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by Aubrey F. Melchert
I was severely overweight. But after I lost a hundred pounds, I decided to share with others the nature of my success:
The first step was my realization that not all calories are built the same. In the past, in my posts, I have pointed out that HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) is nothing short of pure poison, due to the negative relationship it has with the liver. However, in recent weeks, I have come to understand that ALL fructose is poison.
Some of you may say, "But hey, fructose is just 'fruit sugar.'" This is entirely true. What is missing from its use in processed food, though, is a critical component that ordinarily makes it possible for fructose to be evacuated from the body -- that component being fiber. All fruit is created with sufficient fiber to allow the body to process it without negative effect. Unfortunately, fructose is now being combined into mass-produced foods in which it has no place in being, such as bread, pretzels, cereal, and literally THOUSANDS of other foods. Start label-reading and you will find yourself standing in pure astonishment at how prolific this substance is in the American processed food stream.
But that is not all. Fructose combined with glucose produces sucrose, which also is processed by the liver like any other poison or toxin. This results in a chain of bio-chemical reactions that result in turn in insulin resistance -- which means you will store more fat.
This video produced by Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, is based on a more lengthy lecture called "Sugar: the Bitter truth" produced by the University of California, San Francisco. He does a fantastic job of simplifying the complexity of metabolizing simple and complex sugars. For those who wish to see the full UCSF lecture with Dr. Robert Lustig, it's at the bottom of this post.
If you want to lose weight -- if you want to change your life and feel better, stronger, and mentally clearer -- you need to stop denying the fact that the American diet is nothing short of toxic. Regardless of how much you may work out, how much you monitor what you think is a decent calorie count, you will never, with fructose pumped into the food you eat, lose a significant amount of weight.
Once you realize that it has little to do with your personal level of discipline, your determination, or dedication, and that you are being defeated by the nature of the food you eat, you will have the power to change your life and take control of what is keeping you from being the energetic healthy you that you want to be.
End the lie and take back your life and your health. Having once been myself, so terribly unhealthy, I can tell you it's wonderful to realize that you can have control in the simplest of ways, with the most profound effect!
Once you embrace this, you will discover that as your insulin resistance decreases your energy levels will increase, and your desire to do other things, like exercise, will also correspondingly increase.
If you are struggling with your weight, remember, you don't have to live this way. This is the first step in effecting change in your life.
The extended full lecture from UCSF is here:
:: photo of a fructose molecule courtesy of Bin im Garten, via Creative Commons license ::