Fat Phobia – Type 2 Diabetes – Obesity
Weight gain is often seen as a Fat consumption problem (still), that’s why during the last 30 years the whole world has become “Fat Phobic”.
BUT, look around you, has it helped?
No, it hasn’t, because FAT, in most instances, has not been the problem, esp not in type 2 diabetes. NOTE: There is a possibility, that low fat products have contributed to our epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Why would low fat cause weight problems?
- Fat is tasty, in order to make low fat products taste like full fat products, food manufacturer have to add something, and the ‘real culprit of weight gain’ has been added; SUGAR.
- Fat is a valuable therapeutic “tool” to slow down the “up-take of sugar”, (glucose) into the bloodstream.
With other words, if you include fat into a meal, you will not experience a “sugar spike” from your refined carbohydrates (sugars) in that meal.
- Consuming only low fat products may worsen the sugar spikes, and the resulting insulin responses, therefore insulin sooner or later will be exhausted.
- Full FAT also has a much higher degree of satiety effect, meaning you feel full sooner, much sooner as with low fat or carbohydrate products.
Therefore you will actually ‘eat less’.
Carbohydrates (sugar) makes you eat more, to the degree that some people can’t stop.
- NOTE: Yes, fat is a high caloric food, obviously don’t over do it, but it is beneficial in the right amounts.
Fat, both saturated and unsaturated should only represent a caloric reasonable amount within a meal, balanced with your protein and carbohydrate consumption.
If you are familiar with the ‘Zone Diet’, you will know the ratios for fat- protein and carbohydrate .. check > Zonal Type Diet All this is not as confusing as it may sound, it simply means, eat heaps of veggies, some “protein”, fish, poultry, meat, and occasionally some high density unprocessed grain products, (only if you want to, you don’t have to); you will get more beneficial fiber from your vegetables than from grains.
Ask yourself a question; “how do farmers fatten their cattle”?
Answer: By feeding them lots of low-fat grain.
Next question: How do you fatten humans?
the same way …… feed them lots of low fat grains, such as pasta, bread, pizzas, cakes, crackers etc..
The simple fact and message is, “most people eat too much Carbohydrate”.
Some interesting facts about Diet, Weight and Diabetes Type 2
I have supported many people with weight and diabetes type 2 problems. In fact, some of the diabetes clients are healthier now, compared to how they have been before being diagnosed with diabetes type 2.
*Please Note: I didn’t treat those patients for anything, I don’t treat diseases, I support a Healthy Lifestyle.
By changing their lifestyle, and taking back responsibility for their own health, in combination with healthy attitudes, nutrition and exercise, most of the patients virtually become better by themselves!
However, most people will be better in the long term with a good support network. Some “fell of the wagon”. Many of those needed to hear the same message again, with other words, people may need re-motivation, re-education, and most importantly be supported with ‘activities’ for better compliance.
I am a great friend of free, “yes FREE”, Groups for regular meetings talking about weight, diet, nutrition, attitudes, and exercise, a bit like ‘alcohol anonymous ‘.
As a Holistic Naturoapth, I always use or recommend Counselling, NLP, or Hypnosis, because, it should be clear to everyone that ‘Diet alone is not the whole problem’; sticking to the diet, mental attitudes and overcoming mental blocks or past believe systems are all factors which need to be considered.
Attitudes, understanding and motivation have to change, and often that involves constant support. We know those factors already from successful therapy groups like “Alcohol Anonymous“, and we probably need a Food Anonymous Group as well.
“Mental issues may “carry more weight” than the physical issues, the excess fat.”
Lifestyle Diseases are a Society problem as much as an individual problem.
Lifestyle Diseases have increased under the watchful eye of our government as well as of our Medical System.
Why has that happen?
Simply speaking, marketing and the all mighty Dollar has become more important than a healthy lifestyle. To make matters worse, certain institutions rely on outdated information of what is or what is not ‘healthy’.
The effort of the medical establishment has to be congratulated, however much more effort is needed, esp in education and active prevention. On a government regulation level, food production , marketing and advertising practices need to be better regulated.
A society, where health is ridiculed and is regarded as “not cool”, has chosen an unfortunate destructive path.
Attacking Natural Therapies without understanding their positive, valuable role in Active Prevention and keeping people healthy, is a devastating.
- People would eat good quality food, not processed as in sugar – salt – chemicals.
- People would be encouraged to see a Naturopath for Active Prevention and health recommendation.
- People would be rewarded by Health Insurance companies to exercise, enroll into Yoga, Tai Chi, Feldenkrais, Gym or even see a personal trainer.
The result: No one would become overweight, all weight and lifestyle associated diseases would decline. Hospitals would be able to cope again, and the nation would be healthy.
In my books that is a good policy which could inspire a nation.
All this is possible if optimal educational triggers would be introduced.
Anyhow, lets stop dreaming and concentrate on the individual; we are after all responsible for ourselves, therefore;
“embark on your own journey to health, and set an example for others to follow”.
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Article by: Dieter L. Editor of useNature