It's the festive period with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year packing the final quarter of the year with much reason (or excuses) to celebrate, and with that comes the usual merriment with much eating and drinking.
I've always thought that people who are of normal weight would be healthier than those classified as obese. And I've found out very recently that this is not necessarily the case as it may appear.
Studies show that folks who are not obese also suffer (in a high percentage) from diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hypertension. These diseases have spiked as never before over the past few decades not only in the United States, but worldwide. I wondered about the reason for this, and even more so as I have found my own blood pressure readings to have unexpectedly increased over the past few months. Obviously I was concerned.
A program on my favourite radio station led me to some research done by Dr. Robert Lustig from the University Of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He talked about how the food industry has cleverly put sugar in abundance in our beverages and food. Little did I know that our body has a mechanism to tell us when to stop eating. Surprisingly, sugar disrupts that mechanism and so we don't know when to stop "stuffing our faces". The consequences are that we keep consuming more than our body needs (or even wants), and we're loaded with too much sugar and food, which eventually makes us sick.
Dr. Lustig also talked interestingly about how we shouldn't be counting calories the way we do, i.e calories taken in by food = calories burned + stored. He disagrees with this thinking because calories are different based on the various types of food we consume and on the human body's biochemical processes involved.
For me, this podcast and the Youtube lecture on Dr. Lustig's topic, "Sugar: The Bitter Turth", are life-changing. I'd highly recommend young and old alike to spend some time evaluating his thoughts and to consider how your health could be improved for the long term. Here are the links:
Podcast On BFM.my : http://www.bfm.my/dr-robert-lustig-the-evils-of-sugar.html
Youtube Lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM
If you share my concern about health especially in the way we eat, join me and make a change for the better.
Go forth and be awesome!
p.s. Would love to hear from you! Write me at patrick [at] simplicate.biz