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Video: The Men Who Made The World FAT

This is a recent British documentary that sheds light on the current obesity problems around the world by tracing it back to the damage caused by the USA food industry way back in the 1970's.

Go to 7.30 on the link and you'll see what I mean.

http://youtu.be/iE-H__aIEFE

We have been sold the idea of a low fat diet but guess what they replace the fat with? Lots and lots of sugar!

On a personal level I have looked at everything I eat recently and it's surprising just how much sugar is in everything and I mean EVERYTHING. I've managed to lose 35 pounds in only a few months without upping my exercise. Although exercise can help a bit I have found it cannot stem the tide of the sugary food we put in our mouths on a daily basis.

What helped me was knowing that 5 grams of sugar equates to around a tea-spoon of sugar. So you may get 40 grams of sugar in a small bottle of Cola, meaning of course you are eating 8 tea-spoons of sugar (or nearly 3 table spoons) in that one small drink.

Check every label for sugar. I've stuck to protein (meat based) meals and eaten veg and salad rather than fruit with them (even fruit is high in natural sugar). Try not to mix carbs with protein especially bread (high in sugar), rice and potatoes. You can have bacon and egg though, just without the bread.

Try not to snack inbetween meals (I have a low sugar cracker/wafer sometimes though if I am feeling empty)

Cut down on milk too for a week or so and watch the weight fly away!

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Thanks godsfavson. I agree

Thanks godsfavson. I agree fruit is not that bad (natural sugar) but initially when you are cutting down on the sugar you can get plenty of essentials from veg and salad without adding any more sugar from fruit to your intake.

I've exercised in the gym and have now been swimming for 30 years and if you asked me a few months ago I would give you the old adage of food in moderation and exercise. However after injuring my shoulder a few months ago I realised I could not rely on intensive exercise to keep up the 'balance' so I've walked with the occasional swim i.e. half the exercise I used to do.

So what changed? Cutting down on the sugary carbs, never thought it would affect my weight so much but it did.

The high intensity short regime does burn off calories quite quickly but it helps if you cut out what puts those calories on in the first place.

A quick summary about why

A quick summary about why sugar (specifically Fructose) is bad.

Sugar is 1/2 Glucose, 1/2 Fructose.

Glucose and Fructose are handled in extremely different ways by the body.
Glucose is useable by every part of the body as energy. In addition, the liver can store an unlimited amount of Glucose in the form of Glycogen, without harmful effects.
Fructose is unusable by any part of the body. The liver breaks down Fructose and converts 30% of it directly into fat (VLDL). A lot of other bad interactions happen here including insulin resistance, which allows the brain to think it needs to eat more.

Fructose is a toxin. Fructose is poison. And the USDA (and other government agencies) made a huge mistake in 1982 with the advent of the "anti fat" war. Well, there's a problem. Fructose is metabolized into VLDL (very very bad) fat. So the companies who replaced dietary fat with sugar (or high fructose corn syrup) are still selling fat.

The video linked above has far more information, hopefully this got your appetite started.

A correction

The liver can only store about 500 grams of glycogen (in an athlete, less than 500 in the average person) before it begins shunting all excess glucose into the same VLDL pathway as fructose. So if you are already sugar-loaded, glucose is treated pretty much the same as fructose by the liver: turning it directly into fat for storage.

Since starches such as bread, pasta, potatoes and rice are all just long chains of glucose, unless you are running a marathon every day and burning off most of your glycogen store, eating the USDA recommended 300g / day of grains and starches is just as bad as drinking HFCS sodas.

More in-depth here.

More in-depth here. Extremely enlightening.

Sugar: The Bitter Truth

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0z5X0i92OZQ