Posts Tagged: Obesity

FUMP Day 11

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The lack of hunger… On my commemorative 10th day I pointed out an unusual but fully expected phenomenon of hardcore carnivorism – lack of hunger. I attribute this primarily to a drop in insulin levels and the subsequent release of stored fatty acids through the pipes. On a recent trip to D.C. I visited the Library of Congress and dug up a nice classic on obesity, entitled, oh so cleverly, Obesity, edited by renowned obesity researcher M.R.C. Greenwood. Greenwood, in the final chapter in which he authors, goes into detail on perhaps the most important fundamental of appetite and obesity as they relate to the hormone insulin. The concept of fuel-partitioning, or as I’m now calling it, “the calorie greenhouse.” I’ve gone into detail on this phenomenon a couple times… Read more »

Hypothyroidism

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It’s amazing to me how some of the most important realizations that I’ve come to over the past year have come from fragments of information obtained from some really misguided people. One of the biggest discoveries was differentiating between how complex starches and simple sugars affect the human body, shown to me by Terry Shintani, the author of a book touting an extremely low fat vegan diet. Through his work, he was able to show that complex starches leave sugar in the blood to be used as fuel, unlike simple sugars from fruit, cookies, breakfast cereals and the like, which causes insulin to rise higher than the level of blood sugar and induce hypoglycemia. This idea was further reinforced by Francine Kauffman of the American Diabetes Association, who discovered that… Read more »

Excerpt from "FATZILLA!!!"

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…The creation of fatzilla was flawed from the get go, and has reached the point of absurdity, confusion, and contradiction in the year 2008. Worse still is that dietary fat can be used as a fierce weapon against the increasing rates of obesity, heart disease, and a long litany of other ailments, including even mental and emotional disorders of varying degrees of severity. The megaphobia that surrounds fat; however, is preventing many from succeeding. We’re stuck. Plain and simple, fat has nothing to do with the heart disease and obesity phenomena. Sometimes the answers are simpler than we think. I remember back in college I partnered up with two exchange students from Mongolia on a project. The two girls were lean and attractive (hellooooo). For the rest of the semester… Read more »

Fat as Fuel

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The challenge of dealing with the obesity epidemic is one of the most interesting debates in the field of human health. Most people feel the answer is already there, “eat less and exercise more stupid.” Not so fast. The body has feedback mechanisms in place to maintain a constant weight. If you eat too little, metabolism slows down and you get more hungry. If you eat too much, metabolism speeds up and you get less hungry. Anyone can gain or lose a few pounds by suddenly changing exercise levels and food intake before these homeostatic mechanisms catch up, but going beyond those parameters is difficult unless the feedback mechanism is broken. The feedback loop is broken when there is inequality between the metabolic rate and hunger levels. An overweight person… Read more »

180 Degree Sneak Peek – Hyperinsulinemia and Friends

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…Carbohydrates alone do not cause insulin resistance. Having your insulin levels rise over and over again in response to carbohydrate-rich meals does not solely lead to insulin resistance and the compensatory hyperinsulinemia that is at the core of modern diseases. Most people on the low-carb side of the fence would have you believe that our Paleolithic evolutionary genetic programming has left us incapable of ingesting so many carbohydrates – that the amount of carbohydrates we’re currently eating is too much. That’s what the low-carbers really believe, that the human being is not designed to eat but a tiny amount of carbohydrates. Here are some kinks. Some of the healthiest, leanest, and longest-living human groups ever discovered eat a very high carbohydrate diet. The Sikhs of India and the Hunzas of… Read more »

180 Degree Sneak Peek – "Thy Thyroid"

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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… Read more »

180degreehealth sneak peek — Dr. Fatkins

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Unedited excerpt from 180-Degree Health: Understanding and Reversing the Decline of Human Health, due for release in January 2009 …one need look much further than the end result of most people “livin’ la vida low carb.” Everyone knows that going on a practically no carb diet has serious drawbacks. For one, most people get mean constipation. If not, your body odor and breath start stinking to a level that screams, “this can’t be healthy!” What’s totally nuts is that even Dr. Fatkins himself mentions, on page 303 of Dr. Fatkins New Diet Revolution… “…remember that prolonged dieting [including ‘this one’] tends to shut down thyroid function. This is usually not a problem with the thyroid gland but with the liver, which fails to convert T4 into the more active thyroid… Read more »