The Straight Talk on Sugar

January 6th, 2014

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The conventional wisdom is that people are eating too much and exercising too little. However, groundbreaking research suggests obesity is primarily related to a high-sugar diet.

In order for you to significantly gain weight, you must first become leptin resistant. Leptin resistance blocks the sensation of being full, making you eat more than you need.

Energy metabolism also falls, due to a reduction inimpairs your body’s ability to oxidize fat, causing a low-energy state
Sugar, and fructose in particular, is exceptionally effective at causing leptin resistance in animals, and it’s very effective at blocking the burning of fat.

Fructose stimulates weight gain through its effects on your appetite and by blocking the burning of fat. It also changes your body composition to increase body fat even when you are on a caloric restriction.

If you are insulin or leptin resistant, it would be prudent for you to restrict your fructose consumption to about 15 to 25 grams of fructose per day from all sources.

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Did you know that exercise is one of the safest, most effective ways to prevent and treat chronic diseases such as heart disease?

This common-sense advice was again confirmed in a meta-review conducted by researchers at Harvard University and Stanford University,1 which compared the effectiveness of exercise versus drug interventions on mortality outcomes for four common conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke

After reviewing 305 randomized controlled trials, which included nearly 339,300 people, they found “no statistically detectable differences” between physical activity and medications for prediabetes and heart disease.

Exercise was also found to be more effective than drugs after you’ve had a stroke. The only time drugs beat exercise was for the recovery from heart failure, in which case diuretic medicines produced a better outcome.

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What Happens to Your Body When You Exercise?

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One of the key health benefits of exercise is that it helps normalize your glucose, insulin, and leptin levels by optimizing insulin/leptin receptor sensitivity. Exercise-improved insulin/leptin receptor sensitivity is perhaps the most important factor for optimizing your overall health and preventing chronic disease.

Exercise also encourages your brain to work at optimum capacity by causing your nerve cells to multiply, strengthening their interconnections, and protecting them from damage. Unexpected side effects of exercise include improved changes in gene expression, clearer skin, and improved mood and sleep

Research shows that the “secret” to increased productivity and happiness on any given day is a long-term investment in regular exercise, and a little each day appears to go further than a lot once or twice a week.

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