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Judge Napolitano's Weight Loss

This is kinda of lame to talk about someones figure, but it's just so obvious that the Judge has lost a ton of weight. Anyone know the story behind this? Do you think he's planning a run on the LP ticket or to be tapped for VP (of the LP ticket, I don't think Rand has it in him).

If anything it certainly is a display of his discipline.

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Low or no carb diet works.

The Judge cut carbs. Carbs are what increase blood glucose, and excess blood glucose is converted to and stored as fat.

If you don't consume carbs then you still make glucose from protein in your diet, but the release is not rapid so you don't get the huge swings in blood sugar. Remarkably, fat in your diet does not convert to any sugar in your blood. How foolish is the "low fat" craze which substitutes carbs for fat to make food "low fat", all based on a faulty study years ago.

So a low carb (low sugar, low starch), high protein, high fat diet helps you lose weight because you don't have excess blood sugar to convert to fat. And such a diet is a preventative for type II diabetes which is all too common.

If you read the "Wheat Belly" book, the author points out that wheat, ounce for ounce, releases more glucose into your blood than the equivalent amount of sucrose (table sugar). He also points out that wheat releases a chemical that crosses the blood/brain barrier and attaches to the same receptors that heroin attaches to, actually giving you a high which then makes you crave more. Try snacking on some crackers or pastry, and see if you don't crave more a short while later.

But there is more. We need minerals in balance. But we get way too much calcium which is added to much of our food, plus faulty knowledge has promoted calcium supplements. This causes an imbalance, and our bodies automatically attempt to preserve magnesium. It does this by suppressing adrenal function, which in turn causes us to lose potassium and sodium. But potassium and sodium are needed to carry amino acids into our cells and waste out of our cells, so this "sodium pump" slows down and our cells become undernourished. This makes us feel hungry often, and overeat. But fat cells are in a class by themselves, and don't use the sodium pump to bring in nutrition; they absorb it without the pump, so all the excess nutrition feeds fat cells without feeding other cells, hence the fat cells expand and multiply. And of course the low salt foolishness contributes to the lack of sodium. Unrefined salt that contains many trace minerals and supplies us with sodium is essential. Refined salt is a problem in that it only gives us sodium and has been adulterated with additives and processed with bleach.

Then there is the widespread deficiency in the iodine, tyrosine, selenium system which regulates or metabolic rate. Without adequate iodine and tyrosine to make thyroid hormone, and selenium to regulate the level of active hormone we become hypothyroid meaning we burn less energy so at a given food intake we will gain more weight than someone else with a normal metabolic rate. And this does not even address the problem that resulting slowed cell replacement creates in contributing to diseases like cancer. In addition to an inadequate amount of iodine in a standard US diet, we must also deal with the excess of competing halogens like fluorine and bromine which drive iodine out of our bodies.

And of course stressful, sedentary life styles contribute to excess weight too.

"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.

Michael Nystrom's picture

For one, I understand he stopped eating wheat

Here's part of the story at least:

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

A renowned cardiologist explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse myriad health problems.

Every day, over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat. As a result, over 100
million of them experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes and high blood sugar to the unattractive stomach bulges that preventive cardiologist William Davis calls “wheat bellies.” According to Davis, that excess fat has nothing to do with gluttony, sloth, or too much butter: It’s due to the whole grain wraps we eat for lunch.

After witnessing over 2,000 patients regain their health after giving up wheat, Davis reached the
disturbing conclusion that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic—and its elimination is key to dramatic weight loss and optimal health. In Wheat Belly, Davis exposes the harmful effects of what is actually a product of genetic tinkering and agribusiness being sold to the
American public as “wheat”—and provides readers with a user-friendly, step-by-step plan to navigate a new, wheat-free lifestyle.

Informed by cutting-edge science and nutrition, along with case studies from men and women who
have experienced life-changing transformations in their health after waving goodbye to wheat, Wheat
Belly is an illuminating look at what is truly making Americans sick and an action plan to clear our plates of this seemingly benign ingredient.


There may be more to the story too.

He's the man.

off subject of the good judge, but re wheat

I was recently shocked to find out (some) farmers (in some areas) spray their wheat fields with Round-up to ripen it quicker... Reason enough to avoid the stuff, IMO. So hard to do, but I am definitely planning a wheat-free trial. I'll start with reading the book.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Speaking of which...

Some people think that the whole reason diets like the Atkins diet, which nixes all carbohydrates in favor of protein, (bacon and eggs for breakfast, a couple of chickens for lunch, a side of beef for dinner), and The South Beach Diet, in which the first 2 weeks are entirely simple-carbohydrate free, work for a singular reason: They eliminate wheat from the diet. Read Wheat Belly and you'll learn about some of the myriad issues with wheat.

After you've been off it for a while, then take a hit of wheat (like I did this weekend in the form of a buttermilk biscuit at brunch), you may notice the effects in your body immediately in the form of bloating.

Adopting the no wheat policy, and extending it to no grains in general is the Primal Blueprint. If you can't eat it raw, don't eat it at all. That's the theme here. So in addition to wheat, nix all grains, and all legumes. Stick to healthy protein, fat, fruits, veggies, nuts & berries.

Nix the grains and see what happens.

He's the man.

I agree with the first part

Taking out gluten may be the key to those diets. I say may be, because some people are fine with eating gluten. It is an individual thing. You have to factor in your genetics, your level of physical activity, eating patterns, and sleep patterns. Being Asian does not help :)

I was into the no grains thing for a long time, but my body just craves starch, because I am physically active. I still try to minimize gluten, but I think corn, rice and potatoes are ok in moderate doses. Potatoes are actually pretty good food. You could survive on just potatoes and butter. Plus, if you are into self-sufficiency, it's pretty much impossible to feed yourself without growing potatoes as a staple.

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