You Really Need To Read This – 10 Myths That Obese People Believe, and How to Overcome Them

Being a doctor and working with people for over 20 years, trying to help them get healthy has given me a different perspective on obesity. I think I have heard every excuse in the book. Because of this, I no longer tell people what they want to hear, but rather I tell them the truth.

The truth begins by finding out the reason for overeating. Your own personal reason may be different than that of anyone else. In dealing with obesity it is important to understand why you are overweight. If you don’t deal with this issue, you will not be successful in your efforts to lose weight.

In one case, a woman came in to see me saying she wanted to get off of her diabetes medications because they took away all of her energy. I explained that since she weighed over 250 pounds the fat would prevent her from achieving her goal and we would have to deal with that. She came in faithfully every two weeks for over a year, but didn’t lose a single pound. She said she was doing everything I suggested, but it just wasn’t working. Finally, in frustration I dropped my head into my hands and questioned, more to myself, “Why aren’t you losing weight?” She timidly answered, “Because I don’t want to.” I looked up, amazed, “Why not?” She went on to explain that she had seen a man on TV who had lost a hundred pounds and they showed his skin hanging down from his arms, legs, and abdomen. “I don’t want to look like that!” she blurted out in tears.

Another woman who wasn’t losing weight on a supposed 500 calorie per day diet offered that she kept the fat on to keep people away. “I don’t want to get close to people and risk getting hurt, and the fat is a very effective way to keep my distance.” This included her family and friends. She was sabotaging her own efforts on multiple diets over years because of her emotional fears.

Over the years I have collected some of the most common myths that obese people believe that prevent them from getting healthy. Many of them are actually touted in the media, and even by doctors!

1. Exercise can make you skinny.

This is a huge one. If it were true, then Sumo wrestlers would be thin. They exercise all day, every day, and are able to maintain over a hundred pounds of fat because they eat over six thousand calories per day. They eat their big meal at night to and maintain their weight. Many believe they can eat what they want and just exercise more to “burn up the calories” and prevent weight gain. We were told that a calorie is a calorie and

(calories in) – (calories out) = (stable weight)

Not true! If you don’t curb your intake, exercise can actually make you more efficient and cause more fat deposition. Don’t get me wrong, exercise is important for maintaining health and strength, but just don’t believe the myth that you can lose fat by exercising.

2. Eating less fat causes weight loss.

Another common myth is that low-fat diets cause weight loss. This idea was started over thirty years ago, allowing for an experiment on the whole society. As people eat less fat, they eat more carbohydrates. In fact, since the 1970’s sugar consumption has gone up dramatically from about 30 pounds per person per year, to now, the average American eats his weight in sugar every year! This has caused an epidemic of obesity, as well as diabetes. Over 60% of the population is overweight, and about one fifth of the entire population is either diabetic or pre-diabetic! Low-fat diets don’t lower body fat.

3. Low thyroid causes weight gain.

I am amazed by the sheer number of people who still believe that they are overweight because of a “thyroid problem.” Clinics in the 1980’s for weight loss that gave people high-doses of thyroid hormone were surprisingly unsuccessful. Multiple studies on the effects of thyroid on weight have failed to find a connection – and yet the myth persists. There are many medical doctors and other practitioners that perpetuate this myth, telling people, “It’s not your fault, it’s your thyroid.” They are then given thyroid hormones to take, but don’t lose weight.

4. Don’t look at the scale!

When people refuse to allow my office staff to weigh them, I know there is a deeper problem. These are the people who don’t want to look at where they are to know where they want to be. They feel they will get discouraged if they find out they are not losing weight, if their efforts are in vain. Not looking at the scale when you are trying to lose weight is like getting on to the plane and hearing the pilot say, “We’re not sure where we’re going, and our fuel gauge isn’t working so we’ll just see what happens.” I don’t know about you, but I’d get right off of that plane! I find the real reason people don’t want to know how much they weigh is because they know they aren’t doing what they feel they need to do and don’t want a reminder. In order to determine if your efforts are working you must have a way of measuring progress. Weight is not the best measurement of health, but it is a good indicator of improvement. If you are serious about getting healthy, it is a good idea to weigh yourself every day and write it down.

5. Diet pills help you lose weight.

Last week I had a woman in my office who was taking diet pills over ten years ago, which caused memory, focus and weight problems. She is still feeling the effects of brain dysfunction, as well as obesity because of that. “The pills worked to keep the weight off.” She told me, “but I would rather be fat than have all these problems with my brain!” I have many come in asking for diet pills, but all of the studies done on diet pills show a short-term loss of weight with a long-term gain. Moreover, they cause brain dysfunction. Why are they still used? Because of public demand. People are trying to appear to be healthy with drugs that are actually harming their health. Believe me, diet pills, whether over-the-counter or prescription are not the answer to being overweight.

6. Dieting is the solution to an obesity problem.

In the 1880’s Mark Twain quipped, “Quitting smoking is easy, I’ve done it a thousand times!” I have many people who have tried “a thousand” diets with only short-term weight loss. The number of diet books could be stacked from here to the moon, and there are several more that come out every week. Dieting has been a national obsession for almost a hundred years! Ironically, over this time people have become fatter and fatter. Getting off of the “diet treadmill” means making permanent lifestyle changes instead of temporary ones. Instead of “being on a diet” you may need to make rules to live by for the rest of your life. These rules should include eating whole foods, avoiding processed foods, eating more in the morning and less at night, limiting snacks, and drinking only water. All of this will be modified according to your taste and lifestyle.

7. Thin people have more willpower.

Most people who remain thin make a decision to do so. Yes, it requires a change, as does every gain in life, but a little knowledge is very helpful. Start researching what it means to be healthy and have a healthy body. Life is about sacrifice, and we have to choose every day to sacrifice either our health or our taste, we can’t have both. This isn’t just in the area of food, it’s a part of everybody’s life. I find this issue with tobacco, drugs, alcohol, sex, money, stress, and every possible desire that human beings have. Not everyone is so tied to their taste buds that they gain weight, just like not everyone likes to smoke tobacco or drink coffee.

If you feel that you need willpower, then you have an addiction. The only way to overcome an addiction is with the help of God. Multiple studies have proven that any other way is temporary, at best. In these cases, prayer is an essential part of any weight loss program.

8. Fasting is bad for you.

The single healthiest thing anyone can do, especially if they are overweight, is fasting. Multiple studies on every species of animals, including worms, spiders, and yeast, cats, rats and monkeys, have shown a longer and healthier life in those who fast. Monkeys who fast every other day live longer healthier lives than their counterparts who are fed daily. There is no nutrient, food, pill, or juice that can boast the invigorating power of fasting. For weight loss the benefits are tremendous. The weight comes off – about a pound per day – the hunger and cravings disappear, the stomach shrinks, the digestive system is more effective, and the weight doesn’t come back easily. Fasting is the “reset button” for your metabolism.

One man in Scotland who weighed over 470 pounds went to his doctor and said he wanted to weigh 180 pounds. The doctor said, “Quit eating,” so the man did. He started drinking only water and taking a vitamin and electrolyte (salt, potassium, minerals) pill. After a year and 18 days without food he weighed 180 pounds. He began eating sensibly, and nine years later he still weighed 180 pounds.

You can start with just one day of drinking only water. Sometimes it takes as long as a week to begin your fat-burning metabolism. Be careful of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. You may want to have some raw almonds carrots handy in case you get headaches, weakness, or cold sweats. There are many good books on fasting. I would recommend getting information if you don’t have any experience with this most healthy dietary change.

9. High-nutrient-and-low-calorie foods are expensive!

Of course, ounce-for-ounce you will find that organic foods cost more than those smothered in pesticides, and prepared foods seem to cost less than their unadulterated counterparts, but this isn’t the whole picture. Eating smaller amounts of grass-fed meat, or wild-caught fish maybe twice per week, and having organic fruit and vegetables instead of packaged snacks is actually less expensive. People who are eating nutritious foods don’t eat when they aren’t hungry, whereas snack foods are eaten for taste and hunger doesn’t matter. That’s why people get fat on snack foods. Moreover, preparing the food in your home will save lots of money over going to restaurants. The average American eats in a restaurant five times per week. This is significantly more expensive than bringing food from home – and it’s more nutritious.

10. You can eat anything you want and still lose weight.

People are often told they can have their cake and eat it too! After trying this for many years one would think that people would catch on to this scam. These are telling people what they want to hear. This is the big lie of lies in human metabolism. The fact is, without sacrificing food there is no way to be healthy. Mostly, we just have to change our thinking to begin eating for nourishment instead of for taste. Over time, nourishing foods become tastier, and the engineered foods become nauseating.

“I eat hardly anything and I still gain weight.” A young, overweight woman explains in tears. She had written down her diet for the past couple of weeks – everything – and could verify that she was eating about 1200 Calories per day (the average is almost 3000) of whole foods, and was indeed gaining weight. From the diet record, however, we found that she was eating a lot of fruit, and having a metabolism sensitive to sugar, this made her gain weight. We took out the fruit between meals and substituted nuts, celery, and cucumber, and she started losing weight for the first time since she hit puberty! But, it required the sacrifice of all sweet things, including healthy and natural sugars like fruit.

Another of my patients came in looking for a diet pill. I explained the risks and benefits and she said, “That’s not worth it! What can I do instead?” I told her the myths above, and then explained the principles of maintaining a healthy body. Several months later, she came back and I didn’t even recognize her because she had a nice figure! I asked her how she did it, and she said, “I just did what you said. I decided that if there was no easy way out, I would just have to change my diet.”

The 10 real rules of weight loss are simple, and everyone knows them:

1. It’s all about the food! Don’t eat processed foods, especially those with chemical additives: colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives.

2. Only eat whole foods, especially lots of green vegetables.

3. Eat small portions.

4. Fast one day per month.

5. Limit sugar in all forms. This includes “natural” sugars like fruit and juices.

6. Drink only pure water.

7. Eat as much raw, fresh, organic food as possible.

8. Buy grass-fed, free-range meat and dairy and eat it sparingly.

9. Avoid restaurants.

10. Use lots of spices

With these principles in your arsenal, you can win the war against fat, become healthy, and truly live a long and happy life.

Read This Information – Psychological Reasons for Obesity

Miraculous diets can help you to lose weight… for some time. After one month of painful sacrifice you finally unlock the fridge and fill it up with all the yummy groceries you used to enjoy before. You are back in your routine, back in your habits – and back on your unwanted weight. The idea of staying on such a diet forever to keep your body in preferred shape is obviously freaky. You don’t want to eat what someone else orders you to eat. You want to eat what YOUR body asks for. It’s pretty natural. Therefore the only way how to lose weight with permanent effect would be to teach your body to ask for healthy food. And if we want to change the body’s preferences, we need to start at it’s management point – our mind.

The correlation between body and mind belongs to the main pillars of alternative medicine. Theoretically, if we resolve the problem residing in our soul, that psychological issue that forces us to eat abnormal doses of unhealthy food, we should be able to change our eating habits once forever with a smile – and be happier, healthier and more satisfied with ourselves.

What kind of psychological issue are we talking about? Well, it probably varies from person to person. Everybody has a unique personality and unique life journey. We can just try to have a closer look at five most common categories.

FILLING THE EMPTINESS

If we consider the food to be a drug that substitutes something we are missing in our life we can compare it to the classic drug addict problem. Instead of seeing exciting points of life and focusing on relationships, carrier or hobbies, drug addicts put themselves under an exciting feeling the drug brings them, escaping from daily routine, escaping from responsibility to solve problems, escaping from real life. We sometimes hear overweight people complaining: “This skinny woman tells me she forgot to eat. How can you forget something like that? I forget my phone at home, I forget to organize a meeting, but I would never ever forget to have my meal!”

But it is not actually that difficult to forget to eat if you are busy with something that really overwhelms your mind. If you focus on something that keeps your brain occupied, if you are doing something you believe it’s worth doing. At that moment you naturally don’t think about food… until your stomach makes you realize you are seriously hungry.

In other words, you need to discover an activity that will help you to fill the life with something more meaningful than just burger and chips.

STRESS RELIEVE

Take the opposite extreme – if you are busy TOO MUCH but your activities are not making you happy at all. You don’t follow your daily routine with passion, you just do things because you HAVE TO. They chase you at work to your limits, you have never break, you are starving but no time to eat, then it’s still shopping, screaming kids, demanding husband/wife and when it’s finally quiet and everybody is sleeping, you watch your favorite TV show till one o’clock… and here comes your time. To calm down and relax, to forget there is another morning coming, you attack the fridge in attempt to get all the stress off your shoulders and to feel satisfied at least for that half an hour.

Here we need to look for the stress factors that are causing your overall frustration. Changes will be needed in your every day life. You will have to learn how to satisfy other needs and desires, apart of the stomach ones.

LACK OF CARE

Alternative medicine usually claims it is a certain emotional problem that’s causing obesity. For more detailed explanation we will have to make a little journey into the deepest layer of our psyche and try to figure out the meaning of “food” in the archetypal symbolism.

Everybody needs to eat in order to survive, therefore “food” is a significant part of collective Unconscious, an archetype every single person alive needs to deal with.

We receive the first food just after we are born – it is usually our mother who supplies us with the very first feed. The taste of the first food comes along with the first mother’s touch and it takes an essential role in creating bond. The silent message of every nurturing mother can be basically expressed as: “I love you, I take care of you, I feed you.” The duty to prepare the food for the family was traditionally assigned to the mother – in traditional society the father had to make sure there was enough money to obtain groceries but the mother was the one who physically cooked the meal and served it on the family table. Is it just coincidence that our western population became so obese in decades when women started working full time, concentrating on their carrier and losing time to plan a proper family menu?

And it can’t be just the plain replacement of home made meal with fast food – one slice of pizza or one burger won’t make you fat. The weight gets picked up with overfeeding and addiction to junk food. Why do we have such a need to eat, eat and eat like if our stomach got never satisfied with its content? Well, maybe because our body is not satisfied with the nature of the food we are accepting – and that’s why we still stay “hungry”.

There is something about making food. Specially, there is something about making food FOR SOMEONE. Many people would say: “If I am at home alone, I don’t cook. Why should I cook for myself?” When your family leaves for a weekend and you have to stay at home alone, you will probably open a can of baked beans, toast two slices of bread and you are done. But if you are preparing meal for your loved ones or for friends that come to visit you play with the food way more – to make sure they enjoy it. And what can give a chef bigger pleasure than watching people enjoying his meal? The message “I made a nice meal for you because I like you and I care about you” is still there, although we don’t realize it. If we cook with love and our food is accepted with joy we are exchanging important feelings and strengthening bond between each other.

If the bond gets holes and starts breaking up our subconscious believes we can repair it with eating. But in fact, we are not hungry for food. We are hungry for that emotional connection we are missing in our relationships.

PATCH ON SORE HEART

This category is also about feelings, however in this case we are talking about overfeeding that follows a heart breaking event in our life, usually a break up. Like if we believed that sweet taste could balance the bitterness we feel inside. Only solution is to overcome the past, avoid sorry feelings for yourself and open the mind and heart to something new.

FEELING GUILTY

This happens mostly to the loving parents that are trying to give their children the best they can. There wouldn’t be anything wrong with that – if they were also able to treat themselves in the same way. Did you ever hear yourself saying: “I am not gonna eat this mango. I rather keep it for my little one. It’s so healthy. But I am hungry, so I can finish this box of cookies instead.” Why are we trying to teach our kids to eat healthy but when it comes to our own diet we stuff our bodies with a complete junk? “That’s too good for me” or “I don’t deserve this” or maybe even “I don’t need to eat healthy any more, my body is old anyway, will go to the grave soon.” These statements have something to do with our self-evaluation and self-esteem. We want our children to learn how to look after themselves to live a long, healthy life while we deny our own drive to stay healthy and live long. We would feel guilty if we ate something healthy that could be useful to somebody else instead. We can track a link to the situations when we eat all the leftovers as we would feel guilty if we threw them to the bin. We don’t realize that all the excessive food our body doesn’t need is going to waste anyway. By eating it we just change ourselves into some kind of alive trash cans.

Solution? Love yourself and look after yourself – from inside and outside – so that you are not teaching your children something you actually never do. At the end, you want to be a good example to them, don’t you?

This Is Are Best 10 Tips for Better Health Even When You’re Obese

1. Create a list of your eating habits
According to CDC improving your eating habits is a key factor in maintaining or strengthening your overall health and losing weight. In order to improve your eating habits, you have to know more about them. Keeping a food journal is a good way to get to know your own eating habits and determine what you should change. Food journal should contain everything you eat and drink throughout the day. Most people discover they tend to overeat when they are stressed out, depressed, or when they are coping with unprocessed emotions. All these habits have a direct impact on your overall health and weight as well. Besides keeping a food journal you should also:

Highlight bad habits
Identify triggers that make you do those unhealthy and bad eating habits
Identify different things you can do to avoid triggers
Replace unhealthy habits with healthy alternatives.

2. Eat regularly
Overweight or obese people and even individuals who don’t want to gain weight make the same mistake – they skip meals. After all, if you skip meals, you can’t gain more weight and you will easily shed those extra pounds. Wrong! Skipping meals make your body store fat faster regardless of the size of the portion. Plus, your body requires a variety of healthy nutrients throughout the day in order to remain healthy.

3. Exercise
Regardless of your weight, size, or age, physical activity is essential for good health. A sedentary lifestyle is associated with excessive weight gain, weakening of muscles and joints as well as heightened risk of numerous diseases. If you’re overweight or obese, you usually think that regular exercise is something you can never do mostly because you don’t think you’re strong enough to do it. Luckily, there are many things you can do to become physically active. You can start by taking nice walks every day, opt for stairs instead of elevators, or consult personal trainer who can create the list of exercises based on your shape and weight. Optimal health requires healthy diet and exercise and these two aspects of a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand.

4. Make weight loss shake
Weight loss shakes are delicious and healthy tools for improving your health and losing weight. These nutrition power bombs offer an abundance of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that your body needs in order to function properly. These shakes speed up your metabolism thus contributing to weight loss. Plus, they’re easy to make which means you can have to start your day in a healthy manner and still have plenty of time to get ready for work. Do You need some ideas? Not to worry, here are 3 recipes you can use to make your own shakes for weight loss.

#1 Mango smoothie
Mango cubes – ¼ cup
Ripe avocado (mashed) – ¼ cup
Mango juice – ½ cup
Fat-free vanilla yogurt – ¼ cup
Freshly squeezed lime juice – 1 tbsp
Sugar – 1 tbsp
Ice cubes – 6.

#2 Blueberry shake
Skim milk – 1 cup
Frozen unsweetened blueberries – 1 cup
Cold-pressed organic flax seed oil – 1 tbsp.

#3 Peach smoothie
Skim milk – 1 cup
Frozen unsweetened peaches – 1 cup
Cold-pressed organic flax seed oil – 2 tsp.

5. Drink water
If you want to stay healthy, then drinking water throughout the day is extremely important. Water doesn’t only help your body function properly; it can also improve your weight loss endeavor. According to Authority Nutrition, drinking water boosts your metabolism by 24 – 30% over the period of 1-1.5 hours thus helping you burn off more calories.

6. Use reliable weight loss supplement
Dietary supplements are available in all drugstores and you can also buy them online. They are made of natural ingredients and usually contain herbs which have been used for medical purposes for centuries. With that being said, you should bear in mind that not all weight loss dietary supplements are created equal. Some of them are effective while others include bold claims without proving the effectiveness. Effective dietary supplements prove their reliability by providing a complete list of ingredients. Before you buy any dietary supplement you should consult your doctor first. Remember, if there’s no list of ingredients; skip the product and move on to the next one.

7. Drink green tea
Green is one of the healthiest beverages in the world which is why you should, definitely, have a cup of this tea at least once a day. This healthy beverage is abundant in powerful antioxidants which improve your overall health, memory, and concentration and detoxify your body. Did you know that most weight loss supplements and teas for weight loss contain green tea? Take a walk to the nearest store and buy this tea to start healthy lifestyle today.

8. Use smaller plates
Overeating doesn’t only make you gain weight at a faster rate. It is also associated with:
Diabetes
Increased risk of stroke
Cardiovascular diseases
High blood pressure etc.

When you use big plates, your mind makes you eat until the plate is completely empty. It plays a trick on you making you think you’re not full just yet. Now, it’s your turn to trick your mind and you can do it by using smaller plates. Instead of a big plate, opt for a smaller one and eat smaller portions of your breakfasts, lunches or dinners. This practice can improve your health by preventing overeating and it can help you lose weight. French women are famous for their elegance and obesity rate in this country is significantly smaller than in the US. Their secret is simple – they eat different foods using smaller plates and avoid refilling once the plate is empty. You should try this as well.

9. Eat fruits and vegetables
Instead of pizzas, burgers, French fries and other unhealthy foods, you should make sure your diet contains more fruits and vegetables. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients essential for your health. Plus, they contain antioxidants which inhibit free radicals thus protecting your body from oxidative damage.

10. Eat more fiber
Fiber-rich foods are extremely important for your health and weight loss. Why? It’s because fiber stabilizes bowel movements and improve your digestion. Regular digestion is crucial for improving your health and it’s a significant part of weight loss. Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of fiber as well as whole grain products.

Conclusion
Being overweight or obese makes you more prone to various diseases including the most severe ones. In order to avoid this scary scenario, there are many things you can do to improve your overall health and losing weight at the same time. It’s important to remember that all you need to become healthier is strong willpower and lifestyle adjustments.

Read This – Best 10 Reasons To Decrease Sugar Intake From Your Diet

It has been several years, since we were told to decrease the salt in our diets.

Then, we were told to cut back on sugar because researchers linked it to obesity, type-2 diabetes and many complications related to these disorders.

In 2016, the general advice is to drop sugar from your diet altogether.

This is, of course, tricky because many of us have a sweet tooth, thanks to diets that are rich in that sugary taste we crave. The more sugar we have eaten over the years, the more our body craves it now. It doesn’t help that pastries, cakes, glazed donuts, ice cream and many others seem to be right in our path as we shop with healthy intention for the foods we have been told make up the optimal diet.

It’s just the way things are.

Reports reveal the average person in the United States consumes more than 126 grams of sugar daily, which is almost twice the average sugar intake of all 54 countries.

Additionally, 126 grams is two times more than the recommended daily intake, which the World Health Organization designates to be 50 grams daily for people of normal weight.

Eliminating sugar from your diet could save you from a multitude of health problems in the future.

But is eliminating sugar from your diet even a practical recommendation?

Perhaps a better strategy would be take smaller steps and focus on decreasing your intake of sugar.

The following are ten reasons why you should consider eliminating or decreasing, significantly, sugar from your diet:

Depression and Sugar Intake

Sugar is on Prevention’s list of 5 foods that cause depression – and for good reason. Multiple studies have suggested that there is a link between a diet rich in sugar and depression.

It’s important to remember that the foods you eat don’t just release their nutrients, sugars, and calories into your belly and thighs; they also send them up to your brain.

Obesity and Sugar Intake

Sugar has been referred to as the new tobacco.

Sugar is loaded with empty calories (energy) that your body stores for later days. Only, the later days never come and eventually all that built-up energy is turned into fat.

Blood Pressure and Sugar Intake

More and more American’s are being diagnosed with high blood pressure, and Mayo Clinic suggest that a poor diet is one of the biggest risk factors.

The more sugar you eat, the more your bad cholesterol levels can increase resulting in hardening of the arteries and increases in blood pressure.

Heart Disease and Sugar Intake

It doesn’t matter how much you weigh, consuming more sugar just improves your chances of developing heart disease and having a heart attack.

Figures in the past have shown that people who consume 25% more sugar than everyone else have a stronger chance of dying of a heart attack.

Addiction and Sugar Intake

While sugar is not classed as a drug, its effects are similar to heroin. For this reason, sugar is just as addictive as illegal drugs. They hijack the same neural pathways as heroin and cocaine and leave people craving more and more.

In addition, just like drugs, sugar can easily be abused.

Fatty Liver Disease and Sugar Intake

Sugar is largely composed of two simple types of sugars:

• Fructose

• Glucose

Fructose is very much the “evil twin” and heads immediately to your liver. Over time, too much sugar can cause a fatty liver, which, if left untreated, can lead to chronic liver disease or cirrhosis.

Diabetes and Sugar Intake

No doubt, the biggest connection researchers have made is the one between sugar and diabetes.

Diabetes happens when your pancreas doesn’t create enough insulin (hormone that helps turn glucose into energy) or the cells of your body are not able to take up glucose to use for energy.

Type 1 Diabetes occurs when you pancreas does not produce enough insulin.

Type 2 Diabetes occurs when the cells do not utilize glucose appropriately, due to the development of obesity.

Cancer and Sugar Intake

Although tests are still at their tentative stage, there is some research that suggests sugar could cause certain cancers.

Dental Problems and Sugar Intake

Although sugar is certainly not the sole reason for oral issues, it can certainly cause some pretty nasty damage to your molars

This is because it leaves behind a trail of debris in your teeth, which, over time, can lead to plaque and ultimately cavity formation.

Appetite and Sugar Intake

Because sugar is so addictive, it just makes you want to eat more and more. Cutting it out from your diet will harmonize your appetite and you’ll no longer feel like a bottomless pit of starvation.

If you want to optimize your health and the health of your children then start eliminating or at least decreasing sugar from your diet and start living a healthier, longer, more optimal life.

You Should Read This – Lifestyle Diseases

There have been increasing reports of several lifestyle diseases affecting the people from several countries of the world. One of the main reasons for this is lack of time to think about good health. Some of the other reasons include, lack of awareness, bodily disorders, excessive work related stress, etc. The rural uneducated people do not follow the basic principles of nutrition. Most of them are also poor.

Hyper tension and excessive blood sugar levels are the most important risks affecting the lives of many people. Besides several other contributing factors, excessive salt in the body seems to be facilitating increase in the levels of blood pressure. Kidney is the vital organ which does control blood pressure levels. According to the medical researchers, the readings above 140/90 are known as the hyper tension. lesser salt intake, relaxation, drinking green tea, consuming two or three garlic cloves in the morning, etc are some of the natural remedies Balanced diet or nutritious food and brisk walking are also helpful. Avoiding the risky decisions, planning the work perfectly, avoiding disappointment, inclusion of fun in one’s life, meditation, yoga, management of time effectively, healthy inter personal skills,etc would also aid in reducing unnecessary stress.

Good sleep can reduce higher glucose levels. Our blood needs only certain minimum levels of glucose. The excessive amounts can cause several health problems. The excessive glucose in the blood would lead to its clotting. The body might lose its immunity. Consuming our food at regular intervals would go a long way in reducing the risk of high glucose levels. Natural herbs such as neem leaves, lady finger, garlic, onion, green tea, etc are of great help to maintain normal blood sugar levels.

Obesity is one of the major factors in reducing the effectiveness of the people. It is also responsible for the onset of the above mentioned health hazards. Several factors do play a role in the increase in our body’s weight. Many people seem to be getting good awareness about the ill effects of excessive weight.

Stroke, cardio vascular diseases, loss of eye sight, etc are some of the consequences of improper lifestyle. Medical scientists do suggest to include more vegetables in the diet. Stress seems to be basically the mind’s problem. Higher glucose levels too cause stress.

Proper medication, nutritious diet, regular exercise, etc would go a long way in maintaining the normal levels of both glucose and salt.

For Your Information – Different Types Of Obesity Surgery

Obesity surgery is only performed for severe, chronic obesity which cannot be treated with diet control and exercise alone. This surgery is performed on the stomach and / or intestine. Severely obese people who have tried all other means of weight reduction are good candidates for obesity surgery. The main aim of this surgery is to reduce the intake of food which ultimately reduces weight. Some surgeries interrupt the way food is digested and absorbed. This prevents calories and vitamins from being absorbed and hence the tendency to gain weight is reduced.

Under normal circumstances, the food you eat moves along the digestive tract and the digestive juices and enzymes that are present help in absorbing the calories and other nutrients. When the food reaches the stomach strong acids aid the process of digestion. The food moves to the small intestine and is further digested by bile and other pancreatic juices. Iron and calcium is generally absorbed here. Other nutrients are absorbed by the small intestine gradually. The other food particles that are not digested in the small intestine are passed on to the large intestine and are eliminated from there.

In obesity surgery, the intake of food itself is restricted. Along with surgery, the patient is also given a food and exercise routine which he must follow for life. There are four different ways in which this surgery is performed.

Here are a few ways in which this surgery is carried out:

1. A small bracelet type band is placed round the top of the stomach. The size of the opening is controlled with a circular balloon inside the band. The balloon is inflated or deflated with a saline solution as per patient requirements. This mainly decreases the food intake and hence fosters weight loss.

2. The second method creates a small pouch similar to the one above and food is sent directly from the pouch to the small intestine. The stomach, upper intestine and the duodenum are no longer in contact with the food. Thus, the way the intestine absorbs food is also altered.

3. In another method, a large part of the stomach is actually removed. The patient thus feels full sooner and eats less. The food is also redirected so that a large part of the small intestine is skipped. This method is known for its quick results.

4. In the last method, most of the stomach is removed. This greatly reduces the generation of the hormone that prompts appetite.

These changes are for life. So, always remember that once you have opted for this surgery, there is going to be a lifetime commitment in terms for food, nutrition, exercise and overall lifestyle change. Doctors will prescribe additional vitamins and minerals. Make sure that you do not skip them. They are essential because most of the intestines are skipped and this makes food absorption poor.

Overall, this surgery could help you maintain a healthy weight, provided you stick to the rules and follow all the instructions given by your doctor religiously.

Read This – 3 Ways To Overcome Obesity

Obesity is a staggering problem, yet health authorities seem powerless to do anything about it.

Guidelines on nutrition are issued by trusted health experts. Some make sense, like the ‘Eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day’ guideline. Fruit and vegetables are sources of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.

Some guidelines however, can be misleading. For example, when in 1987 the UK government asked medical experts to come up with a safe alcohol consumption limit, nobody could because no studies had been done.

An arbitrary safe figure of 21 units per week for men and 14 for women was arrived at, but these were simply plucked out of thin air.

In 2016, a panel of experts downgraded this figure to 14 units per week for both sexes. Some panel members were found to represent the Temperance Society and anti-alcohol lobbies. The drinks industry was never consulted.

Do you smell a rat?

Are there any guidelines for damaging fructose consumption? There are none. Fructose is as bad for the liver as alcohol, if not worse.

What if everyone who eats processed foods (most of us) have damaged livers because of excessive fructose intake? If so, then what if alcohol consumption just simply compounds the problem?

Without fructose, maybe alcohol consumption actually makes no difference? It never did in days gone by.

Alcohol consumption in the UK has fallen over the last two decades, yet liver damage is in on the increase. A high fructose diet seems to be the culprit.

Expect no fructose guidelines to emerge soon because the food industry will not allow. Profits are more important.

Sensible Nutrition Guidelines

There are three nutritional guidelines which ought to help prevent the obesity crisis worsening:

1. Restrict non-fibrous carbohydrate intake.

Good carbohydrate foods contain dietary fibre. These are vegetables like cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli, etc. They fill the stomach and contain essential minerals and vitamins. The dietary fibre is converted to short-chain fatty acids which help the body to burn fat.

Potatoes are a source of vitamin C and minerals, but should be eaten sparingly because the starch they contain raises blood pressure.

However, cooking and then chilling potatoes for use in salads produces resistant starch. That reduces the blood sugar-raising effect.

2. Restrict Fructose Consumption

Cease fructose intake. Read the labels. Fructose is present in processed foods and is harmful to health.

Eat no more than 25 grams of fructose a day.

All refined carbohydrates turn to sugar and may cause insulin resistance, which is behind chronic illnesses such as obesity.

3. Replace Unsaturated Fats with Healthy Saturated Fats

Instead of relying on non-dietary fiber carbohydrates like sucrose and fructose – healthy saturated fats present in coconut oil, olive oil, butter from grass-fed cows, raw nuts, organic-pastured eggs, avocados, etc, are sources of long-lasting energy.

Even pastured meat fat like lard is fine.

Question Usualy The People Ask For – Does Cutting Out Carbs Prevent Obesity?

Carbohydrates seem to be going the same way as fats did. They are becoming frowned at due to their obesity link, say some health experts.

The reduction or complete elimination of carbohydrates is a core part of several weight-loss diet programs. These constituents of foods such as sugar, bread, pasta and rice, are being blamed for the obesity crisis.

However, in the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) recommends eating plenty of potatoes, bread, rice and pasta, with some milk and dairy foods, although in low-fat options.

This recommendation is at odds with what health experts are now saying: we should now eat fewer carbohydrates.

Potatoes, bread, rice and pasta contain ‘complex carbs’ such as starch. These carbs break down quickly in the gut into sugars such as glucose, which force the pancreas to secrete the hormone insulin. Too much insulin causes ‘insulin resistance’, which underlies obesity.

Also at odds with the latest thinking is the NHS’s continued recommendation to consume low-fat milk and dairy food rather than whole milk and butter.

We now have proof that natural ‘saturated’ fats in non-processed dairy products are not to blame for today’s health problems.

In 1991, the official advice in the UK was to increase carbohydrate consumption so that it provides 50 per cent of food energy.

The thinking behind this was partly to make up for the energy gap caused by reducing the recommended amount of fat in the diet to 35 per cent. How bizarre.

However, we are now beginning to accept the fact that eating more carbohydrates has actually caused the big rise in levels of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

For years now we have all increased our consumption of refined carbohydrates and oils. These are foods made of white flour, of sugars, white bread, sugary cereals, cakes, biscuits and cooking oils. That is how the ‘hidden’ sugars and unsaturated fats have found their way into our bodies.

Refined carbohydrates are digested quickly, and as mentioned above, lead to surges in blood sugar levels and therefore harmful insulin spikes.

A couple of studies published in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that in order to avoid obesity, heart problems and diabetes, we ought to abandon low-fat diet plans. Instead, we should go for diets that are ‘low’ in carbohydrates.

But it is not that straightforward. All dietitians point out that a ‘balanced’ diet is crucial to health. This must include ‘carbohydrates’, but only those that are packed with fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

These carbohydrates occur in fresh fruits and vegetables. They are slowly broken down in the gut and therefore do not cause insulin spikes. These are the ‘good’ carbs that most people shun in favour of harmful, processed convenience foods.

So demonizing all carbohydrates is completely counter-productive.

Unrefined, whole grain carbohydrates such as whole wheat bread, brown rice, and whole grain cereals contain ‘healthy’ carbohydrates, too. They do not cause blood sugar levels to rise quickly because they are slow to digest.

Fight Obesity – Part 3

Quit sugar, eat more fat, and become slimmer and healthier.

Adapting to a sugar-free diet that has far fewer carbohydrates than today’s obesity-boosting ‘normal’ diets means having to substitute sugars with something else. That ‘something’ is healthy fats.

It might seem to be rather counter-intuitive to eat fats in order to prevent obesity and lose weight because it goes against dietary advice issued by health bodies and governments. That advice is to make carbohydrates 50 per cent of our diets and to limit the amount of saturated fats that we eat.

This advice is now under scrutiny, and may turn out to be the ‘direct cause’ of the obesity epidemic.

Everywhere you go – in supermarkets, at newsstands, in cafés and restaurants – we encounter them: sugar-loaded food and drink. There are tempting chocolate bars; there are cans of fizzy drinks; there are cakes and buns seemingly everywhere.

Even staple foods such as bread, pasta, and potatoes hide their sugar content. That is because these foods are ‘complex’ carbohydrates, which readily break down to become the monosaccharide sugar glucose in the blood. If you are not active, the body converts this high-energy sugar into fatty tissue under the skin.

Also, because many of us eat convenience ‘processed’ foods, we become loaded with another monosaccharide sugar called fructose. This particular sugar is much worse than glucose for health because it does not get used up as energy. Instead, it goes straight to the liver where it is converted into dangerous ‘visceral’ fat around internal organs.

Even worse, fructose is now understood to be just as bad as excess alcohol is in damaging the liver. The rise in liver damage among populations appears to be attributed to excessive fructose intake. Fructose is added to processed foods for flavouring and other purposes too numerous to mention.

Indeed, in countries such as the UK, net alcohol consumption has actually fallen over the past two decades – yet liver damage is rising.

The good news is that with the ‘low carbohydrate, healthy fat’ diet we can now begin the fight back against obesity. Healthy fats are now the new secret weapon against sugar cravings.

There are many respected studies showing that fats are indeed very healthy for us.

The dietary change from carbohydrates to fats is what most people find difficult to understand as well as to implement. This is because snacking on nuts or tubs of yogurt all day will not help to lose weight because these foods contain many calories.

The ‘low carbohydrate, healthy fat’ diet is designed to keep carbohydrate intake low for those wanting to lose weight. This is set at a maximum of 50 grams a day of carbohydrates for sedentary people, and up to 120 grams for active people.

If weight loss is not of concern but eating healthier is, consuming 120 grams of carbohydrates each day will be fine.

Here is an example of a ‘low carbohydrate, healthy fat’ meal, so that you can get an idea of the kinds of foods in this new diet plan:

  • Protein: poultry, fish, meat (beef, pork, lamb, venison, etc): 100-150 grams per meal.
  • Vegetables: as many varieties and as much as is needed.
  • Eggs: up to three each day. Egg size is irrelevant.
  • Fats: a large handful of nuts (not peanuts unfortunately, unless unsalted), or 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil; 1 tablespoon of butter or coconut oil; 30-50 grams of cheese; 3 tablespoons of full fat yogurt; 3 tablespoons of cream.
  • Fruits: only berries such as blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries. 80 grams per day. (Apple and pear pulp contains fructose.)
  • Carbohydrates: none if you want to lose weight. However, if you are fairly active, a fist-size portion of cooked, dense vegetables per day is acceptable. Options are: sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnips, lentils, quinoa, or buckwheat.

By the way, this diet plan allows you have a ‘Full English’ fry-up! A couple of eggs fried in butter or coconut oil, two or three slices of bacon, one sausage made of at least 80 per-cent meat, tomatoes, and a flat mushroom, make a perfect meal to start the day.

That sounds like a good way to begin the fight back against obesity.

Fight Obesity – Part 2

Quit sugar, eat MORE fat, and become slimmer and healthier.

The healthiest and probably the easiest way to lose weight and help fight the obesity crisis is to take up a diet that is ‘low in sugary carbohydrates and high in healthy fats’.

As mentioned in Part 1, this way of eating is against the dietary advice from government health departments and dietitians. However, the ‘high natural fat, low sugar’ diet is a medically accepted regimen that is attracting the backing of health experts worldwide.

In fact, this new diet has a very large social media following. It has many respected medical experts stating that it is the ‘only’ healthy way to lose weight, fight obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

For example, the U.S. dietitian Dr Gary Taubes argues that tackling obesity is not about eating less, but ‘what’ is consumed. He is emphatic that a low carbohydrate, high fat diet is the answer.

Actually, a similar diet based on limited sugary carbohydrates was popularized by the British undertaker William Banting in the nineteenth century. He himself was obese, and the change of diet worked wonders for him. The Banting diet spread throughout Europe, and in Scandinavia banta remains the main verb for ‘to be on a diet’.

The new but similar ‘low carbohydrate, high fat’ diet is not a short-term ‘miracle fat and weight loss’ programme. It is a long-term way to eat healthily.

In some cases, obese people have reported losing up to a stone in weight in four weeks. Amazingly, they did not count calories, and hardly ever felt hungry. The suppression of hunger is thought to be due to the way that the body processes foods in different ways.

For instance, with a diet that predominantly consists of starchy and sugary carbohydrates, these are converted into glucose that the body uses as its primary energy source. Any excess sugar becomes fat and is stored for future use.

However, if carbohydrates are severely restricted in the diet, the body then has to use fuel other than glucose for energy. This is usually from stored fat in the body and from any fats in food eaten. In fact, there is little physiological requirement for carbohydrates, and non whatsoever for sugars.

Experts say that the key part of a ‘low carbohydrate, high fat’ diet is to limit total carbohydrates to a maximum of 50 grams each day. That will free the body from sugar addiction and help with weight loss in a natural way.

The trouble is that cutting right down on carbohydrates is not easy. However, when healthy fats are eaten, cravings are reduced because the stomach feels full.

Active people who are on their feet most of the day can actually eat up to 120 grams of carbohydrates a day and still benefit because they burn off the extra glucose. Unfortunately for those with a sweet tooth, these figures for carbohydrate intake apply only to those from whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, pulses, and nuts. These foods contain carbohydrates that are full of nutrients that metabolize slowly.

Sweet foods with sucrose and fructose, or those made of starch like potatoes, are forbidden. The best thing however is that the number of calories in food do not count in ‘low carbohydrate, high fat’ diets. Who likes counting them anyway? The balance of nutrients and healthy fats prevents craving.

Sugar addicts will not find the switch over easy. They are advised to concentrate on portion control for proteins and fats, and gradually reduce the intake of starchy vegetables such as potatoes and parsnips.

In the end, one has to reappraise old notions about nutrition.

Continued in Part 3.