A sample of the first download that will be made available at 180degreehealth.com, “180 Degree Metabolism”…
…Suffice it to say that, because of the metabolism-regulating action of the thyroid gland, that trying to eat less and exercise more as a solution to the obesity epidemic is like a dog chasing its tail. It hasn’t been effective advice for the general public because it doesn’t work. It is merely a short-term solution, with negative consequences, which provides the temporary illusion of success – like cleaning a room by stuffing everything under the bed. Eating too much and exercising too little isn’t the predominant cause of the obesity epidemic either per se. The world is full of people who eat to they’re satisfied at every meal and hardly ever break a sweat without becoming an ounce overweight. They do not become overweight because they have healthy metabolisms resulting in the proper allocation of ingested energy. The only way to improve health and make weight management effortless is to understand the human metabolism as a whole and follow the steps to optimize it. Creating a calorie deficit by any means – appetite suppression, exercise, drugs, thyroid hormone replacement, thermogenics (diet pills), or bariatric surgery, is not one of the steps. It is thyroid suicide.
The thyroid, because it governs the body’s energy expenditure and in part because its direct connection with sex hormone levels, also contributes to how energy is allocated. One thing that the broken record diet advice fails to acknowledge is that muscle is readily sacrificed during a calorie deficit. Most people think of body fat as stored energy, and that we burn stored energy during times of scarcity. Yes and no. We do burn fat, but during a prolonged calorie deficit the body wisely sheds muscle tissue. Muscle mass, in large part, determines the amount of energy that the body requires because it is metabolically active. In other words, it takes a large quantity of energy to feed and maintain muscle. In times of shortage, for the body to be able to lower its energy requirement and defend against starvation, it must evaporate muscle.
When ample food supplies return (once you fall off your salad-only treadmill-o-rama plan), the body is reluctant to build muscle, but is encouraged rather to store fat in preparation for the next famine. Basically, you lose muscle and fat during a calorie deficit, and then you yo-yo back by adding more fat than muscle. The end result, even if you weigh exactly the same, is a body that is composed of more fat and less muscle than before you started. Calorie deficits also pull structural proteins from bones, organs, and other vital tissues. None of these are results to strive for, but health nuts and medical professionals alike say to “just do it.”
Essentially, low-calorie diets with or without exercise is a temporarily effective way to lose weight, but comes with a hefty price tag. The price tag is lowered metabolic rate (T3), depletion of key neurotransmitters, elevation of the hormone cortisol to a level that is destructive, increased hunger, increased chance of becoming addicted to caffeine, sugar, alcohol, and other stimulants, decreased energy, and a heightened ability to convert food into body fat. Even if a person could continue to avoid food when hungry and exercise when tired for an entire lifetime, doing so would be a miserable way to live.
If eating normal amounts of food with a normal amount of physical activity makes you fat, then you have a damaged metabolism and need to heal. Creating a calorie deficit damages the metabolism further. It makes your disorder worse, not better. The idea that we should ingest more energy than we expel to be healthy is one of the biggest errors, in terms of health, to ever permeate the psyche of the masses. The only weight and health management program that can ever be successful is one that allows you to eat until you’re satisfied and rest when you feel tired – decreasing the need for willpower versus increasing it. This program offers exactly that. Do not brush it off. Do not lump it in with all the other diet programs out there. Most rely on various forms of starvation – psycho exercising, the elimination of a food group (low-fat, low-carb, vegetarian), fasting, liquid-dieting, food combining (which cripples your body’s ability to utilize fuel), and more. In fact, when you encounter perspectives that significantly differ with the one laid out in this program, I have but one recommendation. Turn 180 degrees and run, covering your eyes and sticking your fingers in your ears to be on the safe side.
But weight management and health aren’t just about the thyroid gland – far from it. The thyroid is part of a network called the endocrine system. Furthermore, the endocrine hormones depend on messengers, receptor cites, endothelial cells, neurotransmitters, and as Barry Sears states, “60 trillion eicosanoid ‘glands.’” This is in reference to autocrine hormones that operate in every single human cell, governing the effectiveness and homeostasis of the whole communication network through their diametrically-opposed functions. Needless to say, your metabolic rate and the hormone T3 are but one tiny fraction of the whole picture. This brings us to the most common underlying hormonal chain of events in the modern world leading to the dieter’s nightmare combination of high appetite/low metabolism (T3) – hyperinsulinemia and friends.