Daily Archives: October 19, 2011

Energy In and Energy Out

RIP-conventional-wisdom

R.I.P.

Latest research shows that in England over 60% of adults are overweight or obese.  I don’t know about you but I don’t know anyone who wants to be overweight, let alone obese.  Let’s cut to current UK Government advice on how to lose weight.

“if you need to lose weight, aim to lose about 0.5kg (1-2lb) a week until you reach a healthy weight for your height.  You should be able to lose this amount if you eat and drink about 500 to 600 calories fewer a day than you need …..Combining these changes with increased physical activity is the best way to achieve a healthier weight..”“

So I am to increase my body’s need for fuel at the same time as cutting down on the fuel I eat.  Er…won’t I be hungry?  Is it me?  That’s like putting less fuel in my car and flogging it even harder to get more out of it?

Then why do we have an obesity problem?  Why do we have an epidemic?  When I don’t know anybody who wants to be fat?

In short the answer is that the current dietary advice does not work.  Take a look at the Government’s “Eat well plate” for example (click on the image to go see what else they say is ‘eating well’). I see sugar, cornflakes, weetabix, white flour, bagels, white pasta, sugary baked beans, fruit ineatwell-plate syrup, battenburg cake, sweets, coca-cola: in short, processed food.  Man is the only chronically sick species on Earth and the only one processing (making) his own food.  Incidentally do you know where the advice to create a deficit in calorie intake comes from?  Can you prove it?  No and neither can the Government – this theory is not substantiated by any scientific literature.

And look at anecdotal evidence.  The theory does not work.  If it did, there would not be a problem with obesity! 

Dietary advice changed in the early 1980’s moving away from “carbs are fattening” to “base your meals on starchy foods” and “eliminate saturated fat”.  Open your eyes: do you see the connection with the current obesity epidemic?  I don’t recall this level of obesity growing up, do you?

The prediction of the Foresight report is that 90% of our children will be overweight or obese by 2050.  Do you want this for your children? Obese children become obese adults, that then become obese parents. We’re presently on a collision course with our own destiny and need to change it fast.

The key is to work with your body never against it.  Eat real food.  Eat food as nature intended and eliminate processed food.   Paleo is possible.  Get a little knowledge about what is causing you to be fat.  Because believe me, it’s not what you think!

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