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You have been told that you are obese because you are too lazy. Or maybe you would be thin if you just ate less fat and exercised more. Not true! Today, you will find out the real reason why you can’t lose weight. Today, you will learn the truth about obesity.
So, what am I talking about here? Just about everything your friends, family, and even professionals have told you about why you are fat, is not true. That is why your life-long dieting has not resulted in a thinner silhouette, and instead every year your scale’s number has been growing. That’s why the more you watch what you eat, the more low-fat products you buy, the stronger your cravings become, and the more frustrating your weight loss journey becomes.
How do I know this? I have been there. I trusted the professionals when I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, but quickly discovered that in order to avoid insulin (and keep me and my baby safe), I needed to turn away from mainstream advice. I dove deep into nutritional research through informed and courageous writers like Gary Taubes and Lily Nichols, and came to the conclusion that much of what I learned (both while studying nutrition in grad school and through the media) was not only one-sided, but also untrue.
Fat people are not lazy.
What is the truth then? The truth is that you don’t lack willpower. A recent study found that there is NO DIFFERENCE between thin and fat people when it comes to following dietary guidelines. In fact, dieting fat people show way more willpower that any thin person who doesn’t struggle with their weight can imagine (more on that later). Not only that, but if you eat right, you won’t require willpower to burn fat. Losing weight can come easy, without HUNGER!
Exercise won’t make you thin.
While working out regularly should be part of healthy living, the truth is that excessive exercise can hinder you from losing weight. It can make you feel exhausted and increase your appetite. Yes, working out burns calories and in the short-term this will lead to weight loss. But then comes the BIG BUT (pun intended): you can’t outrun obesity! A systematic review of 33 studies found that diets combined with exercise only led to sustained weight loss for just half of the overweight participants.
Eating fat doesn’t make you fat.
And lastly, the truth is that it is not the fat in your food that makes you fat, but the large quantities of carbohydrates. How is that possible? Aren’t there more calories in one gram of fat than one gram of carb?
Shouldn’t therefore less dietary fat make you thin and happy?
Insulin overproduction explains why an obese person stores more fat than a lean person. It answers why you feel hungrier at all times than your skinny friend, and it explains why you crave high-carb foods around the clock.
Insulin is the hormone in your body that is responsible for the blood glucose uptake in your body. It allows your cells to use glucose for energy and store everything that is not needed as glycogen or triglycerides (body fat). Insulin rises when you eat high-carb foods (like pasta, breads, fries, pastries, candy). It prevents the body from burning fat for energy (hello!).
As long as insulin is circulating in your bloodstream, you cannot lose body fat.
High-carb foods cause an insulin spike, which is then followed by a dramatic insulin drop. This drop is what makes you feel hungry, shaky, exhausted. Your body responds by craving more carbs, more sugar. And so, you end up eating constantly foods that are high-carb, and you body overproduces insulin all day long! You never have a chance to burn fat.
Unlike thin people, those struggling with their weight experience a constant overproduction of insulin. That’s why obese people feel hungry despite a higher caloric intake. The insulin-carbohydrate cycle makes you yearn for more food while preventing your body from burning the fat that is already stored in your body.
So, what CAN you do to lose weight? You need to break the cycle of insulin overproduction. In order to burn fat, you need to avoid high-carb foods and instead increase your fat consumption. By doing this, your body will adapt to burning fat as fuel. You will stop craving high-carb foods, and you will be able lose weight without feeling hungry all the time.
You will not require willpower, nor will you need to exercise excessively, or starve yourself, to finally lose weight AND keep the weight off long-term.
You can start your journey today by reading well-argued and well-researched books, such as Gary Taubes’ “The Case for Keto” and other books from my book list. Let this be the beginning of a new chapter of your life.