The Big FAT Lie

Written by Ray Gebauer

The Big FAT Lie

Over two thirds of Americans are over weight, and half of them are considered obese. Most ofrepparttar remaining third of Americans are concerned about becoming overweight! While we are obsessed with avoiding food that is high in fat, America hasrepparttar 131203 dubious distinction of its population havingrepparttar 131204 highest percentage of overweight people of any nation inrepparttar 131205 world! England is number two!

One ofrepparttar 131206 most common and harmful misunderstandings isrepparttar 131207 misinformation (lie) that we are fat because we eat too much fat. Though eating excess fat can contribute,repparttar 131208 primary culprit for excess body fat and many degenerative diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes is NOT eating foods high in fat, but eating too much carbohydrates and sugar, and especially in combination with fat, such as French Fries and corn or potato chips. People on a high carbohydrate and low fat diet tend to be more unhealthy, carry more excess body fat and don’t live as long.

Puttingrepparttar 131209 Brakes to Your Metabolism!

What creates excess body fat, more than anything else, is a high RATIO ofrepparttar 131210 carbohydrates to protein and fat, and especially certain types of carbohydrates that have a high conversion rate to fat. Whenrepparttar 131211 percentage of a meal (not just forrepparttar 131212 day) is higher in sugar or carbohydrates (a long chain of sugar molecules), much more of that food will be converted to fat instead of being burned as energy (calories). The effect of this is puttingrepparttar 131213 brakes on your metabolism, which results in lower energy and greater storage of fat. Obviously, this is NOT what you want!

Plus this sets up a vicious cycle of over eating. Oncerepparttar 131214 carbohydrates are converted to fat, you get a blood sugar drop, which makes you hungry for more carbohydrates. So you eat more to raise your blood sugar, andrepparttar 131215 whole vicious cycle repeats! Soon, you’ve gained weight, and feel even more like a failure.

According torepparttar 131216 Glycemic Research Institute, many ofrepparttar 131217 “fat-free” foods are much more fattening than they were beforerepparttar 131218 fat was removed, because sugar has been added (and often disguised) to compensate forrepparttar 131219 low fat!

This is because carbohydrates and sugar, and especially certain carbohydrates, stimulate insulin production. Insulin directs your body to convertrepparttar 131220 food to fat and store it as fat instead of just burning it as energy. To measure this fat conversion and storage effect, foods are rated by what is calledrepparttar 131221 glycemic index. The higherrepparttar 131222 index,repparttar 131223 higher percentage of that food andrepparttar 131224 other foods eaten with it, will be converted to fat, regardless ofrepparttar 131225 fat content ofrepparttar 131226 food.

So for an example, eating high glycemic foods like baked potato, rice cakes, corn flakes or cooked oatmeal which are low in fat, is more fattening than eating a juicy beef steak or a bowl of ice cream!

Losing Weight--Are You Really Ready For It?

Written by Oma Edoja

You've setrepparttar same goal every year now for as long as you can remember—to lose weight. You’ve dieted, exercised, done protein shakes and low carbs; you’ve even starved! But why doesn’t any of this seem to be working? Will you ever lose weight? As one who has foughtrepparttar 131202 weight loss battle and won, please permit me to advance one possible reason for your failure so far—could it be that you are not yet truly ready to do what weight loss takes?

Knowing what it takes is one thing; doing it is another. Why do some people succeed in life while others struggle and fail? Simply stated,repparttar 131203 successful know what to do, and do it. The strugglers don’t. This is true for weight loss too.

Doing what weight loss takes involves planning for weight loss. You must prepare your mind to do what it takes. Here are 4 things you must bear in mind to be prepared and win this fight:

(1)You need to have an inspiring reason to lose weight, one that inspires you to keep at it, despiterepparttar 131204 odds. My reason was my health. I have read ofrepparttar 131205 30+ medical conditions you could attract by remaining obese or over weight, and I want none of them, now or ever! I was also tired ofrepparttar 131206 fatigue and aching knee that being fat had brought me. This kept me working my goals. Today I am energetic, and my knee no longer aches! Added to that, I feel and look better than I have in years!

(2)You’ve got to prepare forrepparttar 131207 challenges ahead. There will be plenty, from start to finish! Weight loss is not going to be easy. Don’t kid yourself that it will. I’ve had to exercise when others were having fun. I’ve had to give up some foods and eat others I hardly ever used to. I’ve even had to give up certain company or activities because they “led me into temptation!” You know your weaknesses in this area. Make a list of them. Draw up a plan to prevent or handle each one. Ask God, family and friends to help you. Failing to plan is planning to fail. Plan your way. Follow through each day!

(3)You’ll need to make PERMANENT life-style changes. You can’t quit when you get “there”, or it’s back to where you came from! These changes include healthy eating (consuming fewer calories, less food, using healthy cooking methods) and healthy moving (burning more calories via regular exercise). There is NO other way to permanent weight loss without side effects. This way,repparttar 131208 natural way, also has a high long-term success rate. And exercise benefits you in many other ways besides weight loss.

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