve got a problem and it needs to be corrected. There’s a reason for every symptom on there and if we look we can find it. If you correct everything then that symptom checklist is empty. There shouldn’t be headaches, regular sinus problems, fatigue. All those things on the checklist are related to dysfunction and we want your body functioning again and that’s where the reserve comes from.
If you’re always eating a diet that’s pushing you further out of balance and you’re not actively exercising and you’re not taking care of yourself, you’re going to lose your reserve and you’re going to be in symptom mode and you’re going to see more doctors and do more and more medications.
That for me is the wrong way to go.
So we want to get some of these concepts and have you thinking about them.
Dr. Vincent Bellonzi is a chiropractor and is certified in Clinical Nutrition. He has been in practice for over 12 years. He received his Doctorate from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1991.
Since 1998, Dr. Bellonzi has practiced in the Austin area. He works with athletes at every level to provide sports conditioning and rehabilitation.
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