Can You “Eat Yourself Thin?”

Weight loss is a perputually popular topic in the Western world as we deal with the spreading waistline that affects so many people. Because, this is such a popular topic, an abundance of information and misinformation is available for the American public to imbibe and become confused by. Fortunately, there is an answer.

Unless a medical issue exists which causes weight gain or difficulty in losing weight, the solution comes down to paying attention to what you eat and burning calories.

The body movement aspect can be summed up in:

  • move more
  • walk
  • use HIIT – High Intensity Interval Traning

The part about watching what you eat, however, is an aspect that is a stumbling block for many, partly because we’ve been sold the story that it is all about the number of calories that a person eats. While this is important, a person also needs to pay attention to the foods they eat. Dr. Mercola writes,

“A key piece of information is that all calories are not created equal. You can eat more calories and lose weight, or eat fewer calories and still gain weight. Your weight is affected by the source of the calories, not just the number of calories. Zoe Harcombe’s book, The Obesity Epidemic, is one of the most comprehensive documents I’ve ever seen that exposes the flaws of this myth.

“Research by Dr. Robert Lustig has also shredded this dogmatic belief, showing that not even calories from different kinds of sugar (such as glucose and fructose) are treated identically by your body.

“Refined fructose is actually broken down very much like alcohol, damaging your liver and causing mitochondrial and metabolic dysfunction in the same way as ethanol and other toxins, whereas glucose does not wreak this kind of metabolic havoc.

“According to Dr. Lustig, fructose is “isocaloric but not isometabolic.” What this means is that identical calorie counts from fructose or glucose, fructose and protein, or fructose and fat, will cause entirely different metabolic effects.”

To help with this particular issue, the placement of a person’s foods in their house may make the difference. Again, Dr. Mercola writes,

“Those who kept soda out in the open and within easy reach weighed an average of 24 to 26 pounds more than those who didn’t.

“And while processed breakfast cereals are widely advertised as being healthy for your heart and weight, people who kept cereal on their counters weighed an average of 20 pounds more than those who didn’t have cereal in their counter.”

To put it simply, if you move your body, stay away from processed sugars, and keep the “bad” foods out of sight, then you may truly be able to “eat yourself thin.”

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