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Nearly 100 million adults in this country are overweight, and most of them are in search of the Holy Grail of permanent weight loss. Current fads focus on cutting fats, carbohydrates, or calories. Some involve taking pills or eating and drinking all sorts of diet supplements. A few who try these diets are successful, but judging from the growing incidence of obesity in this country, that success is the exception rather than the rule and often only temporary. All too often those lost pounds find their way back home again.
Now, Gary Null, Ph.D., the author of over 50 books on healing, diet, and antiaging techniques, as well as the host of a nationally syndicated health radio show called "Natural Living with Gary Null," has developed a natural and long-term solution to weight loss. He documents his program in his new book, Gary Null's Ultimate Lifetime Diet. Despite the word "diet" in the title, Null's program is less a diet than it is a lifestyle -- there is no plan of deprivation and no calorie counter. Rather, it is an integrative and holistic approach that addresses both physical and mental well-being. Null developed the program after reviewing the combined results of several studies he conducted -- studies that focused on how diet, detoxification, exercise, supplements, and mental health influence the ability to lose weight and keep it off. After combining his findings with current scientific knowledge about the causes and effects of obesity and the intricacies of the human body, Null came up with a long-term plan for weight loss he calls a "body and mind clean-up and refueling program."
Null's advice is basic, simple, and sound. What makes it unique is his combination of elements, beginning with a program of behavior modification designed to alter established (and often damaging) eating habits. There is the prerequisite exercise component, but the "diet" differs in that it focuses less on calorie and fat counts than on the use of organic foods, with strict avoidance of "bad" fats, sugar, processed carbohydrates, and animal proteins, which often contain hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, and other toxins. In conjunction, Null also advocates a detoxification process to rid the body of harmful toxins and potential allergens. According to Null, combining these elements and adhering to his program can result in weight loss even in the face of an increased intake of food.
While, on the surface, Null's program may sound complicated and time-consuming, and not all that different from other diet programs, it is different. The holistic approach and multifaceted focus make it an all-natural program that can easily be adopted as a permanent lifestyle, thereby avoiding the dreaded yo-yo dieting syndrome. And while the program may be more complex than some, Null has taken much of the work out of the process by providing detailed lists, tons of information, and step-by-step processes in his book. There are lists of "good" foods and "bad" foods, such as carbohydrates with a low glycemic index (meaning they digest more slowly and therefore don't cause hunger-inducing rises in blood sugar levels), and detailed detoxification programs for both beginners and those more experienced.
Null explains how to go about identifying possible allergens so they can be eliminated, discusses how to avoid what he calls "dead" foods (processed foods that have been stripped of all their natural nutrient value), and suggests healthy, organic foods such as fruits, legumes, and vegetables, including sea vegetables. The book also has nearly 100 pages of recipes and meal plans, everything from breakfast to dinner and from main dishes to dessert. One entire chapter explores various nutrients and vitamins, providing an overview of how each one benefits the body and how some can enhance the ability to lose weight. There is a step-by-step process for developing a personalized exercise program with point-by-point information on the benefits and limitations of various forms of exercise.
Null also offers ideas on how to detoxify one's environment, such as with the use of air and water filters, the removal of dust-collecting wall-to-wall carpet, and the use of natural cleaning products such as baking soda and vinegar. And probably the most unique advice Null provides is how to work on detoxifying one's relationships. It is this emphasis on total well-being -- both mental and physical -- that makes Null's program a standout from all the rest.
Null doesn't merely tell readers to follow his program; he walks them through the process step by step, offering sound research to explain why each step is important. He opens the book by first taking a long, hard look at the problem of obesity, providing current statistics and listing the many deleterious effects excess weight has on overall vitality, life expectancy, and general health. He then provides an overview of the primary diseases and disorders that are related to, caused by, or exacerbated by obesity, including the usual suspects like heart disease, stress, osteoarthritis, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Then he examines our culture's attitude toward obesity, focusing on the stigma so often applied to those who are overweight and how that affects the mental health of the obese.
Null then takes a hard look at the causes of obesity, examining everything from our cultural tendency toward conspicuous consumption and fat-filled fast foods to the emotional tie-ins many associate with food. He dissects some of the most popular diet plans, such as the no-fat diet and the high protein diet, and provides clear, logical, and scientifically supported explanations for why they inevitably fail and may, in fact, do more damage than good. He looks at the effects allergies can have on weight gain and weight loss and provides some fascinating case studies to back up his claims. There is a chapter devoted to eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia and a chapter that discusses the ills of diet pills, including the latest development -- drugs that block the absorption of fat.
Gary Null's Ultimate Lifetime Diet is more than just a diet book. It's a valuable resource chock-full of information and facts. In fact, Null's overview of the many aspects of obesity in this country is one of the most comprehensive to be found anywhere. For those who are sincere about losing weight and changing their lifestyle to live healthier, longer, and more happily, this is the most sensible and comprehensive plan to come down the pike in ages.