The Skinny--the food we eat matters we need less junk; more fruits and vegetables
Posted Apr 14 2009 12:00am
Juice Plus+® is recommended for those who don't get enough fruits and vegetables in their diet.
My first thought when I read a similar headline was "duh!", but the concept actually warrents further consideration.
Every few months, a new study purports to prove that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie, and that the only way to lose weight is to burn more than you take in.
But veteran dieters know something that some researchers apparently don't: Certain foods seem to fuel the appetite like pouring gasoline on a fire. Some people find that once they start eating bread, cookies, chocolate, potato chips -- or leftover Easter candy -- they lose all sense of fullness and find it difficult to stop.
That's the concept behind "The Skinny," a new book by Louis J. Aronne, longtime director of the Comprehensive Weight Loss Program at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He makes the best case yet why what you eat and when you eat it can make a big difference in appetite, satiety and how much willpower it takes to cut down. "It's true that a calorie is a calorie," Dr. Aronne says. "But what that doesn't take into account is how some calories affect what people eat later on."`
After 23 years of treating patients -- some of it espousing liquid diets -- Dr. Aronne has concluded that refined carbohydrates and foods with high sugar and fat content promote what he calls "fullness resistance." They interfere with the complex hormonal messages the body usually sends to the brain to signal that it's time to stop eating. People feel hungrier instead.
This happens in part because refined carbohydrates raise blood-sugar levels, setting up an insulin surge that drives blood sugar down again, causing rebound hunger. That insulin spike also interferes with leptin, the hormone secreted by fat cells that should tell the body to stop eating. Obese people have loads of leptin, but it either doesn't get to the brain, or the brain becomes resistant to it. "This is not a failure of willpower, it's a physical mechanism," Dr. Aronne writes. The body also becomes resistant to insulin, setting the stage for diabetes.
Other researchers have described similar phenomena. An article in this month's Medical Hypothesis argues that for some people, refined foods with high sugar and carbohydrate content can be just as addictive as tobacco and alcohol.
Dr. Aronne, the author of "The Skinny" is the new diet book guru and his points are 100% right. The only thing that I have to add is this, in my book, The Vice Busting Diet, I was the first and only diet book guru so far to equate the addictions that many of us have to foods to those of alcoholism, drug and tabacco addiction. NEVER would we tempt an addict to attempt to have "just a few" or "a little won't hurt" of their vices yet every diet book ever printed (other than mine!) tries to tell the obese and overweight individual to try to consume their vice foods in moderation. Even diet pills are thrown out there as a solution, but are only dangerous.
Well, if we could control them in moderation,they wouldn't be vices or addictions would they? We can't eat high sugar, fat and carb filled foods in moderation and expect to ward off the inevitable binge that follows.
To end obesity we must control our carbs by eating a diet filled with raw fresh fruits and vegetables, we must avoid fast foods and other overly processed "convienience" foods, we should avoid high fructose corn syrup laced beverages, (and crystaline fructose counts!), sugar filled drinks and alcohol; chosing instead to drink water! An finally we need to eliminate fatty meats opting for lean protein sources such as fish, chicken, nuts, beans, legumes, etc.
In a perfect world, every man, woman and child would get daily exercise or movement--we used to call it playing and fun! Now it's physical labor or "exercise"! We have to move our bodies to maintain ideal health. We should eat whole food plant based diets and yes, every person should take Juice Plus+ to ensure they are giving their bodies the nutrients that they need for optimal health.