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Protein, Fat, Carbs

Read this closely, there will be a test: “A fat calorie is not the same as a calorie from protein or carbohydrate in the number of calories it contains.” True or false? Let me rephrase, “One calorie of fat is not the same as one calorie of protein or carbohydrate in the number of calories it contains (one).” What a load of gibberish!

The definitive low fat guide, “Eat More, Weigh Less,” written by the definitive low fat doctor, Dean Ornish, sold millions of copies with that statement as the guiding principle and not one person saw that the emperor had no clothes. The book is so full of that kind of B.S. that it makes me laugh when I read it. Yet millions of doctors dispensed his low fat diet based on this book and an equally fraudulent set of clinical trials. For 30 years we have been told that fat makes you fat, carbohydrates are for energy, and protein builds muscle.

The truth of the matter is that a calorie of fat does not have any more potential to make you fat than a calorie from protein; it is simply a more dense food. We do need some protein to build muscles, but all of you get way more than you need for muscle building! Only starving, third world diets run the risk of not enough protein for muscle building.

All food is converted to energy, not just carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are MORE EASILY converted to energy, which is good when you have exhausted your stored muscle fuel (glycogen). This fuel exhaustion takes at least an hour and 20 minutes of hard cardio (65% of max heart rate or better), and some individuals can train up the muscle storage (carbo loading) to go two hours before exhaustion. Otherwise, you do not need carbs before or during your workout. Period.

But what if you are stuffing in these carbohydrates and do not need the energy? Over the years, the pancreas can become overwhelmed and cannot secrete sufficient insulin to process these carbs and keep your blood sugar (glucose) in control. Far from giving you energy, these carbohydrates precipitate a blood sugar low that leaves us tired, irritable, and brain fogged between meals (10 to 11 a.m. and 2, 3 or 4 p.m.).

If you are storing fat heavily around your middle, you have likely exhausted your pancreas. This condition has been given many names such as “carbohydrate intolerance,” “reactive hypoglycemia,” and “metabolic syndrome.” Unless you inherited the weak pancreas (diabetes anywhere in your family tree, frequently undiagnosed) this took many years of eating large portions of processed carbs: white rice, bread and all baked goods, cereals, crackers, cookies, pastas. Sugar and beer also need to be included here. It turns out that these carbohydrates are the most easily converted-to-fat foods on earth IF THE PANCREAS IS BEGINNING TO FAIL.

That’s a big “IF” because it creates confusion amongst dieters when they meet someone who has a fully functioning pancreas and can tolerate these same carbohydrates without weight gain. There are other causes of obesity but the EPIDEMIC OF OBESITY IN AMERICA TODAY WAS AND IS CREATED BY THESE CARBOHYDRATES. It is widely believed that over half of all Americans have this carbohydrate intolerance.

Let’s look at our ADAPTATION to these carbs. Grains were domesticated in the Nile region of Egypt about 10,000 years ago. Sound like a long time? It isn’t. For instance, we have been meat eaters for an estimated two million years. The most common food allergy in the world is still an allergy to grains.

Celiac sprue or gluten intolerance is an allergy to the gluten in grains. But far worse than this was the invention of the steel milling of grains about 150 years ago. This process first removed the bran layer, which naturally slowed the entry of the starch into the blood (gastric emptying). The healthiest part, or germ (think wheat germ), was then removed to prevent spoiling. The remaining part was pure starch and this was ground into dust. This starch dust has the fastest gastric emptying time of any food in the world.

Fifty grams of white bread will raise the blood sugar approximately TWICE as fast and high as fifty grams of table sugar. Talk about no ADAPTATION!! This product has wreaked havoc on civilization. Many of us feel certain that it is the root cause of many modern diseases, especially diabetes. We slowly began to get fatter but we still needed one more piece for the epidemic to begin.

The low fat era began in earnest with the food pyramid in 1980, which recommended little fat and 7 to 11 servings of carbs per day. Despite what you think, Americans took this advice. Though our exercise habits did not change, as the same 60 % of us remained sedentary, our eating habits did. In the decade between 1980 and 1990 we lowered our fat intake from 41% to 36.6% of the diet. (The slim French are still holding at 44%).

We ate 50 calories per day less in 1990 than 1980. (For you calorie theorists out there, 50 cal per day would cause a 5 pound per year weight loss.) Result: We got fatter faster than any nation in the history of the civilized world. There has been only one year since the 90’s that obesity figures did not increase. This was 1993 during the height of the low carb craze. Time magazine ran a cover story titled “low carb nation” which estimated that 26 million Americans were on a low carb diet. This was due to bestselling weight loss (WL) books like ‘The Zone,’ ‘Sugarbusters,’ and a re-issue the of The Atkins Diet, called the New Atkins Diet Revolution. There were at least 20 other WL books on the shelves during that time which also found these carbohydrates to be the culprits in the battle of the bulge.

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