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People in rich countries are getting fat at a quite unbelievable rate. Every year, it seems, a new fad diet is invented that claims to be able to shift the pounds. But they don’t seem to work because every year more and more people are becoming obese.
The problem is that these diets aren’t based on science. They don’t take into account that obesity is part of a vicious metabolic cycle and that fat is metabolically toxic. By this I mean that if you’re overweight your body produces chemicals that upset your metabolism.
These chemicals, called adipokines, cause unbalanced blood fats and cholesterol, raised blood pressure and, most importantly, poor control of blood glucose and high insulin levels. And this leads to you getting even fatter. It is a vicious cycle.
The build-up of abdominal fat, that is central to the metabolic syndrome, is the cause of three modern health epidemics in the western world – obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Losing weight can really lower the risk of dying from cancer, a heart attack or a stroke.
And a huge part of losing weight is controlling what you eat. So many diets tell you to give up the things you enjoy, or to only eat one type of food. But these diets often don’t work. Your diet should really be based on scientific evidence not on unfounded theories. The truth is that you don’t need to eat a boring diet to be healthy. You just need to eat the right amount of the right types of food.
One of the problems that a lot of people face when they try to go on a diet to lose weight is that they don’t understand the science (or lack of science) behind the diet. Knowing some basic principles really helps you to get to grips with how the diet works and what you need to do to succeed.
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