Posts Tagged: Weight Loss

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 »

180 Degree Metabolism Sneak Peek (cont…)

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…In essence, if you have excess fat accumulating on your body, then there is a mismatch between your metabolic rate and your appetite. Your metabolic rate may be set for 2,000 calories a day to break even, but your stomach isn’t satisfied until you hit 3,000 calories. For a healthy person with a healthy metabolism, even overeating cannot induce excessive weight gain. In fact, in a force-feeding study performed on prisoners by Ian Prior in which the inmates were forced to eat 10,000 calories per day for several months, some of the subjects gained less than 10 pounds. That’s because our bodies can make natural adjustments to a surplus of food to prevent excessive weight gain. When we up our calories beyond what we desire, appetite goes down while metabolism… Read more »

180 Degree Metabolism Sneak Peek: "Fat and Hungry"

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…Basically yes, the calories you ingest is your income. Your insulin levels determine the percentage of that income that is diverted into savings. The higher the income, the higher the savings: the more you eat, the fatter you get, especially if those calories are in the form of simple sugars like sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup, which directly raise insulin levels higher when paired with a high-glycemic load and indirectly via their effect on cortisol and eicosanoids. Higher insulin levels mean a greater diversion of energy into storage, which means it takes an ever-increasing amount of food to satisfy your active tissues, and it is the demand of the active tissue that determines whether or not your are satiated. Therefore, instead of your metabolism rising with the surplus of food,… Read more »

Eat Better, Not Less

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To be published July 1st in Healthy Planet’s Aspen Edition: So you are feling a little softer than you’d like. Sugary treats have become part of your daily life, most of your solid food intake is crunchy and comes in a shiny bag (with either a Cheetah or a picture of Paul Newman on it), and you’re suspicious that the antioxidants in that dark chocolate may not be helping your cause. Exercise, once a habit, has fallen by the wayside. Even the thought of it sounds like torture. You bump along for a while in this mode, getting ever more disgusted with yourself, and then one day you shout, “that’s it! I’m not gonna take it anymore!” In a fit of self-loathing you decide that you hath sinned and it’s… 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 »

Tight Like a Tiger

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Now I’m no Tim Ferriss, but I’ve had some pretty good real life experiences on altering my body composition. After a trek in the Himalayas I was scrawny and emaciated. One time, for a couple of weeks, I had a body like Bruce Lee while on the Wind River Diet. And as a kid, I was straight up chubby, but it was all good. The Fat Boys were in their prime, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to rap about being imprisoned for breaking into fast food restaurants, binge eating, and falling “asleep with my face in my plate, and the next thing ya know, I wuz headed upstate.” I will say, in my defense, that I was probably one of the best Caucasian beat-boxing 4th graders in the nation. When… Read more »

Hungry, Hungry Hippos

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The question I promised to answer in last week’s self-starvation experiment saga was “why are we so hungry if we’re eating more than ever before?” This is one of the biggest questions of the 21st century, and the correct answer may hold the key to unlocking the entire degenerative process that began at the dawn of carbohydrate refining. Most people agree that the cause of the Diabesity epidemic (a great term that I stumbled across, as the two, type II Diabetes and obesity, often go hand in hand) is eating too much and exercising too little. But as anyone who has read more than a few paragraphs of this blog knows, my opinions differ. I certainly see this ballooning phenomenon having far more complexity. It is clear that Americans, as… Read more »