Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Rice Diet Solution

It is wonderful, if we chose the right diet, what an extraordinarily small quantity would suffice.

-- Mahatma Gandhi Are you frustrated with your war on weight? Have you tried any number of diets, lost weight, and then, in time, put the weight back on? Do you still want to lose weight but no longer believe that any diet will really work for you?

We know exactly how you feel. We also know that we have empowered many to lose weight and keep it off -- for good.

At the Rice Diet Program, we, a registered dietitian and a cardiologist, have helped thousands of Ricers (our affectionate name for the participants who come to our program) lose weight. Some come to lose 100 or 200 pounds. Others come to us for help losing 20 pounds they've put on since stopping a sport, having a baby, or entering middle age. The reasons people gain weight vary enormously, but the way they can lose weight and maintain their goal is actually quite simple: the Rice Diet Program.

The Rice Diet Program was established in Durham, North Carolina, over sixty years ago, and since that time the Rice Diet's results are well documented by extensive studies on hundreds of people, and impressive data on thousands. It is the most medically sound program for weight reduction, and the fastest. So whether you want to lose 10 pounds or 200, the Rice Diet will show you how to lose weight safely and quickly. The Diet will also cleanse and detox your body, ridding it of excess sodium, water weight, and other toxins from both processed foods and the environment.

Here's how it works:

• As a low-sodium diet, the Rice Diet dramatically limits salt and all other sodium-rich ingredients. Salt, likerefined sugar, is an appetite stimulant. Since you will be eating mostly fresh, whole foods and dramatically reducing processed foods, you will sharply reduce your major sources of sodium (salt). Without this extra sodium, you lose not only water weight but weight associated with overeating. Ricers often say that salt works like sugar to trigger overeating; with so little salt, they rid themselves of yet another trigger that stimulates eating!

• As a low-fat diet, the Rice Diet limits saturated fats and instead relies upon carbohydrates as the main source of food. You will be eating a lot of fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans -- all whole foods that contain a lot of fiber. This high fiber cleanses your body and fills you up so you feel full more quickly with less food and calories.

• People feel satiated, rarely hungry, and lose weight faster than any other whole-food diet because they easily limit calories. It's a challenge to eat 1,500 calories on this diet.

The result? You lose weight -- fast and safely.

Though the rapidity of your weight loss depends on your age, sex, initial weight, and ability to exercise, men lose an average of 30 pounds and women an average of 19 pounds in the first four weeks. Over a period of months, a weight loss of 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 pounds per week (or 1/3 to 1/2 pound per day) is very doable. You will lose even more by gradually increasing your amount of exercise. It is very common for Ricers to lose several pounds per week. One Ricer lost over a pound a day, for a total of 217 pounds in less than seven months. As S.S. said, "In 1980, while in residence in Durham for ten months, I lost 150 pounds under the supervision of the Rice Diet staff. Here it is fifteen years later. I have maintained my weight at 115 pounds all these years. It is the hardest thing that I have ever done. My life began again when I lost the weight. This is not to say that you don't have problems when you're fat; it's an illness that shows on the outside. It's all consuming and distracts you from the real problem -- you. I can't hold my fat accountable anymore, but I wouldn't have it any other way."

Another young man told us, "My great-grandfather came to the Rice Diet Program in the 1940s to lose weight after a heart attack, so I always knew about the place. I had gotten to the point where I was embarrassed to go out with friends because I was always the largest one there and felt uncomfortable. I knew that if I did not do something about it then, that it would only get worse and I would not end up living the long, healthy life that everyone desires. When I arrived at the 'Rice House' [the popular nickname for the Program's home base] on May 9, 2000, I was twenty-one years old, had a size 56 waist, wore a size 6X shirt, and weighed 359 pounds. Now, August 1, 2001, I am twenty-two years old, I have a size 36 waist, wear a size Large or XL shirt, and weigh an incredible 215 pounds. I cannot say enough good things about the Rice Diet. People and places come into your life for a reason; this place came into my life for reasons that I will continue to discover throughout the long life it has given me back."

One of the unique and ingenious truths of the Rice Diet is that you can tailor it to your needs. We have designed three phases of the diet: Phase One focuses on cleansing your body to ready it for true, lasting weight loss; Phase Two guides you to lose the weight; and Phase Three shows you how to maintain your weight loss. We give you the guidelines and the portion sizes; and then you decide on how you want to do the three phases in order to reach your weight loss goals. You are also free to eat any food you want -- presuming that it does not cause you health problems. You are able to select from all the food groups: grains, legumes (beans), vegetables, fish and meats, dairy, and fats (preferably olive oil).

There are three other keys to making the Rice Diet work for you: becoming a mindful eater by learning about nutrition, relaxing and making time for yourself through exercise and other mindful activities, and by creating support in your community. When Ricers put these pieces of the weight loss puzzle into place, they are pretty much guaranteed to lose the weight they desire and maintain their weight loss. Our results are the best we've seen for long-term success: 43 percent of our participants maintained their weight loss, or lost even more, after six years back home!

Within days of starting the Rice Diet, you will feel remarkably better: more clearheaded, more energetic, more at peace with yourself. You will know that the Diet is working for you not just because you are losing weight, but because you suddenly feel unburdened from living -- and eating -- in a way that hasn't worked for you. This is when something magical happens: When you are freed from the grip of processed food's excess fat, sodium, and sugar, your weight loss inspires you to explore your "inner healing" tools that heal at the root level, and you discover that you truly have the power to actualize your goal weight, as well as other lifelong dreams.

We have watched these transformations again and again with Ricers at the program. When people finally learn to control their eating and achieve lasting weight loss, they do so with the understanding that they can choose to think differently -- and more positively -- about their bodies. And as a result they begin to expect more from their futures than they ever realized was possible. This is a diet that has the simplicity and the scientific support to give you the tools to cleanse your body of toxins, lose weight in the short- and long-term, and give you the power to actualize all your lifelong dreams. It is this combination that can lead you to change your life. Now what's stopping you from becoming a Ricer?

Copyright © 2006 by Rice Diet Publishing and Production LLC
Excerpted from:

The Rice Diet Solution: The World-Famous Low-Sodium, Good-Carb, Detox Diet for Quick and Lasting Weight Loss by Kitty Gurkin Rosati, Robert Rosati
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Synopsis

Can you really lose twenty pounds in a month? Will you really keep it off this time? With The Rice Diet Solution, you will! The Rice Diet Program has been helping dieters successfully lose weight since 1939. Now in book form, this world-renowned weight-loss method can help you change the way you eat forever.

The Rice Diet Program in Durham, North Carolina, was one of the first medical facilities in America to use diet as the primary way to treat disease. On this high-complex-carb, low-fat, and low-sodium whole-foods diet, "Ricers" lose weight faster, more safely, and more effectively than people on any other diet. Men lose on average twenty-eight to thirty pounds and women on average nineteen to twenty pounds per month! The Rice Diet also detoxes your body, ridding it of excess water weight and toxins from processed foods and the environment. The program's results have been documented by extensive studies and confirmed by thousands of people who report amazing weight loss, as well as immediate improve-ment in such conditions as heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension. After all the other diets out there have failed them, people find that the Rice Diet is the one that finally works -- for good.

Here's how it works: The Rice Diet strictly limits salt and sodium-rich ingredients. Salt, like refined sugar, is an appetite stimulant, so when you reduce salt intake, you lose water weight and are less inclined to overeat. The Rice Diet also limits saturated fats and instead relies on carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans) as the main source of nutrition. The fiber cleanses your system and satisfies you so you feel full quickly. The Rice Diet makes iteasy to limit calories; when you're eating foods that truly satisfy your hunger, it's a challenge to eat 1,500 calories per day!

To make it easy to follow the program, The Rice Diet Solution includes hundreds of tasty, filling, easy-to-prepare recipes -- some from the Rice House kitchen, others inspired by major chefs and adapted to Rice Diet standards.

The Rice Diet is not just an eating plan. It's a physical, emotional, and spiritual program that will change the way you live, giving you new vitality, energy, and longevity. Ricers report that the Rice Diet not only helps them solve weight problems they've struggled with their whole lives but also teaches them a whole new way of healthier, more mindful living.

Whether you want to lose twenty pounds or two hundred, the Rice Diet can help you do it -- finally and forever.

WHAT MAKES THE RICE DIET SOLUTION THE LAST DIET BOOK YOU'LL EVER NEED?

SOLID TRACK RECORD: Turning out success stories since 1939, the Rice Diet Program is the original, most effective diet to use nutrition to achieve not only safe and rapid weight loss but also the prevention and reversal of chronic disease. On this low-sodium, low-fat, detox diet, you'll enjoy a delicious variety of satisfying foods, including whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, dairy, seafood, and lean meats. You will never feel hungry!

RAPID WEIGHT LOSS: The average "Ricer" loses up to thirty pounds in the first month!

LONG-TERM SUCCESS: 63 percent of people who have lost weight on the Rice Diet report weighing the same or less one year later.

MEDICALLY SOUND: The Rice Diet Program is run by Duke University-trained M.D.s (a cardiologist and an endocrinologist) with more than thirty years of medical experience using diet as the primary treatment for long-term weight loss and disease reversal.

SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN: Numerous scientific publications, including the American Journal of Medicine, have documented the diet's dramatic effects on such life-threatening illnesses as congestive heart failure and heart disease and its risk factors: diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity.

HOLISTIC APPROACH: The Rice Diet Solution helps you examine root causes of health issues and empowers you to create the life you really desire. With practical, easy-to-follow instructions, you can personalize your own practice by integrating meditation, yoga, journalizing, and even quantum physics.

THE INSIDE SCOOP: A stay at the Rice Diet Program in Durham, North Carolina, costs participants thousands of dollars. Now, for just the cost of this book, you can have all the tips, recipes, and advice you'll need to lose that weight and keep it off -- for good!

Ten percent of the net sales of this book will be donated to educational and charitable causes that promote health and healing.



Monday, February 16, 2009

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Find the "best you" with a little special help

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Join the Slow Burn Fitness Revolution!


The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution
by Fredrick Hahn, Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades

In The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution, authors of the three-million-copy bestseller Protein Power team up with leading fitness expert Fred Hahn to revolutionize the way America gets strong, lean, and healthy. The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution lays out the accumulating body of scientific evidence that shows the spend-hours-in-the-gym approach to exercise is over. The Slow Burn exercise routine gives great results in just 30 minutes a week. With Slow Burn, you will:

*Get strong fast
*Increase bone density and ward off osteoporosis
*Improve cardiovascular health
*Enhance flexibility
*Say goodbye to lower back pain
*Increase your metabolism, and
*Make your body a powerful fat-burning machine

Slow Burn promises a leaner, fitter, stronger you with a realistic workout that lets you have a great body and a life!

Read an excerpt:

Chapter 1

The Exercise Myths


I get my exercise acting as a pallbearer for my friends who exercise.
-Chauncy Depew (American politician, died at age 94)

Three common myths about exercise pervade our culture today: any physical activity is exercise; all exercise is good for you; and being fitter means being healthier. As myths so often do, these three have taken on the mantle of absolute truth. A measure of the depth to which they have penetrated our collective consciousness is the way most people react to their even being called myths. Be honest. Weren't you just a little shocked when you read those initial statements? Sure you were--because if these are truly myths, then the implication is that exercise is not necessarily good for you. It would mean that the golf or tennis or roller-blading you've been doing isn't necessarily exercise, or that being fitter doesn't automatically make you healthier. And that's impossible . . . isn't it?

No. Simply put, some forms of exercise are good; some are not so good. And, as we'll explain, some can be downright dangerous to your long-term (and even to your short-term) health. Moreover, some activities that most of us would consider to be exercise don't give us nearly as much bang for our fitness buck as we've been led to believe: walking, for example. How can this be? The confusion arises out of common misconceptions about exactly what exercise is and what it isn't.

Many examples of what people consider exercise are in reality pleasurable leisure pursuits. That probably seems to be a nitpicky point, but it really isn't. Golf, softball, basketball, tennis, skiing, racquetball, and other sportsactivities are just that: sports. Games. Fun. There are undoubtedly some fitness benefits associated with these activities, but not as many as you might think. And--here's the kicker--these benefits come at what risk? Even golf, that most gentle of sports, sends its devotees to emergency rooms, physical therapists, orthopedists, and chiropractors in droves with hurt backs, twisted ankles, and injured shoulders. The other activities are even worse.

And what about the hard-core "getting-in-shape" endeavors--jogging, aerobics, roller-blading, cycling, stepper workouts, Tae Bo? Surely they improve fitness, don't they? Of course, but the way they do it is tremendously inefficient and comes with an almost harrowing amount of risk.

In 1999 alone weekend athletes and exercisers ended up in emergency rooms by the millions at a cost of some $22 billion. Most of these casualties were aging baby boomers injured trying desperately to stay in shape through jogging, biking, aerobics, roller-blading, and a host of other activities. Sadly, most of these sufferers probably accepted the idea that injury in some form--shinsplints, muscle strains, sprains, pulls, tears, or even worse--was the price of admission for better health and a trimmer, fitter physique.

Running is a case in point. Even if they don't suffer other injuries, runners end up with bad knees, damaged hips, and weak backs--all injuries that arise from the punishing beating the body takes when you run. It may surprise you to learn just how punishing it is, so let's take a look.

The impact transmitted through the ankles, legs, knees, and hips to the rest of the body from each running step is about three times your body weight. If your feet pound the ground eight hundred to a thousand times per mile, which is about average for the typical stride, and you are a 150-pound runner, you will jolt your body to the tune of about 120 tons of collective force per mile you run. If you are obese and trying to "get into shape" by running, these figures are much more frightening. A 220-pound jogger generates 175 tons of force. That's 350,000 pounds of force on knees, hips, and back. Brutal! If you don't think these forces injure runners, think again. Go pick up a copy of one of the many magazines devoted to running, and you're almost guaranteed to find at least one article on treating running injuries. Or better yet, go to the Runner's World website and navigate to the sections on injury, where you will find descriptions of over fifty typical running-related injuries and their treatments. And as if all those injuries aren't bad enough, a recent study reported that runners and boxers had the same amount of a potentially harmful protein, S-100B, in their blood. Elevated blood levels of this protein which leaks from certain brain cells when they are traumatized, have been shown to correlate with neuropsychological deficits. So, not only does running pound your back, it pounds your head as well!

Legions of people are willing to accept these risks in an effort to improve their health. And why shouldn't they? It seems like every time you open a newspaper or turn on CNN you're being told of yet another study purporting to show the health and/or longevity benefits of moderate exercise. Despite the fact that these studies are virtually all flawed, it seems as if physical activity should be good for you. To a great extent, it probably is, but not if you end up badly injured in the process. And not if you're spending hours and hours of your time engaged in pursuits you don't really enjoy in an effort to seize whatever benefit exercise has to offer. But take heart, there is a better, safer, more efficient way to reclaim or preserve your health, fitness, flexibility, and strength.

Slow Burn is a form of exercise that has been shown to provide all the benefits you seek from an exercise regimen in only thirty minutes per week, with negligible risk of injury. It's a revolutionary method of strength training that far exceeds the benefits of almost any other kind of exercise you can think of. Slow Burn will change the way you think about exercise forever. In fact, Slow Burn will establish a new paradigm for exercise, a whole new meaning for the word, and, like all truly revolutionary discoveries, a whole new vocabulary for talking about it. Exercise will never be the same again.

Exercise Versus Play

So that you'll know where Slow Burn fits in the universe of exercise and fitness activities, we need to define a few terms: exercise, for one. Most people seem to think of any physical activity they perform, from walking around the block to running a marathon, as exercise. By this common definition, bowling, golf, gardening, dancing, and even flying a kite are considered exercise, because doing any of them is more strenuous than sitting around watching television or reading. And it's true that these activities, undemanding though some of them are, all do improve fitness to some degree. So, exercise would appear to be any activity that improves fitness. But then, what is fitness? Well, fitness is what you get when you exercise--but that definition just brings us back full circle to where we started.

Let's agree instead that to be considered exercise, an activity must make you stronger, improve your cardiovascular system, help you lose excess body fat, improve your endurance, improve your flexibility, and build you up by preserving or increasing your bone density and muscle mass. Any activity that accomplishes all these objectives is exercise; anything that falls short, while perhaps beneficial to some degree, we'll categorize as play, if indeed it's a pleasurable pursuit, or not worth the effort, if it doesn't measure up and we don't enjoy it.

As you'll see in coming chapters, perhaps to your surprise, all these objective measures of fitness that we've said define exercise are chiefly manifestations of becoming stronger. The bottom line is that exercise is something that builds strength, and Slow Burn is the best way to do that.

You may think that all this business about what's exercise and what's fun is just semantics, but it isn't. It illustrates a point central to dispelling the myths of exercise. The distinction is evident not so much in relation to golf, softball, tennis, and other sports that you might honestly pursue for fun, but rather in relation to jogging, aerobics, stationary cycling, pumping a stepper, and a host of other mindless "fitness" activities that you might be doing, not particularly for fun but out of a desire to be more fit. We don't mean to imply that there aren't many people who truly enjoy jogging or biking, because obviously, some do; for these people, such activities clearly qualify as fun. What they don't qualify as, however, is exercise according to our definition. Let's examine why.

Virtually all the benefits that come from these activities derive from increased strength. If you're out of shape and you begin to jog, for example, you'll strengthen your thighs, calves, hips, and abdomen, but not the rest of your muscles and bones. The Slow Burn regimen strengthens these same muscles along with all the rest--to a much, much greater degree, and in about one-tenth the time. So if it's strength you're looking for as you grimly jog mile after mind-numbing mile three or four times a week to stay fit, why not save your ankles, hips, knees, and back and spend just thirty minutes a week doing Slow Burn instead? You'll be way ahead of the game. Not only will you get stronger faster and more safely, you'll also have the 3 1/2 hours you saved to do something you truly enjoy.

In the same vein, if you're playing tennis, racquetball, basketball, or any other sport a couple of times a week just to stay in shape (or to get in shape) and not really for the enjoyment of the game, bag it; spend a fraction of that time doing Slow Burn (without risk of twisting an ankle or taking a racquet in the eye) and spend the rest of your time doing whatever it is you truly enjoy, which may not be an athletic activity at all. But if you do love the sport you play, your added strength and stamina from doing Slow Burn is sure to improve your level of performance.

But what about endurance? What about cardiovascular fitness? Surely we need to jog or walk or bike or do some other sort of endurance-oriented activity to keep our hearts and lungs fit, don't we? Again, the surprising answer is no. Although most people think of these two exercise objectives--cardiovascular fitness and endurance--as one and the same thing, in fact, they aren't. You'll learn why in Chapter 4, which is devoted entirely to the subject of strengthening the heart.

In that chapter, you will see that while jogging does indeed improve endurance, it does so not by improving the capacity of your heart or lungs, but by increasing your strength and making it easier to run. The more you jog, the stronger your running muscles become, and the easier it is to jog. Cardiovascular fitness is another matter. As the full Slow Burn story unfolds in successive chapters, you'll come to understand that what people commonly think of as cardiovascular fitness--i.e., endurance--improves as much with Slow Burn as it does with jogging. We're not saying that doing Slow Burn will increase your running endurance better than running itself will, but by the same token, neither will running increase your endurance for other activities--rowing, for instance. Your muscles must adapt to each specific demand placed on them. That said, however, Slow Burn will indeed make you a stronger runner if you run already, and it will make you a better rower if you row already. In short, it will make you better at any endeavor you're adapted to doing.

Don't Beat Yourself Up--Build Yourself Up

The promise of the Slow Burn fitness program is to quickly and efficiently build your strength without injury and without the risk that accompanies most of the activities all of us pursue in an effort to be fit. Remember: the goal of exercise is to build yourself up, not to beat yourself up. When you're stronger you can be better at whatever it is that you want to do, whether that means athletic endeavors, leisure pursuits, or simply everyday activities.

When you join the Slow Burn Fitness Revolution, your muscles and bones will become stronger, your endurance will improve, you'll enhance your flexibility, and you'll burn more body fat. Performing a Slow Burn workout will set in motion biochemical forces that will make you less hungry and get rid of many of the aches and pains that may have seemed to be an inescapable part of getting older. Slow Burn will definitely make you fitter and, to a certain extent, healthier. Why do we say "to a certain extent"? Isn't a fitter body a healthier body? Not necessarily, which leads to the last of the exercise myths: fitness equals health.

Fit Does Not Mean Healthy

To illustrate the fallacy of this myth, let's look at two examples. The first is that of Jim Fixx, the running guru and author who died from a heart attack while jogging at age fifty-two. Certainly he was fit. But was he healthy? His autopsy report said no. Fixx had a family history of heart disease and had developed coronary arteriosclerosis himself, but he ignored the warning signs of impending cardiac disaster, apparently feeling invincible because of his extraordinary fitness. Since taking up running years before, he had shed sixty pounds, run about 37,000 miles, and completed numerous marathons, and he continued to run fifty to sixty miles per week. He walked out of the house one day in July of 1984, began his jog, and fell over dead. With all the fitness in the world, he couldn't outrun his diseased coronary arteries. Fit, but still unhealthy.

Compare Jim Fixx to Sir Winston Churchill, who was not only obese, but smoked, overate, and drank with abandon, yet lived to be ninety-one. No one would describe Mr. Churchill as fit, but he was certainly healthy. Jim Fixx could have run circles around Churchill, but Churchill lived to be forty years older. Health is a state in which all the components of the body are functioning properly and there is an absence of disease. Fitness is the ability to perform strenuous work or exercise. Clearly, it is possible to be healthy without being fit and vice versa.

Why the distinction? Because it is important to realize the limitation of all forms of exercise, including strength training, when it comes to your health. If you have severe heart disease, following a Slow Burn regimen is not going to make your heart disease go away. In fact, just as with any form of exercise, it could actually cause you to exceed the capacity of your heart and develop problems. Slow Burn cannot cure cancer. These diseases involve health issues, not fitness issues. You can undoubtedly improve your fitness doing Slow Burn, but your health is another matter. For this reason, as with any exercise prescription, it is important that you seek the advice of a physician before beginning your Slow Burn regimen to ensure that your health will support your fitness efforts. While you are doing Slow Burn training, should you experience any worrisome symptoms, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or headache, don't ignore them. Don't be like Jim Fixx. Seek the attention of a physician.

© Copyright by Fredrick Hahn. Buy this book at Barnes & Noble



Sunday, February 8, 2009

Beat the winter blues


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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The O Word: Obesity


Protein Power
by Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades

An effective, medically sound diet that lets you eat bacon, eggs, steak, even cheese?

It's true! Lose fat. Feel fit. Stop craving. Without counting fat grams and without giving up the foods you love.

Based on cutting-edge research, this revolutionary and deliciously satisfying plan has already helped thousands of patients lose weight and achieve other lifesaving health benefits, including lower cholesterol and blood pressure readings and an improvement or reversal of common disorders such as heart disease, adult-onset diabetes, and gout. Developed by Doctors Michael and Mary Dan Eades, the simple regimen calls for a new way of eating: a protein-rich, moderate-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that will have you feeling better and more energetic within a week, and help correct blood sugar levels, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol within three weeks. So if you've been living the low-fat, no-fat way and still haven't lost weight, stop blaming yourself! Instead, turn to the breakthrough metabolic program that replaces lifelong dieting with lifelong health.

Red an excerpt:

For some of us are out of breath, and all of us are fat.
--Lewis Carroll

How much of a problem is obesity? According to the government, obesity is an enormous problem. The most recent figures, reported in 1995, place the segment of Americans who are "significantly overweight" at 33 percent--nearly a 30 percent jump in one decade while the population has cut fat consumption. Although the Centers for Disease Control had set goals for a reduction in obesity from the nation's lower-fat efforts, Americans went off in the opposite direction and got even fatter. If you believe your eyes, obesity is virtually epidemic--as anyone who's ever been to a shopping mall knows.

Despite the manifold health problems associated with obesity, people continue to gain weight; despite the many disadvantages obesity inflicts on its victims on the job, the cultural stigma against them, the plethora of weight-loss centers, books, and products available, more people than ever are overweight. Why?


How We Get Fat

Obesity is defined simply as the accumulation of excess fat on the body; obesity has nothing to do with excess weight. Based on the standard height-weight tables, Arnold Schwarzenegger would be considered overweight, but he obviously isn't overfat or obese.

Although it's almost always attributed to excess calories, obesity is more related to the multifaceted actions of insulin and glucagon on the storage of fat. As any juvenile-onset diabetic can readily attest, in the absence of insulin one can eatand eat and eat while continuing to lose weight; it's not just a matter of how much is consumed but the result of a complicated interplay among insulin, glucagon, and what and how much is consumed. These two hormones exert a profound influence on all the metabolic pathways, but especially on those involved in the burning and storing of fat and the development of obesity.

When you eat food, your body either breaks it down and burns it for energy or stores it away as body fat in the fat cells (or as glycogen, the storage form of glucose, in the muscles) for later use. Both functions occur simultaneously, and although both the storing and burning pathways are active to some degree all the time, one pathway usually predominates. What is important is the net direction of fat flow over time--i.e., are you mainly storing fat or mainly burning it for energy? Which pathway predominates most of the time? If you mainly store it, you develop obesity; if you mainly burn it, you lose weight.

The flow of fat is composed of the fat you eat, the fat released from storage in your fat cells, and the fat you make from excess protein and carbohydrate. Yes, the body can make fat from carbohydrate and plenty of it. That's why you can't eat fat-free cookies and ice cream and potato chips and expect to lose fat!

Obviously if the direction of fat flow is from our mouths to our fat cells for storage, we are going to gain fat; if this pathway predominates, in time we will become obese. Conversely, if the fat flows in the opposite direction, from the fat tissue to the muscle cells and other tissues to be burned for energy, we won't; in fact we will lose weight. If our goal is to remain--or become--slender and fit, obviously this second pathway is preferable. Is it possible to change the flow of fat and redirect it from the fat tissue to muscle cells? The exciting answer is yes, and here's how.


Directing the Flow of Fat Through Food Selection

Insulin and glucagon, the hormone twins, are the primary regulators of these metabolic pathways and actually direct the flow of fat down one pathway or the other. By altering the ratio of insulin to glucagon--which we can do through our selection of foods--we can determine which pathway predominates. Instead of allowing our biochemistry to control us, we can control it.

Taking as our starting point the fat in the blood, let's walk through the fat metabolism pathways and follow the flow of the fat molecules. Fat travels through the blood in a form called triglyceride, a molecule composed of three fatty acids. At the surface of the cells enzymes break down the triglyceride molecule, and the fatty acids can enter the cells.

Once inside the cells, fat reaches its first hormonal regulation point--the mitochondria. These tiny sausage-shaped power plants within the cells burn the fat--but only if the fatty acids can actually get into the power plant. To do that they need carnitine, which operates a little shuttle system to bring the fat in for oxidation. Insulin inhibits this fat-carnitine shuttle system, saying, in effect, "Hey, we're full; we don't need any more energy. Send that extra fat to the fat cells." Which is precisely what happens when there's too much insulin: the fatty acids turn back into triglycerides and move back into the blood. Glucagon in contrary fashion accelerates the shuttle, rapidly moving fat into the mitochondria. Glucagon's signal: "We need energy; let's start breaking that fat down and getting it in here to the furnace."

Muscle, liver, kidney, lung, heart, and other cells break down fat and burn it for energy, but it's a different story with the fat cells. Fat cells merely store the fat molecules. Residing on the surface of the fat cells are two enzymes--both regulated by insulin and glucagon--responsible for herding fat into or out of the fat cells. The first, lipoprotein lipase, transports fatty acids into the fat cell and keeps them there. (Lipoprotein lipase, as we shall see shortly, also plays a major role in the rapid regaining of lost weight that plagues so many dieters.) The other, hormone-sensitive lipase, does just the opposite--it releases the fat from fat cells into the blood. As you might imagine, insulin stimulates the activity of lipoprotein lipase, the fat-storage enzyme, and glucagon inhibits it; glucagon stimulates the fat-releasing enzyme, and insulin inhibits it.


The Built-In No-Win Situation

It turns out that the biological activity of this enzyme increases prodigiously immediately after weight loss. That's right, the very act of losing weight strengthens and makes more potent the enzyme that is in great measure responsible for the overweight state to begin with. Although it no doubt has an evolutionary purpose, this is a sorry state of biological affairs: while working hard to lose weight, you reinforce the biochemical underpinnings of your obesity. Add to this the fact that insulin by itself further activates the already hyperactive lipoprotein lipase and you begin to understand why 95 percent of people who manage to lose weight will not be able to keep it off.

What standard treatment is brought to bear against this combined force? The only weapon in the arsenal, the low-fat, high-complex-carbohydrate diet, a diet that stimulates the release of insulin. Expecting a formerly obese person with a history of hyperinsulinemia not to gain fat on a carbohydrate-rich diet is like throwing gasoline on a fire, then wondering why it flares. In fact, it's amazing that even 5 percent of successful dieters manage to keep it off. But that may correlate with the percentage of overweight people who don't have hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance.

What about our goal, to divert the flow of fat away from the fat cells? Although we can't control lipoprotein lipase directly, we can control it indirectly by controlling the metabolic hormones--insulin and glucagon--that modulate it. By keeping insulin levels low, we can remove any stimulation this hormone provides; by keeping glucagon elevated, we can continue to inhibit lipoprotein lipase and thus counteract the stimulatory effect brought on by the weight loss. The nutritional plan in this book lowers insulin and raises glucagon levels, the ideal combination both to achieve and to maintain a lower fat mass. We've seen it happen in thousands of our patients, and in our experience it's the only approach that works.

Amazingly, obesity remains much less treatable than the vast majority of cancers, a grim statistic in and of itself. Are 95 percent of the overweight doomed to live out their lives swaddled in layers of fat?

Most physicians, dietitians, and nutritionists have been locked in the notorious clean and well-lit prison of a single idea for decades. These experts have been treating obesity with low-calorie, low-fat, high-complex-carbohydrate diets, then standing around wringing their hands, watching 95 percent of their patients regain their weight. Perhaps inevitably they blame the patient for the failure. In a brilliant and controversial essay on intelligence published in the winter 1969 issue of Harvard Educational Review, Arthur R. Jensen, a professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, wrote: "In other fields, when bridges do not stand, when aircraft do not fly, when machines do not work, when treatments do not cure, despite all conscientious efforts on the part of many persons to make them do so, one begins to question the basic assumptions, principles, theories, and hypotheses that guide one's efforts."

The evidence seems clear that the low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet--the standard obesity therapeutic agent--is flawed in principle, out of sync with biochemical reality. So why not try something different?
© Copyright by Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades. Buy this book at Barnes & Noble



Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Omron HBF-516 Full Body Composition Monitor and Scale

There's more to your body than weight. When starting a responsible health maintenance regimen, be aware of certain characteristics with the Omron HBF-516 Full Body Composition Monitor and Scale.

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•Foot and hand electrodes provide accurate measurements for both your upper and lower body for a more complete analysis of your current health
•Electrodes use Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis to accurately determine body fat percentage
•Large LCD display unit is located between the handgrip electrodes for easy viewing
•Four Memory modes plus guest mode accommodates four users and multiple guests to Program the scale to meet individual monitoring needs
•Stores each user's gender, height and age—measures height up to 6 ft. 6.75 in. and ages 10 - 80
•Memory allows users to view results from the past 1, 7, 30, 90 and 180 days to track progress and high and low readings from each measurement
•Resting Metabolism displayed between 385 to 5,000 kcal with 0.1 kcal increments
•Measures weight in 0.2 lb. increments up to 330 lbs.
•Measures body fat percentage, skeletal muscle and body mass index in 0.1% increments
•Measure visceral fat levels on a 1 - 30 scale
•Body age is calculated by using all of the above measurements to determine if your body age is above or below the average for your actual age
•Powered by four AA batteries, included