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July 29, 2009

The Government Conspiracy To Make Us fat

In Washington, DC and everywhere else it seems as if the government, nutritionists, medical doctors and “established” organizations are hell-bent on making Americans FATTER by spewing utterly ridiculous and completely unsubstantiated advice about how to eat and lose weight.

Here are some of their most popular nutrition-related weight-loss myths:

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Myth #1: A calorie is a calorie

First, let me ask you a commonsense weight loss question – if you had two identical twin sisters and you put them both on very different 1,500 calories diets. The first one ate all of her calories from McDonald’s and the second one gets all of her calories from lean, healthy meats, fish, eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds, and a small amount of fresh dairy products. Do YOU think they’d look the same at the end of a year?

We have actually known that all calories are NOT created equal for at least 50 years, and we keep getting the same results over and over and over again.

Take this study for example. All participants were on hypocaloric diets (less calories than they need). All did the same amount of activity, ate the same number of calories, etc. The ONLY difference was where those calories came from. The results speak for themselves.

Group A: 1000 calories at 90% fat: lost 0.9lbs per day

Group B: 1000 calories at 90% protein: 0.6lbs per day

Group C: 1000 calories at 90% carbs – actually gained some weight (not really significant though).

We keep repeating these types of studies and we keep getting the exact same results

Why do our so-called authorities in Washington, DC keep selling us the same raft of lies? That is probably a book in and of itself, but here’s the gist: Official nutrition recommendations are political and financial decisions – who made campaign contributions (it is DC)? Who’s lobbying for what recommendations? What industry group does this scientist work for? Who paid for the research? Was it the same company that will make money off of its favorable results?

The list of questions goes on and on and on. Plus, there’s also just plain old stubbornness – people like tradition, they like to do what they’ve always done.

Rarely are official nutrition recommendations the result of years of practical experience about what works and what doesn’t, and a thorough and unbiased review of research. The people who make official recommendations do NOT usually work one-on-one with people helping them to get weight loss results. If your mortgage payment doesn’t depend on your ability to produce results, then I do not care what you have to say.

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Myth #2: High protein, moderate carbohydrate diets are unsafe

There are at least 15 years of peer-reviewed clinical research saying that there is absolutely no risk posed to normal, healthy people from short or long-term exposure to a high-protein diet. In fact, higher protein/moderate carbohydrate diets (I didn’t say none or low carbohydrate) have consistently been shown to outperform low-fat/high-carb/low-protein diets for weight (fat)-loss, in the treatment of diabetes, and for heart health.

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Myth #3: Juice is healthy

The federal government in Washington, DC and nutritionists would have you believe that drinking a glass of juice is the same as eating a piece of fruit. Well, the fact of the matter is that a glass of juice is about as nutritious as a glass of Pepsi.

A. To make a small 8 oz. glass of OJ, you must extract all of the sugar from FIVE oranges. Ounce for ounce, OJ has the same amount of sugar as Pepsi. Is it better because it’s “natural”? NO! Cocaine is a plant extract, is it now a health food? All sugar comes from plants anyway. There is NOTHING more fattening than a bunch of sugar.

B. In the process of extracting the juice virtually ALL of the vitamins are lost due to exposure to the air and from the chemicals used to increase extraction yields from the fruits.

Conclusion: all sugar, no vitamins – not a health food. Instead of OJ, eat an actual orange. It has fiber, tastes good and it will make you feel full (unlike the juice, so it is really empty calories that your body won’t register as having eaten them). Bureaucrats in Washington, DC don’t necessarily have your best interests in mind when writing policy, sometimes they are trying to help sell more oranges because you can drink far more than you can eat.

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Myth #4: Moderate drinking is healthy

Doctors love to say this one. They say it for two reasons, both of which are misleading at best:

Reason #1 is there was a large study of studies (meta analysis) that showed that people who drank moderately lived longer than those who did not drink at all. There’s a HUGE problem with this study, former alcoholics and people who were so sick that they could not drink were lumped into the group of people who CHOSE not to drink. They took the average life expectancy of all those different types of people to get their “data.”

If you’re so sick that you can’t drink alcohol, you probably don’t have long to live. And being an alcoholic is VERY hard on your body and will probably shorten your lifespan.

Reason #2 is that alcohol thins your blood. Well, so does water and fish oil, and those have ONLY positive side effects. Whereas alcohol IS a toxin, and it does stimulate both fat storage and muscle loss – that is a bad combination for weight (fat)-loss.

Conclusion: Drinking in moderation is something that you do because you like it, not because it has any health benefits whatsoever. “But red wine is healthy” you say. The good stuff in red wine comes from the grapes that it was made out of – grapes. You can just eat the grapes and rid yourself of the alcohol.


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February 20, 2010

Jeremie @ 1:12 pm

Hi,

I applaud you for educating people on healthy lifestyles and bringing to light some of the propaganda that’s out there.

However, I would like to partly disagree with Myth #3.

There is a huge difference between pasteurized and fresh juice. When I say fresh juice I mean one second an orange the next second orange juice. This should be noted in your discussion. And since studies are important I would like to point out that numerous studies have been done showing the health benefits of fresh juice.

Note, I am not disagreeing that it is better to eat the fruit or veggie than to drink it. But fresh juice gets you very close to the benefits.

One of the biggest benefits of fresh juice is that you can easily assimilate nutrients and vitamins from vegetables that are not normally eaten by the average person in the first place nor the quantity.

As related to myth #1, A sugar is not A sugar. The sugar is soda, mainly high fructose corn syrup is not as easily digested and quickly moved through our system as the simple sugars from fruits.

Also, 2 peeled oranges (with the pith that also contains nutrients but isn’t eaten) yields a 10oz glass.

Conclusion. A Juice is not A juice and a glass or two of fresh veggie and/or fruit juice each day is an excellent addition to a healthy lifestyle.

February 22, 2010

Dr. Saman @ 8:26 am

Hi Jeremie,

In my blog I am talking in pure fat loss point of view. Anything that ends in OSE is a sugar. Since sugar is the primary source of energy for our body it’s going be used before fat for energy therefore delaying the fat loss.

For health purposes I believe in eating the whole fruit and not drinking the juice. Even fresh juice doesn’t have the fiber and the phytonutrients that the is found in the whole fruit. Not to mention the whole fruit actually makes you feel full and the juice does not.

Conclusion: For fat loss purposes all fruit juices should be limited. Instead eat the fruit. For health purposed drinking fruit juice and vegetable juice is great BUT eating them is much, much better.

Jeremie, I also noticed that you work for a Juice company so obviously you might be a LITTLE biased towards juice.

February 26, 2010

tom @ 3:16 pm

a rose is not a sugar! Neither is a goose, a moose or a caboose.

Dr. Saman @ 5:46 pm

Tom,
You are welcome to post a comment as long as you are contributing something valuable to the discussion.
If you are not educated enough for an intelligent conversation on any topic then I recommend not opening
your mouth.

June 15, 2011

Thomas Retterbush@Conspiracy @ 12:13 pm

As a conspiracy blogger myself, who wrote an article called The Other Healthcare Conspiracy, about the Healthcare Conspiracy between our government, the pharma and food industries, I believe that there probably is a government conspiracy to keep us fat.

May 11, 2013

DC @ 4:38 pm

“Myth #3: Juice is healthy”

I own a juicer and frequently make fresh juices fron raw organic vegetables and raw organic fruits. I try to limit the amount of fruit I put in my juices. (On a rare occasion, I will treat myself to a fresh fruit cocktail using fresh strawberries, fresh apples, and fresh watermelon including the rind.) By doing this, I have slimmed down and noticed an increase in energy and stamina.

If you drink lots of fruit juice including fruit juice made fresh in a juicer, then yes you’re going to get way too much sugar. The key to proper juicing is to be mindful of what you put in the juicer.

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