Fat vs Fiction for Weight Loss
Fat vs Fiction for Weight Loss
- FAT vs FICTION: Dispel the myths & find out the truth about FAT in the weight loss cycle, how to improve chronic disease and gain greater health
- Is dietary FAT good or bad?
- Weigh in on the debate with 30 experts who will challenge your thoughts.
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The prevalence of overweight and obesity among Australians has been steadily increasing for the past 30 years. In 2011–12, around 60% of Australian adults were classified as overweight or obese, with more than 25% of these in the obese category (ABS 2012).
In 2007, around 25% of children aged 2–16 were overweight or obese, with 6% classified as obese (DoHA 2008).
A 2009 report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), predicts that there will be continued increases in overweight and obesity levels across all age groups during the next decade in Australia, to around 66% of the population (Sassi et al. 2009).
The causes, prevention and management of obesity are complex. They include social and cultural issues, the local environment, food industry practices and public policies, personal attitudes and behaviours, and human biology. All these are interconnected and it is a multifaceted. And need it be?
Losing weight is not always for some. The latest information from Dr David Ludwig an obesity expert and professor of nutrition at Harvard explains, “It’s not overeating that is causing an obesity crisis it is – WHAT WE EAT THAT IS THE PROBLEM’. “It may sound radical, but there’s literally a century of science to support this point,” Ludwig tells, The New York Times.
There are 2 things to consider, says Ludwig, who examines the epidemic and foods that act as “fat fertilisers” in his new book, Always Hungry. What we eat is a big problem. “It’s the low-fat, very high carbohydrate diet that we’ve been eating for the last 40 years, which raises levels of the hormone insulin and programs fat cells to go into calorie storage overdrive,” he explains. “Insulin”, he goes on to say, “Is the ultimate fat cell fertiliser.” The calories become so well stored in the fat cells that our bodies cannot access them to burn for energy. This means we always feel hungry.
“When we cut back on calories, our body responds by increasing hunger and slowing metabolism,” Ludwig says.
“We think of obesity as a state of excess, but it’s really more akin to a state of starvation.”
He continues; “If fat cells are storing too many calories, the brain doesn’t have access to enough to make sure that metabolism runs properly. So the brain makes us hungry in an attempt to solve that problem, and we overeat and feel better temporarily”. “If the fat cells continue to take in too many calories, then we get stuck in this never-ending cycle of overeating and weight gain. The problem isn’t that there are too many calories in the fat cells, it’s that there’s too few in the bloodstream, and cutting back on calories can’t work.
“And that makes weight loss progressively more and more difficult on a standard low calorie diet.”
The second part of the problem is predetermined by genetics. Looking at genetic and your family make-up is important and always know you can work with this as well. Moving your body is equally important however that does not mean brandishing yourself, working yourself hard in an already inflamed body. Going low and slow initially is recommended.
Like to know more? A recent round table discussion (by the NHMRC, Canberra 2014), focussed on new information on human biology, with a view to eventual integration into evidence-based population advice. Here are the presentations at that event.
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