THE SEVEN GREAT DIET MYTHS

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There’s a lot of misinformation out there … ready to sabotage your efforts to take the weight off and keep it off. I’m here to set the record straight and you can take that to the bank. We’re going through this together – every step of the way. I’ve helped hundreds of people accomplish exactly what I’m going to walk you through here. It’s not all your fault being overweight. Without the right info, it’s impossible to get thin and stay thin. This book opens the door on a new chapter in your life …
#1 – Myth: Stay awav from fats. Not all fats are bad for you. Fats are divided into three categories: saturated, monosaturated, and omega-3 fatty acids. The fats our ancestors ate were predominately omega-3 fatty acids from algae and fish, and monosaturated fat from seeds and nuts. The brain needs omega-3 fatty acids to function. The fats we eat are mostly saturated fats that do not provide the brain with the needed source of energy, and also trigger an endorphin release that prolongs the eating process. The omega-3 fatty acids from fish are a rich source of peptides that cause the hormone leptin to be secreted. Leptin in the blood signals the brain that we are full and initiates a more rapid burning of calorie.
About 150,000 years ago, the weather turned colder, forcing the last remnants of man off the African savanna and into the Rift valley. There, he discovered a new source of food: shellfish found along the shores of the lakes. These shellfish consumed algae, which gave them a high concentration of algae-rich fats – what we now know as omega-3 fatty acids. These fats accelerated the growth of the frontal cortex, the site of higher thinking in the brain. In just 10,000 years the size of man’s brain increased by 50%. It was this development that led to modern man conquering the rest of the known world. And this is how it happened.
The larger brain of homo sapiens use as much as three times the calories as is needed by other species. For example, in modern man, up to 25% of all calories go to brain function, whereas in the ape family, only 8% of calories fuel the brain. And only a dense diet – one centered around meat, fish, and nuts – provided the needed calories. Those concentrated calories were, and are, found in “good” fats, like the omega-3 fatty acids, which provide the elements necessary for more highly developed brains and better vision.
The monosaturated fats in nuts, avocado, and olive oil fats that cause the release of the hormone cholecystokinin (CCK), which tells the brain to stop eating.
When scientists varied the amount of fat in people’s diets, they found that more fat (the good variety) made the test subjects feel better. In the study, 20 people ages 20 to 37 spent a month eating meals that contained 41%of their calories as fat, and then went another month consuming food where fat supplied 21% of their daily calories. When researchers gave these men and women psychological tests for mood, they found that the higher-fat food resulted in more positive moods, more calm, and less anger and hostility. Further, the group consuming more fat lost more weight and were less prone to bingeing.

#2 – Mvth: Animal protein is bad because it contains high levels of saturated fats.
Protein may be either high or low in saturated fats. The protein we eat is high in saturated fat that triggers the release of endorphins and stimulates the body to continue eating. The meat our ancestors ate averaged 4%fat, not the 35% saturated fats in grain-fed cattle today. Wild game has between 1/3 and 1/7 the amount of saturated fats as domesticated animals.
The lipid profile of free ranging cattle is predominately monosaturated fat (the good fats). The lip profile of grain-fed cattle is saturated fat (the bad fats). Free-ranging meats, along with low-fat white meats, Should be diet staples.
Conclusion: Eat low-fat meat abundantly. Meat, and other protein, made up an average of 35% of the calories consumed by our ancestors. Nutritionists today tell us to beware eating red meat. However, such blanket statements are rarely correct. Protein is an essential nutrient, needed to build muscle and repair tissue. Red meats contain substantial quantities of antioxidants to protect against cholesterol. Free-ranging organically fed cattle, bison, elk, etc., are now available in stores throughout the country.
#3 – Mvth: The more fruit, the better. Our ancestors ate fruit only in season, not all year round. And the fruit they ate had not been altered by hybridization to have far more sugar and far less fiber than our present fare. Fruit should be limited to in season – and must be eaten separately from all other foods (due to the different digestive enzymes released) – something that is rarely the case in our society.
Fruits contain fructose – a form of sugar that triggers the release of insulin in the digestive process. Some fruits, like avocados, blackberries, boysenberries, guava, papaya, pears, and raspberries, contain five times the amount of fiber in other fruits, and therefore do not set off an insulin reaction. Limit fruits, especially during the weight loss period.
Most fruit is not grown in their own root system, but hydroponically. This means the fruit is not absorbing the nutrients from the soil as they did for millennia. Unless it’s organically grown in its own root system, you are eating a sugar ball with little nutrients. When you eat a food devoid of nutrients, your body must use its store of nutrients to break down the food which would then not be available for other vital needs.
#4 – Mvth: Eat all the vegetables vou can. Vegetables are our primary source of energy for the body. The body requires a continual intake of carbohydrates to feed the brain. But any carb not immediately used by the body is stored in the form of glycogen in the liver or the muscles. The body can only store about 300 grams of carb in the muscles and 60-90 grams in the liver. Excess carbohydrates are converted to fat. As Barry Sears, author of The Zone books has said, “Even though carbs are themselves fat-free, excess carbs end up as excess fat!”
Another concern is the pesticides used in the growing process. Stick to organically grown fruits and vegetables. Also be aware that vegetable juice is not the same as eating vegetables. Juicing removes the fiber from the carbohydrate, meaning that the carb enters the bloodstream like a sugar, causing an insulin spike and triggering the appetite center in the hypothalamus. The conclusion: nothing in abundance.
#5 – Mvth: A few drinks of alcohol a dav are good for vour health. Moderate alcohol use does not enhance health. As far as the body is concerned, alcohol s a poison. Alcohol damages the brain, liver, pancreas, duodenum, and central nervous system. This is why alcohol is so very addictive – because it triggers the release of endorphins in many areas of the body at once. Alcohol causes metabolic damage to every cell in the body and depresses the immune system.
People are healthy in spite of alcohol, not because of it. Studies that indicate moderate drinking reduces certain risks of heart attack, cardiovascular disease, etc., are flawed. The fact is that people who drink in moderation do other things in moderation. They eat in moderation, exercise, used reasoned judgment, act prudently, go to doctors more often, have greater disposable income, consume less processed foods, etc. There is no way to factor out those components independently of other considerations. Yet recent studies draw conclusions in spite of those factors.
Alcohol affects each person differently. But the negative effects of alcohol may be seen in a person drinking only two drinks per day. Yes, it takes years for the consequences of excessive drinking to become dominant, but alcohol may shorten life span by ten to fifteen years or more, to say nothing about the reduction in quality of life when other productive activities are reduced.
Recently, several studies of the link alcohol and breast cancer have been published, generating discussion in the press about whether a woman who drinks is increasing her risk. The new studies have indeed pointed to a link, though until recently it was unclear exactly how this may be. Then, last year, a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed that when pre-menopausal women drank about one ounce of pure alcohol daily (the amount in two average drinks), they had higher levels of estrogen in their blood and urine than when they did not drink. The women were on the same diet throughout the study. This finding suggested an explanation (increased production of estrogen) for the possible link between alcohol and breast cancer. Another highly publicized study, conducted in Spain of 762 women with breast cancer, showed that even moderate alcohol intake was associated with a 50% increase in risk for breast cancer-a figure hard for women to ignore.
Even in small amounts, alcohol will destroy folic acid, B6, and B12. That makes the body more susceptible to homocysteine, which is a greater predictor of heart disease than cholesterol levels. Further, people who drink have been shown to have 40% worse learning ability than those who abstain. The reason: alcohol suppresses the REM cycle of sleep and you need REM sleep to integrate what you learn during the day.
#6 – Mvth: What about diets that claim vou can lose four pounds a week? According to researchers Dirk Pearson and Sandy Shaw, any diet will enable a person to initially lose a few pounds a week. However, as more time passes diets become less and less affective. The reason for this goes back to evolutionary biology. When a person looses more than two pounds a week, the body’s weight control center, the hypothalamus, thinks there is a scarcity of food. So, when this person returns to a normal diet, the body tries to store as much fat as possible before the shortage reoccurs. Aim to lose no more than 2 lbs. per week.
#7 – Mvth: A vegetarian diet is best for vour health. What we eat is a function of who we are. Man is classified by science as a primate. The order Primata evolved from the order Insectívora, or insect-eating mammals. Members of this species share many traits- including an omnivorous diet. Ninety-five percent of primates have a single-chambered stomach incapable of digesting most complex carbohydrates as they occur in nature. Of the two hundred species of primates, only the Colobus and Langur monkeys have a multi-chambered stomach and are thus capable of digesting a diet consisting primarily of grains and other complex carbohydrates. Compared to other primates, man has a shrunken large intestine and colon. In evaluating the gut ratios (the size of the small intestine to the large intestine) ours is much less similar to other primates and more comparable to carnivores, specifically the wolves.
As explained by Ray Audette in his book Neanderthin, “our relatively small lower gastrointestinal tract inhibits our ability to extract nutrients from calorically sparse food such as leaves, shoots, barks, etc., making us more dependent on calorically dense food such as meat. Only meat is packed with enough fat and calories to the necessary energy demanded by the brain of man.

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