As an update to my New Year’s diet post, I attach this little article from Bill Frist. My strange experience since November with food is evidence to me anyway that our medical establishment is in the dark on the thing that is causing more health problems than anything else in our environment: our carbohydrate-centered diet, even the “healthy balanced” diet. I am very skeptical about giving these people more authority as long as they are not clear on what we should be eating.
Much of the conventional wisdom about obesity, including what your doctor has probably told you, is wrong. My fellow doctors, for the past four decades, have preached a “calories in — calories out” approach, suggesting that weight loss must be achieved by restricting calories or expending more energy. That approach is failing… miserably.
So why do we get fat? It’s not a simple matter of calories consumed and calories expended. It’s probably wiser to think of obesity as a result of a hormonal imbalance, with the dominant obesity hormone being insulin.
Insulin secretion is stimulated by eating easily digestible, carbohydrate-rich foods: Refined carbohydrates (including flour and cereal grains, starchy vegetables such as potatoes, and sugars) and high-fructose corn syrup. Eating more of these makes us fat, hungrier, and even more sedentary.
PS I am down to 188 from over 250 and many of my other health problems such as high triglycerides and other blood markers, arthritis and soft tissue injuries, gum disease, migraine auras, apthous ulcers in the mouth and throat, exhaustion after exercise and general obesity have abated. I recommend anyone with any combination of these problems read Gary Taubes’ “Why We Get Fat” which is what I did.