Have you looked carefully at the labels on EVERYTHING you eat? The vast majority of items in a typical grocery store have some form of added sugar — and they use a variety of names to obscure it: corn sweetener, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose, sucrose, malt sugar, etc.
That **** is everywhere and those carbs (and also starchy foods like potatoes, corn, bread, pasta, cereal) increase glucose, which drive up insulin levels. Insulin is the fat storage hormone. When glucose levels come down so does the production of insulin, and the body will start to burn fat instead of store it. Insulin stimulates lipogenesis (fat storage) and inhibits lipolysis (fat breakdown), so lowering insulin levels promotes the burning of stored body fat.
It’s been said over and over that “a calorie is a calorie” no matter what the source, but this is false. It’s how our bodies metabolize different kinds of calories that matters. And the “healthy whole grains” are not necessarily healthy, especially the crap “enriched flour” in many wheat-based products. It’s also been preached that some amount of carbs is necessary for glucose production. This is false. There is no essential carbohydrate, not one. If and when your body requires some glucose, gluconeogenesis is the means by which it will produce it.
Don’t fear dietary fat at all — it has been demonized as a problem but it never was the problem. In the last 30 years or so since the USDA began promoting a low-fat diet our society has gotten heavier and sicker. Why? A high carbohydrate diet is why, including tons of added sugar in processed food. A low-fat diet is by default a high-carb diet because there are only three macro-nutrients: carbs, protein, and fat. If you avoid fat you will offset that by increasing carbs.
I can’t say for sure if this will work for you but there are a lot of folks (including me, my wife and our son) who went on a very low carb / high fat plan and the body fat just dropped off. We also have way more energy and feel great. Blood work is fine too. I could not believe how great I felt when I started eating this way. It pissed me off too that this is not common knowledge and not being promoted, but politics and money trump the well-being of our citizens. Sweden is maybe the first country to really get it. They have begun promoting LCHF (low carb high fat) as the nation’s official dietary recommendations.
I’ve said it before but humans are a fat-adapted species. We have been eating lots of protein and fat for hundreds of thousands of years and we never had these chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease until very recently. Food is the problem and it is the solution too. I think most doctors will not tell their patients this because (1) they don't know the current nutritional and metabolic science, or (2) they know that doctors don’t get sued for pushing the old dietary guidelines — even though those guidelines are making people sick.
Pardon the lengthy response but this subject is of special interest to me since I found out two years ago that the U.S. dietary guidelines are based on bad science and politics, and are directly responsible for untold sickness and premature death. We have been LCHF for those two years now and have never felt better.
Look into the “ketogenic” diet. This is what we have been doing. It is amazing.
Bacon, eggs, chicken, fish, butter, steak, more eggs, veggies, a little fruit, cheese, more butter, nuts, coconut oil. Cut out bread, pasta, grains of any kind, all sugar. Try this for a month and see what happens.
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