Posted by: Dr. Jamey Dyson | June 16, 2011

Exercise and Weight Loss

This week’s white board is all about exercise and weight loss.  I’ve been reading Gary Taubes’ latest book “Why We Get Fat” and it has been excellent.  I highly recommend this book for everyone who wants to change their beliefs about food.

He tears into the current beliefs, that obesity is caused by overeating and under-exercising, and lays out the scientific facts with excellent clarity and logic.  He knows how to weed his way through good science and bad science to uncover the simple, yet powerful truth.   To summarize the book – carbohydrate toxicity is the ultimate cause of obesity and is strongly linked to all of the big killers like heart disease, cancer and stroke.  If you want to lose weight and live longer, then you must cut out the toxic carbs.

Trying to lose weight by focusing on cutting calories and exercising more has proven to be a dead-end failure zone for most people.  Anyone who is successful at long-term weight loss can only get there successfully by cutting the fattening carbs in their diet, not necessarily the total calories.  This is crucial to understand!  It’s not the number of calories that we eat, it’s the type of calories that really matters.  Carbohydrate = Bad Calories.  Protein & Fat = Good Calories.  We need to count carbs, not calories.

Did you know that there is not an essential carbohydrate?  That’s right, there are essential proteins and essential fats, but no essential carbs.   What does this mean?  Believe it or not, it means we do not need carbs to live, nor do we need carbs to thrive.  All we really need is protein, fat, veggies, and water.  What did Forest Gump say … “Simple is as simple does”?

We need to move toward a low carb diet as individuals and as a nation if we are going to have any hope of fixing the rising obesity and chronic illness epidemic.  Things will eventually change out of economic necessity.  We can no longer afford the rising cost of treating chronic illness that is being caused by eating fattening carbohydrates.

Are you ready to make the change and cut out the fattening carbs?  The only thing you have to lose is a worse, shorter life.  I dare you!

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