No Silver Bullets for Weight Loss

NoBulletWe live in a pop-a-pill society. Every day with barraged with sure-fire silver bullets, pills and potions guaranteed to kill the werewolf of our desire for unhealthy foods.

There’s a myth that common foods contain some single compound that melts fat, increases metabolism safely, cures or prevents cancer, and increases your property values. The myth is promoted by those that distill the single compound from its alleged source, package it in a pill, made available at an exorbitant cost, and promoted on Sunday morning infomercials. Oh, that’s right, it’s “The miracle cure doctors don’t want you to know! But for $19.95plus shipping and handling…”

If such a substance existed, one of the big pharmaceutical houses would have patented it and be selling it for twenty bucks a pill. But Big Pharm cannot patent the true miracle health potion, just as General Motors can’t patent the wheel. That’s because it’s all available over the counter at your supermarket. It’s the natural foods we eat. Another wild claim? Look at these photos:


I was holding steady at 230+ lbs (104.5+ kg) for years. I started eating whole, natural foods, heavy in fruits and vegetables with smaller portions of meat. I integrated some exercise into my weekly routine. I lost 25 lbs (11.4 kg) in under 60 days without trying. I just wanted to get healthy and not suffer some of the maladies that had struck my friends. I didn’t want to get cancer. I didn’t want to lose my potency. I didn’t want to grow old. So I began eating well the week after my 62nd birthday! And these photos are proof of my claims; by the time the second photo was taken, I had lost 50 lbs. (23 kg.).

About those health miracles you see on TV: You cannot remove all of a particular color from the Mona Lisa, put it on a palette, and claim you have a work of art. For reasons I demonstrate clearly in my writing, you cannot remove a particular compound from a fruit or vegetable, put it into a pill or potion, and claim you have a cure for obesity, cancer, or any other ailment. Nature doesn’t work that way. There is no one thing. There are hundreds and often thousands of compounds that all have to be present to repair and maintain cells, cure disease, and lose weight.

I’m Robin D. Ader, and I’m a writer. My formal education includes a Masters degree in biochemistry and physiology. I’m not afraid of death, but the prospect of being “old” scares the heck out of me. I didn’t want to wind up in the hospital having my heart retrofitted, or my prostate probed, or be on heavy-duty medications for the rest of my life. So I dug into the available research, powered through all the hype and nonsense, and discovered what some doctors and researchers—a very few—have recognized and promoted for more than a century. It’s all about the foods we eat. And it’s not your typical vegan diet.

Eat wisely, my friend.

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BookCoverTightwithShadow_150Nutritional Leverage is not just about weight loss, but shedding fat is a natural byproduct of being fully nourished. Few people who are concerned about their weight don’t have other health issues as well. This will show you how to deal with it all.

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