Then, there’s the conversation about inflammation, which gets into everything I study these days. A higher level of systemic inflammation will impair both detoxification and fat loss, and yes, these processes are very much connected.
There is, however, common confusion about this, because we are so often told: if you are overweight, that excess fat on your body makes you more inflamed. And inflammation is the basis of most of the chronic diseases such as those associated with metabolic syndrome and autoimmune disease.
But how true is that? I keep an eye out for those details all the time, but I’ve not found evidence of just how much inflammation is created solely by the existence of fat cells (or more accurately extra-fat fat cells) on the body. They are known to secrete inflammatory cytokines, but how much that contributes to overall inflammation is by no means clear.
Take a look at a study published in the journal Diabetes that followed around 3,000 people with diabetes for six years. They found that the higher the levels of inflammation at the start of the study, the larger amount of weight was gained over the six years. So from that, it looks to be more of a matter of inflammation leading to weight gain, rather than the other way around. That’s why they are associated – but the cause of inflammation is very largely found in the food we eat or don’t eat.
If you have read my books or attended my Webinar Series, you probably know that it’s so much more effective to aim to support your health rather than purely to improve your appearance. This is what this blog is about.
This, however, requires a profound switch in motivation for a great many people. Not really making that switch, it’s common to resort to a ‘detox’ of water- or juice-fasting in order to control overeating, in order to control weight.
It’s not that fasting isn’t beneficial, but any fasting for those reasons makes the entire problem considerably worse. Calling it a detox makes it seem wise, but for most of those who have an upset relationship with food, it’s part of the addictive thinking that leads eventually to more out of control overeating.
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