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I’ve seen this before and think I might have years back posted about it, but I thought it was worth posting again since I have been hearing so much about the HBO 4 part documentary: The Weight of the Nation.
Certainly not a topic most food sites want to take on in between crumble recipes, but one that really is of concern to all of us and that needs to be addressed, but how? Everyone seems to have different ideas. Yes, being active is important, not eating processed foods is essential, no one ever lost weight eating big Mac’s and Twinkies, but there is more to it than this. The only time I have ever lost a lot of weight (25 pounds) was when I was told, about 6 years ago, that I was a type 1 diabetic. I didn’t think it was possible for a man in his forties to become a type 1 diabetic: I was wrong. It so freaked me out I thought by starving myself I could reverse the disease. What I did to lose this weight was to seriously eliminate carbohydrates from my diet. The nutritionist told me I had to eat 130 grams a day as a baseline. I had days where I ate 30 grams. No fruit, no root vegetables, no bread…it was hell, but I lost a lot of weight. Then I went on insulin and gained it all back and then some.
Gary Taubes in the Daily Beast writes a provocative article about how the anti-obesity campaigners are missing the point, that not all calories are created equally and goes on to discuss how much energy is required to burn a calorie and just how much exercise you would need to do in order to burn off those fries. He makes some very good points that remind me of my struggle to lose weight and what it took. Unlike type 2 diabetes type 1 doesn’t repsond to weight lose so insulin was in my future no matter how stubbornly in denial I was.
What that taught me was the power of sugar and carbohydrates and the impact they make on making you fat. Next time you go for a glass of orange juice think about the 6 oranges it took to make that glass and how you would never eat 6 oranges in one sitting, and how can drinking all that sugar without the fiber the fruit naturally provides if you eat it whole, be good for you?
It’s a fascinating conversation and one so essential to be having right now, here is the trailer for The Weight of the Nation. I’d love to hear your stories, struggles and thoughts in the comment section.