posted on Dec, 20 2010 @ 11:33 AM
Ok. Let's get something straight, here. Americans are not fat because they are lazy. You are going to be hard-pressed to find a society that works
harder than America. America is fat because of one reason:
The Food Pyramid.
A little about myself: I am not what you would call a big dude. However, I'm in quite good shape and exercise is one of my biggest hobbies. I'm
not amateur bodybuilder but I have an interest and read and consult a lot of bodybuilers, personal trainers, forums, etc. I am 5'7", Italian in
ethnicity, I have a 39 inch chest, a 30 inch waist, I weigh 145 pounds and I can benchpress 230 pounds. Nothing impressive, but if you want me to
drop what I'm doing right now and run 6 miles with you, I'd have no issue. I ran a 5K earlier in the year at 24:21. Now, onto what I've learned
- and this is FIELD TESTED.
The American diet that we are raised to believe is a low fat, low protein, high carbohydrate diet. Over much study and tweaking, I have found that
the best diet to follow is high protein, medium to high fat, low carbohydrate.
For example, if you are a 150 pound male, you should be eating 150 grams of protein, 100 grams of fat and 100 grams of carbs in a day. That will give
you 1900 calories a day. Every third day, eat 200 grams of carbs and reduce your fat intake to 60 grams. Since carbs will drive your metabolism the
most, if you eat constantly low carbs, your metabolism effectively drops as your body thinks you're on a diet and it protects your fat stores.
Eating 200 carbs every third day will trick your body into thinking it's not eating low carb by giving it a regular insulin boost. Your carbs should
be from beans, leafy vegetables, yams, a piece of fruit once a day and that's about it. NO FLOUR. NO CORN. NO WHITE RICE. NO WHITE POTATOES. Not
even whole wheat. Whole wheat spikes your blood sugar just as much as white flour. The only difference is whole wheat actually has fiber and
vitamins in it so it's not totally empty. You should limit your whole wheat intake to one meal on the high carb days only. Never eat white flour.
Never eat white sugar. Never drink fruit juices. Drink only water.
That, in my research, is the ideal human diet. Remember, body fat is 80% diet and 20% exercise. All the exercise in the world won't save you if
you're eating nothing but pasta, bread and bagels. You'll be doing nothing but breaking down precious muscle thanks to the catabolic (muscle
digesting) effects of cardiovascular exercise to compensate for your terrible diet.
Here is the root problem of the American diet:
The high carbohydrate diet, especially the refined carbs that we eat (white flour, white rice, white sugar, white potatoes, corn starch, corn syrup,
etc.) wreaks havok on our hormones. Insulin is the most prevalent hormone in our body. When you eat anything with carbohydrates in it, insulin is
released that shuttles the sugars in our blood into the cells in our body. We then store those sugars as glycogen in our muscles and liver to use as
energy. However, when you eat more carbs than your body burns, that additional sugar is stored in our body as fat.
We are all born with genetic predispositions to insulin sensitivity. People that are very sensitive to insulin store these sugars in our blood as
energy very efficiently. However, since Americans overeat carbs by about 3 times more than they should, your pancreas becomes worn out over years and
your body becomes resistant to insulin. When your body becomes resistant to insulin, it can't efficiently store sugars as energy. They all get
stored as fat instead of having the energy properly transported to your cells.
So what does that mean?
That means you eat carbs and you NEVER GET FULL! Fat people are fat because no amount of food they eat can ever satisfy their body cells! THE FATTER
YOU ARE, THE MORE YOUR BODY IS STARVING!
Wrap your mind around that. You are constantly hungry and constantly eating because your cells are constantly starving. You have wrecked your
body's ability to properly store sugars as energy thanks to your years of following the American diet of sugar, sugar, sugar.
How can you fix this?
That's right Americans, the cure to your obesity is none other than that dirty three letter word: FAT.
Fats are not stored as glycogen in your body. No matter how much butter you eat, your body will not invoke an insulin response. That means your
blood sugar remains stable and your body is kept out of constant fat storage mode. But what fats do we eat?
That's simple. Stay away from ALL VEGETABLE OILS. There is a myth in the American diet that saturated fats are bad. However, it's exactly the
opposite. The polyunsaturated fats found in vegetable oils are bad. Your cell membranes are made out of saturated fats. They are the
shortest-chain, most stable fats in nature. They are the safest to cook with because they don't denature into trans fats when heated like polys so.
They are the most easily converted into energy because they are the shortest chain. I have a rule in my kitchen:
When you cook, use butter. When you don't add heat, use olive oil. Olive oil for salads, butter for cooking. It's that simple. Following that
rule has made me look and feel so much better. My house is free of canola, vegetable, safflower, cottonseed, soybean and other poisonous vegetable
oils. Poly's are gone from my kitchen.
Weight loss really is that simple. Just stop eating white bread, white sugar and any drinks with sugar in them. Eat more fat. Embrace animal fats,
creams and butters. Throw away vegetable fats. Look at it this way: your body is made to ingest animal fat because it's so plentiful. When you eat
beef, you're eating 15% fat. Do you have any idea how much broccoli you'd have to eat to get the 14 grams of fat found in a tablespoon of vegetable
oil? POUNDS! Your body isn't designed to digest broccoli fat because it's so rare, you have to superrefine the product to get it.
So, yea, long story short, it's not the work ethic of Americans. We're the hardest working people on Earth. It's that damned government-sponsored
diet killing us.