I came across this wonderful article discussing metabolic syndrome and the truth behind what causes obesity. Below I will share some of the highlights and my insights on the discussion.
Lack of exercise and excessive calories ARE NOT the reason why people get fat. One of the greatest dogmas of deciet in the health industry is that "a calorie is a calorie" this is simply not true. Obesity is not the end result of eating too much and exercising too little. If you are truly working to keep your weight down and care about your health you deserve to know the truth about calories and how substances in your body can distort how calories are working in your body.
The links below will take you to some chilling video expose on weight, weight gain and chronic diseases like dementia, cancer, fatty liver, and obesity. This research was carried out and presented in this series by Dr. Lustig. There are three videos in the series, watch them and you may never look at calories and sugar the same way again.
The Video below in #1 in the series.
Video 2: Sickeningly Sweet
Video 3: Hunger and Hormones - A Vicious Cycle
Type 2 Diabetes, Fatty Liver Disease, Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, and Hypertension are conventionally associated with metabolic syndrome. However, as stated by Dr. Lustig, several other diseases fall within this scope as well. He also explains that while obesity is associated with metabolic syndrome and all of these diseases, obesity is NOT THE CAUSE of them; it is simply a symptom or marker. Rather, the underlying cause is metabolic dysfunction, and excessive sugar/fructose consumption is a primary driver of that.
According to Dr. Lustig, 20 percent of obese people have perfectly normal metabolic functioning, and the excess weight will not affect their overall lifespan. Ditto for 60 percent of normal-weight people. However, the MAJORITY of obese people—about 80 percent of them—donot have normal metabolic function, and 40 percent of normal-weight people also suffer from metabolic dysfunction, and are therefore prone to these obesity-related diseases.
Six Major Societal Causes of Metabolic Syndrome
Societal changes over the past 60 years or so have created a perfect storm; a combination of dramatically altered food combined with reduced physical exertion and increased exposure to, and consumption of, a wide array of industrial- and agricultural chemicals that have a detrimental impact on the human biochemistry.
Among the dramatic changes to our food supply is the extensive use of sugar, primarily in the form of high fructose corn syrup, which is added to virtually all processed foods. And this is where the fallacy of “a calorie is a calorie” comes into play, because a calorie from fat doesnot impact your body in the same way a calorie from fructose does.
One Calorie Can Be Vastly Different from Another...
According to Dr. Robert Lustig, fructose is 'isocaloric but not isometabolic." This simply means that you can have the same amount of calories from fructose or glucose, fructose and protein, or fructose and fat, but the metabolic effect will be entirely different despite the identical calorie count. This is largely because different nutrients provoke different hormonal responses, and those hormonal responses determine, among other things, how much fat you accumulate.
The average American consumes 1/3 of a pound of sugar a day. That's five ounces or 150 grams, half of which is fructose, which is 300 percent more than the amount that will trigger biochemical havoc. Many Americans consume more than twice that. Thanks to the work of researchers like Dr. Robert Lustig, as well as Dr. Richard Johnson, we now know that fructose:
This is why the idea that you can lose weight by counting calories simply doesn't work. After fructose, other sugars and grains are likely the most excessively consumed food that promotes weight gain and chronic disease. This also includes food items that are typically viewed as healthy, such as fruit juice or even large amounts of high fructose fruits. What needs to be understood is that when consumed in large amounts, these items will also adversely affect your insulin, which is a crucially potent fat regulator.
Drinking large amounts of fruit juice on a daily basis can contribute to weight gain... In short, you do not get fat because you eat too many calories and don't exercise enough. You get fat because you eat the wrong kind of calories. As long as you keep eating fructose and grains, you're programming your body to create and store fat. Our bodies were designed to consume vegetables, proteins and fats for optimun weight control and metabolism. If you are struggling with weight gain it is imperative that you address your fructose and grain intake. Always look to your diet first for the answers to your weight woes. I hope you take the time to watch the videos and learn the tools to succeed in healthy weight management.
For even greater detail on this topic and article visit this link on Mercola.com:http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/04/30/fructose-and-protein-related-to-obesity.aspx?e_cid=20120430_DNL_art_1