Conventional Weight Loss Wisdom

 In Diet, Fat, Fitness, Weight Loss

Conventional wisdom by the most part is inaccurate when it comes to nutrition for weight loss and weight loss maintenance.  We have been provided with dietary guidelines that have not successfully lead most of us to optimal health.  We have been given a one-size-fits all approach that does not work for the majority of us, as evidenced by the current rates of obesity.  Did you know that 1/3 of Americans are obese and twice that number are overweight despite major efforts to combat obesity?  In 2030, we predict that 50% of the population will reach weights of obese proportions.

The foods that we have been told to eat to lose weight and reach optimal health, actually spur physiological changes in most of our bodies that promote hunger, cravings, and binging.  An overweight or obese person for example does not have less will power than their leaner friend.  It is the foods that they eat that drive their insatiable hunger, the inability to stop eating once they’ve started, and the hormonal changes that promote fat storage rather than fat burn.

How much carbohydrate do you think you eat each day?

The high carbohydrate, lower fat diet that has been prescribed to us over the last 40 years is what initiated our weight problem.  For many of us, it leads to increased blood glucose and subsequently  increased insulin (a fat storage hormone) secretions.  That excess glucose in the blood and liver, in a sense, spills over.  That spillage partitions toward fat deposition, and becomes the fatty liver, or that stubborn excess body fat we all work so hard to keep at bay.  In general, we need to manipulate the composition of what we eat, specifically reducing the carbohydrate and embracing the dietary fat that we’ve been so afraid of for so many years.  This week, keep tabs on your carbohydrate intake.  Remember sources of carbohydrates come from fruits, all vegetables (but more dense in starchy veggies like potatoes and peas), dairy, grains (and yes, corn is a grain, not a vegetable), sweetened beverages (including sports drinks, beer and sweet alcoholic drinks), and processed foods.

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