I read through a 24-slide presentation titled “Obesity: How to Diagnose and Treat an Epidemic” on Medscape.” The authors say that caloric restriction, self-monitoring, patient preference (listening to what the patient wants to do!), and program adherence may be more important than any specific “diet.”
They recommend a low carb, low fat, low calorie diet (800-1800 cal/day). They say that while an increase in physical activity may contribute to weight loss, eating less calories is generally the most effective intervention. And they are wrong!
Science has proven that restricting calories is not the best way to lose weight. Neither is exercise. Restricting calories from carbs but eating more calories from fat is the best way to lose weight. You can read how I easily lost 15 lbs following a Ketogenic Diet along with Intermittent Fasting in my eBook ReSet Your Ideal Weight. The process is made quite simple and symptom-free when you take all the Completement Formulas (except ReStructure) during the fasting part of the program. I also recommend taking psyllium and bentonite (part of my Yeast Detox protocol) to absorb toxins released during fasting and during the Keto Diet.
Besides recommending ineffective calorie restriction the Medscape presentation offered medications and surgery as the next steps – neither of which have a good or safe success rate.
NOTE: As I advanced through the 24 slides, along the right side of my screen the drug Victoza for Type 2 diabetes was advertised. It’s an injectable drug that stimulates insulin secretion for Type 2 Diabetes. However, we know that Type 2 is an expression of insulin resistance, so no amount of banging away at the pancreas to make more insulin will work because the cells resist insulin and just won’t let it in. Then of course there is the long list of side effects, some of which are very serious.
This drug ad for Type 2 Diabetes beside a report on obesity was well-placed since most people with diabetes are overweight or obese. When I began searching for information on the Keto Diet I came upon the website DietDoctor.com and immediately found Dr. Jason Fung, a Canadian Nephrologist.
Dr. Fung, after watching his allopathic medical treatments fail with his kidney patients, realized that obesity was the culprit. He watched the progression of obesity to diabetes and on to kidney failure for about ten years before he’d had enough. He decided someone had to solve the obesity problem and wrote about his findings in his book, The Obesity Code. His investigations supported my experience that caloric restriction and exercise weren’t making a big enough impact on weight loss. Dr. Fung even goes so far as to say that “The failure rate of the Eat Less, Move More, is about 99%!”
Dr. Fung reminds us that insulin is the hormone that tells the body to either burn energy inside cells or stores energy inside liver cells. Since diabetics can’t get their sugar into cells, it becomes stored in the liver as glycogen. Stored energy from glycogen is as close as the money in your purse, but stored fat is like money in the bank and harder to get at and only available when your stored sugar is all used up. When you eat carbs your insulin goes up, when insulin falls because you aren’t eating carbs your body releases energy from glycogen storage sites in the liver and muscle. When glycogen is used up, the body automatically turns on fat burning.
With the Keto Diet you are only eating from 20-50 grams of carbohydrates a day (non fiber carbs). This low level of calories from carbs means that the body has to derive its energy from fat, which burns fat in you diet but also stored fat. However if you eat a few thousand calories of fat, you aren’t going to burn your fat stores, you are just going to burn the fat from your diet.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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