Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ditch the North American Diet and Climb Out of the Fat Trap

We are a fat folk, myself included.  One out of three of us are overweight and one out of five are obese.  And boy do we love to eat.  Trouble is we have no idea how to go about eating in a healthy manner.  We jam out gullets full with fat, sugar, and salt, while thinking about eating a balanced diet. Unfortunately, the balance is out of whack and the scale is telling us that we need to make a change.

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The typical North American diet is high in carbohydrate, fat, salt, and processed food.  Add in a sedentary lifestyle and we get a recipe for an obesity epidemic.

For years now, we've been told to decrease our fat intake and to make sure that we ate a diet rich in carbohydrates, especially the whole wheat variety.  During this time, however, the incidence of Type II diabetes tripled. 

From a public health perspective this turn of events is an unmitigated disaster.  As a result of lifestyle choices, millions of people have effectively had their lives shortened, and millions more will predictably fall into some form of dementia since those with Diabetes are twice as likely to fall prey to Alzheimer's disease.

As the population continues to age, the cost of health care will skyrocket.  So much so, it will throw into doubt America's capacity to take care of its enfeebled population while maintaining the world's largest and most expensive military machine.

The situation begs the question, how could the professional health care community in North America collectively make such a monumental error with regard to something as basic as providing sound advice on nutrition.  After all, the medical community is made up of people that are academically gifted, out best and brightest.

As we could expect, the mainstream medical community was bought off, either outright, as is the case with the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association that still recommend (I just checked their websites) that people eat cereal products as long as the products contain whole wheat, even though whole wheat bread, for example, has a higher glycemic rating than Skittles candy, or indirectly by way of the silence of those in the medical community who do not speak out against such dubious health advice, whose silence is perfectly aligned with the wishes of the food industry and Big Pharma.

Fortunately, the mounting evidence about the devastation brought on by a high carbohydrate diet has been revealed.  I highly recommend, if you haven't done so, to watch Dr. Robert Lustig's highly influential video (more than 4 million views),
Sugar: The Bitter Truth, and pick up a copy of the best selling books, Wheat Belly, by Dr. William Davis, and Grain Brain, by Dr. David Perlmutter.

In short, if you want to drop the pounds, drop starch and added sugar from your diet, prepare your meals from scratch, and over the course of the day, walk more than 10,000 steps.

I made these simple changes to my life about three months ago, and to date I have lost thirty pounds.

Let's face it, the food industry, Big Pharma, the mainstream medical community, and the US government conspired to turn America into one huge fat farm.  They were hugely (pardon the pun) successful, but the tide has turned as more and more people are cutting fast carbs from their diet for health reasons.

Join with me to say good-bye to your fat ass and let the slim you see the light of day.


  1. It's not about temporary fad diets. It's about adopting healthy and sustainable eating habits.

  2. Agreed. Cutting out starch and sugar and getting your carbs by eating complex carbs, fruits, vegetables, and legumes, is entirely sustainable. As it turns out, trying to replace fat by carbs, especially by simple carbs made from refined flour, has turned out to be an unmitigated disaster. Just take a look on the rise of obesity and the corelated rise in type II diabetes. Probably, the simplest way to eat healthy is to ditch the North American way of eating and adopt the mediterean way of eating.

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