You Can't Out Exercise a Bad Diet

This week the British Journal of sports medicine released an article (you may have seen the reports on the news channels), ‘That lack of exercise is not the cause of the obesity epidemic’ it goes on to highlight the ‘interests of the food manufacturing industry in contributing to the belief that inactivity rather than poor nutrition is to blame for the obesity crisis.’

The report states ” ‘…members of the public are drowned by an unhelpful message about maintaining a “healthy weight” through calorie counting, and many still wrongly believe that obesity is entirely due to lack of exercise. This false perception is rooted in the Food Industry’s Public Relations machinery, which uses tactics chillingly similar to those of big tobacco.’

They go on to say that it’s over consumption of foods high in sugar and carbohydrate that causes obesity rather than laziness or inactivity!”

Losing fat is not as simple as just counting your calories. It’s the quality of Calories your eating that is important not just for losing fat but for your overall health and well-being. Eat a diet with good sources of protein, carbs and high in healthy fats…now THAT is simple….:) I don’t think it is a secret to anyone that the incidence of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer is higher than it has ever been. I’m sure at this point we can all agree that our diet and lifestyle directly contribute to this. Since 1980 In the UK alone the obesity level has risen 66%, which means two thirds of men, and women in the UK are obese. In the early 1980’s, about one in seven Americans were obese, and almost six million were diabetic. Fast forward to the early 2000s, when sugar consumption peaked due to the “low-fat” craze we went through, and one in every three Americans were obese—and14 million were diabetic.

“Sugar: The Bitter Truth”

On May 26, 2009, Robert Lustig gave a lecture called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” which was later posted to YouTube. The video has since received over 5.5m views. (If you don’t have a spare hour (!) watch the ‘skinny on obesity’ series, each programme around 5-10 minutes.) Lustig is a specialist on pediatric hormone disorders as well as a leading expert in childhood obesity at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, and takes a pretty hard stance against sugar, calling it a “toxin” or “poison.” He brings up a critical point in relationship to the calories in sugar. Lustig says, “It has nothing to do with the calories. It’s a poison by itself.” From his point of view, sugar should be thought of as something that is killing us, like cigarettes and alcohol. His argument implies that sugar is the likely dietary cause of several chronic diseases: heart disease, hypertension, and many common cancers. Based on Lustig’s information, our excessive consumption of sugar is the primary reason for the increase in numbers of obese and diabetic Americans in the last 30 years. Lustig argues that refined sugar (sucrose) and high fructose corn syrup(HFCS) are equally bad. Both do not provide us with any protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, or fiber.

Sugar’s Effect on the Body

Consuming sugar (fructose and glucose) has a large impact on our liver. Drinking sugar in a liquid form from fruit juice or fizzy drinks will have a greater negative impact on the liver than if you eat an apple. The liver also controls much of our body’s natural detoxification system. Because of the way our bodies metabolize fructose and high fructose corn syrup, eating these “toxins” may lead to fat build up in our livers. This fat accumulation could then lead to insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes). Insulin is the hormone secreted by the pancreas in response to the foods you eat (particularly carbohydrates) to keep blood sugar in control. Over time, your cells can become resistant to insulin causing the pancreas to pump out more and more insulin. At some point, the pancreas can no longer keep up and blood sugar becomes uncontrollable, which is then full-blown diabetes.

Move Towards Better Health

The first step in moving towards better health is to remove ALL high fructose corn syrup from your diet. Once you have done that, focus on eliminating calorie-filled, sugar-filled beverages. Instead, focus on eating nutrient-dense foods (protein, carbs, and healthy fats) and drinking more water.

Love your fitness, Love your food, love your body and cut down on the “toxic” substance sugar from your diet.

 




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