One hundred years ago, most people were very lean. A few had obesity, diabetes, heart disease or other chronic health problems. Most deaths were due to infections and trauma. A lot has changed since those times. We are experiencing an explosion of obesity and diabetes. In this month’s newsletter I am going to focus on health problems related to weight.
So why are we growing fatter and fatter, all across the world? Has our DNA mutated in the last 100 years? No. Our genes don’t change that rapidly. But our environment does. Every year, we introduce thousands of new chemicals that interact with and can confuse our biology. We have shifted our diets to more and more highly refined foods. Furthermore, each successive generation is eating fewer and fewer vegetables and fruits. The result is that we are starving for the building blocks that we need to conduct the chemistry of life properly. At the same time that we are becoming increasingly obese, we are also increasingly deficient in the vitamins, minerals, and essential fats we need to thrive.
Most weight loss strategies focus on severely restricting calories without addressing the starvation that is co-occurring with the obesity. Although severe restriction of calories can lead to weight loss, it is very difficult to keep the weight off.
We have observed in our trial, and I have observed in my clinical practice, that the best way to address obesity is to address the starvation. When people begin the Wahls Diet™, feeding their bodies the vitamins, minerals, essential fats, and antioxidants needed by their cells, they often begin to lose weight with minimal hunger. Furthermore they tend to experience more energy, mental clarity and vitality. Eliminating potatoes, white flour, and sugar and eating more green, sulfur-rich, and colorful foods as well as grass-fed meat is a great place to start if you want the lean hunter-gatherer to emerge from your current self.
You can learn more about the obesity-starvation connection from lectures featured on my DVD
or my CD
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