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The Missing Link

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023

Most people who can’t lose weight lack one simple factor– education. That’s why I call education the missing link in weight loss.

For instance, if you were to read only about Liver Enhancement in my book, “The 7 Principles of Fat Burning“ and then change the way you live according to only what you read in that section of the book, you still wouldn’t be healthy. This is essentially what everyone else and nearly every diet book currently on the market is doing—only telling people what diet to follow; not giving them all the information they need to be successful. To be successful, you HAVE to educate yourself. You have to shift your way at looking at weight loss. You need to be given the correct information, and you have to toss out the false information.

For example, let’s look at the word 'food'.

FOOD n. 1. that which is eaten to sustain life, provide energy, and promote the growth and repair of tissues; nourishment [Old English foda, “nourishment”]

If you understand this definition correctly, you’ll probably recognize that, per this definition, you may not be actually consuming real food. It is important to differentiate between apparent (appearing to be) food and actual food. According to the definition, food MUST meet three primary requirements, it MUST keep you living, it MUST give you energy, and it MUST repair tissues. If we approach the issue from the other direction, we can ask ourselves the question “What elements, if missing in the diet, might cause illness and fatigue, and destroy tissues?”

Experts will tell you that people need a certain balance of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats in order to be healthy. However, the very basic elements required to fit this food definition are not just carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, but also vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fatty acids, and amino acids. Just because something is a protein doesn’t mean its amino acids are usable—as in pasteurized, denatured, or cooked food. A healthy diet should also contain trace minerals, coenzymes, and cofactors (those helper factors that make everything work). A coenzyme is a non-protein substance that usually contains a vitamin or mineral and is necessary for the activity of an enzyme. If these are missing in the diet, it can create a complete dysfunction of entire enzyme systems.

When we eat foods that contain ALL of the above five factors—vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fatty acids, and amino acids—we will be eating foods that match the definition of actual food (things that sustain life). This is why my Fat-Burning-Tracker Coach Internet program is so valuable, because it compares, evaluates and graphs everything you eat by these five elements. It looks at everything you eat and plots it on the food scale, from real healing foods to complete non-foods that are camouflaged as food.

Realize that enzymes are destroyed by heat, roasting, pasteurization, and refining. Quality amino acids come from raw proteins, not from cooked proteins. Most of your vitamins come from vegetables and fruits. Omega 6 and Omega 3 fats need to be in a 2:1 ratio. The body requires four times as much potassium as sodium.

What foods contain all of these factors naturally? Vegetables.

Isolated soy protein, powdered protein shakes, genetically modified foods, antibiotics, endocrine disruptors, refined fats, and sugars are all at the bottom of the food scale. If a person is taking a medication, then his or her diet needs to be even more perfect to compensate.

Study “The 7 Principles of Fat Burning“, especially chapter 9, and you will learn this vital educational step.

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