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We Have Evolved To Not Lose Weight (Study)
06-07-2014, 05:40 PM #1
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Quote:As incredible as it sounds, that's what the evidence is showing. For psychologist Traci Mann, who has spent 20 years running an eating lab at the University of Minnesota, the evidence is clear. "It couldn't be easier to see," she says. "Long-term weight loss happens to only the smallest minority of people."


06-07-2014, 05:51 PM #2
Octo Mother Superior
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Well, in a perfect world we wouldn't have any extra weight to begin with. But I agree, no diet will permanently keep weight off if you overeat normally. Only a lifestyle change will have long term effect.
06-07-2014, 05:59 PM #3
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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The study also indicates that obesity is a combination of biological and social aspects (lifestyle).
06-07-2014, 06:18 PM #4
Octo Mother Superior
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Coincidentally I was also reading an article about obesity...

Junk Food: Just as Bad as Cigarettes, and Marketing Tactics Also Rival Those of Big Tobacco

06-07-2014, 06:25 PM #5
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Once I cut the wheat and sugar, the extra weight rolled off with no diet at all, but that IS a lifestyle change.

06-07-2014, 06:40 PM #6
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Quote:Now, however, the actual genes involved in obesity are being identified - and the situation is incredibly complex. Weight is determined by MANY genes - some more important than others. More than 300 genes (so far) have been linked with obesity. Where our fat is deposited, how insulin is regulated, how much of various hormones our bodies secrete, and many, many more. For most of them, we don't understand the mechanisms yet. The next few years will be most interesting in that regard.


It certainly is a complex and interesting topic for sure if we look deeper including our evolutionary process.
06-07-2014, 07:04 PM #7
Octo Mother Superior
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From the article I linked:

Quote:Dr. Robert Lustig, an expert on the metabolic fate of sugar, explains that fructose is "isocaloric but not isometabolic." This means you can have the same amount of calories from fructose and glucose, fructose and protein, or fructose and fat, but the metabolic effect will be entirely different despite the identical calorie count. This is a crucial point that must be understood. Fructose is in fact far worse than other carbs because the vast majority of it converts directly to FAT, both in your fatty tissues, and in your liver. And this is why counting calories does not work... As long as you keep eating fructose and grains, you're programming your body to create and store fat.

There is a lot more understanding now than just a few years ago, but I think there's a lot of resistance from the food industry.
06-08-2014, 04:26 PM #8
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Our ever increasing dependence upon dehumanizing technology...

Creates our ever increasing desolation of apathy and laziness...

Which results in our evermore increasing obesity?!
06-08-2014, 04:56 PM #9
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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There's so many variables as to how we store fat.

06-08-2014, 04:57 PM #10
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(06-08-2014, 04:26 PM)Beyond Smolensk Wrote:  Our ever increasing dependence upon dehumanizing technology...

Creates our ever increasing desolation of apathy and laziness...

Which results in our evermore increasing obesity?!


Lack of activity (television) gaah.gif
06-08-2014, 05:25 PM #11
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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I would agree that inactivity plays a large role in the storage of fat.

Quote:It is more difficult today to create an active lifestyle.
People are less active due to technology and better mass transportation.

Sedentary jobs have increased 83% since 1950; Physically active jobs now make up only about 25% of our workforce. That is 50% less than 1950.

Our average work week is longer. Americans work 47 hours a week - 164 more hours a year than 20 years ago.


The good news:

Quote:The American Heart Association recommends 30-minutes of moderate activity, but three 10-minute periods of activity are as beneficial to your overall fitness as one 30-minute session. This is achievable! Physical activity may also help encourage you to spend some time outdoors. Sunlight on your skin helps your body produce vitamin D, which brings many added health benefits.

06-08-2014, 05:39 PM #12
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Another variable may be gut microbial health and this will be a topic to watch in 2014. (http://www.gastro.org/education-meetings...rld-summit)


06-08-2014, 06:26 PM #13
Octo Mother Superior
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We have been on the topic of gut health many times and I'm glad mainstream science is realizing the importance of this too.


06-08-2014, 09:25 PM #14
Octo Mother Superior
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10 Tips for Eating for Your Genes (and Jeans)

Quote:A revolutionary new science, Nutrigenomics, is showing how different foods may interact with specific genes, how food “talks” to our genes and how our genes express themselves after the conversation. It is confirming that food provides potent dietary signals that directly influence the metabolic programming of our cells and modify the risk of common chronic diseases. It is telling us that food is information, that it contains “instructions” which are communicated directly to our genes.

Armed with this information, your genes commandeer various metabolic actions and affect millions of critical biological processes, including cholesterol levels, aging, hormone regulation, weight gain and loss, and much more. Eat the right foods and they will send instructions to your genes for good health. Eating the wrong foods however, sends messages for disease.

What we are finding out is that there is so much more to food than just the nutrients we have discovered thus far. Real food is packed with thousands of compounds which have a complex and dynamic relationship with one another and your genes. With processed foods however, these micronutrients have either been altered or are missing, and therefore they can never deliver the same beneficial messages to your genes. Just as a computer program won’t function well when it gets fed bad data, neither will your body. Once you understand that food is “data” or complex information that the body uses to direct the multifaceted actions that keep us vibrantly alive, it’s easy to understand that loading up on junk food is like taking the fast lane to a giant system failure.

Foods loaded with sugar, trans fats and chemicals, and foods processed beyond recognition, are simply “bad data” for human consumption. I call these “food-like substances” because they are not real food. If you eat these regularly, your body stops working properly.

06-11-2014, 05:52 PM #15
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Octo, that's interesting about the food to genetic findings, and we can look to the Inuit peoples to see how that played out in their evolution.


Arctic sushi:



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