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212 - Is this the way to Lose Weight?

I repeat , is this really the way? Really?
If obesity researchers are so smart, why are we so large? That’s the question at the heart of Gary Taubes’s book, Why We Get Fat – and What to Do About It. After all, public health authorities have been hammering home a very simple message for the past 40 years: If you don’t want to be fat, cut the fat from your diet. And in those years, obesity rates have continued to go up.
Taubes thinks he knows why: Obesity experts have gotten things just about completely backward. If you look carefully at the research, he says, fat isn’t the enemy; easily digested carbohydrates are. The very foods that we’ve been sold as diet staples – white rice, fat-free yogurt, plain baked potatoes (hold the butter), and plain pasta (hold the olive oil, sauce, and cheese) – actually reset our physiology to make us pack on the pounds. And the foods that we’ve been told to shun – steak, burgers, cheese, even the sour cream so carefully scraped from that potato – can help us finally lose the weight and keep our hearts healthy.
According to Taube, eating less calories and exercising won't keep people thin, it will just make people hungry. Paying attention to the hormonal and enzymatic regulation of the fat tissue will give us the answer for what causes obesity and what cures it.  
As you might imagine, Taubes has stirred controversy with his contentions. Though he’s known as an obsessive reporter and a science nerd (Taubes studied applied physics at Harvard and aerospace engineering at Stanford and has won numerous science-writing awards), he’s been called a dangerous cherry picker of data – someone who searches through decades of studies to weave together the bits he likes. However, a series of studies in the past five years has compelled researchers to rethink their long-held prejudices against low-carb diets. These days, scientists like Dr Mitchell Lazar, who directs the diabetes institute at the University of Pennsylvania, and cardiologist Dr Allan Sniderman, at McGill University, take Taubes’s argument seriously.

Eric Westman, MD, who directs the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic in Durham, North Carolina, and who cowrote The New Atkins for a New You, has been studying low-carb diets for 12 years and believes they (and not low-fat ones) are the key to losing weight (a position that more and more evidence supports). His five guidelines:
1. Don’t Try to Limit Fat. “Eating high-fat foods keeps you from feeling deprived,” says Dr. Westman. Bacon, cheese, heavy cream, sour cream, cream cheese, mayonnaise, butter, and oil are all healthy parts of a low-carb diet.
2. Say Goodbye to Pasta, Bread, and Rice.To lose weight, most people have to stay under 20 grams of “net” carbs per day (net carbs refers to the number of grams of carbs minus grams of fiber, because fiber doesn’t send blood sugar spiking). That rules out bread (two slices contain about 24 grams of net carbs), rice (over 40 grams in a cup), and pasta (about 40 grams per cup). Once you hit your goal, you can slowly add in more carbs that don’t have a big impact on blood sugar.
3. Be Picky About Vegetables. Starchy (carb-heavy) vegetables—most of the ones that grow underground, as well as corn—are off-limits. But you can have up to four cups daily of leafy greens such as lettuce, spinach, and collard greens. Limit broccoli, cauliflower, green peppers, okra, and Brussels sprouts to two cups per day.
4. Say No to Hidden Sugars. Fruit, that legendarily healthful food, is packed with sugar, aka carbohydrates. So are fruit juices. Other concentrated sources include soda, cakes, and candy. You may be able to keep diet sodas, light beer, dry wine, and sugar-free sweets on the menu and still lose weight.
5. Eat as Much as You Want. When it comes to protein and fat, “you don’t have to use portion control,” says Dr. Westman. “Your hunger will go down automatically when you start eating this way—all you have to do is stop eating when you’re full.”

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  1. thanks for sharing! next time do share tips to gain weight yeah! :)

  2. I've read this before. "Say Goodbye to Pasta, Bread, and Rice"? Sorry, Taubes, but some of us are Malaysian.

    I don't think he has the right idea. Gonna blog about it in a sceond.

  3. Totally agree on the low carb diet. Used have problem since I'm a rice lover and eat up to 3 bowls of rice PER MEAL! Now I only had a bowl of rice for dinner and 2 bigger bowls of porridge in the day :D

  4. Your five tips have really helped me to lose weight fast. Pasta was almost everything I was eating but know that I have given it up, I can fit in my old clothes. Thanks!

  5. if i eat as much as i want, i'd end up achieving more weight than reducing ><

    Latest: Mamak or Indian?

  6. i would like to ask whether do u hav tips tat can slim down flabby arms and thigh without going to gym or using those machine?

    1. hello there, without going to the gym, hah, that's no way else other than your diet, and endurance, patience. Trust me, you're not gotta slim down if you do not plan well. EAT BALANCE. I repeat, BALANCE. life is all about balancing, it's very simple, keep a log book, limit your calories intake. No cheating( in order to see results) . Dislike going to the gym? no prob, just keep yourself busy with something else, (facebooking, gaming, gardening, watching movie) just try your best to stay away from food, and avoid temptation, DONT BUY FATTENING FOODS, so, automatically, you will slim down. oright? ;) Remember, stay positive, take a deep breath, visualize your goal, and, achieve it! All the best okay? ;)Tell me you good news after a month! I'll be waiting!


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