Welcome to the Overcoming the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony podcast, a companion podcast to the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony message series. This is episode #57. My name is Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International. The purpose of this podcast is to share with you, from a biblical perspective, the means by which we can combat and overcome the sin of gluttony and its outcome of obesity.
Our passage from the Word of God today is Philippians 3:18-19 which reads: “(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)”
Now, let’s look at gluttony and its effects in the news: According to Everyday Health, When it comes to assessing your risk for heart disease, you need to think not only about how much you weigh, but where you carry any extra pounds. That’s because people who have what’s considered a healthy weight based on their body mass index can still have an increased risk for heart disease if they have extra fat around their midsection. Laura den Hartigh, PhD, says the problem with visceral fat accumulation around internal organs like the liver and heart is that these fat stores can contribute to increased inflammation and higher blood lipid levels. Both inflammation and hyperlipidemia, or high lipid levels, can contribute to the development of atherosclerosis, the accumulation of plaque in artery walls that can obstruct blood flow and lead to cardiovascular events like heart attacks and strokes. Differences in where people accumulate fat stores may also help explain why some people who have a healthy weight based on their BMI are still “metabolically unhealthy” with high blood lipid levels, inflammation, elevated blood pressure, and elevated blood sugar. Visceral fat around the midsection in particular can lead people to be metabolically unhealthy even when their BMI suggests that they should be at low risk for cardiovascular disease. At the same time, people with obesity who don’t carry much fat around their midsection might actually be “metabolically healthy” without any other risk factors for cardiovascular disease beyond a high BMI. Den Hartigh says, “The amount of belly fat we have surrounding our internal organs is correlated with our metabolic health, no matter how much total body fat we have.”
In this podcast, we are going through the book, The RAVE Diet and Lifestyle: The Natural Foods Diet With Meals that Heal, by Mike Anderson. This section is titled: Accelerating Weight Loss, Part 1:
If you want to accelerate your weight loss, follow these rules:
1) Eat only low-fat, plant foods that come in their natural packages.
2) Never skip meals, especially breakfast.
3) Drink at least a full glass of water half an hour before you eat to curb your appetite.
4) Eliminate breads, alcohol and salt.
5) Go light on all grain products and high-fat fruits and vegetables.
6) Go very light on nuts and nut products.
7) Make low-fat vegetables the center of your diet.
8) Snack on fruits because they contain water and fiber and are filling.
9) Try to eat at least one full meal salad a day with minimal dressing (make sure the dressing does not contain oil). In fact, a salad a day will not only keep the doctor away, but those pounds, as well.
10) Exercise before meals.
11) Follow the No Exceptions rule to the letter.
There is a time lag between the time you eat and the time you feel full. On a typical American diet, you could quickly gulp down 2,500 calories at one sitting – more than enough for a full day – and still not feel full. By taking time to eat, you give your stomach an opportunity to tell your brain that you’re full. If you only have 5 – 10 minutes to eat a meal, don’t try to feel full by eating more because you’ll consume too many calories. You’ll feel full in another 15 or 20 minutes. In the meantime, drink water and give your stomach enough time to send its message to your brain.
Also, get as much exercise as you can. Exercise not only does miraculous things for your health, but it will burn off those extra calories and tip your scales in the right direction. Exercise also curbs the appetite, so exercising before meals is the best time in terms of weight loss. There’s no better way to lose weight than exercise and healthful eating.
We will continue looking at this topic in our next podcast.
— PRAYER —
Now, in this series, as we focus on overcoming the sin of gluttony, and managing our bodies as God intended, we must not lose sight of the most important part of our existence — our spiritual life. Even those of you who are fit, who eat right, and who exercise regularly must still address the condition of your soul. You may keep your body in perfect condition till the day you die, but you will still die — we all will, and the only thing that will matter is the condition of your soul. Is your soul in shape? Is your soul in right standing with God?
The only way to make sure of that is to trust Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin and the consequences of sin. He alone can save your soul, put you in right standing with God, and ensure that you do not perish in Hell. Now, if you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, believe in your heart that Jesus died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time, may God bless you and keep you is my prayer.