I think it is possible to bring our population back to a reasonable average weight. However, the multinational food companies are really not going to help you get there. You have to take responsibility for what goes onto your table for you and your family.
As you know, I discovered vitamin D for health by making a correlation between obesity and central air conditioning in homes. Vitamin D deficiency certainly helps if you have metabolic syndrome, or have reached a plateau in weight loss. However, I do not believe that this is the prime cause. There are a number of things that have been touted. I will try to list them in the order of the worst offenders.
- High fructose corn syrup and general over consumption of processed sugar in all forms. In the 1600’s we consumed sugar at a rate of less than 10 lbs per person to recent estimates of 150+ lbs per person per year.
- Diet that is composed primary of carbohydrates with the fiber removed. Fiber is significant in that it helps you feel full and allows lepton to signal your brain that you are full. Wheat products that were 40% protein 2000 years ago are now at about 15% protein.
- Iodine deficiency which prevents the thyroid form acting properly in its function of controlling the metabolism.
- Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is the prime driver for your endocrine system.
- Magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is the cation of choice for over 300 enzymes in the body. Enzymes are those things that act like catalyst in biological reactions. Magnesium is also the cation of choice for your energy compounds, ADP and ATP.
- Commercial advertising of food when you are trying to maintain a healthy balance. This particularly bad for emotional eaters – looking for the insulin rush.
Over the next several weeks we will explore each of these factors that are responsible for your weight control. When I started supplementing with vitamin D, my weight was fairly stable at about 215 lbs. I really had to keep it in control because if I gained weight it would cause significant pain in my back. Now that the back pain is gone I have consumed recklessly because I could without having the pain. I now come in at a nice plump 240 lbs. At six foot two inches, and a large muscular frame, I carry the weight well. However, I know that I most get it under 195 lbs or about where my body mass index crosses into the overweight zone.
Today I am starting a diet that is to be free of wheat and high fructose corn syrup. I also plan to eat as many whole foods that are not processed as possible. Processing destroys the natural enzymes in the food. I will basically follow Dr. Eades formula for weight loss in the amount of protein that I consume. I will not worry about fats and may even eat higher amounts of things like coconut oil. I will not worry about the number of carbohydrates, but the foods that have carbohydrates. That is I will try to eat vegetables with a lot of fiber like beans and salads. My exercise plan is not an issue as I typically go to the gym every day in the early morning.
Join me if you like and we will see what happens over the next months. – Pandemic Survivor