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Yes, it’s definitely an eating disorder…
Cure yourself today, go wholefood vegan and live a longer, healthier, fitter life.
Dr Michael Greger’s yearly video is out… Food as Medicine: Preventing and Treating the Most Common Diseases with Diet
This is a must watch for anyone who cares about their wellbeing…
We shall now look at the dietary component of this article.
Almost immediately we are fed these two paragraphs…
They said while activity was a key part of staving off diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and dementia, its impact on obesity was minimal.
Instead excess sugar and carbohydrates were key.
Isn’t it strange then how highly active people who eat a healthy high carb, high sugar diet are not overweight?
This continuous blame put on excess sugar and carbs in the diet is what is causing the obesity problem in the first place.
All too often we’re being told that excess sugar and carbs are the problem, yet very rarely are we told the real thing, that only added, refined, sugars and carbs are the problem.
This leads too many people to looking at labelling like the UK’s traffic light system, which lumps all sugars and carbs into one thing and brands fruit with a red light on the sugars, thus making people avoid the very thing that they should be eating.
Natural occurring sugars and carbs found in whole fruit and veg are not a cause of obesity, they are the cure. They are not a cause of type 2 diabetes, they are the cure. They are not a cause of heart disease, they are the cure. They are not a cause of high blood pressure, they are the cure. The cause for all these is only found in refined, processed added sugars and carbs – the kind that the food industry adds to processed foods…
The other thing not mentioned in the BBC article as a major cause of obesity is excess fat intake.
Fat is 9000 calories per kilogram, carbs and sugar are 4000 calories per kilogram, protein is 4000 calories per kilogram, alcohol is 7000 calories per kilogram and fibre is 0 calories per kilogram. In fact, fibre is negative in calories because it uses calories from your body as it gets passed through your system.
So knowing that, check out this picture…
Strange how the picture on the right is the one that is full of carbs and sugars and yet fills you completely to bursting and far less calories than protein rich and fat rich meals.
That’s the point here.
If you want to lose weight you need to eat good quality fruit and veg and you will lose weight. If you stuff yourself on high protein and fat laden meals you will gain weight because you’ll have to eat far more calories to feel satisfied and those calories are extremely difficult for your body to burn – unlike sugars and carbs which your body can untilise and burn easily.
But even that is not the whole picture. You can eat all the fruit you like and you won’t pile on weight, but eat that same amount of sugar that’s been refined and added to foods and drinks and you will pile it on. Especially when that sugar has been added to foods with fats in – which you find in lots of processed food. Just look at a packet of Doritos if you want an example…
And you can find many more examples like this if you just have a quick look around the supermarket shelves.
If i eat Doritos i will pile on fat – i know because i’ve eaten them occasionally. And it’s because of this low fibre, toxic mix of empty calories, refined fats and sugars and other chemical additives and adulterants that leaves your body in a nutritional wasteland wanting something more to eat because it hasn’t received any real nutrition even though you’ve just stuffed 1000 calories down your throat.
The biggest problem we have now, and the biggest cause of obesity, is processed foods. Mixing pure sugars in fat heavy, protein rich, nutrient poor foods with most, if not all of the fibre removed, is a sure way for the food industry (Big Food) to get you addicted to eating their junk. Firstly you’ll have to eat more calories to feel full. Then because they’ve removed most of the fibre from the food your system will be overwhelmed with the rush of calories from the accelerated absorption caused by lack of said fibre, because fibre slows this down to a manageable level for your system to deal with. And because your system can’t deal with and utilise calories being absorbed so quickly when the fibre is missing, the calories just pile on your body as fat.
The other issue is that because there are very little nutrients in processed food – and chemical added pseudo-nutrients like folic acid don’t work and in a lot of cases can be harmful – your body actually feels hungry quicker because it’s craving the nutrients that it didn’t get with the calories, thus making you go and stuff your face with ever more junk pseudo food causing a never ending loop of hunger and stuffing your face with rubbish that’s masquerading as food. And because this kind of diet is so low in essential nutrients you are not able to exercise to any reasonable level – thus the decent into obesity is fixed and held in place by the diet itself. This is why processed food is addictive, it’s an addictive cycle that can only be broken by eating proper, real, wholefood, natural, nutrient packed, high fibre, healthy food.
Ergo, the solution to obesity… stop eating processed foods. If it’s got a list of ingredients on it then it’s processed food, if it’s not looking like it does in Nature or has been tampered with in anyway, it’s processed food. If it’s smoked, salted, preserved, tinned, freeze dried, it’s processed food. Eat that jumk and you’ll get unhealthy and obese.
Alternatively, you can totally ignore my opinion, stay overweight, and listen instead to these so called experts that the BBC seems to find queuing up to give their expert opinion – but you do realise who is paying these experts to come out with this garbage, don’t you? Big Food and Big Pharma are spending billions on bribing corrupt and unscrupulous doctors and scientists to spread their gospel of lies in order to ever increase the profits for their shareholders, just like the tobacco corporations did before them. And they’ve made it clear that even where the science is completely against them, they will do everything in their power to muddy the waters and sow doubt in the consumer’s mind wherever they can, just as the tobacco corporations did before them – with articles like the BBC one above for example. And with billions to spend on marketing and pseudo science, biased trials and the like, they can sow a lot of doubt and muddy a lot of waters.
And while we’re on the topic of sugar, it’s also important to note that artificial sweeteners are not in any way helpful either, avoid them wherever possible. I’ll discuss those in a further post. Tune back in soon!
And remember… you are being farmed!
So now we have this piece of utter nonsense…
Firstly, let get one thing straight. Activity and exercise are not the same thing. Going for a walk is not exercise, it’s just an activity. Bear that in mind if you want to lose weight.
When i walk, which i do briskly, i burn 180 calories an hour. That’s an activity. My heart rate barely ever goes above 100bpm.
When i cycle, at bottom to middle of zone 2, i burn over 360 calories an hour. This is light exercise.
When i cycle at the top of zone 2 / bottom of zone 3 i burn over 450 calories and hour. This is normal exercise.
The difference is what it makes your body do afterwards. The exercise will put into action changes in your body in the recovery period which will make your body far more efficient at burning calories and will also raise your resting metabolic rate, burning even more calories. Activity doesn’t do anything like that.
Exercising for 2 hours a day, i can easily burn 6300 calories a week. That equates to burning 36.4kg of fat a year. That’s 5.7 stone of fat. And that’s just in the exercise period, that doesn’t begin to factor in the extra calories that will be burned in the recovery period due to the exercise, or the increase in resting metabolic rate due to the exercise.
But if i was to go for a brisk walk for two hours every morning i would only be burning 14 kg of fat a year.
I hope you can see the difference?
But even still, if everyone who is overweight just did 2 hours of brisk walking a day that would make a huge difference over a year. Especially considering that i’m only 9.5 stone in weight and the heavier you are the more calories you will burn when you walk.
How do you know what a brisk walk is? Buy a heart rate monitor and use it every time you go for a walk. Buy a good one that you can program your weight into with GPS tracking for speed and distance as that gives you a more accurate read on calories burned. Garmin make great heart rate monitors. Yes, a good one may be expensive, but it will give you many years of happy healthy fulfilled life in return. It’ll be one of the best investments you’ve ever made.
A good, fully GPS, whistles and tinsel, sports watch that tracks everything you do will make you realise just how little you are actually doing. We can so easily convince ourselves that we’ve just walked 8 miles at a brisk pace but a good sports watch will soon tell you that you only walked 5 miles at slow pace. There’s no cheating with these things.
Anyway, for these so called experts to be saying that exercise (and even activity) is no good in the treatment of obesity, one has to ask just what their agenda is. Because i would welcome the chance to go on national television with them and debate this live for the whole country to see. The science is solid in what i have written above. 1kg of fat is 9000 calories. If you burn 6300 calories a week then you will burn 36.4kg or 5.7 stone of fat a year – at least. And as i said above, these figures are for me at 9.5 stone, the heavier you are the more calories you will burn.
Granted, most people could not go out today and start burning that amount of calories straight away. I certainly couldn’t when i bought Waldo last October. But 6 months of riding with Waldo and 6300 calories a week is easily doable. A bit more each time you exercise, a bit faster, a bit further, and within 6 months most of us can easily be burning a huge amount of fat off our waistlines.
Waldo is my ‘Giant Defy 1’ road bike, in case you were wondering.
But then i hear people say, i haven’t got two hours a day to spare. Well i beg to differ. Throw the television away for a start – there’s nothing on it that will make your life any good whatsoever, you’ll just sit there eating crap, drinking crap staring at it going brain dead, staying up late and not getting enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep is a cause of obesity and if you seriously want to lose weight then you need to get a good night’s sleep every night, and staring at a back lit screen before you go to bed does not allow you to get a good night’s sleep. Go to bed at 7pm having read a book for an hour first, and get up at 3.30 and go for a bike ride when there’s no traffic about and the air is cleaner. Stop driving or taking public transport to work and cycle there instead, and start taking detours as you get fitter and faster to make the journey longer and burn more calories doing it. Get a bike rack with big paniers and do your shopping using your bike instead of your car. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
But to say that exercise is no help in treating obesity is just total nonsense.
And the other benefit of exercise is that it improves both your physical and mental health at the same time as burning loads of calories. You will feel younger, happier, more enthusiastic for life. What’s not to like?
I will discuss the diet part of the above BBC article in my next post. Cause that’s a load of nonsense as well!