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Note: This is a re-post from Thoughts On Being an older blog of mine.

Well maybe you don’t have to change your relationship with food…

but a lot of people are looking endlessly for the quick fix to change their affinity for food. Why else would the “diet” industry have Americans spending 40 billion a year on weight loss products and programs? 40 billion dollars. The Diet Industry: A Big Fat Lie

Having spent over 12 years in my own health food stores listening to the general public’s needs and desires I can tell you this; they are sick and tired of being whatever weight they are (not everyone looking to lose weight is overweight) and they want it to change right now.

I call it the silver bullet mentality- actually the natural silver bullet mentality. Many of the customers looking for a fix in the health food store would never dream of taking a pharmaceutical even over the counter silver bullet, they want the natural one right now!

My point is the public still after all these years wants a quick fix to be in swimsuit shape . Obviously, they are spending those hard earned 40 billion dollars a year chasing after the same thing they chased and never caught the year before.

What is this, dare I call it an addiction to the quick fix, perfect, hard, non aging body? How did we get here? Where are we going?

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With the DSMs fifth edition due out in 2013 there will be a new addition to the eating disorder diagnosis. Binge Eating.

This disorder has long been the most common eating disorder yet is hard to identify and even more difficult to treat. Those with Binge Eating disorder have been under the Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) for diagnosis and  have still been able to receive treatment. I wonder if the new classification will help to identify people a little easier and get them treatment quicker. The longer one runs on with an untreated ED the more difficult it becomes to treat. I hope this will be a benefit to the client for better quicker treatment.

What differentiates the Binge Eating episode from an overeating episode?

The binge eater will eat the equivalent of 2 sizable meals (consider someone ordering 2 super-sized fast food meals to eat quickly in one sitting) in one sitting AND the binge eater feels they have lost control and cannot stop eating. The overeating episode usually simply ends when the eater feels over full while the binge eater will continue in the presence of physical discomfort.

The binge eater will also do this behavior often once a week or more and it has been going on for over 3 months. The pattern often stems from running to food to soothe difficulties as an alcoholic would go to the bottle.

Yet we cannot live without food….we see how difficult it is to live without drugs or alcohol in this culture. Just imagine the binge eater with his drug of choice available and needed to stay alive. This is one of EDs challenges no matter which disorder you are battling.

Binge Eating Disorder and Compulsive overeating show great success in the the client learning to control their eating and behavior patterns. Using education in Mindful eating techniques and generally learning to treat food as food can bring relief to many binge eaters and compulsive over-eaters with additional cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy for those who have been diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder.

Binge eating recommended as a

psychiatric diagnosis; obesity is not

See the story from CNN Health here: http://bit.ly/9Ghym4

I have decided to give you Gary himself to explain his book and his findings.

With this video and slide show of Gary Taubes giving his talk to Medical Grand Rounds at Dartmouth 6/5/09 you will learn more than you can imagine. Listen to it a number of times if you are concerned about  sugar and carbohydrates in your diet. Listen again if you have diabetes, high cholesterol or heart disease.

Gary Taubes Good Calories Bad Calories presentation at Dartmouth Medical Grand Rounds 6/5/09

Keep the 11 conclusions I list below  in mind as you listen  to or watch his presentation to this group of doctors.

1. Dietary fat, whether saturated or not, does not cause heart disease. (click here to read)
2. Carbohydrates do, because of their effect on the hormone insulin. The more easily-digestible and refined the carbohydrates and the more fructose they contain, the greater the effect on our health, weight, and well-being.(click here to read)
3. Sugars—sucrose (table sugar) and high fructose corn syrup specifically—are particularly harmful. The glucose in these sugars raises insulin levels; the fructose they contain overloads the liver.
4. Refined carbohydrates, starches, and sugars are also the most likely dietary causes of cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, and the other common chronic diseases of modern times.
5. Obesity is a disorder of excess fat accumulation, not overeating and not sedentary behavior.
6. Consuming excess calories does not cause us to grow fatter any more than it causes a child to grow taller.
7. Exercise does not make us lose excess fat; it makes us hungry.
8. We get fat because of an imbalance—a disequilibrium—in the hormonal regulation of fat tissue and fat metabolism. More fat is stored in the fat tissue than is mobilized and used for fuel. We become leaner when the hormonal regulation of the fat tissue reverses this imbalance.
9. Insulin is the primary regulator of fat storage. When insulin levels are elevated, we stockpile calories as fat. When insulin levels fall, we release fat from our fat tissue and burn it for fuel.
10. By stimulating insulin secretion, carbohydrates make us fat and ultimately cause obesity. By driving fat accumulation, carbohydrates also increase hunger and decrease the amount of energy we expend in metabolism and physical activity.
11. The fewer carbohydrates we eat, the leaner we will be.

Comments are always welcome!

Carbohydrates do, because of their effect on the hormone insulin. The more easily-digestible and refined the carbohydrates and the more fructose they contain, the greater the effect on our health, weight, and well-being.

Conclusion number 2 says a lot. This was pretty much spelled out in the Atkins diet but with out the scientific research and scope that Gary Taubes has presented in his book Good Calories Bad Calories. This association with Atkins causes many to stand back from the lower carb way of eating and is keeping healthful information away from the general population. Lowering our carbohydrate intake is not to be feared (unless you work for a cereal or soda manufacturer). Lower carbohydrate eating can be a blessing to anyone and especially for those with any of the diseases listed here(Click Here For List )

I recommend you check out this list of diseases/conditions that some researchers believe may be caused/exacerbated by eating carbohydrates that Adam has put together on why-low-carb-diets-work.com, it’s surprising to many!

The easiest way for me to grab your attention on conclusion number 2  is to have you experiment with your own body. If you have not yet looked at the carbohydrates in you diet and how they work in your body this is a perfect opportunity! Ready to make a change?

Let’s start with cutting out the most obvious and working our way from there:

  1. Sugar, all forms of added sugar (white, brown, turbinado, agave, honey, molasses, maple syrup, fructose, etc) and all the products that contain these sugars (canned and bottled drinks including sports and health drinks and  most packaged and boxed foods)
  2. Fruit juices (bottled and out of your home juicer)
  3. Easily digestible and refined carbohydrates (broken grains or flours as in breads, baked goods, pasta)
  4. Whole Grains (first corn then wheat then rice and down the line) See how these may even be depressing you here (Click Here for Link)

Starting with number 1 eliminate the easily-digestible and refined the carbohydrates

  • Keep track of how you feel (write down your energy level and physical state before you start it’s easy to forget left to memory and write daily any changes you feel- do this for a week
  • Move down the list after the first week and again keep track of how you feel and what if anything is changing (weight, BP readings, BG readings these are great measures of changes in the body)
  • After a month you will have a good look at how these easily digestible and refined carbohydrates are affecting YOUR body and if the grains themselves have an impact

Beyond theory, research and studies what matters most is how YOU feel and how your body responds to a different level of easily-digestible and refined carbohydrates. Do your own personal study and please share your experiences with us in the comments below!

PS…this just in “Don’t blame it on the burgers”. May 11,2010 The Independent

Dietary fat, whether saturated or not, does not cause heart disease.

The first of the 11 Critical Conclusions of Good Calories, Bad Calories from Gary Taubes’ book .

  • Taubes reveals the myth that dietary fat and especially saturated fat cause disease and obesity. This myth gained momentum when; infectious diseases had been conquered, and more people were living long enough to get diseases such as heart disease -along with new diagnosis technology and increased attention all happening post WWII.
  • Taubes also uncovers the myth that the American diet has shifted away from plant based foods to animal foods (high in saturated fat), he show that Americans have traditionally been big meat-eaters.
  • The myth that the fat eaten (especially the saturated fat and cholesterol) clogs the arteries is cleared up with the history of the cholesterol hypothesis, how it lives on today and why.
  • Gary show that there is no link between cholesterol levels and clogged arteries, how many get heart disease even with low cholesterol and many with high cholesterol levels never get the disease.
  • Much attention is paid to Ancel Keys who was the driving force behind the fat-cholesterol hypothesis. Keys believed that dietary fat raises cholesterol and causes heart disease and here is where the low-fat diet dogma was born, which developed into the low-fat-and-low saturated fat version.
  • What happens then is a confirmation bias; only looking at supporting evidence; much contradicting evidence is dismissed.
  • For example; The Framingham Heart Study did not support Keys’ hypothesis; NIH funders refused to allow publication of the results.
  • Virtually every study comparing diet, cholesterol, and heart disease within a single population failed to support the hypothesis.

And yet we continue to be told;

Dietary fat causes heart disease.

  • 1977 -the first time ever that a government institution had taken a stance on dietary fat—turned it from a scientific into a political issue when Senator George McGovern announced the publication of Dietary Goals for the United States  recommending caloric proportions of 55-60% carb, 30% fat with no more than a third of that saturated.

With the government on board and researchers going where the research money is not to mention Rose’s philosophy of picking a hypothesis early on and sticking to it no matter what, the truth was getting harder and harder to find.

Thankfully there are other countries with research and much ignored research in the US that with a little digging makes clear that

Dietary fat, whether saturated or not, does not cause heart disease.

So with studies showing that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease why do we get heart disease and clogged arteries?

The answer lies in the second Critical Conclusion:

Carbohydrates do (cause heart disease), because of their effect on the hormone insulin. The more easily-digestible and refined the carbohydrates and the more fructose they contain, the greater the effect on our health, weight, and well-being.

This critical conclusion will be posted next.

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