Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
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Antinutrient #3: High-Fructose Corn Syrup
In the late ’70s, the medical establishment laughed at Dr. Atkins when he said fat didn’t make people fat, carbohydrates made people fat.
People thought he was nuts.
He was even called in front of Congress to defend himself and his diet.
At that point, less than 15% of Americans were obese.
Then the low-fat era really kicked in, and in the next decade the obesity rate shot up 8 percentage points.
Now here we are 30 years later, and we’re at 32%.
And 30 years after Atkins took his controversial stance, surprise, surprise, we take it as common knowledge that carbohydrates make you fat.
This reversal of accepted wisdom won’t take back those years of sugar addiction.
Some of the damage was done.
But we can work with our hormones to teach our bodies to react to food the way it did before we overwhelmed our insulin response systems.
The only way we’ll do this is to dump the most evil refined grain of all, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
Get this: The U.S. production of HFCS went from 3,000 tons in 1967 to 9,227,000 tons in 2005.
Production has increased 350% since 1980 alone.
While our average consumption of refined sugar has slowly dwindled in the past 40 years, our consumption of HFCS has shot up almost twenty-fold.
Tufts University researchers reported Americans consume more calories from HFCS than from any other source.
As one of the cheapest sweeteners around, HFCS helps processed-food companies boost their profits for pennies, but all it does for us is boost our fat-storing hormones.
A recent University of Florida study found a high-fructose diet directly causes leptin resistance in lab rats.
Another study, done at the University of Pennsylvania, found fructose doesn’t suppress hunger hormone ghrelin levels the way table sugar does.
Women who ate fructose instead of glucose had higher ghrelin levels throughout the day, overnight, and into the next day.
Why does your body react this way?
Well, for one thing, glucose is metabolized by all your cells; fructose must be metabolized in the liver.
HFCS somehow tricks your body into not releasing insulin and leptin, two hormones your body releases when you’re done eating.
And unlike regular sugar, HFCS doesn’t dampen ghrelin, whose rising levels demand your body eat more.
So if you eat or drink HFCS, you’ll actually continue to consume more calories, even 24 hours later, than you would had you just eaten plain table sugar.
HFCS also increases triglycerides, and high triglycerides prevent leptin from working in your brain, so it can’t tell you to stop eating.
You’ve probably seen ads from the Corn Refiners Association, trying to make it seem like people who avoid HFCS are paranoid.
Don’t buy their crap – and certainly don’t eat it!
Consumption of soft drinks has increased 500% in 50 years.
Every corn syrup- or sugar-sweetened drink a child consumes each day increases his or her obesity risk 60%.
Hidden High-Fructose Corn Syrup
As the most abundant source of calories and one of the cheapest ingredients in our food supply, HFCS has found its way into everything.
Make any amount of HFCS your deal breaker.
After looking at this list, you might wonder what you can eat.
Many of these foods come in healthy forms as well.
You simply need to know where to find them and what to look for (which we’ll cover in an upcoming post).
Cola and other sodas
Fruit juice blends
Hot dog and hamburger buns
Jams and jellies
Hormone Homework: Have a zero tolerance policy for this garbage.
Train yourself to see the initials HFCS as short for “poison” and just say NO.
More in the next post!
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