April 29, 2018

Food Solutions Work When Diets Fail

If you’ve ever wondered why you take off the pounds, only to put them back on again, there is now scientific evidence to support the frustrating seesaw known as body weight.

Obesity is a major problem for many, many Americans. (According to the Harvard School of Public Health, obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. Overweight is defined as a BMI of 25 to 29.9. The BMI for healthy weight is 18.5 to 24.9.)

In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 29 million Americans have diabetes (a chronic disease defined by excess weight and the body’s inability to maintain healthy blood sugar levels). And 1 in 4 people doesn’t know of his or her condition. That’s about 1 out of every 11 people.

Also astonishing: Another 86 million Americans are prediabetic (their blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not so high as to be classified as type 2 diabetes). Together, 115 million Americans are at severe risk from this chronic disease, even early death, blindness, heart disease, and stroke. Their stress levels are also maxed, because they can’t seem to maintain a healthy weight.

I have patients who are diabetic and prediabetic, and the first thing I tell them is that we will begin to manage their weight – through nutrition, exercise, medications, and lifestyle choices like meditation to reduce stress. Stress sets up a domino effect of stress>eat>more stress>more eating. And American teenagers, in many cases, don’t even know they are overweight; yet, 208,000 Americans younger than 20 years have been diagnosed with diabetes (type 1 or 2).

It doesn’t have to be this way. And it’s heartbreaking to see an obese or overweight patient lose all will and heart because they cannot keep their weight in a reasonable range.

The Latest Research

According to a brand new study out of King’s College London and recently published in the American Journal of Public Health, the average obese woman has an approximate 1 in 124 chance of returning to a normal weight. For men, the odds are worse: 1 in 210. “The Washington Post” recently highlighted this study that analyzed health records of more than 278,000 people living in England over a nine-year period.

It gets worse. Obese men and women have little chance of achieving even a 5 percent weight loss in any given year: 1 in 10 for women and 1 in 12 for men.

A study author, Professor Martin Gulliford, said, “Current strategies to tackle obesity, which mainly focus on cutting calories and boosting physical activity, are failing to help the majority of obese patients to shed weight and maintain the weight loss.”

My answer is very simple: You must address weight loss at the genetic level, where the engine of change is initiated and maintained.

The Gene Therapy Solution: Encouraging Apoptosis

In my latest book, The Gene Therapy Plan, I lay out the causes and solutions for excess weight. Apoptosis is natural cell death, programmed in our bodies, whereby billions of cells die off and are neatly disposed of every day. As part of the body’s programmed housecleaning mechanism, more and more research is looking at the possibility of encouraging natural cell death – so much better than waiting for calories to be burned or not ingested in the first place.

As I mention in my chapter of Obesity, preliminary evidence suggests that certain compounds can encourage apoptosis in fat cells: the right foods are the rescue.

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