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User Info Wanna Die?; entered at 2020-02-25 13:35:37
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Registered: 2009-03-31 West side of the rockies
Over the past 30 years or so I've accumulated a lot of extra weight. Early on I would work some of it off with a lot of exercise and trying to eat like what "health" experts would say.

I've been telling my doctor for a few years now that I know what I have to do to lose it (cut the carbs, high fat, etc), and have had some success, but then I lapse and end back up at square one. I've also been considered "pre" diabetic for a while.

But it wasn't until my "pre" diabetic number started to creep up this past year that I finally just had it. It's taken a couple of false starts, and I came to the realization that it isn't that I simply had to change my diet, but I had to break my addiction to many foods. The past couple of months have been a real eye opener as far as what I'm addicted to, not unlike being addicted to something like tobacco and what have you.

Bottom line is, it is a lifestyle change, not a diet, and until you realize that what you are currently eating is an addiction and you need to treat it as such, you won't lose the weight. No one can force you to. You and you alone have to come to that realization. And until you do, you probably will continue with the status quo. I have, even knowing what I *should* be eating. And yes it doesn't help that mainstream says "more carbs, less fat or fat free".

An aside: I did a Google search a couple of weeks ago (search term was "food diabetics should not eat" or something similar, cannot remember). One of the links was to a Mayo Clinic page that talked about how you should get 65% of your calories from carbs if you are diabetic. So what they suggest is 65% carbs, 20% protien, and 15% fat. Its no wonder why people can't lose weight. Not only are they addicted to the wrong types of food, the medical industry accommodates it hook line and sinker.

A couple of books I recommend on the topic: "Grain Brain" and "Wheat Belly". Its good to see some medical professionals start to make noise about the issue, but the noise right now is statistically insignificant.

I'll close with an observation I noted when in Hong Kong about 10 years ago. There weren't many fat people, nowhere near the number you'd see in a US city of comparable size, such as New York. It was one of the first things I observed as I walked around various parts of Hong Kong. I wonder why....
2020-02-25 13:35:37