Monday, December 20, 2010

Insulin and the diet of our ancestors.

In our distant past, our ancestors were meat eaters and only on occasion would take raw fruit, vegetables, or nuts from a live plant and consume it instead of meat. The refining of grains into breads was a far later discovery of man and let's face it, it was a man-made invention which we wouldn't naturally consume.

If you have ever had a family member or friend with Diabetes, you can tell just how terrible that disease can be. Diabetes can be a predisposing factor for blindness, higher blood pressure levels, kidney failure and in turn fluid retention, and even heart disease. Let's not forget the non healing wounds that occur as a result of diabetes.

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Type 2 diabetes has been on the rise for years and why? Because our diets became dependent on man-made foods, yes, I mean bread. I mean eating lots of carbohydrates that humanity did not initially consume.

Why is this connected? When you consume a carbohydrate it quickly converts to blood glucose, which is sugar. To counteract the damage glucose will do if consumed in too high of an amount, insulin is released much like an antiserum although it does play a role in metabolism beyond that. When insulin is released far too often in far too great of an amount by the Pancreas, the organ which releases it, there are problems with insulin resistance. The body naturally finds a work around for the antiserum.When that happens the body is damaged by the excess glucose which is, in fact, diabetes.

So, just how often were our ancestors forced to consume carbohydrates? Hardly ever! They ate meats, and they did without sometimes. However they did not eat a lot of carbohydrates. Therefore there was less insulin release, and less metabolic issues to be had.

Now why exactly would we harm ourselves by eating a high carbohydrate diet? Because it is quicker? Easier? It is time to make the change that your body need to live healthy and prevent aging. Eat more meat and less carbs, listen to your ancestors, and enjoy life!

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

How do you get through the holidays while eating right?

Thanksgiving is over and you overate the mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, and cranberry sauce. The holidays are tough for everyone when it comes to dieting so don't sweat. Remember a diet is not a temporary solution but a lifestyle change. Think of it this way if you don't change your lifestyle then you will be stuck forever worrying about weight issues. You will age faster too, and your muscle mass will suffer.

So how do we overcome these problems on the holidays when the stockings are waiting to be filled with candy and family dinners are at their most unhealthy? The answer is really simple, but it might sound especially strange if you aren't used to thinking out of the box in this particular area. So here are 5 simple steps to minimize the damage from Christmas and New years, and next year take it a bit easier on yourself for Thanksgiving also.

1.) Fill yourself with more of the Turkey, Goose, Ham, or whatever your prime meat source is. Don't worry there is more than enough!

2.) Stuff your stockings full of exotic jerky instead of eating candy. What better time to try something new than Christmas.

3.) Consider having a pre-dinner meal packed with protein and only eat the minimal amount of bad food at the table. It makes you look like less of a heavy eater while keeping meat at the forefront of your diet.

4.) Take all of the days between the actual holidays to push your workouts just a little further. You might consume a ton of calories on the holidays but you can definitely make the difference with almost a month of off-holiday time. Take a brisk walk around a neighborhood with nice Christmas lights, just be careful of the drivers.

5.) Use some weight machines, go find a gym and get some muscle tone. With all of this protein you can tone up your body and make it look even better.

Start the new year looking great and keep it! Remember it is a lifestyle change not a temporary fix.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

The wrong way to build muscle: glycogen loading

In the early 80s the muscle building craze grew as people fought to lose fat and gain lean muscle. It was not long after that many sought to exploit the most widely accepted weight loss methods combined with fat-stripped protein sources. Not long after this the fitness industry was in the hands of the special interest groups trying to crusade against fats and by that the meat industry. Suddenly this was a typical misunderstanding in the muscle mags and also the fitness ones. It was from here that anti-fat journalism was becoming the quickest health writing craze of the century, because all of these were joining forces to compliment each other.

In the long term this spawned an era of absolute confusion on the truths of nutrition. The writers who were young and naive were completely separated from the medical establishment which had already preconceived a bias which the writers in good intent followed. Much like the greater populace existing today they had no idea that they were simply reinforcing an extremely biased academia.

From here there was a huge outcry from the next generation of gym goers to consume carbohydrate rich diets. This movement sprang forth a large number of industries supporting this way of thinking, carbohydrate rich food sources. Ignorant of the damage they could do, the manufacturers pressed the bar on how high they could permit their foods to be in carbohydrate percentages.

It was never pointed out that a number of problems arose from initial experimentation on glycogen loading. Issekutz discovered and mentioned this first in 1970 reporting that for a muscle’s resting glycogen content to be a part of performing long-term heavy exercise is a theory not backed up by solid science. Ironically even now this is not mentioned by even PhD supporters of glycogen loading. Issekutz’s analysis solidified, that there is a minute difference when it comes to those with low levels of glycogen and those with. The high carb diet had little to do with the effects of experiments pertaining to this.

This was a time when science believed that all of the muscle contraction of a human body was fueled by carb intake. The ironic thing is that even the heart has been proven to prefer fats as fuel. We know that if the heart does not have enough blood flow then there is in fact an anemic effect. Therefore the body requires fats for energy, and the discovery of fatty acids was an important stride as well.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Vegetarianism, is it a good idea of bad idea?

Vegetarianism, the diet of eating only plants and fasting on a regular basis has been the subject of a lot of research over the years. It holds one of the biggest groups of zealots the world over and is probably one of the most unnatural diets for the homosapien (H.Sapien) to consume. The fact is if you look at our dietary history throughout time you find that mankind has always been a hunter/gatherer. We are not people who need vegetables but I too felt we did at a time.

There were three years of my life dedicated to fasting, eating vegetables and fruits, all in hopes of being healthier. Over time the lack of animal protein robbed me of my muscle mass bringing me to the state of a living skeleton. It was a scary time for me, being a person who since the age of just 12 years old was fighting for his life to become stronger and healthier. When your body is robbed of its muscle mass you simply do not feel at the top of your game so to speak. This isn't what the H.Sapien was meant to live life like.

The human being is a proven hunter gatherer and grains were not processed until far later in life. This is something many people fail to take into account. We have metabolic heredity and because of such we must follow the needs of our bodies. This means eating meat, not eating like some herbivore grazing in a field, there is a reason they are usually slow moving quadrupeds and not fast moving bipeds. There is also a reason we have canine teeth and the metabolic capability to process meats. In fact we only use about 10% of our ability to process acids produced from meats.

Now I am not suggesting taking fruits or vegetables out of your diet by any means, but make it the smaller portion of your overall diet and you will return to the true natural way to eat. That means don't fall for things like the net carb scam, or thing that claim that diets rich in fats are bad for you. Read my books on these hoaxes at: bye bye carbs

Now enjoy living well as you were meant to!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

All metabolisms are pretty similar after all.

There aren't large differences in metabolic rates.

Sorry to break it to those of you who feel they are just victims of circumstance and no level of working out and eating right will help them.

People try diet after diet with absolute failure. There is a striking pattern of how this occurs, it is always the same actually. The first couple of weeks are water weight loss but people seem to think they are losing body fat. After this the weight loss slows down immensely and sometimes even stops altogether. They believe because of this that there are people with far faster metabolisms and can eat and not exercise with no penalty.

Unfortunately the truth is, nobody loses weight that much faster for absolutely no reason. The reason a person is overweight or obese is due to lifestyle.

The reason I can state this without question is because there has been a lot of research recently regarding this. Most of which revolve around something called the doubly-labeled water technique and a calorimeter.

Doubly-labeled water is a heavy isotope of water which subjects drink, and only weeks later, measurements of the amount of isotope remaining in the body provides an extremely accurate measure of the body’s calorie burn over the previous weeks.

The calorimeter is a full sized lab which facilitates the precise measurement of nutritional intake and calorie burn. Using both techniques, weight loss studies have changed drastically and research was completely undone regarding metabolic studies.

This research is backed by over 100 years of study and yet it is constantly in question because many do not do their own due-diligence.

Here are two sample studies:
 One comes from the USDA and the other from the New England Journal of Medicine in December, 1992.

The USDA found that scientists had recorded the caloric metabolism of over 100 subjects from the department calorimeter. The tests “found there was no metabolic magic,” said Dr. Paul Moe, research leader in the Energy and Protein Nutrition Laboratory. “We’ve yet to see any evidence that there is any difference in people’s efficiency in the way food is metabolized.”

He said, “Sorry folks, there is no free lunch.” and that is about right. We have to understand that this is a law of humanity. You will not lose large sums of weight overnight. People get the wrong idea and fall victim to false hope time and time again. Just remember it does take a long time and in the end it is worth it, so persist with all of your might.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Cholesterol and the carb-loving agenda

Cholesterol is always the reasoning for the low fat/high carb diet

In all low carb diets there is always the concern for cholesterol, people are always worried about blood fat. It is the consensus of the American medical establishment that high fat and heart disease are directly related. There is always an assumption that low carb diets are high fat by default and a risk for heart disease. The number of studies showing there is not a relationship between high cholesterol levels and heart disease is immense, however there is no attention given to it.

The fact is, there is a lot of research that suggests high body fat levels cause heart disease. The root cause of high body fat levels is extensive carbohydrate consumption. Have you ever questioned why metabolic syndrome is often connected with three big things: Diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. High glucose is a well known cause of type two diabetes associated with metabolic syndrome and we know it effects the kidneys and the rest of the body including the circulatory system. We haven't increased fat significantly in our diets in society, we have all but cut it out. So why is metabolic syndrome increasing significantly? One could argue genetics, diet, or a bit of both.

I will leave you to decide which one you will pick as the real culprit, but just keep in mind how little fat we eat these days when you do. At this point I would allow the process of elimination to take course. Got it yet?

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Why is diabetes so common now?

This is a really scary day in age where diabetes is on such a rapid rise that some speculate half the US population might end up with it in 10 years or so. Now the truth is, we are completely to blame and the fact is we can actually reverse course.

So what do they speculate causes diabetes exactly? Well it depends strongly on which type of course, but we are referring to type 2 which is an acquired form. Genetics doubtlessly play a huge part in whether or not you will ever get diabetes. The real issue is that genetics play a role in the sense that they multiply your chances of getting it earlier, however most people are somewhat vulnerable. What we need to do in order to change our fate is to change the way we live. People drink several sugar sodas a day and then eat a hamburger and fries for meals, or heaping plates of pasta.

What do you think those food and drink items are?

Those are fast converting blood glucose sources, very large amounts of them in fact. People eat and drink this way all throughout the day and the pancreas keeps releasing insulin to match the blood glucose levels. Over time the body gets used to having this insulin released and builds a tolerance as to any substance. Unfortunate at this point the glucose is no longer metabolized fully and damages the body.

This quickly effects the kidneys and circulatory system. Once this occurs things such as slow wound healing, higher blood pressure levels, and so many other symptoms can occur from what it is doing to the body.

Now we have found that working out assists people in reversing the condition, however nothing so much as weight loss in general. There is a double edged method to doing this and controlling blood sugar and that is the low carbohydrate diet. It can be one of the best weapons in preventing a potentially fatal disease.

Eating lower carbohydrates will lower the glucose in the blood and make it less likely for insulin resistance to occur. It will cut body fat significantly which is also a factor. There is no doubt that this is a right move for anyone looking to change their life and get on a healthy path.

Don't become a statistic in 10 years, be the exception instead.

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