One of my opening statements when doing Godly Fitness presentations, which by the way are free to churches and most other Non-profits is "The root cause of being overweight and out of shape has nothing to do with food or lack of exercise".
This usually raises eyebrows and contentions until I explain that we are talking about "The Root Cause". Sure the miss-use of food and not getting enough exercise are issues when it comes to being healthy or not; but one never really is freed from weight and fitness challenges until they deal with the underlying origin for the problem in the first place.
I won't divulge what is the root cause in this writing - you can come to one of our seminars, or schedule one for your church to get the answer. I will state that the answer is closer than you think and obvious to every believer once you are exposed to the truth...
There is a lot of attention being paid to the management of food intake these days as a means to control weight. I don't disagree that this is a necessary part of the agenda that's needed to get the job done, and with that being said; I offer the following practical approaches as outlined by Vicki L. Dihle, PA-C, who is a medical research analyst for Focus on the Family.
Ms. Dihle recommends what I will call her 30/30 rule: 30 grams of dietary fiber, from whole grains, fruits and vegetables. And 30% of daily caloric intake from monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Be careful not to confuse fat percentage with fat grams (gm). Each 1 gram of fat contains 9 calories (cal). So using an increment of 500 overall "from fat calories" as a base we can calculate that if we are consuming a total of 1500 calories per day, one third or 500 calories divided by 9 cal/gm, would total the approximately 50 grams of fat we should have per day. The last 30 to 40 % of food intake naturally consist of eating a mix of complex carbohydrates: Brown rice, whole grain pastas and breads, yams, peas, beans and lentils.
Per Dihle, occasional consumption of the unhealthy saturated fats are ok as long as it's done in moderation and in smaller quantities.
Additionally, unless there is an issue with high blood pressure and or diabetes, in which case the following numbers may need to be lower, limit sodium intake to 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams per day and watch your added sugar intake (sugars other than are found naturally in fruit for example).
And lastly, read food labels, perform simple calculations and eat the right kinds of food the majority of the time...
Well, that's my time for this time; if this subject interests you, please join me next time when I'll share more regarding the awesome benefits of getting and being fit God's way!
If you're not active exercise wise, remember to start slow and build from where you are; and see a doctor first if you have any level of a health challenge.