Age and Weight
Published: (March, 2019)
1. Avoid Getting Wider and Thicker as You Age...
I created the picture on the left by stacking stock photos of models in the 55-plus age group. I used stock photos of “mature” women. This is how society views women of this age—my age. And indeed, it’s how most women of this age group look.
How the body changes with age.
Go out there on the internet and research the topic, “how the body changes with age.” Here’s what you’ll find…
One author writes: Researchers have found that hip bones can keep growing even as people enter their 70s... Pelvic bones actually grow wider. Says another, this phenomenon affects… men and women equally. A third article asks: So, why do you now have a belly that continues to grow as you age? The language here clearly implies this is a natural occurrence—something to be expected. Count on it.
It's not that there’s nothing you can do to stave off these age-related bodily changes. Get regular exercise—that’s the standard advice. Yet one blogger regretfully admits: You work out hard at the gym and keep your body fat at an enviable 16% but still your hips and waistline… expand… What gives? It’s not your imagination. Your slowly expanding girth… is a product of the aging process.
The internet is in agreement—you get wider and thicker with age. According to the internet, the reasons for spreading are overeating, hormone imbalance, lack of exercise, gravity… but I believe the main reason for expanding girth is cooked food.
On a cooked food diet, metabolic waste gets deposited in places where it would never appear if you were eating raw. So most human bodies, with time, get thicker and stockier. In his book Raw Eating, author Arshavir Hovannessian describes this process as acquiring a “false body.”
Let me give you an analogy…
Any idea what “biofouling” is? I hadn’t a clue till I read about what happens to ships on long ocean voyages.
When they return, their hulls are coated with barnacles, plants, algae, and all manner of slimy gunk. Such nasty accumulation has an extremely negative effect on ship performance. It presents quite a problem in the shipping industry.
Scraping this gunk off is pricey and time-consuming. There’s a lot of it, too—as much as 200 tons on a big vessel! Maintenance engineers go wonky looking for cheaper, more effective ways to de-gunk.
We humans suffer from bio-fouling as well. And many of us and our “maintenance engineers” go a little wonky as well. Liposuction, body contouring surgery, CoolSculpting, fat freezing, laser treatments… You name it, people have tried it.
Yet, I’m sure this problem is easier for us to resolve than it is for the world’s great ships!
My 20-plus years on raw foods have convinced me that all the barnacles and bulges on the body that come with age are cooked food’s doings.
Think about it. Why on earth do we think a youthful 18-year-old body has to become wider and thicker with age? Whatever "extra" the body acquires on cooked foods cannot possibly be healthy, because with this "extra" we're losing vitality and our youthful good looks.
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2. 'Overfat'...What is it?
'Overfat' is a new term and it refers to excess body fat that can impair health. But it isn’t confined to obese people. Overfat includes even some of normal weight people.
Belly fat is the worst, most dangerous, fat you can carry. Those love handles you may or not be resigned to are surface fat—that pinchable layer right under the skin—and you can lose that easily. But overfat is the abdominal fat that grows deep inside the body, wrapping around your vital organs.
Are you overfat?
How do you tell whether you fall into the overfat category? Your waist is your ticket…Measure your waist circumference. Double that number. If it’s more than half your height, consider yourself in danger of being overfat. Another way…look at your hip-to-waist ratio. If your waist is bigger than your hips, your risk is higher than a person whose ratio is more proportionate.
Here’s what’s interesting…once you begin eating mostly or totally raw foods, an amazing thing happens: Your weight drops from the waist. Read more in Lose Belly Fat Naturally.
Are you overweight? I have great news for you!
Going raw is great for your health and looks. But going raw, if you’re thin, is a real challenge. Why? Because body fat is where we store toxins. Raw foods are very cleansing, so you’ll experience some weight loss when going raw, whether you start with lots of fat or just a little.
Great news if you carry a bunch. Switching to raw will be a most rewarding, exciting time. You’ll see yourself slimming down before your very eyes, usually within 4 to 6 weeks. That was my experience.
Are you underweight?
Now, those of you who don’t want to lose weight but do want to go raw…don’t get discouraged. Yes, you may find things a tad harder. But it's do-able. I’ll devote one of my upcoming newsletters to the topic. Meantime read this article: The Truth About Raw Foods and Your Weight.
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For the sake of your hair...Go raw gradually.
I sincerely hope I’ve convinced you to improve your diet. Begin eating more raw foods and you’ll see some slimming right away. However, please don’t switch to 100% raw overnight. Go gradually—you don't want to lose too much weight too fast.
There’s a second reason you’ll want to move into raw foods slowly. Your hair carries the history of your eating patterns. As you change the diet, your hair will record the changes. On raw foods, your hair shafts will be thicker and stronger.
If you change your diet too abruptly, the hair shaft transforms from thin and weak to thicker and stronger, and the separating turning point becomes an especially weak spot where your hair can break easily. This, in turn, will give you the false impression that you’ve started to lose your hair when, in fact, your hair quality is changing and it’s in the process of replacing itself. Unfortunately, some people panic and are led to believe that they have some kind of thyroid disorder. It’s especially important during this time to take special care of your hair. Stimulate and nourish it daily. Use a good shampoo and conditioner.