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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Carmel Aaron: The fat switch- an overview

  • There is a new book by Dr. Richard Johnson called the Fat Switch, following on the heels of his book The Sugar Fix.
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  • On April 22nd 2009 I published an article I had written entitled: “Avoid Sugar, Disease and Aging”
    It gave quite a bit of detailed information on the cascading bad effects of too much sugar in the diet. It also caused some interesting feedback.
    Since that time, scientists and some passionate researchers have continued their studies, and because of that we are learning even more. We should appreciate and utilize their dedication and this newer information.
    Now there is a new book by Dr. Richard Johnson called the Fat Switch, following on the heels of his book The Sugar Fix.
    This newest information builds on what we have already learned, and it promises to be very helpful to both our interest in weight loss and improved health.
    Here are a few points I have learned:
    In Dr. Richard Johnson’s words: “Those of us who are obese eat more because of a faulty 'switch' and exercise less because of a low energy state. If you can learn how to control the specific 'switch' located in the powerhouse of each of your cells – the mitochondria – you hold the key to fighting obesity.”
    He also pointed out: Large portions of food and too little exercise are not solely responsible for why you are gaining weight.
    Metabolic Syndrome is a normal condition that animals undergo to store fat.
    Uric acid is increased by specific foods and causally contributes to obesity and insulin resistance.
    Fructose-containing sugars cause obesity not by calories but by turning on the fat switch.
    Effective treatment of obesity requires turning off your fat switch and improving the function of your cells’ mitochondria.
    How did he come to these conclusions?
    He did a lot of research, some even dating from 300 AD.
    Then, he studied animals, including animal behavior before migration or hibernation. He learned how animals put on great amounts of fat before each.
    He has related this information to us, as we are animals too.
    He also points to the chief culprit as being fructose. Then if you will notice food manufacturers have discovered that when high fructose corn syrup is added to foods, not only do we feel it tastes better, but then your feeling known as ‘feeling full’ is turned off, and you automatically over-eat.
    Food manufacturers love that, because it puts more money in their pockets.
    Natural foods such as fruits also have fructose in them, although a serving of fruit has about 4 or 5 grams to 20 grams in a coke. Of course, fruit also has fiber and real nutrition where cokes or candies do not.
    Page 2 of 3 - Of course, if you juice your fruits you remove the fiber and they have a higher sugar content. This is not desirable.
    The Fat Switch is not the entire problem or solution to great health and normal weight, but it is a primary consideration and should be studied and applied by everyone wanting good health plus a normal size.
    Another point he uses is something else that I have used in my classes for those with a goal of shrinking their size. It is called “Intermittent fasting.” This is accomplished by using very small amounts of fasting where glycogen is used up and a person will begin to burn fat. It is also very effective for size reduction.
    Unfortunately, it is thought that people, like lower animals may be able to manufacture fructose under certain circumstances. So, it is important to learn what those circumstances are, to avoid that process.
    If you desire great health for yourself and your family, you will want to learn this information. In that way you will be able to avoid obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and fatty liver disease. Or if you are already experiencing these, you will want to turn these conditions around or correct them.
    Please know that what you do can either promote or reduce these health issues: Insulin resistance; Fatty liver; High blood pressure; High triglycerides; diabetes –leading to over 22 different health issues.
     Dr. Johnson’s research shows that a high fructose diet is the key to developing metabolic syndrome, and as soon as you throw fructose into the mix, “calories in versus calories out” is no longer a functional equation.
    There’s something distinctively different about fructose. It’s not just a calorie. Dr. Johnson said: It was a big challenge to figure out how fructose was causing diabetes and obesity through a mechanism that doesn’t really require excessive calorie intake.”
    So even though fructose is a sugar, similar to glucose; when it’s metabolized, it’s actually very different from glucose, and this makes all the difference in the world in terms of weight and health.
    This is by no means everything needed, so please continue your own research, or further your knowledge by taking a class offered by a professional.
    For more information please go to:
    http://www.squidoo.com/sugar-disease-aging-premature-death
    As we know, the obesity epidemic will not reverse itself. We must become educated. It will require that we bring back to cooking-- whole, fresh organic real foods.
    The more you know, the better you will be to guide yourself to your goals.
    Page 3 of 3 - You and those you love will be happy and much healthier that you did.
     
    (Carmel Aaron lives in Heber Springs, has a degree in biology and has been certified by Proevity in Nutrition and Glycemic Indexing; she operates Anatomy Academy Wellness, where she teaches a Certified Diet Wellness coaching program. New classes starting 2 or 3 times a year–- Group Discounts-– email Carmel at: AWellnessCoach@Gmail.com)   
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