LISTEN: Weight Loss Using Old-Fashioned Foods (Overcoming the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony #21)

Welcome to the Overcoming the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony podcast, a companion podcast to the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony message series. 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 Proverbs 23:20-21 which reads: “Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.”

Now, let’s look at gluttony and its effects in the news: According to MD Magazine, A new study is suggesting that achieving healthy weight or adjusting medication dosage according to BMI could improve therapy response among pediatric patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Analyses showed that obesity appears to be associated with an increased pediatric MS risk and that obese patients did not respond well to first-line medications.

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: Weight Loss Using Old-Fashioned Foods:

The fundamental trick to successful weight loss is to figure out a way to eat fewer calories, while feeling full and satisfied.

The problem with modern diets is that we consume far too many calories before we feel full. We then try to reduce calories by reducing portion sizes, which makes us feel deprived, if not downright depraved. This is precisely why modern diets fail in the long run. Yes, you can lose weight by reducing portion sizes, but you don’t feel quite human doing it day-in and day-out, year after year. There is something intrinsically wrong with this approach and the reason modern diets are such failures. Among many other things, it sets up the yo-yo cycle of dietary restriction, then failure and binge eating, so you end up gaining more weight than if you had never started dieting in the first place.

The RAVE Diet approaches diet in a different manner. In the first place, the root of the word “diet” means lifestyle and, since your body is the most obvious and visible feature of your life, if you want to change your body, you’re going to have to change your life – and change it for good. By following all aspects of the RAVE Diet, your life will be transformed.

The RAVE Diet is also linear in that most people will start out eating what I call “transition” or substitution foods (see Transition Foods) until they fully adopt the RAVE Diet. This allows a smooth transition into the full-blown RAVE Diet and hopefully avoids the yo-yo syndrome. This is not a crash diet to lose lots of weight in three weeks (although it can be, depending on you), but a gradual approach to changing your eating and living habits so you can not only live with the foods you eat, but live with yourself. The rate of weight loss really depends on how much you have to lose. If you are interested in losing weight fast, see Accelerating Weight Loss. (If you are trying to reverse a disease, however, you should be on the full RAVE Diet, without any transition foods.)

— 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.