Monday, October 30, 2017

Is One Calorie Just Like Any Other Calorie?

Obesity and cardiometabolic syndrome are two well-proven health conditions that provide an almost  straight-forward slide into heart disease and diabetes.  These two conditions are precursors to much misery.  Food sits as the major determining factor on addressing these two conditions.  It can be gasoline to turbo-charge the slide, or the brakes that get you off the slide.

There's no other way to say this.  Take your weight and your height measurements, click on the following link, and put them in the BMI calculator.  It will give you your grade, unless you are a body-builder and have lots of muscles.  That's your news on obesity.

To get the scoop on cardiometabolic syndrome you will need some other measurements.  You will need your waist measure (just above your belly button) and your hip measure (right where your legs meet your body.)  Then, from your doctor, you need your triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, random glucose, and Hemoglobin A1C.  You also need your blood pressure.  All those numbers can be used to calculate your risks for heart disease and determine how likely you have a blood sugar regulation problem.

Getting back to food.  This should be vividly apparent to you: 100 calories from sugar and 100 calories from broccoli are not the same.  Your body does not handle them the same, and you do not get a single milligram of nutrition from the sugar.  If you are getting more than 20 gm of sugar a day on most days of the week, you are increasing inflammation in your blood vessels, putting stress on your pancreas, and clogging up your cellular energy pathways.  Vegetables are your friend.  The sooner you get over your addiction to over-processed, sweet-tasting foods the sooner you strike a blow to the manufactured food cartel's destruction of your health. They work far slower and more insidiously than a drug pusher, but the end results are similar.

The other food info is that useful is that diets that are higher in proteins and fats burn 300 more calories a day than a high carb diet.  Protein and fat increase basal metabolic rate. The body uses energy to convert fats and protein to glucose, and protein will increase muscle mass, especially with exercise.

If you'd like to have a consult about your nutrition and help finding a new health-producing lifestyle, call or email me for an appointment.