Do you remember the fitness craze of the 80s? Of course you do. If you were alive and older than a toddler, you couldn’t escape it. Jane Fonda’s first workout video exploded on the scene in 1982, and suddenly, everybody was working out. Those who sweated and huffed their way through an aerobics or jazzercise class thought they were improving their health, and why shouldn’t they? Less than three percent of the U.S. population had diabetes in the 1980s, adult obesity rates were just 15 percent, and diabesity wasn’t even a thing. That has changed – big time – and doctors are still just treating it rather than trying to prevent it.
How Obesity and Diabetes became Diabesity
After years of studying obesity and diabetes, researchers discovered that these conditions have a lot in common. Indeed, they are metabolic dysfunctions having the same underlying cause: insulin resistance. The new term “diabesity” was coined to show the similarities between obesity and diabetes.
Most people who are obese have or will have have diabetes. Diabesity affects 100 million Americans, 50 percent of whom are over 65.
Symptoms of Diabesity
The symptoms of diabesity include:
- Abdominal fat
- Abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- High blood pressure
- High blood sugar
- Systemic inflammation
Diabesity is the biggest health crisis the world has ever known. It’s the perfect disease storm – an even bigger health threat than either one by itself — and doctors are baffled. But it shouldn’t surprise them that it was coming.
Obesity: A Growing Problem Doctors Ignored
After all, the warning signs were there. Obesity rates of adults in America have doubled since the 1980s, as they have worldwide, and more than tripled for children. More than 70 percent of adults are overweight or obese, which can damage their health.
Health Risks of Obesity
Obesity increases your risk for many health problems, including:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Sleep apnea
- Some cancers
Diabetes and Health
Of course, if there’s a link between obesity and diabetes, the numbers should reflect that. Right? Oh, they do. The numbers of adults with diabetes have quadrupled worldwide since 1980 – from 4.7 percent in 1980 to 8.5 percent in 2014.
This disease eventually kills you, but not before it destroys your health a little at a time. Here are some of the health risks of this disease:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Kidney failure
- Nerve damage
- Erectile dysfunction
- Foot damage
- High blood pressure
Also, even if you’re on insulin and think you’re controlling your blood sugar levels, this disease will still negatively affect your health.
Preventing Type 2 Diabetes
Though many factors cause this disease, genetics and lifestyle play the biggest role in its development. If you routinely eat a poor quality diet, it can lead to obesity that can lead to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. In addition, a family history of blood sugar control issues increases your risk even more.
Many studies have shown that losing just 10-15 pounds can dramatically reduce your risk of this dangerous and deadly disease, but if you’re obese, does your doctor tell you that when you walk in the door? NO.
What’s a Doctor to Do about Obesity?
Your doctor will probably not mention obesity to you unless you ask. If you can bear to look, you’ll see your weight when you get your mandatory “weigh-in.” After you leave the doctor’s office, you may read the Summary of Visit Sheet and see a set of numbers with words explaining your state of obesity. But, you’ll not hear it from your doctor’s mouth.
Why? Because your doctor doesn’t know what to say or do about obesity. Statistics show that medical students get less than 20 hours of very basic nutrition classes during their entire four years of medical school. Even if they did know plenty about nutrition, though, it’s a good bet that they’d tell you to eat less and exercise more to lose weight, the same advice that has proven to fail 95.4 percent of the time.
Give a Doctor a Disease to Treat!
But diabetes? Well, that’s different. Doctors know all about this disease and, after all, they are trained to fix problems with pills and scalpels and insulin and stuff. They know your body doesn’t use insulin as well as it should, so they tell you how to eat to regulate your blood sugar levels. If that doesn’t work, they may prescribe medications, including insulin.
Your doctor knows obesity makes it harder for you to control your blood sugar levels, so once you have this disease – now firmly diabesity — your doctor will finally have “the talk” with you about losing weight.
What do you suppose that advice will be? You guessed it. The same thing you’ve tried over and over and over again without success.
A Return to Dieting SANEity
If you’ve often wondered if there was a better way to lose weight, there is. It is a scientifically proven solution addressing the underlying cause of diabesity and obesity instead of just the symptoms. You’ll never have to count another calorie, you’ll feel energetic, and you’ll start burning calories like a naturally thin person.
Lose Weight and Reduce your Risk of Diabesity
Though calories are a factor in weight gain, they’re not the main factor. We’ve all known people who are naturally thin, those lucky ones who can eat anything they want without gaining a pound. They never even think about calories, let alone count them.
Meanwhile, we can’t lose weight on a measly 1,200 calories a day diet. All we think about are calories in, calories out and wonder why the math isn’t working for us. Every diet ends badly; we yo-yo so often and so quickly it makes us dizzy! We blame ourselves and feel ashamed that we’re not able to do what they (thin people) do so effortlessly. Denied the lean, healthy body that should be our birthright, we feel desperate and defeated… and, yes, even scared, scared that we will become a casualty of the diabesity epidemic.
Getting off the Dieting Rollercoaster
Those many weight-loss wars you fought — and lost — were not your fault. You’ve not failed all those diets you’ve tried; they’ve failed you. Nutritionists, dieting gurus, even the Centers for Disease Control have been “feeding” you weight loss advice developed in the 1960s, advice proven wrong in thousands of research studies.
In fact, this unscientifically supported advice – that losing weight and keeping it off is simply a matter of eating less and exercising more – is what is making you gain weight and leads to yo-yo dieting! There is so much more to sustainable fat and weight loss than that.
Setpoint Weight is Key
Obesity is a disease. It is a symptom of an elevated setpoint weight, which is the level of stored fat your body works to maintain regardless of how many calories you take in or exercise off. Your weight varies 10-20 pounds of this setpoint, and your body will always try to get back to this weight as long as your setpoint is stuck there.
If you did not have this condition, your body would automatically regulate your appetite and calories. While your body hangs onto every extra calorie, the body of a naturally thin person burns excess fat and calories instead of storing them. This is necessary to keep the body at its low setpoint weight. Indeed, research has shown the body is designed to burn more calories when you eat more, and burn less calories when you eat less.
Why isn’t this working for you, and why is your setpoint so high? Although about 50 percent of your setpoint weight is affected by genetics, the rest is determined by your eating, exercise and lifestyle habits. Your body regulates your appetite and metabolism through your hormones, brain, and genes. Poor quality, inSANE dietary habits, coupled with certain exercise and lifestyle habits disrupt this finely tuned system. It confuses your body, making it think it needs more fat to survive.
It is a clog in your hormonal system that you cannot fix by starvation dieting. Going on starvation diets actually raises the setpoint because the body wants to guard against starvation the next time that happens!
The only way to fix this problem is to lower your setpoint weight. When you do this, your body regulates your appetite and calories the way it should, and you won’t have to worry about overeating or counting calories or gaining weight.
Lowering your Setpoint Weight to Prevent Diabesity
One of the secrets to lowering your setpoint weight and reducing your risk of diabesity is to focus on eating quality foods, such as non-starchy vegetables. These foods are so filling, it’s impossible to overeat them; therefore, you don’t need to count calories.
Science has even shown the quality, not quantity of foods is what is important in controlling or losing weight. One study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that those who ate lots of vegetables and whole foods, while cutting back on processed foods and sugar, lost a significant amount of weight – without counting calories or measuring portion sizes.
The SANE Way to Avoid Diabesity
The SANE way of eating is simple and enjoyable. You’ll fill your plate with such healthy, delicious food that you wouldn’t think of reaching for a candy bar or junk food. When grocery shopping, pick foods as close to their natural state as possible. Here are the main SANE food groups.
Fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables, eating at least 10 servings per day. Generally, non-starchy vegetables are ones you could eat raw if you wanted to. (Think salad vegetables.) Since vegetables are loaded with fiber, which fills you up quickly, it’s almost impossible to overeat them.
Fill a third of your plate with nutrient-dense protein, eating three to six servings per day. (A serving is about the size of a man’s hand.)
Examples of nutrient-dense protein include:
- Cottage cheese
- Egg whites
- Lean beef
Fill the rest of the plate with whole-food fats, eating three to six servings per day.
- Flax seeds
- Coconut milk
- Chia seeds
You can have a small amount – about one to three servings – of low-fructose fruits per day if you choose.
SANE Success Stories
More than 100,000 people are living a SANE lifestyle and loving the results. Christine dropped over 100 pounds without starvation dieting or punishing cardio workouts. Jay lost 97 pounds and no longer has pre-diabetes! His high blood pressure also came back down to normal. Cristina credits SANE eating with healing her diabetes, lowering her cholesterol, and her weight loss of 58 pounds. She also became pregnant after five years of trying.
Next Step: Helping Diabetes and Diabesity with SANE
There is much more to the SANE lifestyle. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night, reducing stress, staying hydrated, and performing eccentric exercises are other important factors in lowering your setpoint.
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