Friday, May 4, 2012

What Diets Do Doctors Advise To Lose Weight?

Here are some real examples of advice from doctors for how to lose weight.

1.  Count calories.  Old advice that has PROVEN itself to be ineffective at stopping the obesity epidemic.

2.  Count carbohydrates. Correct about the problem of insulin.  Incorrect about the solution (unless you think eating cheeseburgers without fries, the bun, or a shake/soft drink is going to be popular).

3.  Eat frequent small meals every day.  So scientists figured we evolved this ability to store fat to be able to go for periods of time without food...then we have doctors telling us to eat more often?  The power of placebo can be astonishing...for some.  No surprise this is not catching on.

4.  Low fat diet.  A very unsatisfying diet.  It was from eating a low fat diet that I discovered the appetite is not satisfied by simply filling up your stomach.  It also did not explain why there was suddenly an obesity epidemic.  It also did not help me lose weight.

5.  Vegetarian/vegan diet.  This is a diet for people who have an ethical problem with eating meat/animal products.  I don't feel there is anything wrong with eating this diet for that reason.  But vegetarians and vegans can certainly be overweight, so this is not the cure for obesity.  A person can still lose weight on a vegetarian/vegan diet if they allow themselves to eat until satisfied (oil, nuts, avocados and all) then give themselves many hours before eating again.

6.  Raw vegan/fruitarian diet.  This is a more extreme vegan diet for someone who wants to be hardcore.  It is clearly a fringe diet and is not going to appeal to most people.

The bottom line is that food prevents us from burning body fat.  Body fat is only burned between meals REGARDLESS of what foods you eat and only when insulin levels drop low enough.  Reducing insulin levels takes time after any meal.  PERIOD!

Where are the doctors explaining that?  Why aren't the doctors explaining that?  Until that is explained to people, we will continue to have an obesity epidemic and there will continue to be confusion about how to lose weight.

1 comment:

  1. I have read that for nearly everyone, unless you starved yourself, gains weight from the moment they have breakfast to the moment they had their last bite of dinner/supper. Essentially you always increase in weight from morning to night. The time you lose weight is during sleep. This is obviously the longest period you go without food and can explain the obesity crisis somewhat for people who don't get enough sleep (sleep = not hungry for long period of time because of the appetite suppressing hormones).