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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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No Need to be a Vegan to Avoid Heart Attacks

After the first heart attack your doctor urges you to quit eating saturated fat and cholesterol and start exercising. If that doesn’t decrease the level of LDH-cholesterol you get a prescription for one of the statins that blocks a liver enzyme that makes the so-called bad cholesterol. Why doesn’t lowering blood cholesterol prevent a second heart attack? According to several articles in the journal “Life Extension” there are sixteen other factors besides high cholesterol that can contribute to heart attacks. These include diabetes, high blood pressure, stress and inflammation.

High homocysteine is an independent factor. This is an abnormal amino acid formed in the body when it doesn’t have enough of the vitamins B-12, B-6 and folic acid. Folic acid is in green leafy vegetables. Liver and yeast are good sources of vitamin B-6. Vitamin B-12 is made by intestinal bacteria when a person eats animal foods.

Smoking is the biggest factor in heart attacks. Nicotine makes the heart beat faster but constricts small blood vessels, raising blood pressure. The lining of blood vessels can be made stiffer by eating trans-fats or too many sugars that combine with the proteins in cell walls. Stiff cell walls are prone to injury from high blood pressure. The injuries attract white blood cells, cholesterol, fat and platelets. Later calcium might be deposited forming plaque.

The average person thinks that Bill Clinton had to have another heart operation because of eating too many hamburgers. No one talked about his smoking cigars or if he used soft drinks. Just because tri-glycerides (blood fats) and LDH-cholesterol are found in plaque doesn’t mean they came from the diet. The liver makes both cholesterol and blood fats from sugars, especially high-fructose corn syrup. Humans have been eating animal fats and cholesterol for eons of time. The French, the Amish and nomadic herders still do. Any study that claims that saturated fats are bad isn’t using organic fats. The animal fats in most cheeseburgers today come from factory farms so are loaded with insecticides, antibiotics and other toxins. These are the substances to avoid, not fat per se. For what you have been spending on anti-cholesterol pills you could have bought organic eggs and meat.

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Many Dangers of High-Fructose Corn Syrup

My book mentions the separate research by Dr. Bantle, Minne.U. and Dr. Reiser of the USDA. They found that high-frucatose corn syrup produced a lot of LDL-cholesterol and blood fats in both diabetics and normals.

Dr. Dana Flavia in the October 2008 issue of Life Extension cites later research that shows many harmful effect of high-fructose corn syruup. Its use over the past thirty years parallels the increase in obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver, high uric acid and more aging of all cells.

AGE stands for advanced glycation end products. These are formed when excess sugars bind with proteins in cell walls. This makes them prone to injury, causing inflammation and deposts of cholesterol in blood vessels. These glycation end products can also damage cells in kidneys, nerves and the retina. This type of damage from high blood glucose has been seen for years in diabetics. However, fructose has ten times the cross-linkage rate with proteins as glucose so does much more damage.

Fructose is metabolized differently than glucose. It goes to the liver and is often changed into LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides (fats). Some gets into the blood stream to clog your arteries. Some fats stay in your liver cells, causing cirrhosis just like excess alcohol

High-fructose corn syrup can also raise uric acid, a cause of gout. This was shown in a study of 15,000 Americans and a 2008 Canadian study. A Harvard study showed an increase of kidney stones from this high uric acid.

If you’re told you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol or blood fats, don’t blindly take pills to get these values down. Think what might be causing them. Too many people think that fat or cholesterol in their blood vessels must be from animal foods, despite the fact that humans have eaten fat and cholesterol for eons of time. But in the last hundred years, food manufacturers have given you many artificial products. They want you to think that anything derived from a plant must be good and it it’s from an animal it must be bad. Recently doctors realized that trans-fats in Crisco and margarines are not used by the body as are natural saturated fats, lard and butter.  How long will it take to get medical and public acceptance of the fact that high-fructose corn syrup causes more damage to your body?

Table sugar has one molecule of fructose to each molecule of glucose. It’s use has increased from 20 pounds a person per year in the 19th Century to 100 pounds by 1970 and now with the addition of high-fructose corn syrup, 150 pounds of sweeteners a year.  Our bodies over the centuries have not been programmed to cope with so much sugar, especially the huge amounts of high-fructose corn syrup added to most manufactured foods and beverages.  It is ruining our health and might be the main cause of the ever increasing cost of health care as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other metabolic diseases keep going up.

Just say no to sweet soft drinks. Diet drinks with Aspartame cause other problems.

Read labels and use table sugar for your rare dessert or Stevia (from a tropical leaf) to sweeten your coffee or tea.

Take control of your health by using natural foods and beverages.

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