Weight-Loss & Longevity Lifestyle Program

This Weight-Loss & Longevity Lifestyle Program was developed to create long term and sustained weight-loss
and optimal health and wellness.   It's a program that recommends optimal levels of protein,
low glycemic
carbohydrates, and lowered fat levels during the weight loss phase of the program.  While the program is
considered a low carb type of program, it is more about keeping high Glycemic carbohydrate intake down to
healthier levels.  It is highly recommended for anyone who wants to clearly understand why it is carbohydrates -
starches and sugars - rather than natural fats that are at the root of the modern decline in health.  Those who
have conditions which normally require the services of a physician are urged to consult one.  If you decide to
make major dietary changes, first ask your physician if these changes are a good program for you.  And do not
reduce or discontinue medications until your physician says it is time to do so.

According to food surveys, the most commonly eaten food in the USA is white flour in the form of bread, pasta
and similar foods.  The runner up is white flour and sugar combinations such as pie, cake, cookies, donuts, etc.

All carbohydrates, both starch and sugars, are converted to sugar in the digestive process.  White flour is in the
form of sugar by the time it reaches the blood.  Carbohydrate intake causes a rise in blood sugar.  A rise in
blood sugar causes a rise in insulin.
The pancreas has to put out insulin to enable blood sugar to enter cells for energy production, and to keep the
blood sugar level normal.  In children, the insulin receptors on the cells usually respond to insulin normally, and a
fairly small amount of insulin is able to keep blood sugar in the normal range in spite of large sugar and starch
consumption.  Some people can eat lots of starch and sugar all their lives and stay thin.  Their health is not as
good as it could have been, but they do not develop obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes.

Many people do not inherit such good genes.  The high intake of carbohydrates and resulting insulin production
results in the cells becoming less and less responsive to insulin.  It takes larger and larger amounts of insulin to
enable cells to take in blood sugar and to keep the blood sugar level normal.  This is insulin resistance.  The first
sign of this problem in most people is weight gain.  Why is this?  It is because insulin is a storage hormone.  In
excess amounts insulin causes the body to store both fat and blood sugar as fat.  This weight gain may come at
age 10 or 30 or later.  But it is a sign of insulin resistance and high levels of insulin in the blood.   Some people
do not gain weight as their insulin rises, but do develop high blood pressure or heart disease.  Insulin is not a
"bad" hormone (any more than LDL is "bad" cholesterol).  You would be very ill and die without it.  But in excess,
it causes big problems.     I recommend reading the Book  
Life Without Bread, by Dr. Lutz, M.D.
The role of insulin:
Insulin lowers high blood sugar.
Insulin puts the metabolism in storage mode.
Insulin converts protein and blood sugar to fat.
Insulin causes fat in the diet to be stored in fat cells.
Insulin increases the production of cholesterol by the body.
Insulin causes the kidneys to retain water in the body.
Insulin stimulates the growth of artery wall cells.
Insulin stimulates the use of blood sugar for energy.

There is a second hormone involved in these processes.  It is called Glucagon.  Glucagon works in opposition to
insulin and has the opposite effects:
The role of Glucagon
Glucagon raises low blood sugar.
Glucagon puts the metabolism in burning mode.
Glucagon converts protein and fat to glucose.
Glucagon causes dietary fat to be used for energy.
Glucagon releases fat from fat cells to be used for energy.
Glucagon reduces cholesterol production.
Glucagon causes the kidneys to release water from the body.
Glucagon causes artery wall cells to return to normal.
Glucagon stimulates the use of fat for energy.

It does not take a towering IQ to see that reducing insulin and raising Glucagon is in our best interests!  The goal
is the correct balance of both hormones.  There is a cheap, safe, and effective way to do this.  It is not a shot or
pill.  It is a matter of keeping protein intake at the correct level, and reducing carbohydrate intake to the level that
is needed.  The book
Protein Power, by Dr. Michael Eades, M.D., gives instructions on how to calculate the lean
body weight and protein needed.  Until the calculation is made, women can start with three ounces of protein
foods per meal and men can start with four ounces.  The carbohydrate intake must be reduced to 15 grams
three times a day if there is obesity, high blood pressure, abnormal blood fats, or type II diabetes.  For a person
just wanting to lose a few pounds, a reduction to 60 grams a day is a good place to start.

Carbohydrate greatly raises insulin and has no effect on Glucagon.

A high carbohydrate and low protein diet has the greatest adverse effect on the insulin-glucagon ratio.

Protein raises blood sugar levels, but mostly increases Glucagon, especially when eaten as between meal
snacks.

Fat has no effect on either.

A diet that is moderate in protein and low in carbohydrate is the best way to have ideal levels of both insulin and
Glucagon.  This is good news, but when you try reducing carbohydrate intake, you will find out just how addicted
you are!

"Syndrome X"
What does all this have to do with major illnesses that kill people?  The medical community generally views
obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, and hypertension as conditions that need to be diagnosed
and treated.
But these conditions all have one thing in common - elevated insulin levels.  Some researchers are calling
insulin resistance and the resulting problems "
syndrome X".  These conditions caused by high insulin are
generally treated with drugs that can cause even more problems.  And if dietary changes are suggested, it will
almost certainly be in the direction of decreasing fat (and thus protein because protein foods usually contain fat)
and increasing carbohydrates.  And what did I just say about a high carbohydrate and low protein diet?  It is
the worst combination in that it raises insulin and reduces Glucagon.  (This is why some of us have long believed
that the diet suggested by the American Heart Association, television reporters, and most of the medical
community is the diet most likely to CAUSE heart disease.)

Obesity:
Weight gain is often the first sign that insulin levels are rising.  The cells no longer respond well to insulin, so
more and more must be produced to force blood sugar into cells for energy production.  Insulin forces glucose,
fat and protein into storage as fat.

Diabetes:
(This mainly applies to type II diabetes, but the low carbohydrate diet also makes type I easier to treat.) Even
after insulin levels have started to rise, the blood sugar usually stays in the normal range.  But as the person
continues to live on a high starch and sugar diet, the insulin receptors on the cells are further damaged and
eventually the pancreas can no longer make enough insulin to meet the increasing need.  The blood sugar level
goes up, glucose appears in the urine, and a diagnosis of "diabetes" will be made if a physician is consulted.  
Treatment may be oral medications to force the pancreas to make even more insulin, or injected insulin itself
may be used.  There may be high blood pressure, heart disease, and there will be declining health.

High blood pressure:
Excess insulin causes blood pressure to go up in at least three ways: First, it causes the kidneys to retain both
sodium and water in the body.  Second, it causes a thickening of artery walls and makes them less elastic.  And
finally, excess insulin stimulates the nervous system to release other hormones which raise blood pressure.

High blood fats:
Triglycerides are a blood fat that is actually made from carbohydrates.  Excess carbohydrate raises triglycerides.
Cholesterol is made in excess amounts by the liver if insulin levels are too high.  You can either poison the liver
into submission (my wording, not theirs) with medication, or reduce the carbohydrate intake.  If you listen to the
TV dietitians and try to reduce your fat and cholesterol intake, you will probably eat more carbohydrates to
replace the lost calories.  Things can only get worse unless your fat intake is extremely low - to a very unhealthful
level.

Ancient cultures and their skeletal or mummified remains have been studied many times.  Ancient Egyptians
were bread eaters.  Soldiers were issued five pounds of bread a day.  Egyptians ate very large amounts of
whole grain breads, plus fruits and vegetables.  Almost no red meat.  Some fish and poultry.  The diet was fairly
low in fat and protein, very high in complex carbohydrates. A nutritionist's dream, one might think.

It was what modern wisdom would consider the ideal.  They should have been very healthy according to current
thinking.  But they were not.  They suffered from clogged arteries, obesity, poor teeth, and other degenerative
conditions.  I have wondered for years why ancient Egyptians had heart disease without the benefit of factories
and processed foods.  Now we know.  The very high starch intake produced high levels of insulin.

In fact, researchers can tell if skeletal remains are from hunter-gatherers or grain growers just by looking at
them.  The hunters have stronger skeletons and better teeth.

How did the world become this fat so fast - Now you will know                           
Protein-rich diet boosts benefit of exercise...

06/08/2005-

People following advice to cut calories and increase physical activity to lose weight will see greater benefits if
their diet is rich in protein, reveals a new study. The trial on almost 50 overweight women confirms previous
studies showing that a high-protein diet can lead to greater fat loss than a low-calorie, high carbohydrate diet.
But the researchers from the University of Illinois have also demonstrated that when both regimes are combined
with an exercise programme, the protein-rich diet is still more effective at reducing body fat.
"There's an additive, interactive effect when a protein-rich diet is combined with exercise. The two work together
to correct body composition; dieters lose more weight, and they lose fat, not muscle," said author Donald
Layman, professor of food science and human nutrition.  Layman’s team recruited 48 women aged around 46
years old with a body mass index of 33 kg/m(2) during weight loss.  Half the women ate a protein-rich diet
containing specific levels of leucine, one of the essential amino acids, for four months. The others followed a diet
based on the US food guide pyramid, which contained higher amounts of carbohydrates.
Both groups consumed the same number of calories, but the first group substituted protein foods, like meat,
dairy products, eggs, and nuts, for foods high in carbohydrates, such as breads, rice, cereal, pasta, and
potatoes.  "Both diets work because, when you restrict calories, you lose weight. But the people on the higher-
protein diet lost more weight," said Layman.
High-protein diets have been controversial as they counter the accepted weight-loss diet and there is little
information on their impact on health over the long-term. But recent studies suggest that they may indeed work
better than low-calorie, high-carbohydrate diets by increasing satiety and reducing fat mass.
In the current study, published in the August issue of the Journal of Nutrition (vol 135, issue 8, pp1903-10), the
subjects were also required to follow one of two different exercise programs. The first involved walking two to
three times a week, while the second group included five 30-minute walking sessions and two 30-minute
weightlifting sessions per week.
In both groups of dieters, the exercise helped spare lean muscle tissue and target fat loss. But, the protein-rich,
high-exercise group, lost even more weight, and almost 100 per cent of the weight loss was fat, report the
researchers.  In the high-carbohydrate, high-exercise group, however, as much as 25 to 30 per cent of the
weight lost was muscle.  The protein-rich diet seems to be even more effective for people at higher risk of heart
disease.
"The protein-rich diet dramatically lowered triglycerides and had a statistically significant effect on trunk fat, both
risk factors associated with heart disease," said Layman.
"Exercise helped dieters lose an even greater percentage of body fat from the abdominal area."
The protein-rich diet is thought to work well because it contains a high level of leucine. The amino acid works
with insulin to stimulate protein synthesis in muscle.
"The diet works because the extra protein reduces muscle loss while the low-carbohydrate component gives you
low insulin, allowing you to burn fat," explained Layman.
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