Dr. Mercola also promotes lifestyle: “Don’t be on a diet; rather, eat healthy”. He promises that following his “9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness” can help you “shed excess weight” and restore your health. The “9 Simple Ways” are obvious—and life changing if you follow them. #1: Drink Pure Water; #2: Eat Your Veggies; #3: Burn Fat for Fuel; #4: Exercise Less and Gain More Benefits; #5: Enjoy the Sun and Get Your Vitamin D; #6: Let Your Gut Flourish; #7: Clean Your Brain With Sleep; #8: …Stay Grounded; #9: Avoid 6 (so-called) “Health Foods”.
Each healing principle contains unexpected value, including specific science and lifestyle tips. We discuss numbers 3, 4, and 9. #3: “Burn Fat for Fuel”—This is the key to weight loss. By eating only within 8-10 hours each day, eg, between 10/11a and 7/8p (8-10 hours), your body fasts for 14-16 hours daily. [Note: Many American bodies are only fasting when they are sleeping. SK]
The result of Dr. M’s recommendation is a type of intermittent fasting. The majority of your calories come from veggies and healthy fats. Completely skip the high carbohydrate foods, particularly sugar and grains. Dr. M comments: “Training your body to burn fat for fuel and eating [as noted above] creates the conditions your body needs to function optimally…and ward off diseases effortlessly. This is the most powerful benefit of effortless healing.”4
#4: Exercising less for more benefits—Recent studies show that increasing the amount of time we stand each day may be more important than regular exercise. [Dr. M uses a standing desk. SK] Besides spending more time standing, high-intensity interval exercise several times each week, plus resistance training and stretching are recommended.
#9: The 6 health foods to avoid—These are whole grains, including brown rice; natural sweeteners such as agave; unfermented soy products, including soymilk and tofu; vegetable oils (except olive and coconut); most types of fish; conventional yogurt. Why? Thorough explanations are in the book.
Siri Says: I am a big fan of Joe Mercola’s website and of the wonderful work he does to ensure food quality. However, I find him to be a “my-way-or-the-highway” kind of guy with very definite opinions.
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