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I will participate in Hallelujah Acre's challenge, beginning January 7, 2010. Here is a recent post from HA about what the 60 day challenge and other important dietary information. Consider participating and learning a wealth of information on how you can become a healthier you in 2010.
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The Hallelujah Diet – America’s Best Weight Loss ProgramOn January 7, 2010, Hallelujah Acres will launch a 60 Days to a Hallelujah Waistline, a program to help all who wish to participate obtain a slimmer, healthier waistline. The program will include weekly webinars, daily e-mail tips to inspire and keep you informed, along with many other perks. To learn more about this incredible weight loss program as well as how to register to participate in the program, visit 60 Days to a Hallelujah Waistline.
With over 60% of America’s population overweight and obesity rapidly becoming an epidemic among not only adults, but also our youth, I believe it is high time Americans learned about a weight loss program that achieves better results, faster, and at less cost than any other available today. The name of this weigh loss program is The Hallelujah Acres Diet and Lifestyle! And this Diet originated with God!
HOW SERIOUS IS THIS EXPANDED WAIST LINE PROBLEM
With over 60% of the American population overweight, that means that over 180 million Americans are carrying at least 10 pounds more than they should be carrying for their height and bone structure. An estimated 54 million are defined as “clinically obese’, which means that they weigh 20% or more than their recommended ideal weight. A smaller, yet rapidly growing number are considered “morbidly obese” which means that their excess weight is putting such a strain on their body they could die at any moment.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS THE HALLELUJAH DIET IN LOSING WEIGHT
Though we have hundreds of testimonies of folks losing 50 pounds or more after adopting The Hallelujah Diet and Lifestyle, I will share just a few of those testimonies below, and then if you desire, you can go to Weight Loss Testimonials and read many more.
CLENT LOSES 206 POUNDS IN TEN MONTHS ON THE HALLELUJAH DIET
As for the kinds of weight loss results others have obtained after adopting The Hallelujah Diet, you might like to learn about Clent M. After adopting The Hallelujah Diet in January 2008, by October 2008, ten months later, Clent had lost 206 pounds. You can read all about Clent’s remarkable weight loss in his own words, as well as see some pictures of him, in our featured testimony of Health Tip #53.
THIRTY-TWO ADULTS LOSE OVER 700 POUNDS IN JUST SIX MONTHS
Several years ago I taught, at my pastor’s request, a 12-lesson course titled Biblical Nutrition 101 over a six-month period in the church I was attending at the time. Thirty-two adults completed the course, and on the final night of the class, those who had completed the course reported a combined weight loss of over 700 pounds during the preceding six months. The course I taught is available as a FREE download.
THE CAUSE OF EXCESS WEIGHT AND OBESITY
Before we proceed any further, I want to bring to our attention a verse from the Bible that bears heavily on this issue of excess weight and obesity. The verse is found in Proverbs 12:2, and reads as follows: “The curse CAUSELESS shall not come.”
As we take a closer look at the subject of excess weight, obesity, and expanded waistlines, we need to realize that the “curse” (excess weight, obesity, and expanding waistlines) will not occur without a “cause.” And in most instances, the “cause” of excess weight and obesity is not in the genes or glandular, but rather in the food choices of the individual who is carrying that excess weight.
Following are the major factors contributing to excess weight:
THE REFINED SUGAR FACTOR
Refined sugar is an addictive drug and the primary cause of weight gain. The average man, woman, and child in America consumes some 172 pounds of refined sugar each and every year. This amount of sugar breaks down to approximately 50 teaspoons of refined sugar being consumed each and every day of the year by every person in America. And this doesn’t even factor in the sugar derived from the refined carbohydrates, which rapidly turns into sugar.
If a person were to consume just one 12 oz. can of soft drink a day for one year, they could increase their weight by 15 pounds. Yet, there are overweight people who consume liter bottles of these soft drinks daily. Refined sugar is extremely high in caloric value. Consider also that sugar is invariably baked or cooked into some high-fat, high salt, irresistibly tempting goodies like ice cream, cakes, cookies, cinnamon buns, etc., ingredients that cause the body to gain even more weight. Because refined sugar is an addictive drug, the person who wants to lose weight, will usually continue to consume it.
The USDA recommends that the average adult, consuming a 2,000-calorie diet, should consume no more than 40 grams of sugar per day from all sources. It might startle the average person to learn that just one teaspoon of refined sugar contains 4 grams of sugar and 16 calories. Thus one 12 oz. soft drink, contains 11 teaspoons of sugar, and the person who consumes that single soft drink places into their body 44 grams of sugar and about 176 calories. In other words, that single soft drink contains more sugar than the USDA recommends for the entire day. If the average person consumes 50 teaspoons of sugar daily from all sources, that person placed into their body 200 grams (5 times USDA recommended limit) of sugar and over 800 calories.
AREN’T ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS AND DIET SODAS A BETTER CHOICE?
Regarding artificial sweeteners – Many believe that artificial sweeteners and diet sodas are a better choice, but not according to Dr. Neal Nedley, who writes in his book Proof Positive (on page 187) the following: “Do the low calorie soft drinks really work? … One study of over 75,000 women ages 50-69 found that users of artificial sweeteners were significantly more likely than non-users to gain weight over time. … We found that hunger increases after drinking aspartame sweetened soda.”
THE REFINED CARBOHYDRATE FACTOR
Refined carbohydrates (such as white flour products and white rice) contribute to making a person fat, just as refined sugars do. Unrefined carbs, such as whole grains, beans, legumes, fruits and vegetables, help keep a person lean. The difference between a refined carb and an unrefined carb is FIBER. In fact, unrefined carbs pack a powerful punch when it comes to fighting fat.
WHY FIBER IS SO IMPORTANT
Scientists at the University Hospital of London, Ontario compared the FIBER intake of different individuals. They found that those individuals who had a healthy weight ate 30% more FIBER than the overweight individuals. The only source of FIBER is plant foods, and because The Hallelujah Diet is extremely high in the use of plant foods, the diet is exceptionally high in FIBER content.
High FIBER foods help people lose weight for several reasons: First, because the food contains FIBER, it requires more chewing time, and thus slows down food intake. Second, FIBER has more bulk, and thus fills the person up with fewer calories. Third, FIBER stabilizes blood sugar levels and stimulates less insulin secretion, which translates into weight loss. And since we can’t digest FIBER, we can’t absorb calories from it.
In his book Carbohydrates from Hell, Carbohydrates from Heaven, author James Krystosik has this to say about FIBER: “Anyone trying to improve their health and lose weight should take advantage of FIBER, one of nature’s best appetite suppressants. Remember FIBER is a non-digestible form of carbohydrate, which passes through the digestive system without ever adding one single calorie. FIBER absorbs water, swells inside the stomach, and creates a sense of fullness. Now your brain gets the message that your hunger has been satisfied. High FIBER foods also satisfy the sensation of hunger longer than refined food, which means you end up eating fewer calories and thus lose weight.”
And let’s not forget that refined grains, in addition to helping make one fat, upsets normal blood sugar levels, causing mental and physical imbalances. When refined starches are eaten, a high percentage of the starch is quickly broken down into simple sugars, hitting the bloodstream and causing alarm to an exhausted pancreas and/or adrenals. In short, this amounts to the same objectionable diabetic/hypoglycemic reactions initiated by refined sugars.
THE ANIMAL FAT FACTOR
The average American consumes a high-fat diet. For instance, the average consumer of animal source foods in America consumes some 100 pounds of animal fat yearly. This becomes important when we recognize that weight gain is often related to getting too many calories from fat rather than getting them from complex carbohydrates as God intended. In the research lab, animals on high fat diets gain more weight than their peers on a low-fat regimen—even when both groups eat the same number of calories.
Animal source foods are the primary source of fat in the average diet. Each of the following foods provides the body with 10 grams of saturated fat: 2 cups of whole milk; 1 double hamburger; 2/3 serving of macaroni & cheese; 1 cup of ice cream; 2 cups of plain yogurt; 2 slices of American processed cheese. (Source: Proof Positive, page 24)
Cheese has the honor of being one of the most fat-laden foods being consumed today! Often, people will consume a salad (which is a healthy food), but then load it up with cheese—a very unhealthy and fattening food! Cheese is one of the most destructive foods one can place into their body!
Fat contains 9 calories per gram. Therefore, each pound of fat (454 grams) contributes 4,086 calories. If the average person consumes 100 pounds of animal fat per year that means that person consumes 408,600 calories per year, or 1,119 calories from animal fat each and every day of the year, which amounts to approximately half of their daily caloric intake.
When we add the 800 calories from refined sugar being consumed by the average person each day, to the average of over 1,000 calories from animal fat being consumed by each person each day, we learn that most of the calories being consumed each day originate in the two most fattening foods one can consume. Is it any wonder the average person in America is overweight?
THE TABLE SALT FACTOR
Table salt, besides being a poison and totally devoid of FIBER, causes the body to retain fluid. In reality, it is not the table salt that retains the water, but rather the body retains the water so that the toxic sodium/chloride concentration is reduced, thus causing less irritation and less caustic concentrations. In other words, the body recognizes the table salt as a poison and acts to protect itself, by diluting the highly irritating crystals.
This retained water adds water weight to the body. When a person stops placing table salt into their body, the body starts releasing the retained water to keep all that toxic sodium/chloride from doing damage. This is why it is not unusual for a person to lose 6, 8, 10, 12 or even more pounds within just a matter of days after adopting The Hallelujah Diet, a diet that eliminates table salt.
EXCESS WEIGHT AND AN EXPANDING WAISTLINE IS A MATTER OF CHOICE
One of the reasons The Hallelujah Diet is the very best weight loss program available in America (actually the world) today, is because it eliminates all four of the above fat-producing, waistline-expanding items found in the Standard American Diet (SAD). Yes, The Hallelujah Diet eliminates the very items responsible for most of the excess weight and obesity plaguing over 60% of our nation’s people.
In place of all these fat-producing items, The Hallelujah Diet provides highly nutritious, complex carbohydrate, healthy, predominantly raw foods that nourish the body. Yes, God knew what He was doing when He gave Adam and Eve that original Genesis 1:29 diet—and it also provides the very best source of nourishment available today.
This editor, soon to be 76-years of age, after 34 years on The Hallelujah Diet, has a flat, rock hard, muscular stomach, a 32” waistline, and weighs in at 142 pounds at 5’9” in height. My wife Rhonda lost 85-pounds her first year after adopting The Hallelujah Diet. Won’t you consider giving The Hallelujah Diet a try by joining thousands of other who will be giving the diet a try for 60 days? To learn more go to 60 Days to a Hallelujah Waistline.
(To be continued…)