In all the years I’ve been writing this newsletter, how many times have I talked about consistency? I can’t even begin to count. I do, however, know this for sure — pretty much every time I’ve mentioned consistency, it’s gone hand-in-hand with the importance of maintaining your goal weight.
Because the fact is, you can’t do one without the other. It just won’t work.
And let’s just say I know what I’m talking about. My mission as a so-called “diet-doctor” is to help you keep the pounds off for good, whether you’ve made it to your goal weight or not. (Any number reflecting a downward trend is something to be happy about. It’s that simple, folks.)
But the results I aim for are not just so you can keep smiling when you look in the mirror every morning (although that is a plus). I’m in this line of work to give both my readers and patients the fulfilling, healthy, vibrant lives they deserve.
And it just so happens that I’ve had pretty amazing success achieving this in my practice. But for those who question the simplicity of my methods — especially in a world that increasingly relies on drugs and technology to keep people alive — I need only direct their attention to research like this…
A new study has shown that maintaining a healthy weight is the single most effective way to control blood pressure in the long haul. And keeping those numbers on the scale down limits any increase in blood pressure, that might otherwise come with extra pounds (especially come middle age).
To reach this conclusion, researchers observed blood pressure numbers from nearly 5,000 participants of the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study. These subjects were between 18 and 30 years old when the study began back in 1985. And researchers followed them for the next 25 years, measuring blood pressure and assessing health behaviors eight times until they reached middle age.
They looked at the impact of five factors in particular: healthy body weight (defined in this case as a BMI below 25), never smoking, moderate drinking (no more than seven drinks weekly for women, or 14 for men), regular exercise (150 minutes or more weekly), and a healthy diet.
Of course, their idea of a “healthy” diet was the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) plan. Don’t even get me started on that right now…
DASH is an awful diet that makes zero sense from a nutritional standpoint. Let’s not fail to mention that it’s heavily endorsed by the American Heart Association — the same organization that pockets money from the agricultural industrial complex. (But hey, it’s only the public’s health at stake here! No big deal!)
That said, there are surely worse diets out there, as hard as that probably is to believe. So for the sake of today’s discussion, I’ll stand down. Because this is the important part…
Subjects who were able to maintain an ideal body weight were 41 percent less likely to see their blood pressure increase as they aged. And the ones who were able to maintain at least four good health behaviors were 27 percent more likely to maintain normal blood pressure levels over the next quarter century, too.
In other words, all of these healthy habits make a significant difference. But keeping your weight down is easily the most important for your blood pressure.
Are you starting to see why docs like me aren’t too well-liked in the mainstream medical community? I can help you completely transform your health without the use of drugs. And my strategies aren’t rocket science. They’re based on straightforward, common-sense thinking and straight-forward science. (I make a point to tackle mainstream myths and offer science-based recommendations each month in my newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives. Not yet a subscriber? Simply click here to sign up.)
I’ll never understand why these concepts are so lost when it comes to your average health practitioner. Then again, if more doctors stopped prescribing medications in favor of natural approaches, Big Pharma wouldn’t be too happy, would they?