I laugh at all these docs and dietitians full of regurgitating advice from the school books sponsored by big food companies and big phama.
Do you people think they don’t know the crap they are pushing is killing people softly? They know! In fact I would not be surprised if it was on purpose. They seem to come up with drugs constantly in an attempt to keep population alive longer and sicker so they can keep buying the same crap that got them sick in the first place. This is not a joke!
People can fight this by grabbing a hold of themselves and killing the machine by not buying their junk. If a doctors first response is to put you on fist full of pills and ask you to come back later to see if you have side effects, run! They are not doctors! Any monkey can trust big pharma and dish out drugs according to whatever symptom you may exhibit. People need to be proactive and question everything!
And yes.. the crap tastes so good.. how can you not eat it.. right? Get a hold of yourself! It is your freaking responsibility to stay alive and you yourselves are the only ones with control over your quality of life. This whole idea that well it’s not cheap to eat well is such a lie!
I bet you this! Some of you reading this are doinnit or know people who are eating fast food and other crap foods out and about all day long starting with their starbucks mochas and what nots. I have yet to see anyone without a stove top in America. Freaking learn to make your own food! Oh it’s so hard right? A bunch of lazy people who would rather eat some package of crap b cause it says front and center it is good for them. Take charge! Find out why they claim it’s so good. If you aren’t improving, something is wrong! Find out!
Learn what you could change from many sources unrelated to FDA and the big industry! Why? They are all liars and their only objective is to fool the mass for profit! That is capitalism! This is not Utopia where everyone means well and does well. They all hide behind what is accepted to prevent they are trying to do well. Eventually they will come out and say -We’re sorry, we didn’t know sugar in 80 forms in everything was killing you. Just like they did with tobacco.
They know! And they are terrified! People like me have figured it out! They engineer every piece of food out there now. They have virtually managed to control everything you put in uou mouth and they are controlling you with it because it is highly addictive and that is the only reason we are all fat and can’t seem to be able to stop. We are all addicts to the legal cocaine these corporations have been dealing for decades while manipulating guidelines as they pleased with heavy lobbying and with heavy bribes.
Get a hold of yourselves! Stop spending money of fats food thinking it’s convenient. It will rob you eventually of all quality of life and one day you will live to eat like some people I know. They ate themselves so far into disease and immobility that they cannot phantom to anything else but pleasuring themselves with food.
You can’t afford organic? Well don’t buy organic. At least buy greens and learn how to cook them to make them tasty. Eat eggs. Raise your own chicken if you are able. Eat more fish lik sardines, mackerel and salmon even if it is farmed. But most importantly eat greens with every meal. Lean how to quickly wash and sort leafy greens. Stop going to buffets and all you can eat pasta places. You are killing yourselves thinking you ar gettting a deal. They are the ones getting the deal! They are fattening you up into metabolic disease which will destroy your vital organs so they can prepare you for a lifetime of doctor visits, surgeries and pill taking.
It’s not hard even if your poor it’s all about getting off your butt and taking charge! Only YOU the people can force the machine to a halt! Only YOU, the people can make your life better! No new president or any new politician will make your life better. You have the power! Guess what would happen if overnight everyone in America would stop feeding their kids cereal and instead they would have 2 boiled eggs and some broccoli. They would stop producing the junk after a while and would go out of business after attempting some more clever advertising.
And to stop this rant…
Are you tired of feeling dead even though you’re still young? Are you tired of taking pills that are just aggravating your health and wallet?
Stop doing what you’ve been doing! You have the POWER!
Learn to love green stuff!
Eat no more than 9 ounces of meat a day spread over 2 or 3 meals.
Eat dark greens as often as you can!
Count carbs and sugar together and limit them to under 100 per day.
Incorporate farmed eggs of possible, macakarel, sardines and salmon into your diet. Squeeze some lemon on that fishy stuff and eat it! Even if it is farmed.
You may not afford salmon daily or weekly but trust me! you can get it! Just stop eating crap at Mc Donald’s.
Stay away from corn and grains. Grains aren’t that good for us and they are full of carbs and unless you are a runner, grains will just fatten you up!
You don’t need to exercise to start improving your health! One step at a time! First and most important fix your diet! The when you will see result you will want to start moving! I promise you!
Stop eating man man oils. Vegetable oils like corn, canola, soybean and others are just pure poison! Despite what they tell you those oils are horrible. Stick to Avocado oil for cooking at high heat or animal fat, and for salads and such use olive oil.
Don’t be afraid to eat some fat but strive to eat some sources of fat that do have Omega 3 fats not just Omega 6. And on this note, cows that eat grass for a living have far more Omega 3 fat than cows who are fed some formula of corn and grain with added growth factors and steroids. So you may not be able to afford grass fed often but once in a while it is good for you! And yeah you may not be able to buy fresh mackerel and sardines but you can buy them in olive oil or in water and they aren’t that expensive. Cheaper than a lot of burgers from your favorite food porn place.
Start getting involved! Stop listening blindly! Find out what is good fo you on your own! Else you will be taken advantage of by the food industry and pharmaceutical industry.
Tamar, great piece and would love to discuss further with you someday! First, a question: I recently read that there was a change to the BMI chart at some point in the last 10 or 20 years, so does this impact in any way the analysis as the number of people that are deemed obese now as compared to historically has changed? Second, it is troublesome that so many do want to fit this into a binary of carb or fat. I was just listening to the BBC Food podcast on the same issue yesterday. Eat more veg just doesn’t sound fun enough, I guess, though that’s what I spend my time teaching these days.
Such a thoughtful piece, Tamar. It rings true to my handling of my health in the last two years, including losing 70 pounds by doing A LOT OF THINGS including eating all the vegetables I wanted. :) Maybe I’ll tell you more about it sometime. xo
Tamar, great article! I totally agree that demonizing individual nutrients is not sound dietary advice. “Eat a moderate, diverse diet and get some exercise” won’t ever sell books or help food marketers to top into up-sell opportunities, but it is what makes sense.
I lost 70 lbs 344 > 274 simply by cutting out all sugar, except the occasional resistant starch, like a reheated small portion of pasta. No change in activity (except that now I am more active than I have been in 20 years, and am walking, mowing and biking) and all the meat and veggies I wanted, even no-sugar added ice cream. Lost almost two lbs a week and have kept it off.
See an endocrinologist and ask about jardiance, victoza if you are type ii diabetic, and about levothyroxin, and get your vitamin D checked.
BTW, you’ll be surprised at your dislike of sugar and starch after a while.
Great news, but when you say that there has been no change in activity, you then go on to describe A CHANGE IN ACTIVITY!
Cutting out sugar is significant in improving health, (along with cutting out salt, animal fats, and increasing fibre), but increasing activity, as you describe, is another significant way to improve your health.
We have always believed that nutritionists and science will find a way for us to eat all we want of everything we we love, and that all we needed was new fad diet guaranteeing that if we followed it fir a month or two we would lose all that fat we just gained. In my experience, the only thing that works is to eat a little of everything, the emphasis being on LITTLE. When I first came to this country, Americans weren’t fat, and McDonald’s was a fairly new concept in “dining”. I also remember the size of their prtions. A hamburger was about the size if what today is offered in a “happy meal” for a child. Restaurants are constantly offering larger and larger servings. Our insistence on double and triple deckers and super-sizing everything, always topped off with French fries and soft drinks is super-sizing our population, and I see no end to this trend.
Is there any supplement u can use to help in reducing my weight?
No there isn’t
Yes. You can supplement your diet with more vegetables that are low in starches. I recommend the conventionally grown GMO kind:they’re cheaper.
Interesting article. But I don’t think anyone is close to knowing the answer to the problem we have of being fat.
Advice like Michael Pollan’s to “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants” is silly. There’s no meat in that advice, only fluff. It’s like saying the way to promote peace is to “Make love, not war.” It’s a little more complicated than that. People have tried diets like Michael Pollan suggests, and they don’t work any better than any other diets.
Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative suffers from the same problem. She and the people who work for her don’t have any real answers. To give them credit for decreases in childhood fatness strains credibility. That’s all political, not scientific.
Some science suggests that our body’s microbes might have a big effect making us fatter as a nation. Others suggest genetics or epigenetics. But what seems increasingly clear is that this problem is not due to some simple cause — like too much sugar — that can be solved by some simple solution — like a tax on a soda. Clearly, the problem of us getting fat is a complex one that no one has shown a good solution to.
No, it’s not complicated at all… just burn more calories than you take in. If you do that, you won’t be fat. There’s absolutley no disputing that. People are just lazy and stupid, simple as that.
OK, John. Here’s my challenge to you. I am a genetic heritage fat person. But I’ve been thin for five years now. My daily intake is 600-800 calories per day. Why don’t *you* restrict your intake to that amount for, let’s say, a month. Then tell me how you liked that. Contact me through FaceBook.
I have to question some of the statistics used in this report.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans website shows that fat and saturated fat consumption is close to the recommended target.
Americans eat a little more fat and a little less oil than recommended, but the overall amount of fat (oil is fat) seems to be as recommended – which is probably not 43%
Between 1970 and 2005 consumption of butter, whole milk, eggs, red meat, and animal fat all declined, as the USDA recommended.
In the same years consumption of vegetable oil, grains, flour, fish, fruit and vegetables all increased.
The major changes are threefold; an increase in carbohydrate from grains and flour (not necessarily sugar), a replacement of saturated fats from dairy and red meat with unsaturated fats from refined vegetable oils.
Carbohydrate from refined grains elevates blood sugar and insulin at least as much as sugar, while polyunsaturated fat from vegetable oils, consumed at levels never seen before in evolutionary history, is the precursor for eicosanoid and cannabinoid hormones that promote fat storage in animal models when combined with the amounts of sugar and glucose in the US diet.
The mistake was to eat less animal fat, and Nestle is disingenuous when she says that she didn’t see Snackwell cookies coming. The USDA actually put pressure on food manufacturers to create thousands of such low-fat products, as documented by Dr David Ludwig in the JAMA recently
“The US government advised the public to increase intake of carbohydrates (including 6 to 11 servings of grain products and additional potatoes) and consume all fats (including full-fat dairy, olive oil, nuts, avocado, and fatty fish) sparingly, as exemplified by the Food Guide Pyramid of 1992. To facilitate this change, the Healthy People 2000 goals included a call to the food industry to increase from 2500 items “to at least 5000 brand items the availability of processed food products that are reduced in fat.” The food industry followed suit, systematically replacing fat in food products with starch and sugar.”
The US government cannot pretend that this was not their intention, when the memos ordering these changes are available.
Populations can remain metabolically healthy on diets that are high in carbohydrates, but in all such cases carbohydrate foods are unrefined, all animal foods are eaten with their natural fats intact, and only traditionally available fats and sugars (lard, coconut oil, or olive oil; honey if available) are added.
This is not the pattern which dietary guidelines restricting fat and cholesterol encouraged.
I agree with your analysis, George. In addition, I would point out that primate obesity researchers use an American Heart Association-recommended diet to fatten monkeys for research purposes. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/20/health/20monkey.html
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