How easy is it to lose excess body fat?

Today we live in a world where many people suffer from problems of excess body fat. That can be in many parts of the body but typically is noticed most obviously in the tummy area.

First, consider some of the reasons we see wide spread evidence of the tummy fat problem.

A lot has something to do with affluent life styles. Especially for people in western nations and other high income parts of the world. It has become too easy to buy ready-made meals on the go. Think of the national chains of convenient take-aways.

Suppliers know competition for the customer’s money means they have to provide meals that people like. Those foods are typically high in fats because producers learned long ago that customers prefer fats to green vegetables. That is not a problem because our bodies can deal with it - as long as we enable them to do so.

It is extremely important for the health of those nations at risk that people know what to do regarding their high fat diet. Get it wrong and there will be a rapidly growing number of people suffering serious health problems. Many are already dying at younger ages.

Are our bodies designed to work well on a high fat diet?​​​

Nutritional sciences went though years of believing high fat intake was a high risk factor. Science has moved on and today we understand much more about our diet. Old diet programs and products sold to people at high costs are out of date. But they are still being sold in high volumes because too few people have discovered the truth.

For a tiny fraction of the cost of those out of date diets people are now enjoying far improved health and more enjoyable life styles.

There are big problems

Out of date diet product companies have a big hold on the market. People have become accustomed to seeing their advertising and hearing from friends who use them. Without more knowledge it is impossible for most people to recognise the harm those suppliers are doing to their customers.

Another problem is the pharmaceutical manufacturers themselves. They have years of research behind the diet health products being sold. They need people to keep buying them. Their products continue to be prescribed in vast quantities.

Research over recent years has shown how wrong some previous ideas were. Today we know our bodies gain substantial benefit from a properly managed high fat diet. In fact it is now seen to be the correct way to control body fat and avoid the problems of excesses.

Low carb – high fat die​​​​ts are often called LCHF diets

You might have heard about low carb – high fat diets but not really know what it means. Put simply it is the reduction of carbohydrates you eat and replacing them with healthy fats. They are so good for people that it has become a recognised way to rapidly lose weight.

Newly understood science shows that getting energy from the ketones in fat is probably better for us than using glucose from carbohydrates. It certainly forces our bodies to use the stored fat. That is how the tummy fat can be very quickly reduced.

An LCHF diet is believed to have other positive effects on several conditions. They include heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

To change to an LCHF diet you need to understand how to manage it. Such as controlling your intake of the right foods in the correct way. It has to be implemented according to a very specific and healthy system. LCHF requires a little understanding and planning.

An interesting story

One or two programs are available. They tend to be expensive which is unfortunate as the high cost stops many people from using them. Fortunately a good guide has been produced at a very low cost.  Just buy a copy and follow the LCHF diet for years to come. There is nothing further to pay.

That guide has a very interesting story about how it came to be written. It started with a couple who had too much body fat. They knew they wanted to improve their health but didn’t know how. An unfortunate incidence when they were travelling overseas caused them to meet a medical doctor. He had a special knowledge of eliminating excess body fat.

You should take a look at the video they had made. Here’s the link:  bit.ly/reducefat1   Most people get amazing results from just two minutes each day. They do a ritual that is part of this very special way to use the LCHF diet. People lose excess body fat very quickly. Often as fast as a pound each day. It never returns as long as they follow the simple guide.

There’s no intensive exercise; no restrictive dieting, no tasteless foods and no dangerous medical prescriptions. Could it help you? Of course it will if you want to reduce tummy fat.

How Does Wealth Affect Your Health?

Your wealth affects both your physical and mental health.

The relationship between wealth and health affects all of us. It affects you, me and every living person. That is not just the obvious people with little money to spend but also the more wealthy.

The affects on wealthy people are very different from those at the opposite end of the financial scale. People with money to spare enjoy the great benefits of being able to purchase good health care and live in ways that enhance their lives. They buy and consume the things others would like but are not able to purchase.

Most of us are not amongst the fortunate wealthy families so how does that affect us?

Child's piggy bank

Save to enjoy wealth

Very little of how the wealthy are affected by the benefits they enjoy is ever mentioned. It does not get covered much in magazines or television programs. On the other side a great amount of research and information is published daily about those living at the opposite end of the financial scale.

The wealth health relationship

There appears to be a relationship between wealth and health. People with greater financial wealth generally have better physical and mental health and live longer lives.

In terms of physical health researchers now refer to health capital alongside wealth capital. That is an interesting way to think of the relationship. Greater financial wealth often builds greater health capital. And greater health capital gives you the means by which to do more and enjoy more in life.

The European Economic Association produced a paper some years ago describing that relationship. It reported in both men and women aged sixty five there was a clear relationship between financial wealth and length of life. (Journal of the European Economic Association, Volume 1, Issue 4, 1 June 2003, Pages 821–850)

The relationship goes further. It is not simply length of life that benefits. Everything that goes into life also benefits.

​Wealth and health are inseparable

What would you buy to eat if you could afford anything? Today you might buy convenience foods even knowing they are not really good for you. Perhaps they are high in salt, sugar and other components you would rather not consume.

Given a real choice would you continue to buy the same items? Or would you buy more of the fresh foods that cost more? Things like organic vegetables and fresh meat from a farmer’s market. Foods that require more money than many people can afford.

Heart rate graph

Healthy heart beat

For those with little financial wealth the problems start even before birth

Right from the start of life mothers have to balance wealth and health. Many cannot afford the healthy choices. Over time it takes its toll. Obesity and cancer are just two of the serious problems associated with low incomes. That often results in being unable to work and the income falls or ceases. But the problems go further. Obesity, for example, leads to heart disease and strokes for many low income people.

Hungry children do badly at school. They do not concentrate and are frequently classified as trouble makers. Children from mothers who could not afford to eat well often perform badly at school.

Quality of life for older people

It is not just children who suffer the lack of financial wealth. Low income older people at the end of their working lives often live below the poverty line. They become ill more frequently and find it harder to recover. A high proportion of people over eighty years of age are obese; the result of low income food choices.

Lack of money frequently results in a lack of exercise. It is well documented that lack of exercise is related to virtually all aspects of health including mental health. Low income people often fail to get sufficient exercise for many reasons including the inability to fund their choice of exercise. The wealthy tend to be fitter and slimmer.

Financial planning document

Planning is the foundation for success

Education and health

People with money can afford to be better educated even in places like the UK where education is, to a large extent, state funded. They choose to learn more and do so in environments that are better designed to aid learning.

Lower educated people then find they get employed in low wage jobs so their children are also caught in the same process; too little money for a better education.

Money worries frequently cause mental health problems. People worry about their situation and how they are going to meet their payments for essential items.

Wealth is important for health

Financial wealth affects everybody. Those with it enjoy the good things. Those without it suffer the bad things.

In the past it was not easy to find a solution. It still isn’t for many people but a growing number are discovering ways to become financially self-sufficient through opportunities that were not available only a few years ago. This website – Make Life Great – was started in order to show people like you and me just some of the opportunities available today for making a better income and a better life than our parents’ generation had.

Take a look at some of the things you could learn. Visit a few of the pages you will find here.

People Want Relationships That Work

It’s how we are made.  Your dream life has to include relationships. Great relationships.  We want three very important things in our lives.  And we want them to go well for us. Extremely well.

They are health, wealth and relationships.  At first glance health or wealth might appear the most important.  But is that right?  How do they relate to your relationships?

Sometimes we hear somebody say health is the most important thing anybody can have.  They comment on the benefits and argue good health leads to great happiness.

Stones stacked on top of one another in a sea shore location

To make life great is a balancing act

Somebody else will suggest the most important is wealth because that enables you to buy good health and happiness.  Does it really?

How often do we read about wealth causing family disagreement?  Or about wealthy people suffering horrendous physical health problems?

Yes – good health does provide so much to many people.  We hear them say that if you have good health you’ve got everything.  Why, then, do so many have good health and bad relationships.

Wealth

Why do so many people with great wealth fail in their closest relationships?  How often do we hear that money cannot buy happiness?

It might feed our desire for ever more material things.  It can also do a lot of good in the right hands.  Financial independence can provide so much of what you want.  You can live your dream; but where does your dream take you?

Relationships

Is this the destination of our pursuit of good health and financial wealth?  The place where our capital – both good health and financial success – really does give us a multitude of opportunities?

Hands clasped together

Close relationship

People both want and need relationships

In fact a whole range of relationships.  Take a look at nature and what do we see?  Even in the most basic life forms relationships are vital for continuation of their life.  Move up the scale and look at plants and animals.  Countless millions of relationships have developed throughout the evolution of life forms.

People – you, me and many others – have the most complex relationships that nature has ever achieved.  Get them right and we have the most enjoyable and exciting lives we could ever wish for.

Living your dream life

You probably imagine many ways of making life great for yourself and the people around you.  They will include your family and friends – the obvious people we all think of.  There are others.  Perhaps the people we work with. You could probably include the people living near to you.  Maybe there are some you only see very occasionally but they are still important to you.

​You will consider some as close friends and others as more distant.  They can all be part of what you do to make your life and theirs better than it used to be. Do it right and life really can be great.  What does your dream life look like?

What do you imagine your great life experiences will include?

Man and woman walking hand in hand through a dark city scene

Facing the future together

Ask a large group of people and you will get three words to describe what they all think a great life must have.

Health, wealth and relationships

Usually in that exact order.  People are concerned about having really good health throughout a long life.  To pay for all the things that make a long life interesting – full of excitement and enjoyable experiences – they want financial wealth.  Many think it is the solution for better relationship building.

Building blocks for your dream life

What makes a dream life has been written about countless times.  By authoritative commentators and a multitude of self-appointed experts.  Invariably they emphasise the big three – health, wealth and relationships. Follow their advice and you will achieve a happy life.

They are probably right.  Health, wealth and relationships are usualy at the top of everybody’s list.  Get them right and your dreams come true.

Good health is everything in life

​We hear that so often.  It has become a phrase repeated by virtually all of us.  Perhaps poor health does cause problems that adversely impact lives.  Pain, medical expenses and even mental conflicts are just some of the frequent causes of unhappiness.

Today many people with good health fail to give sufficient attention to maintaining it.  They never stop to think just how important good health is for an enjoyable life.  Why?  It seems strange that they appear not to think their life is important; both to them and to those around them.

Others treat themselves like athletes do.  They push their bodies to achieve ever greater results.  They want to be fit for life.  To really enjoy a healthy, long life full of great experiences that only a healthy body can deliver.

Stones labelled Dream, Courage, Inspire Harmony

Relationships mean a lot

​Financial wealth can’t buy happiness

But it can help.  Financial greed does not result in true happiness. Used wisely money helps us achieve our goals.

We all have goals.  In our school years we often go through the process of achieving educational goals, going to university and getting a good job.  Then the aim is to ensure you have enough money put aside, often in a pension fund, to live out your old age.

Things are changing.  Today more and more people are achieving other ways to build wealth and manage their lives.  We call it financial independence; being smart with how to manage your money.

It requires you to develop ideas about how to make money rather than simply earn a wage through long hours of daily work.  It is becoming possible for ever more people.  We live in a world where more and more of us have money to spend.  It’s no longer just a dream.

Relationships are the most important part of our lives

We associate with people.  We live with people and we love people.  Relationships with people are important to us.  Some live with poor health or little money but without relationships what would life be worth?

People seated on a bench by a pond

Developing new relationships

Health and wealth can be challenges for many of us.  Building the right relationships can be even more challenging.  Meeting the wrong people is a path to disaster if we try to build a relationship.

On the other hand the right relationships lead to true happiness.  They can be a significant part of our route to success in other things – like health and wealth.

Good relationships help us to understand and believe in others.  To get involved in what they are doing and share with them what we are doing. For people it transcends health and wealth.  Life is possible with poor health and little wealth but without relationships we might as well not be here.

Personal relationships involve not only physical interactions but also mental ones.  We think about somebody we have a relationship with and they think about us.  It does not require a physical action to initiate those thoughts.  They mysteriously enter our minds even when we have done nothing to consciously cause them to do so.

Perhaps that is a sign of why relationships are the most important part of life.  They make life great.

Does health have an affect on your wealth?

Good health often provides a strong base on which people are able to build greater financial wealth.  It does not happen for every person considered to have a healthy life style.  So there has to be more to it than a simple relationship between health and wealth.

How does health affect your wealth capital?

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Making Life Great For Yourself

​You probably imagine many ways of making life great for yourself and the people around you.  They will probably include your family and friends.  Those are the obvious people we all t​hink of but there are others.  Perhaps the people we work with. You could probably include the people living near to you.  Maybe there are some you only see very occasionally but they are still important to you.

​You will consider some as close friends and others as more distant.  They can all be part of what you do to make your life and theirs better than it used to be. Do it right and life really can be great.

So what do you imagine your great life experiences will include?  Ask a large group of people and you will get three words to describe what they all think a great life must have.

Health.  Wealth.  Relationships.  Usually in that exact order.  People are concerned about having really good health throughout a long life.  To pay for all that makes a long life interesting – full of excitement and enjoyable experiences – they want financial wealth.  Many think that is the solution for better relationship building.