Fat does not make you fat, sugar makes you fat, this has been my consistent message for a decade as a professional and even before that time.
To back this up, check out my blogs and my book;
'A Positively Healthier Lifestyle'. Buy it, you could learn a lot from it.
As much as people shirked at the mere suggestion, or the customers I lost because they were so far brainwashed that they could not comprehend that fat was not the problem, including saturated, I stuck with it, but why? I mean, why didn't I just 'go with the flow' of formulated standard off the peg advice and make more money?
Because I have self respect, and research what I say, I read independent scientific papers, I take an active interest and don't get my information from Mens Health or the Daily Mail, I never accept everything as an absolute based on a sound bite in a newspaper, broad or tabloid, as they still have to look after their advertisers (the same goes for commercial TV), after-all, the big name weight loss groups pay those papers and TV stations a lot of money in advertising...
What I'm saying here is that I refuse to live or train by dogma, more than that, my clients deserve to have a trainer who is utterly passionate and can back up their information, guidance and nutritional advice with independent evidence, not slim-slow sponsored papers.
So, that's the fat issue...
The new issue is sugar, though salt is being touched on, you know, the stuff that's packed into all the major brand weight loss products, unfortunately, all sugar is currently being lumped together as being bad, it isn't, this is the same mindset that had people afraid to eat whole eggs for 20 years! so that message absolutely must stop...
The media is saying that you must reduce sugar consumption, then cite the sugar levels in natural (natures) products such as fruit or indeed fruit juice!
Next up they will tell you that berries and bananas will kill you, short of choking on them, you are actually perfectly safe to consume them!
If you want to reduce your sugar intake, reduce refined sugar intake, this is the really nasty stuff, the killer, the fat maker, the stuff of lethargy and hormonal lows - sweeteners only make matters worse!
The stuff that occurs naturally in fruits and vegetables (starch is sugar, carbs are sugar!) is 100% fine in moderation, I repeat this as it might take time to sink in.
Of course, the media and a lot of trainers will simply state that sugar will make you fat and rot your teeth and that's why you shouldn't consume it...
Well that's partly right, but this explanation is spectacularly amateur and childlike,even below the level of the laziest fast food munching gym based trainers out there.
It actually makes me feel quite angry that the trainer takes money to dole out substandard advice to a client.
All food eaten to excess will make you fat and cause problem, but refined sugar has a bigger problem, and one not being covered by the media yet, mostly because if they did, the likes of fizzy drink companies could be sued for billions.
The biggest issue with refined sugar is the caustic nature of it, as it passes through your bloodstream it acts like little sharp lumps of glass that score and slice your veins and arteries, at this point, lipoproteins seek that damage and try to repair it, a bit like a sticky plaster on a cut... if you continue to eat refined sugar more 'plasters' are applied, eventually restricting the blood-flow and causing adverse blood pressure... the second jolly bit of news is when the plaster dislodges and travels through the arterial system into the heart, it can disturb the rhythm, provided you get through that one, a blood clot to the brain could be next...
THIS is the danger of nutrient empty, refined, caustic sugar, the worse bit for weight-fasters is that the weight loss foods you're eating are often more crammed with refined sugar (plus salt) than a can of carbonated pop, do you feel cheated yet? what if i told you that this has been known for over twenty years, just kept secret so they can extract more money from you then blame you for not controlling your weight... Are you still going to the weight-slow meeting this week? It really was too good to be true, you have a right to be angry here.
So, when you seek to reduce your sugar intake.
Continue with natures goodness
Scrap anything that's processed
Avoid mechanically extracted and or synthetic sweeteners
(I will explain in a blog soon, though this is in my book too)
I'm sure this will take another ten years for the media to align to but please act today, unless of course you like tiny bits of glass shredding your insides (to put it bluntly).
So save yourself from a death of a thousand cuts, better control your weight and feel much more alive instead.
The secret to weight control, hormonal balance and utter bliss ;
Have 3-5 different colours in every meal, the brighter the colour the better.
Do more, eat more, do less, eat less.
If you cant identify the food source, avoid it.
Learn to cook, it's fun!
Treats are fine every now and then.
Alcohol reverses all your good work.
Nature got it right from day one.
Thanks for reading
By; Mark McIntyre
1onOne Personal Training Belfast
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