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Professor Lustig: “Insulin Drives All of the Behaviors Seen in Obesity”

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The only way to fight the diabesity epidemic effectively is to switch to a low-sugar diet with real food, argues Professor Robert Lustig. That way your insulin (the fat-storing hormone) dramatically drops and you can lose weight effortlessly.

In contrast to popular false beliefs, weight loss and health should not be a constant battle uphill through calorie restriction, which simply doesn’t work:

Following current dietary advice is counterintuitive to achieving a healthy weight.

The reason is the myth of energy balance. If you believe this, then you believe that obesity is a physics problem; too much energy in, too little energy out. Energy balance assumes that all calories are equal, no matter where they come from. Rather, obesity is about energy deposition into fat tissue. Obesity is a biochemistry problem, and where those nutrients came from determine where they go in the body. It’s called nutritional biochemistry and it shows that all calories are not created equal.

The Sydney Morning Herald: Dietary Factions Are Hurting the Fight Against Obesity

If you prefer to watch Professor Lustig discuss the issue in a new interview, check out the link below at 5:21:

ABC News: The Damage Sugar Does to Us

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Amsterdam’s Solution to the Obesity Crisis: No Fruit Juice and Enough Sleep

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Amsterdam has been successful when it comes to effectively fighting childhood obesity. The number of children with overweight and obesity dropped by twelve percentage units between 2012 and 2015:

The Guardian: Amsterdam’s Solution to the Obesity Crisis: No Fruit Juice and Enough Sleep

So what’s the recipe for their success? Well, mainly a ban on sugary fruit juice in an attempt to reduce sugar consumption:

“All children have to bring water or milk to school,” he said. “No juice. A lot of parents were really upset. We had really hard discussions with them.” The parents thought juice or even squash was healthier, assuming they contained fruit. The teachers told them about the sugar. “I told them we were doing them a favour. They could have water at school and then juice at home. Now it’s normal – not a problem.”

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Gary Taubes: Treating Sugar Like Cigarettes Key for Children’s Health

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The British government is doing too little to combat rising issues with childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes, argues Gary Taubes. Relying on voluntary sugar reduction won’t solve the massive problems – but treating sugar like cigarettes could get the job done:

Let’s use cigarettes and lung cancer as our pedagogical example, confident, as we are, that cigarettes cause lung cancer. Cigarette consumption in the UK peaked in the mid-1970s when half of all men smoked and over 40% of women. Together they averaged 17 cigarettes a day. Now let’s imagine that we didn’t get those smokers to quit, but we managed to cut their consumption by 20%. Instead of 17 cigarettes a day, they’re averaging 14.

Would we expect to see a decrease in lung cancer prevalence? Would we expect that the lung cancer epidemic would be curbed at all, let alone within a few years of peak consumption? I would wager that even the PHE authorities would acknowledge that such a change would have little effect.

The Guardian: For Children’s Health, the Government Has to Treat Sugar Like Cigarettes

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Gary Taubes on What He Eats for Breakfast and Why America Is Fat

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If you ever wondered what low-carb pioneer and author Gary Taubes eats in a typical day, or pondered about the whys of the obesity epidemic, then you should read this article:

GQ: Gary Taubes, the Man Who Knows Why America Is Fat

Once you’re insulin resistant — metabolically disturbed, as the paleo/LCHF folks like to say — you’re secreting more insulin to handle the carbohydrates you’re consuming, and you’re gaining fat, heading toward becoming diabetic. The question then is what do you have to do to solve that problem. For most people, just removing the sugar is not enough. You need to remove all the easily digestible carbs, which means pretty much all those except the carbs in green vegetables.

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Fewer Americans Than Before Are Trying to Lose Weight

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Nike just launched its first plus-size line (which is great news) and obesity rates have reached an all-time high (not-so-great news).

At the same time new research shows that fewer Americans than before are trying to lose weight:

Time: Fewer Americans Are Trying to Lose Weight

The ever-increasing obesity rates have probably made it more acceptable to be overweight. There’s likely also a degree of despair after many people have failed to lose weight using conventional methods.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with being overweight. But overweight and obesity can be symptoms of hyperinsulinemia, a condition linked to diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

You can certainly have hyperinsulinemia without being obese, but it’s one of the most common symptoms of the condition. If your overweight is a result of hyperinsulinemia, there might be a bigger problem to your health.

Using methods that do work with the body’s natural weight-loss mechanisms by lowering insulin (such as reducing the amount of carbs one consumes and intermittent fasting) would likely make obesity rates drop, without people having to struggle with hunger in an attempt to lose weight.

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The Official Dietary Advice Continues to Fail Us

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Yes – eggs are good for you

Regardless of whether it being advice on salt, saturated fat or sugar, health authorities are failing to stay up-to-date with the latest research:

Observer: Health Authorities Continue to Fail Us

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First Cases of Obesity in Siberian Tribes As Fatty Fish Is Swapped for Western Junk Food

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As Siberian tribes become exposed to instant noodles and carb-rich foods, the first signs of obesity – previously unheard of – start to show:

Mail Online: First Sign of Obesity in Arctic People Is Discovered After Remote Tribes Are Exposed to Instant Noodles and Pasta

Going back to a traditional lower-carb diet rich in fatty fish and venison would most likely eradicate these signs, in the same way that a lower-carb diet based on real food could likely halt the obesity epidemic in the rest of the world.

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A Global Food Revolution


4.8 out of 5 stars5 stars92%4 stars2%3 stars1%2 stars0%1 star2%71 ratings2,432 viewsThere’s a global food revolution going on. A paradigm shift in how we look at fat and sugar. Natural fat used to be feared – a terrible mistake, it turned out. Now we’re increasingly viewing sugar as the big problem.

But what advice are people with obesity or diabetes currently given? Could people lose weight and reverse type 2 diabetes by ignoring the dietary guidelines and doing the opposite instead? Eating delicious foods?

The LCHF movement is about how to empower people everywhere to revolutionize their health – before it’s too late.

You can watch part of the presentation by Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt above (transcript). The full presentation is available (with captions and transcript) with a free trial or membership:

A Global Food Revolution – Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt

Join free for a month to get instant access to this and hundreds of other low-carb TV videos. Plus Q&A with experts and our awesome new low-carb meal planner service, etc.

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Why Does Sugar Make People Fat?

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One of the most intuitive facts in nutrition is that eating lots of sugar makes you fat. I don’t really think that there is all that much disagreement on this point. There is certainly some argument about why this is true. The calories people claim that this is because it is a source of empty calories. So, therefore, you could eat sugar and skip dinner and not gain weight. HOT-Fatty-Liver2.1 copy

These people believe that eating a plate of brownies with some multivitamins and an equal calorie portion of kale salad with salmon is equally fattening. That’s not likely to be true, as common sense would tell you.

The calories people claim that since sugar is empty calories, you will then eat more food with nutrition, as if it’s really, really hard to avoid eating nutrient dense foods like liver, calf brains and kale. Hold me back… Can’t resist… The stewed calf brain… Continue Reading →

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A High Carb Intake During Pregnancy Associated with Childhood Obesity

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Eating plenty of carbs and sugar during pregnancy might put your child at greater risk of becoming obese in the future, according to a new observational study:

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: Associations of Maternal Macronutrient Intake During Pregnancy with Infant BMI Peak Characteristics and Childhood BMI

This study doesn’t prove cause and effect, since it is merely based on statistical correlations. But it’s still interesting. Note that the amounts of protein and fat that women ate during pregnancy were not associated with markers of future childhood obesity.

So if you want to err on the safe side, I’d recommend a diet based on real food, and low in sugar and refined carbohydrates.

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