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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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Sugars and Your Skin

You already know that more Americans are getting obese or have diabetes. This is probably caused by the 150 pounds of sugar or high-fructose corn syrup consumed per person per year Now be warned that sugars combine with the proteins in your body’s cells, including skin cells. The process is called glycation; The result is AGE (Advanced Glycation Effects). This acronym is valid because the stiff AGEs make you look older as they form wrinkles in your skin as well as causing other problems like stiff blood vessels.
The other day, a friend asked why I didn’t have the wrinkles of many women my age. Her question amazed me. I felt that after years of hiking and other sports in the sun without using sunscreen, I didn’t have the smooth white skin of a southern belle always shaded by a parasol. My skin is tan and was on the way to looking like leather when I started using the products that contained para-amino-benzoic acid (PABA). Now to get a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or above, I use sunscreens containing zinc oxide along with other protective chemicals. One member of my tennis club said she never used anything since she would rather have tan wrinkles than white wrinkles. However, general health can affect your skin from beneath its surface.
First of all I never smoked; One doctor said he could tell without asking a woman patient over 50 if she smoked. He saw many fine wrinkles on the skin of smokers.
Another factor is that I eat few desserts and avoid sweet liquids. Sugars give you empty calories. Our ancestors ate sweet foods on special occasions and 120 years ago most Americans used less than 20 pounds of sugar per person per year.
Skin specialist Adrienne Denese M.D. tells her patients to avoid sweets to prevent the glycation of collagen and other skin proteins. She says she has pre-diabetic tendencies so she avoids all carbohydrates. She takes good quality vitamins and a variety of supplements. Her patients use six different types of rare or expensive products externally on their skin. These would not give them the desired smooth glowing skin if they consumed too much sugar.
Sugar, like smoking or heavy drinking can affect your skin and make you look older.

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More Doctors Dismiss Cholesterol in Heart Disease

The media and drug companies still scare Americans into taking statin drugs to lower blood cholesterol to prevent heart attacks. This is despite evidence from several doctors including the doctors Eades who show dangers of cholesterol-lowering drugs. As mentioned in my article last month, long-time heart surgeon Dr. Dwight Lundell put the major blame for heart attacks on inflammation caused by a modern diet high in sugars and common salad oils.
Now cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra says he has given up flattening plaque in vessels and instead has written a book “The Healing Kitchen”. It advocates natural foods based on a Mediterranean diet. But when cooking to use saturated fats like coconut oil, peanut oil or butter. Most salad oils should be avoided. They have too much omega-6 fatty acids which can be easily oxidized. He says to eat less carbohydrate but do eat enough fat. He cites the Lyon Heart Study which showed that a low fat diet can be a factor in increasing deaths. He says eating lots of nuts can help prevent clots forming in blood vessels and lower blood cholesterol. He tells of healing herbs and spices and the best combination of foods for optimum health.
Dr. Al Sears goes farther from common beliefs in his book “The Doctor’s Heart Cure”. He says that red meat does not cause heart disease. He tells you what herbs and other supplements you need to “feast on the fatty foods you really love”. He also says that his twelve minute a day exercise program is better for your heart than extensive running.
Either doctor’s program is probably better than taking anti-cholesterol drugs with their potentially dangerous side effects on muscles, liver and brain.

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