Why Am I (Still) Fat?

Many of us today ask, why am I still fat no matter what I eat or how much I exercise? Should I eat carbs or not eat carbs (and if I should eat them, which ones are good and which are bad?) Should I eat a high protein diet or a low fat diet? There is such a plethora of nutritional advice available today, thrown at us daily in the form of the latest best seller book, and most of the advice from one author seems to contradict the others. How do you know what’s right? And why can’t you lose weight?
Well, first we have to understand that it isn’t about the carbs. It’s about the acid. Acid causes death. Those brown spots on your bananas are caused by acid, which begins to form at the moment the banana is plucked from the tree. The longer a banana sits, the more acid it accumulates. The same is true for us. The more we sit, the more acid we accumulate. We get mushy over time, just like the fruit. The difference between us and fruit is that we can do something about it. We can build muscles to combat the mushiness. And we can consume foods that produce very little acid, or actually neutralize acid in our bodies.
So how can you tell if you have too much acid in your body? Answer just one question: do you have extra fat or pain? If you have either, or both, you have too much acid in your body. (You could also have expensive laboratory tests to tell you the same results!)
Fat is nature’s way of keeping the acid in our bodies from killing us. Acid floating around in the blood stream would burn holes in our blood vessel walls (arteries and veins), causing internal bleeding. Acid in our joints produces pain. To protect us from this, the body does two things: (1) it coats the interior of the blood vessel walls with a type of spackling mortar or plaster, called cholesterol, and (2) it creates fat cells that will encapsulate acid in the blood and move it to a safer holding facility, much like we do with toxic waste. So if you are carrying extra fat, take time today to say thank you to it, because it is literally saving your life. If you have pain in any joints, it’s caused by acid accumulation in those joints.
You don’t like your fat? You want to get rid of it? Tired of hurting? Then you must neutralize the acid in your body. In other words, you need to alkalize the acid your body is producing by the foods and beverages you consume daily, and your lifestyle, to obtain an ideal blood ph level (around 7).
The easiest way to neutralize the acid in the substances you consume is through hydration. Drink water, and lots of it. You will need to drink a minimum of half your body weight, in ounces per day. This means if you weigh 150 pounds, you need to drink no less than 75 ounces of water per day. It takes two molecules of water to convert one molecule of fat into energy, so you need a lot of it. Water. Not tea, coffee, soda, or fruit juice, and needless to say, not beer or wine. Water. Sugar equals acid. So if you drink anything with sugar, whether natural like fruit juice, cane syrup and honey, or artificial like Stevia, sugar, and saccharine you are adding acid. That defeats your purpose. It’s not about the calories, it’s about the acid.
To further complicate things, even water can be more on the acidic side of the ph scale, and less on the alkaline side. To combat this imbalance, and get more bang for your buck, you can add a spoonful or so of lemon, lime or grapefruit juice to your water, or purchase alkalizing drops or veggie powders to add to the water you drink. (Ok, wait…some of you are thinking that citrus fruit juice contains citric acid and are wondering how that could alkalize your water. The easiest way to think about this is to understand that it’s not so much the acid IN the foods/beverages you consume, it’s the acid your body creates in RESPONSE to the foods/beverages. If you drink water with lemon, your body does not produce acid, and the alkalinity of the lemon water can actually flush acid from your system, but if you add sugar to make lemonade, your body produces acid because of the sugar, and the fat cell makers start working overtime!).
Second to hydration, the next step in achieving a more neutral blood ph is by the foods you consume. People have joked that they gain weight just by looking at a photo of cake in a magazine, but science has proven how that’s actually possible by analyzing the chemical composition of saliva after looking at mouth watering deserts. Turns out just looking at sumptuous, sugar laden foods can produce acid in your saliva and cause your body to produce fat cells in anticipation. Acid production causes an inflammatory response, meaning you retain fluids (remember you need water to flush out the acid), and those extra fluids can add to the number on the scale.
It’s not about calories, or quantity, or good/bad carbs, or high/low protein. Anything with sugar is going to cause acid. Yeast works nearly the same way. In fact, yeast is already present in our bodies. Feed your body a high sugar diet and your yeast population will explode. It’s not that bread is a carbohydrate and carbs are bad. It’s that bread contains yeast, along with sugar, bleached flour, milk, and eggs, all of which produce acid, which causes your body to create fat cells to manage the acid levels of your blood. Primarily meats, dairy products and processed foods cause our bodies to produce lots of acid when we consume them. Dairy products, particularly items like milk, cheese, and yogurt create such an acid response in our bodies that the calcium from our bones and teeth are actually broken down to help neutralize the acid. This makes our bones and teeth weaker and prone to breakage and decay. And the low fat versions of dairy products cause even more damage than the full fat versions because fat is what encapsulates the acid and protects us.
There is some recent research supporting the idea that how you combine your foods in any given meal makes a difference as well, because different foods produce different types of acids. The type of acid required by your intestines to break down protein is different than the type required to break down simple carbohydrates and if both foods are present in the intestines at the same time, neither gets fully digested as quickly as it should. This can cause food to stay in your gut longer, and food that sits, rots. Rotting food definitely produces acid. Based on this research, you can eat steak with a salad or you can eat bread with a salad, but you should never eat steak with bread in the same meal. This research also explains why you can eat meat and potatoes and go for hours and hours before you want to eat again, but if you eat just a salad, you’re hungry again in an hour or two.
How do you tell if a food has been processed? Ask yourself if it came out of the ground or off of a tree or plant in the form that you see it. Nearly everything available to us today has been processed in some form. Even fruits and vegetables that have been shipped to your local market have been treated with CO2. Shippers have to pick fruits and veggies green (way before they are actually ripe and ready to pick), and then gas them with CO2 so that they appear ripe when they get to their destination. If they didn’t, the vibrations and motions of shipping would cause ripe fruits and vegetables to arrive as pallets of mush, and the stores couldn’t sell them because nobody wants to pay good money for mush. If you grow a garden, the appearance of your food will not always look like what is in the grocery store. This is why growers are fond of GMOs (genetically modified organisms). They can manipulate the flavor, texture, shape, color, and disease and pest resistance in virtually anything. And scientists were so proud of the fact that they COULD modify everything, they didn’t stop long enough to think about whether they SHOULD. In an organic garden, some cucumbers are long and green and some are more round and yellow, not because of a difference in the types of cucumbers but because some get more water or sunlight and some less, and some get more insect exposure than others, whether its bugs eating the vines, or bees pollinating the blossoms. But people don’t want to buy the round, yellow ones because they were raised to believe that a healthy cucumber is long and green. With GMO technology, every cucumber a grower produces will be long and green. But your body is a chemistry lab, so when it sees a GMO it thinks poison, and produces acid. When you get down to store bought bakery items or potato chips, nearly all of the ingredients have been modified, from the bleached flour and refined sugar, to the hydrogenated oils used for cooking. Your body thinks these chemical alterations are poisonous, so you produce acid to keep them from poisoning you, and then produce fat to encapsulate all of the acid, to protect your blood vessels. Your fat is what’s keeping you alive.
A diet that consists of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds will produce the least acid in your system, and the less you cook these the better they are for you. Cooking breaks down the cell walls of the foods, making them less fibrous (and also more tender!) so eat them uncooked as much as you can. And remember, it’s not about calories or quantity. You can eat a bowl of ice cream, or for the same caloric equivalent, you could eat a laundry basket of celery. The calories would be equal, the laundry basket of celery is way more quantity than any human stomach could contain at one sitting, but the difference in how your body responds to the celery versus the ice cream in terms of acid production will determine whether the celery (and its fiber) will be used to build new healthy tissue, or whether the ice cream (and all its sugar) will be encapsulated in fat and stored in your hips or abdomen. And yes, you can eat fruit without getting fat, but don’t consume it in concentrated forms. For example, one 8 ounce glass of orange juice contains the juice of about 5 whole oranges. It’s pretty easy to drink an 8 oz glass of orange juice, or even a 16 ounce glass. But when was the last time you sat down to breakfast with 10 oranges to go along with your meal? Juice is concentrated (processed). For excellent nutrition, think whole foods in their natural state, and the higher the water content, the better. How do you know if you’re getting enough vegetables to grow healthy new cells? If you sit down in the cafeteria with your bowl of salad at lunch, and no one asks, “Are you really going to eat ALL of that?” then you probably aren’t eating enough veggies! And the more vegetables you eat, the less you will want of other stuff. Another way to tell is by hunger. If you feel hungry, you are either dehydrated (not drinking enough water) or you are not eating enough vegetables. You can’t possibly eat too many vegetables, so eat all you want, as much as you want, as often as you want (just don’t slather them in butter, salt, ketchup or ranch dressing because those condiments will produce acid and create more fat cells)!
And what about not eating at all? Some say the only way they can lose weight is by starvation. Well, the reason starvation works temporarily for weight loss is because if you don’t eat, then there’s no food causing an acid response. Yet it turns out you also aren’t getting any nutrients with which you build new tissues. Every cell in your body is constantly going through a state of rebuilding (like permanent road construction). You can’t build a decent, enduring road without good materials. You can’t build a healthy body without them either. Your vehicle will not run for long on contaminated gas, and not putting ANY gas in your tank WILL ensure you don’t add contaminated gas, but at the same time it won’t run long on empty either. You need good, clean fuel for both your car and your body. Dying cells produce acid. Eat to live.
If all of this isn’t motivating you to switch to a whole foods, plant based diet, think about the individual cells that make up your body. Everything degrades over time, including our cells. If a car sits for years out in the sun, over time the paint will oxidize, which makes it look like it has a powdery coating. You can run your finger over the paint and the white oxidation will come off on your finger. This ruins the paint job. In the same way, your cells oxidize over time, making you look older and tired, causing wrinkles and loss of elasticity of your skin. But eating cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage can actually prevent oxidization of your cells, even prevent cancer. Other plants contain these powerful chemicals, called antioxidants, and have this same regenerative effect.
Thirdly, to move that fat from the long term storage area to the clean up station, it has to circulate via the blood stream. The only way to increase the circulation of your blood is through movement. We call this exercise. The more you move, the more your blood circulates. The more it circulates, the healthier, fitter, and leaner your body will be. New studies have proven that sitting behind a desk for 6-8 hours a day has the same effect on your body as does smoking an entire package of cigarettes. Wow! If you have a pile of dirt on your floor and you lay the broom down beside it, the dirt will still be there. You have to sweep with the broom to clean up the dirt. Motion creates action. Your blood has to circulate to clean out the fat. Movement equals circulation.
There have been decades of debate about what fuel your body prefers and how it converts carbs, proteins, and fat into energy. But the bottom line is that fat can only leave your body through one of four ways: urination, defecation, respiration, and perspiration. That’s it! So in addition to trying your best to eat as close to a raw, whole foods diet as you possibly can (vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds), you also have to do things that cause urination (drink lots of water), defecation (eat foods high in fiber), respiration (take long deep breaths frequently, and get out of breath a couple of times a day through some sort of exertion; lifting weights and meditation are both great ways to improve respiration) and perspiration (sweat, think aerobic exercise).
Not all of the acid your body produces is in response to what you eat or drink, or how much you move. Stress produces acid. Exhaustion, whether mental, spiritual, physical, or emotional produces acid in your body. Sleep deprivation has received a lot of research and therefore, press lately. When you awake from sleep, your endocrine system immediately begins to produce an inhibiting neurotransmitter called Adenosine. This production is constant throughout the day, and builds up in your body over time. When the level of this neurotransmitter starts getting high, your body produces acid to try to lower the level, and then creates fat cells (think of fat cells as acid storage containers) to protect your blood stream from high acid levels. If this neurotransmitter level gets too high (you’ve been awake too long) your body will cause you to fall asleep, because sleep is the only way to completely eliminate Adenosine. Meanwhile its presence has caused chemical alterations in your metabolism that affect how hungry you are, and what foods you crave, and has increased the levels of other “stress” hormones like cortisol. This is why power naps can be beneficial. If you don’t have too much of the hormone, a short 10-20 minute power nap may be all you need. If you’ve been burning the midnight oil for some time, your power nap might need to be more like an hour, or three, because you don’t sleep long enough often enough to eliminate the hormone, and it just keeps building in your body over time. To reduce the amount of acid your body produces from exhaustion, you need to sleep more. Some people can get by on 4-5 hours of sleep. Some need 10-12. And the amount also varies over time. Teenagers and elderly need more sleep than middle agers to regulate their blood chemistry. And injury and illness also play their roles.
There are other hormones in our body that produce acid. When you are under tremendous pressure at work, or in your personal relationships, and feel like you are at the end of your rope, your adrenals produce hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol, and epinephrine to help you survive. Negative emotions can cause your adrenals to release hormones that cause acid production. If these hormones are always present at toxic levels, your body will produce acid to compensate, and acid is stored in fat cells. So yes, stress makes you fat. Negative thinking makes you fat. Fat is what keeps the chronic stress from killing you. If you live a highly stressful life, you can be fat, or you can be dead. The choice is yours. Many people find things like yoga or meditation helps them manage stress. Others balance their stress through hobbies like woodworking, fishing, painting or quilting. Some read books, or watch tv. Find what works for you, and do it regularly. Create a notebook of inspirational quotes and affirmations and read some every morning when you awake and every night right before you close your eyes.
The more you eliminate the things that produce acid, the faster and more effectively your fat will disappear and your pain will go away. Drink enough water, consume a whole foods, plant based diet, sleep enough, move enough, and find methods of self care that manage your stress. The benefits are too long to describe in this article, but what matters most is that you will no longer be fat or in pain!

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