Why I Wrote Common Sense Biblical Approach to Health and Fitness
It's a fact that society as a whole eats much bigger portion sizes than we did back in the 1950's. The average American is 26 pounds heavier today, and the average meal is about 4 times larger than back then. The average soda for instance has grown from a modest 7 ounce container to 42 ounces. That's 6 times larger. It's no wonder obesity is on the rise, and what is the worst possible thing you can take into your body in regards to losing weight. It's sugar. There are usually around 39- 42 grams of sugar in 12 ounces of soda. Slowly but surely, what we consider a normal sized meal has increased over the years along with our body fat.
Twelve ounces is like a small can of soda which delivers more than a full day's supply of sugar. One average size soda a day can add a pound of fat a week, and in a year's time, well you do the math. It's no wonder we are all having issues staying healthy. Think of the impact to your health and fitness levels by simply getting rid of soda alone from your diet and replacing it with water or tea.
Keep in mind studies have shown that sugar free soda causes more weight gain than regular soda. The problem may be that sugar free soda creates an increase in appetite resulting in more calories gained from food.
Soda is just one part of the problem though. It's probably the biggest issue, but there's also all the thousands of different kinds of junk food we are all tempted with on a daily basis. Compare eating an apple for breakfast verses a doughnut.
An apple is high in fiber making you feel naturally full. It contains potassium and vitamin c which are good for your heart and your skin. Apples also have cancer fighting phytochemicals. You know the old saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. There's a reason that rumor got started.
Now take the doughnut. While an apple a day make help with weight loss, a doughnut a day can cause you to gain a pound every ten days or so. They usually come with unhealthy saturated and trans fats that are bad for your heart. Of course doughnuts contain lots of sugar the biggest culprit in weight gain. A chocolate glazed cake doughnut has been said to have almost the entire daily recommended allowance of sugar for the average woman. Just one, and what if she had just one soda every day on top of that? We all know that if the average person had just one soda and one doughnut, cookie, or something similiar a day they'd be doing good by today's standards. So imagine what the average man and woman is eating every day and what those ccumulative effects are in a year's time, and then in a decade of time. Add to that the fact that most people aren't even getting the good nutrients in their diet from fruits and vegetables.
More than likely if you eat sugary snacks on a regular basis you probably experience erratic glucose levels in the blood, energy crashes, and aches and pains caused by the inflammation you get from sugar.
A lot of people don't realize that the reason they can't sleep at night with a back ache or other pain is because of the inflammation process started by the sugar in their diet. Getting rid of sugar makes a huge difference in a person's comfort level over a short period of time. I think so many people just think of pain as a normal part of life that may not have to. We all know intuitively that sugary snacks are bad for us, but the truth is the addictive nature of sugar prevents many from doing anything about it.
That's why I wrote Common Sense Biblical Approach to Health and Fitness. I wanted to present the facts both scientifically and spiritually in regards to health and fitness because some Christians try to dismiss any attempt to get fit as being carnal minded. They may believe it has something to do with pride or vanity. The opposite is true of course. Addiction to sugary snacks and junk food is the real sin. I believe God created food to be healthy for us. It's usually true that anything man touches in food tends to unhealthy for our bodies in some way.
Every commandment of God in the Bible is there for our benefit. I also
discuss in my book how our attitudes can have a major effect on our health. The
Bible teaches us to not worry and to be slow to anger for instance. These
principles have been shown in studies to have a major impact on a person's
health. It's no wonder God commands us to avoid anger and worry. In my book I
discuss how science backs up the Bible in terms of the health consequences.
Imagine how much easier it is on a person's stress level for instance if we
maintain a spirit of forgiveness to others verses a spirit of anger which can
lead to blocked arteries, heart attacks, and the least of all early wrinkles.
I hope my book can offer you a fresh perspective on health and fitness. It's on sale right now at Amazon, and you can find more information about it at hip2bfit.com.
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