Some News

There have been some good headline articles lately. I wanted to post them here:

The FDA has forced Chain restaurants, convenience stores, concession stands and vending machines to provide CALORIE information.

For some of you this won’t mean anything. But for the majority of Americans it means they will have more oportunities to count calories and go crazy worrying about how many calories they consume/burn. Good thing Calories don’t mean anything and those of you that Read Why We Get Fat will understand. If we were to have a set of twins eating the same calories – one of sugar and grains, the other of animal protein and fat. The sugared twin would gain the weight and the animal eating twin would lose weight. The Calories In/Calories Out dogma is wrong. Our body is much more complicated than one equation. Our body is controlled by Hormones. Changing your diet based on calories won’t work. I won’t go into more detail because Gary Taubes has already done a superb job here

 

Long Hours at work and 11 Hour days greatly increases heart disease and diabetes risk.

It is easy to figure out that too much time in a stressed environment can lead to unwanted side effect. Stress is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, health issues in America. “If you work 11-hours a day average you will probably earn more than your 8-hour a day colleagues, but your risk of developing heart disease will be 67% higher.” Chasing goals is great but you need to take time for yourself and staring into a bright screen is not the same as sleeping, meditation, walking, or reading. If you want to know more, ask Dr. Robert Sapolsky

 

FOODS ARE DRUGS

Every time you eat you are drugging yourself. How can you say that?! Everything in our body is regulated by various hormones. When you eat various meals certain hormones get turned on. A carbohydrate rich meal increases Insulin telling your body to store fat along with countless other bad consequences. An animal protein and fat rich meal keeps Insulin lower and Glucagon turned on. Glucagon tells the body to mobilize fat instead of store it around the belly.

milkshake can activate the same areas of the brain that light up when an addict sees cocaine…

These findings support the theory that compulsive food consumption may be driven in part by an enhanced anticipation of the rewarding properties of food…

People who are addicted to a substance are more likely to react with physical, psychological and behavioral changes when exposed to that substance…

It is the addiction to sugars/grains/carbs that make you want to eat them. It is not easy for most people to quit sugar but it is necessary for long term health. Sugar is the enemy. Take control of your life and where your diet is leading you.

 

If our species continues to live with increased abdominal fat, low levels of sleep, high levels of stressful environments, and sugar addiction….Where will that lead us?

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