What you eat matters for both your weight and your health. But, as Dr. Dean Ornish points out, we should eat for health, not for weight. You can lose weight on the Paleo Diet, the Atkins Diet or most any other fad diet. The problem is that many, if not most, of these fad diets can cause serious health challenges. At Seattle weight loss hypnosis and Bainbridge Island weight loss hypnosis we are all about eating for health and I teach you the hypnosis weight loss tools to safely and healthfully lose weight and to eat healthy for the rest of your life.
As I have said on many occasions, about 75 percent of the $2.8 trillion in annual health care costs in the United States is from chronic diseases that can often be reversed or prevented altogether by a healthy lifestyle. If we put money and effort into helping people make better food and exercise choices, we could improve our health and reduce the cost of health care. My book, Becoming Slender For Life can support you in both healthy eating and weight loss.
Eating for Health, Not Weight
By Dean Ornish, M.D.
New York Times, September 22, 2012: ALMOST half of Americans are on a diet — not surprising, since two-thirds are overweight or obese, a frightening statistic that inspired Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to push through a ban on large soft drinks in New York City. The country is preoccupied with calories. McDonald’s, for instance, is now posting them. But our widespread hope for weight loss makes us vulnerable to all kinds of promises, even ones that aren’t true, when it comes to food.
Perhaps the biggest misconception is that as long as you lose weight, it doesn’t matter what you eat. But it does. Yet being thin and being healthy are not at all the same thing. Being overweight is not necessarily linked with disease or premature death. What you eat affects which diseases you may develop, regardless of whether you’re thin or fat. Some diets that may help you lose weight may be harmful to your health over time.
But never underestimate the power of telling people what they want to hear — like cheeseburgers and bacon are good for you. People are drawn to Atkins-type diets in part because, as the study showed, they produce a higher metabolic rate. But a low-carb diet increases metabolic rate because it’s stressful to your body. Just because something increases your metabolic rate doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Amphetamines will also increase your metabolism and burn calories faster, which is why they are used to help people lose weight, at least temporarily. But they stress your body and may mortgage your health in the progress.
In this OP-ED Dr. Ornish says that 35 years of his research shows that people who ate mostly plant-based meals achieved reversal of even severe coronary artery disease. He also found that this program may also slow, stop or reverse the progression of early stage prostate cancer, as well as reverse the progression of Type 2 diabetes. People who ate this way had improved blood flow and significantly less inflammation.
A Harvard-sponsored study showed that people who ate red meat had an increased risk of premature death as well as greater incidence of cardiovascular disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes. That’s the problem with the high protein low carb fad diets – they cause illness. So, ask your doctor if eating healthy is right for you.
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