by Yohanan Burket
Considering the large number of obese people we see these days, it not surprising that the weight loss industry is by far the largest in the health category. The mentality of those who seek to lose weight is never about what they should stop eating, but how can they find that magical pill that will accomplish the weight reduction. It seems that every once in a while, we hear about another “breakthrough” weight loss fad. I’ve been hearing about these so-called breakthroughs for decades. Of course, the people swallowing this nonsense are still as fat as ever! It’s almost comical. Exercise is also touted to be the way to lose weight, but unfortunately, most people would need to run a marathon daily to make any significant dint in their weight loss. Weight loss scammers are more likely to push magic potions, however, as they are more profitable.
Stop Eating Junk Food
Did you ever hear the magic weight loss promoters tell you to stop eating junk food? Of course not. Identifying what is junk food isn’t too difficult; if the “food” is not in the deli or produce sections of the supermarket, it most likely is junk food. Typical junk food is wrapped in aluminum and has colorful decorations on it (think potato chips, etcetera). Other junk food comes in the form of highly processed oils that are only a molecule away from plastic, chemically speaking. No wonder the body puts these oils in fat cells; it has no use for them because the body cannot process them. Bad oils also displace the good oils necessary for proper brain and pancreas function. Some have surmised that these bad oils amplify diabetic symptoms by making the pancreas insensitive to insulin. The bad oils contribute to bad skin as well. The good oils are coconut and palm oils, at least for cooking. For low temperatures, pure olive oil (if you can find it!) mixed with water can be used for some cooking. I personally use butter for cooking eggs for breakfast. Butter can easily be burned, however, and cooking potatoes in butter can cause the butter to turn brown – not good.
Sweet is Not So Sweet for Your Health
Most sweeteners are bad news. White sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and even the artificial sweeteners should be avoided. Virtually all the artificial sweeteners are toxic to the kidneys. The one called Aspartame is deadly; it is a neurotoxin.
Recommended sweeteners are organic honey, stevia, date syrup, and lightly processed molasses (not blackstrap molasses). Although blackstrap molasses is an excellent source of minerals such as iron, magnesium, copper, and more, it is not so sweet. One can acquire a taste for blackstrap molasses, however. A combination of blackstrap molasses mixed with honey in cake recipes is a good idea. Stevia does not work well in baked goods, but can be used to sweeten drinks such as coffee or tea.
Ingesting large amounts of sugar in pastries and the like will lead to a short, unhealthy life.
The Impact of Bread and Pasta
Almost everyone enjoys the filling effect of bread, and especially if it is tasty. In my experience, it is the major factor in producing a bulging waistline. Personally, I lost 20 pounds simply by avoiding bread for a few weeks. This was in the days before genetically modified wheat; I shudder to think what that garbage can do to you! Perhaps the genetically modified wheat is the reason that so many people are now experiencing “gluten intolerance”. I never heard of such a thing a few decades ago.
How to Lose Weight Without Starving
Junk foods provide empty calories, meaning the calories don’t produce energy. They are nutritionally void. This may surprise many, but a perfect example of food with virtually no nutritional value is most breakfast cereals. Specifically, the breakfast cereals that are in flaked or extruded forms are the worst of the worst. This is because the amino acids contained in the original material are deformed by the process of extrusion. They become useless fragments having no nutritional value whatsoever. The vitamins and minerals are also lacking, even in the so-called fortified cereals. Did you know that the “fortified” cereals only get a light spraying of vitamins? It’s simply a marketing ploy.
In the 1940s, an experiment was performed on two groups of rats. One group of rats was feed corn flakes and the other group was fed the cardboard box that contained the corn flakes. After a period of time, the rats from both groups died off. Surprisingly, the rats eating the box outlived the ones ingesting corn flakes, on average! Needless to say, Kelloggs and other makers of this marvelous “food” succeeded in squashing this story. If the public only knew…
Breakfast cereals such as Cheerios and Corn Flakes are therefore junk food. I recall when I ate breakfast cereals in the past that I would quickly get hungry afterwards. As cereals are heavily loaded with sugar, it’s doubly dangerous. In a nutshell, cereals put on weight due to the sugar content, but provide no energy because there are no usable nutrients present.
Another food that is lacking in nutrients are mushrooms.
High nutrient density foods are what we need. Foods high in protein and fats are preferred. Yes, fats! I’m not referring to the kind of fats found in donuts and French fries (chips), either. The good fats are found in organic coconut oil, flaxseed oil, palm oil, olive oil, fish oils, and animal fats. There is virtually no need for carbohydrates.
Contrary to the bogus cholesterol theory, saturated fats are the best for you! It has been demonstrated that just by taking coconut oil, seniors with Alzheimer’s disease had their memories restored and their brains fully functioning.
High Nutrient Density Foods
Before they starting eating the SAD (Standard American Diet), the Eskimos were a healthy people. Since SAD, now there are many cases of diabetes among them. In the past, the Eskimos subsisted entirely on a meat and fat diet. That’s right, they ate almost no carbohydrates and were healthy with virtually no diabetes among them.