Weight, Diet and Other Stresses
I'm getting questions about losing weight - the perpetual problem for people with endocrine problems.
First, let's talk about diet in general.
The endocrine system lives on protein and minerals. It needs vitamins and other nutritional support, but it lives on protein, which brings a lot of the needed minerals with it.
The endocrine system needs fat, too, and not just a dab. And it's saturated fat I'm talking about. For one thing, that's what the endocrine system uses to make its various hormones. No sat fat means no hormones.
And in a wondrous example of everything working together, losing weight also requires saturated fat. In fact, every body part you own needs sat fat. Oh, indeedy!
So forget The Biggest Loser TV program, all the magazines that tout a low-fat diet, doctors who sing from the low-fat hymnal, and anybody else who says sat fat is a no-no.
In a low-fat diet, you lose muscle, which throws your body into a tizzy. And did I mention the heart is muscle tissue?
Besides losing muscle, a low-fat diet pretty much guarantees you'll gain the weight back-but mostly as fat. With less and less muscle, it gets harder and harder to lose weight on a low-fat diet. You'll be told it's because you're getting old, but it's because you don't have enough muscle to give to the cause.
With a high-fat diet, though, you lose fat, not muscle.
But what about calories? A high-fat diet helps you lose weight because calories are different. Especially calories from fat, which don't count as much as carb or protein calories. Our bodies looooove fat.
Back in the day, the Atkins Diet almost got it right. Dump carbs it said, and that's right. Eat enough protein it said, and that's right, too. But the part about eating most of your calories (and don't bother counting) as fat didn't come up much.
But a high-fat diet isn't a new idea. This diet, that really knows how to do the losing-weight trick, has been around and proven effective since the 1800s.
Want proof? Read the book Good Calories, Bad Calories by science writer, Gary Taubes. This chunky book isn't lighthearted beach reading. It's study after study proving the validity of the high-fat diet, along with the political chicanery used to dispute each study's findings-for all these years. Truth doesn't seem to be an issue for people with money on their minds.
However, (and why is there always a however?) not just any saturated fat will do. It has to be a good saturated fat, and not all fats are good, mainly because they've been tampered with.
I'll write more about good sat fat another time (and the whole story's in my Moving to Health program at http://MovingToHealth.com - link below), but a quick tip for now is to stick to organic coconut oil and meat from grass-fed cows.
More about diet next.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She's a patient who's been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, "Moving to Health" about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don't, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.