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“Oh no…Sugar Makes me Dumb?!”

Friday, May 18th, 2012

It turns out that too much sugar not only makes you fat…it can also adversely affect your memory and ability to learn.  According to a study conducted by scientists at UCLA, too much fructose interferes with insulin’s ability to regulate how cells use and storehigh fructose corn syrup “Oh no…Sugar Makes me Dumb?!” sugar in the body.  Your body’s ability to use sugar efficiently is necessary to effectively process thoughts and emotions.  It can be argued, therefore, that sugar has as much of an impact on your mind as it does on your body.  

I have never been much of an extremist when it comes to nutrition.  My wife and I do not keep a lot of sweets in the house but I cannot say that we don’t have the occasional scoop of ice cream.  With that said, I have always believed that for a diet or fitness regimen to be successful and sustainable, it has to consist of a relatively simple lifestyle change…one that can be maintained for a lifetime.  This is why I have argued against diets such as the HCG Diet.  These diets offer effective short-term results; however, unless you are willing to change the way you eat after the weight is lost or after you have reached your fitness goals, you will eventually revert to your starting point (if not worse than you were to begin with).  

Therefore, I would never suggest that you should not have anything with sugar in it again (unless you have the willpower to pull it off).  Most likely, you would throw up your hands in frustration and say, “I just can’t do that!”  What I am suggesting is that your sugar intake should be reasonably moderated.  This is critical for our kids since we are establishing the patterns and habits for their future.  Maybe we can all be a little smarter in the process!

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“Hey, I think there is something sticking out of your nose!”

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Now, I am a reasonable man.  I believe that not every exercise regimen, diet or healthy fitness plan works for everyone on the planet.  Whatever tools an individual uses to control weight, maintain good health, and improve overall fitness, it “Hey, I think there is something sticking out of your nose!” needs to be something that can be easily maintained as an addition to a normal everyday lifestyle.  Generally, diets or weight control programs should not be based upon behaviors that drastically change the way you live your life.  Not that there isn’t some potential benefit to dropping all your old habits, the behavior change needs to be realistic so it can be maintained over time.  Deciding to eat nothing but salads may sound like a good idea, but are you really going to do that?  Sometimes, simple changes in eating habits can have a significant impact on your overall health.  Drastic measures, in my opinion, should be reserved for drastic circumstances…like you are going to die in the next 6 months if you don’t lose weight. 

With that said, it never ceases to amaze me when people engage in behaviors that may offer a short term solution to their problem, but at the same time it may kill them or make them sick at the same time.  The HCG Diet is a good example.  This particular diet confuses your body into thinking it is pregnant and subsequently induces a disease state that results in you losing weight.  If you don’t believe me then do the research for yourself. 

The most recent example of a diet that just sounds wrong on its face is the K-E Diet.  Essentially, a doctor inserts a feeding tube into your nose and down to your stomach.  The feeding tube provides a constant slow drip of protein and fat, mixed with water which contains zero carbohydrates and totals 800 calories a day…REALLY?!!  Am I the only one who thinks it is simply nuts to walk around with a feeding tube sticking out of your nose for the purpose of weight loss?  Yet the Yahoo news article is being used by “brides-to-be” to rapidly shed pounds. 

I will stick to my cleansing and replenishing program that eliminates impurities while providing high-grade nutrition to your body.  It just sounds saner.

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