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Don’t Count Calories to Lose Weight

Don’t count calories or you might avoid fat, the best energy food. Fat doesn’t raise your insulin as sugars and refined carbohydrates do. Robert Lustig M.D. says that the obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease that cost the US 147 Billion dollars a year can be blamed on sugars and refined carbohydrates. These raise your insulin, making you hungry for more carbs. He explains this in his latest book “Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease”. Dr. Lustig says that whole fruit has fiber to slow down the uptake of natural fructose. Juices and soft drinks with high-fructose corn syrup have easily absorbed sugars that your liver makes into tri-glycerides (fats). Sugars act on the same pleasure center of your brain as cocaine does. Sugars mess up your body’s reaction to leptin hormones as well as to insulin. Your body doesn’t get the signal that you’re satisfied so you continue wanting more carbohydrates. These easily become body fat.
In my book I say to avoid sweet liquids and have few desserts. My favorite is cheese cake because it has protein and fat to balance the carbohydrates. This more nearly corresponds to Dr. Barry Sears’ diets with 30% protein, 30% fat and 40% carbohydrate. A snack of nuts is preferable to a cookie. The fat can give you energy for your muscles and the protein can be changed to glucose for your brain, the only organ that requires glucose.
Calories in versus calories used could be measured using a sugar solution and a device to capture carbon dioxide while on a treadmill or exercise bike. These measurements show short term metabolism but neglect the other reactions also occurring in your body. Your body is not a machine. The uptake of dietary fat is not easily measured so it has been ignored as an energy food.
Jonathon Bailor in his new book “The Calorie Myth–How to Eat More, Exercise Less, Lose Weight and Live Better” explains how counting calories doesn’t work. The right type of food and the right exercise are what get results.

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Fewer Americans Should Use Statins

A recent report by doctors who believe in lowering cholesterol with statins said that even though 30% of adults now take statins, it should be more. Heart disease is indeed the biggest killer of both men and women but it hasn’t gone down in over 20 years of statin use. Shouldn’t doctors look at conditions that correlate better with cardiovascular disease than cholesterol does?
A high CRP (C-Reactive Protein) level is a better predictor of heart attacks. CRP can show that inflammation, a collection of certain white blood cells, is present. This may indicate micro-injuries in the walls of blood vessels. Factors that cause the cell walls to be stiff and prone to injury include trans-fats (artificially hydrogenated vegetable oils) and the formation of AGEs (Advanced Glycation End-products) when sugars attach on to the proteins in cell walls. This occurs when blood sugar gets too high after a person has too much sugar. The average American used 100 pounds per year in 1970 and now has over 150 pounds of sweeteners per year.
When blood pressure rises in these less flexible vessels after smoking or from stress, then micro-injuries occur, patched by cholesterol along with certain white blood cells. Sometimes these collections are easily oxidized and break off to lodge in the heart as a heart attack or in the brain as a stroke.
Cholesterol does not cause heart attacks. It is necessary for life and is the major substance in your brain. No wonder that depression is one of the side effects of too low cholesterol. Your body uses cholesterol to make sex hormones and vitamin D and is important in all cells. Your liver does make excess LDL-cholesterol from high-fructose corn syrup, so avoid food and drink with this sugar. Raise your good HDL-cholesterol by exercise and eating organic saturated fat.
Side effects of statins include muscle pain and weakness. They are not benign. Statins not only block the liver’s ability to make cholesterol but also co-enzyme Q10, important in many cellular reactions. Most Americans are not the rare persons with faulty genes and cholesterol levels over 600 who prefer statins to niacin to lower their cholesterol.
Be naturally healthy by eating only organic animal fats or vegetable oils and avoiding trans-fats and too many sugars.

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Prevent Heart Attacks without Drugs

An analysis of 305 studies of 339,000 patients reported in the October 1 issue of the British Medical Journal shows that moderate exercise that raises the heart rate is as good as drugs in preventing heart attacks and without side effects. Over fifteen years ago Dr. Dean Ornish showed that exercise and combatting stress with yoga, meditation and group therapy plus a vegetarian diet could even clear existing arterial plaque.
Heart disease is the biggest cause of death in both men and women in America. Thinking that like high blood pressure it can be a silent killer scares people into taking unnecessary drugs. Statins are the worst drugs. They prevent your liver from making coenzyme Q10 as well as LDL-cholesterol. Both are essential chemicals for a healthy body. Statins can cause muscle pain and weakness and mental problems, including depression. Since cholesterol is the starting molecule for sex hormones, adrenal hormones and vitamin D, a deficiency affects your health. Statin use may be a cause of very low vitamin D levels and increased osteoporosis. Cholesterol levels aren’t even very good in predicting heart disease. C-reactive protein and homocysteine levels are much more accurate.
Exercise and don’t eat foods from animals raised in factory farms. They can contain toxins. Also avoid manufactured foods containing trans-fats or high-fructose corn syrup.
Your body is meant to be healthy. Don’t sabotage it with harmful drugs or artificial foods.

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