I live in the United Kingdom, where more people are dying due to being overweight or obese than anywhere else in Europe. Around one in every 11 deaths in the UK is now linked to carrying excess fat.

In England, most people are classed as overweight or obese. This includes 61.3% of adults and 30% of children aged between 2 and 15. People who are overweight have a higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. Health problems associated with being overweight or obese cost the NHS more than £5 billion every year.

I have to be honest and say that these statistics scare me and I am a firm believer they are caused by the food we Brits have been putting in our mouths.

Compounding

Have you heard of the financial term compounding? It refers to generating earnings from previous earnings. Let me give you a simple example. Imagine you and a friend bet £1 on the toss of a coin. The winner gets £1. If for the next coin toss the winner bets the original £1 and their winnings, the winner of the next coin toss gets £2 – what is often referred to as “double or quits”. Now, let’s assume two friends do this everyday for a week, by the end of the week the winner will get £64. Keep this up for a month and the winner gets serious money – £1,073,741,824!!!

Why do I mention this? Because I believe the same is true when we consider what we eat and the impact on our weight and our health. Just like a £1 bet will not break the bank, one junk food meal will not destroy your health or make you obese. Similarly, one vegetable juice or salad will not suddenly cause weight loss or major health improvements. I believe regularly eating bad food / junk food will compound into bad health and often cause obesity, whereas regularly consuming nature’s finest nutrients will start to reverse disease and obesity, improving health and helping to establish and maintain a healthy weight.

“Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” vs “Super Size Me” – A tale of two documentaries

There are two awesome documentaries that illustrate this point perfectly, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and “Super Size Me”.

To demonstrate bad food compounding let’s look at “Super Size Me”. In this film Morgan Spurlock ate nothing but McDonalds for 30 days. He was trying to understand the impact this would have on his body. So what happened to Morgan Spurlock as a result of his 30 day experiment eating nothing but McDonald’s?

After 30 days:

  • Morgan Spurlock gained 24.5 pounds (nearly 2 stone!).
  • Morgan Spurlock’s liver turned to fat
  • Morgan Spurlock’s cholesterol shot up 65 points.
  • Morgan Spurlock had an 11-15% body fat increase.
  • Morgan Spurlock nearly doubled his risk of coronary heart disease.
  • Morgan Spurlock became depressed and exhausted
  • Morgan Spurlock’s sex life was non-existent
  • Morgan Spurlock had bad mood swings
  • Morgan Spurlock had massive cravings and massive headaches.

Super Size Me - Before and After Picture

To demonstrate good food compounding let’s compare Morgan Sprulock’s experience with the experience of Phil Staples, the morbidly obese truck driver featured in the film “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”. When Phil Staples first featured in “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” he weighed in at 429 lbs (30 Stone 9 lbs); a cheeseburger away from a heart-attack.

In “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” Phil Staples went on a juice-only fast. So what happened to Phil Staples as a result of his juice fast?

After 30 days:

  • Phil Staples lost 61 pounds in weight (over 4 stone!)
  • Phil Staples’ blood pressure went from 160 over 84 (high blood pressure) to 136 over 70 (normal blood pressure)
  • Phil Staples’ triglycerides, which measure fats in the body went from 216 to 161. 161 is almost in the normal range.
  • Phil Staples also was able to lower the medication he was taking for urticaria, a skin rash notable for pale red, raised, itchy bumps.

Fat Sick and Nearly Dead - Phil Staples Before and After

Phil Staples continued his juice fast for 60 days, after which Phil has mainly eaten a plant based diet with the occasional treat. Phil Staples’ urticaria is in remission and he’s no longer taking any medication for it. After just 10 months, Phil Staples had lost 202 lbs and was down to a much healthier weight of 227 lbs (16 Stone 3 lbs). Remember, before Phil Staples started the juice fast, he weighed 429 lbs (30 Stone 9 lbs).

So, are you compounding good food for a healthy future?

I personally started juicing back in 2010 and have no doubt that it has been one of the key reasons I am now more than 5 stone (70 pounds) lighter and am probably the healthiest and most active I’ve ever been. If you want to start juicing why not try my budget juice reboot. For info, the longest period I’ve done on juice only is 7 days.

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