Resistance or weight training boosts your resting metabolic rate, protects you from type II diabetes and prevents osteoarthritis.
Anti-oxidants are found in spices and herbs, deep colored berries and several tree nuts. Anti-oxidants protect us from free radical damage which is the main culprit in accelerated aging and many age related mental disorders.
Most modern lifestyle diseases (heart disease, diabetes) are a result of chronic inflammation which is a result of over consumption of Omega-6 fats from vegetable oils which are highly pro-inflammatory. These fats have to be balanced with increased consumption of Omega-3 fats which are anti-inflammatory for protection from these diseases.
Stress trumps everything when it comes to disease and accelerated aging. Stress increases the production of stress hormones (cortisol) that increases blood sugar, promotes belly fat and increases free radical damage. Stress also inhibits natural killer cell (NKC) activity that is involved in targeting and killing cancer cells. So practicing daily stress reduction techniques (like breathing exercises, meditation etc.) goes a long way in ensuring our health and longevity.
Anti-oxidant rich healthy carbs from vegetables are rich in fiber which is harder to digest and prevents insulin spikes that are the primary culprit in weight gain. Replacing easy to digest carbs from white potatoes, enriched flour, white rice and sugars, with vegetables will help manage our weight.
Obesity is not a result of the double sin of gluttony and lethargy but instead, the cause for gluttony and lethargy. Relying on too many carbs for your daily energy needs converts your body into a fat storage machine. In this case your body doesn’t want to use stored body fat for energy but instead rely on food intake to support daily activities. This makes you hungry and lazy (in the absence of food). So you are not gaining weight because you are overeating and are being lazy. Its because your body wants to gain weight its making you hungry and lazy. Its important to recognize this cause and effect in weight-gain if you want to reverse this condition. Calorie restriction will only get you so far!
If you want to turn your body from a carb burner to a fat burner then follow the Axiom plan and you will be able to burn your stored body fat effortlessly (without any exercise). You will not have any hunger pangs and will have plenty of energy to do daily activities.
Here is what appeared on the cover of TIME magazine in 1984 shortly after the USDA pyramid was invented: And here is what appeared on the cover of TIME magazine yesterday: Finally they acknowledged that we have been misled for the past 30 years about saturated fat. About TIME (no pun intended)! Science has been saying this all along that butter and other (grass fed) dairy products are a rich source of vitamin D and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) both of which have heart healthy benefits and anti-cancer properties. Also dairy is a rich source of calcium which lowers blood pressure. Additionally grass fed butter (and even red meat) has been shown to have the ideal omega-3/omega-6 ratio of 1:4 which is healthy for your heart and mind. The real culprits in the epidemic of obesity and heart disease are processed carbs, sugars and trans-fats. So the next time you think of skipping that butter on your morning toast, think again (hint: skip the toast and eat butter instead!)