I know you’ve seen it.
I’ve seen it myself.
People on diets. But not just people…FAT people.
And not just fat people…but massively fat people. Clinically they are referred to as morbidly obese.
I’ve seen them starving themselves, eating rabbit food and lugging a 2 liter bottle of diet pop. Heck some of them drink 2 of these 2 liter bottles a day.
Yet the weight snails off…if it comes off at all.
Many times people criticize them for being big fat slobs who lack discipline. Others state they just have to be overeating – sneaking cake, tubloads of ice cream or eating 2 pounds of chocolate bon bons at one serving.
And yes, there are some of them that do.
But not all of them.
I’ve long suspected the consumption of diet pop to be one of the culprits. And research has finally come out that validates this. The acid load that drinking pop and concommitently, not drinking water, works against weight loss. That’s one well known factor. Another one is that many artificial sweetners can cause you to crave carbohydrates, thus helping you to break your diet and overeat.
A third point is that they can make your brain believe that you are starving. And even if you do not overeat, you brain signals your body to ‘hold it all’ because you need it.
And guess what happens when your brain ‘thinks’ you’re starving? It acts like you’re starving and tries to save you from death by slowing down your metabolism, which is exactly the opposite of what you want.
Thus even if you’ve adjusted your calories down, you burn less and STILL can gain weight. It can perpetuate a vicious cycle.
Given that’s a bit simplistic. I think you get the gist.
One place where answers were forthcoming was through the research of Dr. Ann de Wees Allen. Dr. Allen has done extensive research on the glycemic food index – what foods really stimulate insulin hypersecretion and which do not. Just knowing this, altering your diet, adding some moderate exercise regimen and drinking water should jumpstart any resistant weight loss effort.
Some of the foods on that list will surprise you. Examples: rice cakes are them most fattening food on the planet as they cause the highest insulin spike and signal the hormone for storing fat to turn on. White potatoes and carrots also do this. But yams do not.
Dr. Allen has also done research on the effects of artifical sweetners and sugar alcohols, how they act and interact in/with your body. Unfortunately, she is no longer making those reports available to the public.
That is very disheartening. I have no clue as to her rationale. Maybe she was getting some pressure from the big boys. Maybe she’s going to publish a mainstream book. I don’t know. What I do know for sure is that the results she claims should be made available to the end user. It’s a matter of health – actually, of quality life and early death.
The effects on the changes of our diets and how we eat over the last 50 years are so apparent. They have led to the epidemic of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer…to name a few illnesses. I also believe it is directly responsible for the increased incidences of chronic fatigue, depression, autoimmune disorders (including fibromyalgia) and attention deficits disorder.
Now these results are not purely a direct effect of eating or not eating the foods, but also due to a compounding of the lack of nutritional value in many raw and processed foods, the chemical loading of these foods and an overall more highly toxic enviornment.
It’s now more important than ever to take control of what you put in your body.
Before I wrap up this post, I recently received an email from one of my nurses. It was one of those pass along types. Now I usually delete these, but this one had some salient points in it. Unfortunately, the author’s name is not mentioned. I’ve left it essentially as I received it, with the exception of some corrections in capitalization, punctuation and clarification of terms.
You can get the article as a pdf below. It is entitled, “Sweet Poison: Aspartame.”
aka Dr. J