Carbs, CHO, sugars — whatever you want to call them — are the bane of our present diet. Sugars cause cancers, they fuel disease, and cause diabetes and arthritis, as well as increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Eliminating or, at a minimum, decreasing the amount of sugar in our diets alone will help improve how we feel and how well we do.
Low-carb foods are problematic the same way as low-fat foods are. When the label says “low,” it means the fat or sugar is replaced with a chemical, so the outcome is a bad food. Stay away from “low” anything.
Just cut sugar and animal fat from your diet. Low-calorie diets, with the exception of HCG properly administered, cause ketosis, which is the result of breaking down sugar stores in the liver and possibly fat.
The problem with it is that people who are ketotic feel sick and exhausted.
The best way to diet is not to put a person in a state of ketosis, but rather to bring down the amount of sugar and fat in the diet so they feel OK but lose the extra fat.
Increasing metabolic rate is the best way to help weight loss. Drugs are not helpful because they have terrible side effects like pulmonary hypertension and the feeling of speeding and then crashing.
Some supplements that are helpful are L-carnitine, CoQ10, green tea extract, and B complex.
Gastric bypass should be a last-ditch effort for people who are morbidly obese (BMI>40), have sleep apnea, hypertension, and other diseases, and who have seriously tried numerous diets unsuccessfully and cannot exercise or move for medical reasons.
The problem with this modality is that it is surgery, and complications are the same as any surgery (anesthesia, etc.) and the results do not last.
While initially, most people lose lots of weight, in time the stomach stretches again, and people learn to get around the limitations caused by the surgery and gain the weight back.
Also, if part of the stomach has been removed, malabsorption (inability to absorb vitamins) causes other problems.
Posts by Erika Schwartz, M.D
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