Information presented by Dr. Robert Lustig (February 2012) shows what science is discovering about obesity. Listen to this interview that explains why most people gain weight. The basic conclusion is: More insulin = more fat.
Most people think that people who are obese are glutinous and slothful. Scientists are discovering that to be the symptom, not the cause. The cause is eating foods that contain too much FRUCTOSE, which tells your body to produce more insulin and then you get tired and your brain send a signal to eat more sugar because it needs energy and you eat more foods that your body knows will give it quick energy (driving up insulin) and shortly after that you get tired and then you… So the basic cycle to gain weight is eat foods with fructose, feel tired shortly after, eat more to get more energy, feel tired (I could just cut and paste here!).
What foods containing fructose are driving up the insulin production in your system? Don’t count whole fruit because the fiber slows down the absorption of the fructose and does not cause a spike in insulin response.
Read labels!!! A common one is high fructose corn syrup, which actually tricks the hormone leptin, the hormone that tells your brain you are full. You want to avoid all food with this ingredient. Limiting your sugar in general is necessary for everyone. Our ancestors had to work hard to get as much sugar into their diet as we have. We get too much sugar, which is very unnatural, the big reason for obesity and some other diseases, like type 2 diabetes. New studies are finding that cancer can also happen as a result of too much sugar in the diet.
Another finding is that wheat was genetically modified in the 1960’s and had an additionally protein added to it which enabled it to gross 10 times the amount of wheat when planted. The wheat resulted in throwing off the body’s hunger stimulating hormone, ghrelin, which became another contributing factor to obesity.
A low carb diet is recommended for those with obesity, but there’s more to it than just lowing carbs. Certainly making sure to get A LOT of vegetables in your diet would be a good start!!