5 Secrets the Diet Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

iStock 000015824348XSmall 300x199 5 Secrets the Diet Industry Doesnt Want You to KnowDiet soda, sugar free cookies, low fat deserts – sounds great for your diet, right?

Not true!

These ideas are false according to a recent Huffington Post article written by Mark Hyman, MD.

“They are food and diet industry propaganda that make and keep us fat and sick. Lies by the food industry combined with bad government policy based on food industry lobbying are the major cause of our obesity and diabetes epidemic.”

You may have heard about Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on large sugary drinks, which coincidentally goes into effect tomorrow, March 12, 2013.  Although it’s a controversial decision–at least he’s trying to do something about the rising financial and human cost of obesity.  The day before his big soda ban takes effect in New York, Mayor Bloomberg told NY Daily News, that he wants to see it go national. “Everybody across this country should do it,” said Bloomberg, who has called for the state to ban sugary soda over 16 ounces in stores.

So here’s what the diet industry doesn’t want you to know:

  1. Diet soda is not your friend. Artificial sweeteners are hundreds to thousands of times sweeter than regular sugar. They trick your metabolism into thinking sugar is on its way which causes your body to pump out insulin, the fat storage hormone, which lays down more belly fat.
  2. The problem with fat free? Foods that are fat free can also be taste free.  And to make up for that lack of taste, food manufacturers tend to pour other ingredients — especially sugar, flour, thickeners and salt — into the products.
  3. Low fat – that’s good, right?  Nope!  When food manufacturers cut the fat, they often replace it with extra sugar to make the food more palatable, particularly in low-fat cookies and other baked goods.
  4. According to Mark Hyman, MD, “new research shows that industrial food full of processed sugars, fats, salt, and chemicals are powerfully addictive. And sugar is the worst culprit.  One animal study found that sugar is more addictive than cocaine. When rats were given the choice between mainline cocaine right into their veins or sweetened water (in fact, they used an artificial sweetener), they found that sugar was eight times more addictive than cocaine. Even the rats already addicted to cocaine switched over to diet drinks!”
  5. Eating fat free can make you fat and diabetic. In a recent Harvard study, Dr. David Ludwig found that in two groups eating exactly the same calories, the group that had the low-fat diet (which means higher in sugars and starches) burned 300 calories less per day. Their metabolism was slower than the group eating the higher fat and higher protein diet.

So what is the answer?  Make better food choices – you can’t starve yourself, but you can stop eating junk food and sugar!  Eat real whole foods like chicken, fish, veggies, fruits, nuts, seed, beans and whole grains.  Add a consistent exercise program and you’ll be on your way to long term health and sustained weight loss.

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