Fat Is A Self-Inflicted Disease

Written by Virginia Bola, PsyD

I just came back from three days in Las Vegas. What an eye-opener!

The biggest, most lavish buffets inrepparttar world attractrepparttar 141177 biggest, most expansive people. "All you can eat" takes on a whole new meaning when you realize just how much some people can consume at a single sitting. Most remarkable wasrepparttar 141178 sight of a dutiful wife bringing a piled up platter torepparttar 141179 table for a husband who was obviously way too fat to stand in line on his own.

That picture was rather unusual in thatrepparttar 141180 wife was about normal weight. It seems that in most cases,repparttar 141181 woman isrepparttar 141182 humungous one, waddling throughrepparttar 141183 casino in her big-as-a-tent shorts, followed by a skinny, wiry guy who looks, at best, disinterested in life.

Of course, it is harder for women to lose weight, courtesy of nature's trick of a small frame coupled with sinister hormonal influences. But in our society, where pretty girls and sex sell everything, women tend to be so much more weight conscious.

Diet Fads: Supermarket Sheep

Written by Virginia Bola, PsyD

Eighteen or twenty years ago, I was into high protein, high fat, low carbohydrate diets, courtesy ofrepparttar original Atkins Diet Revolution and, to an even greater extent, Stillman's Quick Weight Loss Diet (which I must admit I still prefer to Atkins but that's merely personal taste). Atrepparttar 141176 time, every aisle was loaded with labels proclaiming Low Fat or Reduced Fat. I didn't care about fat and sought much different information. Unfortunately, low fat was "in" and I felt alone and abandoned.

With a certain sense of resentment, I tracked downrepparttar 141177 carbohydrate costs of a wide variety of food, keeping a sharp eye on ingredients, calorie levels, and nutritional values. Certain items were strangely emblazoned with banners announcing low fat: pasta sauce, potato chips, candy bars, and ice cream. I was puzzled: how could certain foods, full of fat to their very core, be low fat? How could allrepparttar 141178 fat be removed and there be anything left?

I became fascinated with certain labels. Have you ever, for example, readrepparttar 141179 labels on those flavored coffee creamers? Zero fat. Zero carbohydrates. Zero protein. Zero calories. How can anything we put in our mouths have zero calories? A negligible amount, maybe, but absolute zero? What is in that stuff? Or is it virtual food, existing only in our mind's eye as a kind of edible hologram?

Mercifully,repparttar 141180 low fat craze died its natural death. Atkins and similar regimens took over andrepparttar 141181 low fat labels were reprinted (corporate recycling at its finest) to read Low Carb. Suddenly, everywhere you looked, there were foods recast as low carb - again withrepparttar 141182 pasta sauce,repparttar 141183 potato chips,repparttar 141184 candy bars, andrepparttar 141185 ice cream.

I was curious. Hadrepparttar 141186 manufacturers taken out all those carbs and putrepparttar 141187 fat back in? Where did those carbs go? Are there vast dumpsites inrepparttar 141188 desert where unwanted carbs are buried - next to worn tires, plastic bags, and nuclear waste?

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