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OMG! You Really Can Get Fat Just Looking At Food!

Posted by Lori on August 3, 2009

From The Right Bite by Stephanie Dalvit-McPhillips:

There was a  remarkable study that was conducted at Yale University by Dr. Judith Rodin. She showed that the mere thought of food can start the food deposition process. In experiments, people were instructed not to eat for eighteen hours. At the end of this time, blood samples were drawn from people in the study as they were being told that they could soon eat the juicy mouth-watering steaks charbroiling before them. Results of these tests revealed that in all cases, insulin levels skyrocketed, causing blood sugar to be stored as fat and glycogen well before our famished subjects had taken their first bite.


The human body is an amazing thing.


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Caffeine, Insulin, Fat and Weight Loss

Posted by Lori on April 21, 2008

As I mentioned earlier today, Gwen of Gwen’s WLS Journey was stuck on a weight loss plateau for several days. She’s lost eighty pounds with her Lap Band and is now down to losing her final fifteen. She finally laid off coffee over the weekend and voila! she dropped a pound and a quarter.

Duke University did a study on caffeine and Type II diabetics and discovered that it caused blood sugar levels to spike through out the day after meals. We don’t know whether it does the same for non-diabetics or not, but we do know that Dr. Atkins found his patients didn’t lose weight as well when they were drinking coffee. In my case, I could barely register as being ketosis if I drink any caffeine whatsoever regardless of how meticulous I am about keeping my carbs below induction level.

Here’s a quick little video from the Mayo Clinic for diabetics about how blood glucose and insulin are created and function in your body.

Calories Per Hour puts what happens next very simply:

Our pancreas creates a hormone called insulin that transports blood sugar into our body’s cells where it is used for energy. When we eat refined grains that have had most of their fiber stripped away, sugar, or other carbohydrate-rich foods that are quickly processed into blood sugar, the pancreas goes into overtime to produce the insulin necessary for all this blood sugar to be used for energy. This insulin surge tells our body that plenty of energy is readily available and that it should stop burning fat and start storing it.

From the Duke study:

Participants took capsules containing caffeine equal to about four cups of coffee on one day and then identical capsules that contained a placebo on another day. Everyone had the same nutrition drink for breakfast, but were free to eat whatever they liked for lunch and dinner.

The researchers found that when the participants consumed caffeine, their average daily sugar levels went up 8 per cent. Caffeine also exaggerated the rise in glucose after meals: increasing by 9 percent after breakfast, 15 percent after lunch and 26 per cent after dinner.

“We’re not sure what it is about caffeine that drives glucose levels up, but we have a couple of theories,” says Lane, who is the lead author of the study. “It could be that caffeine interferes with the process that moves glucose from the blood and into muscle and other cells in the body where it is used for fuel. It may also be that caffeine triggers the release of adrenaline – the ‘fight or flight” hormone that we know can also boost sugar levels.”

For those of you who aren’t losing weight, try laying off the caffeine and see if it makes a difference. We all love our coffee and tea, but most of us would rather be skinny. 🙂

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Obesity Largely Determined By Genetics

Posted by Lori on March 10, 2008

Sometimes I feel like I harp on this a bit too much, but most people who are overweight suffer from so much guilt, that I think it’s incredibly important to reiterate the degree to which weight gain is beyond common sense control. I doubt that most overweight people eat that much differently from their trimmer companions. Most of us eat somewhat badly but few of us really binge.

From the University College London:

Becoming overweight as a child is more likely to be the result of your genes than your lifestyle, claims a study.

University College London researchers examined more than 5,000 pairs of identical and non-identical twins.

Their American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study found that differences in body mass index and waist size were 77% governed by genes.

Why twins?

Twin studies are a good way to test how far our genes or our environment influence our development.

Identical twins have exactly the same genes, while non-identical twins are genetically different, like brother and sister.

However, because they were born at the same time, and raised in the same household, they can be assumed to have roughly similar upbringing in terms of food.

This allows scientists to measure differences in weight and calculate how much of that difference can be blamed on environment, and how much on genes, even though it doesn’t identify individual genes which might be linked to obesity.

They worked out that the effect of a bad environment was far less marked than the effect of a child’s genes.

I think it works out like this – our modern diet is a mess. Lots of carbs and fat and salt – not a good combo. For people who are not genetically inclined to gain weight though, the diet isn’t that much of a problem. But for those of us who are – watch out!

And be very clear – carbs, fat and salt is very much the diet that was encouraged on us from the late sixties on. I’m talking about pasta and pesto here – not fast food. But once you get to fast food, then you have real problems. And how many kids, in our mom-got-home-late-and-still-needs-to-do-laundry-and-grade-papers world are eating fast food a few times a week? Grrrrrr……

Just put your burden down and decide what you want to do. If you don’t want surgery, learn to love yourself anyway. Eat right. Get some exercise. Check out the online fatosphere and make some new friends. The truth of the matter is that you’re pretty worthwhile regardless of what you do, and that’s what you should treasure about yourself. And if you do want to lose weight, then quit beating yourself up. You probably aren’t any more gluttonous than lots of your skinny friends – it’s true. Get yourself to a surgeon and check out lap band surgery. You’ll live longer, you’ll be healthier and happier. And that’ll make your mom, your spouse and your kids happy too. 🙂

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