There is a great deal of controversy as to what to eat these days. Some people advocate only vegetables while other recommend only protein and fats and others say any food only in moderation. Everything else, of every variation exists, surely it’s confusing.
Probably the largest paradigm to overcome is the concept of fat-free eating. Studies and specialists are repetitively proving animal fats feed your body the vital nutrition that it desperately lacks from years of low-fat and fat-free foods.
The latest trend in eating focuses on Paleo foods with Paleo author and advocate Kris Kresser leading the way.
“Our physiology is set up in such a way that we’re well adapted to process certain foods. These are meat, fish, vegetables, nuts and seeds. There’s foods that nobody’s adapted to eating like cheese doodles, Big Gulps, donuts and all the stuff that comes in a bag and a box. Those are the type of stuff that should be excluded entirely,” says Kris Kresser, acupuncturist, leading paleo researcher and author of Your Personal Paleo Code.
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“The brain represents only 2% of our total body mass but it consumes 20% of our total body energy. Meat (is) nutrient dense and really easy for us to absorb where as with plants you need to extract those nutrients. B12 is only available in animal foods,” says Kresser.
Viva! Life Magazine, a publication advocating vegan and vegetarian lifestyles, says, “B12 is in red meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy products.” They recommend vegans and vegetarians get their B12 from, “Fortified foods: veggie burger mixes, yeast extracts, margarines, breakfast cereals and soya milks; or supplements.” These fortified foods all contain synthetic B12. The problem is these are food-ish items, not food in its natural state.
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Inuit people, Eskimos, Eskimaux, Inuit–Yupik, Inupiat–Yupik, live in some of the most extreme weather and harshest environments known. They paddle kayaks through frozen waters and live in igloos. They also get over 90% of their calories from fat. Seal blubber is their primary food.
Other people from different climates were eating diets of nearly all carbohydrates. They all ate real food, not processed preservative and color filled pre-packaged foods.
“How important is calorie counting for long-term, sustainable, weight loss? The answer to this question is: not important at all. In fact, it’s easy to demonstrate (using 8th grade mathematics) that in order to gain 40 pounds in 20 years – to go from lean in your 20s to obese in your 40s, as many people do – all you have to do is stick 18 extra calories a day in your fat tissue that you don’t burn. That’s the equivalent of a single bite of food, too many over the course of a day, and you’ll become obese,” says Dr. Peter Attia at The Eating Academy.
He goes on to say, “In fact, long-term weight management is not driven by calorie counting, but rather by changing the way our body treats the food we eat (i.e., burning fat versus storing fat). Obesity is a disorder of inappropriately accumulating fat, not a disorder of eating too many calories.”
Kriss Kresser says, “On average most people don’t experience an increase in cholesterol when they eat saturated fat.” Information on saturated fat from cholesterol surfaced in the 1970s and is a relatively new player in the game.
WebMD refers to leptin as the key player saying, “It’s been called the ‘obesity hormone’ or ‘fat hormone’ — but also the ‘starvation hormone.’ When scientists discovered leptin in 1994, excitement arose about its potential as a blockbuster weight loss treatment.” They go to say, “When people diet, they eat less and their fat cells lose some fat, which then decreases the amount of leptin produced.”
The NIH published, “Genetically obese rodents with dysfunctional leptin receptors show impairments in long-term potentiation (LTP) and long-term depression and difficulties in spatial learning. These effects were rescued by administrating leptin into the hippocampus. New studies showing that leptin promotes rapid changes in hippocampal dendritic morphology suggest that leptin exerts a direct action on hippocampal plasticity.”
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