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Sweeteners: More Profitable and Common than Ever

The most common and powerful weapon in the food industry’s arsenal is added sweeteners. Researcher Michael F. Jacobson, with the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said, “Carbonated soft drinks are the single most-consumed food in the American diet.” The problem has gotten so bad that at the turn of the millennium the average […]

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Study Shows Starved Overweight People Burn Less Fat Than Starved Thin People

In previous posts we reviewed research showing that eating less of a traditional diet and doing more traditional exercise does not effectively burn fat. Rather, it is effective at causing our metabolism to slow down and our muscles to be burned. In this post we’ll explore a study done at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical […]

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Is SANE Eating a Low-Carb Diet?

  The brilliant MooseGeorge from the Support Group asked a wonderful question the other day: There are 3 types of carbs, fiber, sugar and starch. Really only 2 types as starch is just long chains of sugar that are broken back down to simple sugars by our digestion. Fiber isn’t digested by humans and so […]

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Researchers Conclude That “Calories In” and “Calories Out” Are Automatically Regulated

Despite being proven wrong, eating less and exercising more is still the most common approach to weight loss. We are led to believe that our body sits back while we consciously regulate our weight. That is not how our body works. After W.C. Miller of Indiana University ran a clinical test of this principle, he […]

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What??? Too Much Fruit can be BAD for me? (Fructose: Nature’s “Energy Payroll Deduction Plan”)

For most of our lives we have been told that “eating more fruits and vegetables” will make us healthier and leaner.  Who hasn’t heard the adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” Note: This article is intended to help us to pick the best fruits for us, it does not advise fearing all […]

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Doesn’t the “Law of Thermodynamics” Prove Eating Less Burns Body Fat?

  “The principle that weight gain [only depends on calorie quantity] would violate the second law of thermodynamics.” —R.D. Feinman, State University of New York We know the traditional approach to fat loss fails 95% of the time, yet common sense seems to tell us: “If you eat less and exercise more, you must burn […]

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Q&A: Is SANE Eating the Same for Children and Adults?

Yes and no. Yes, in that the same foods are SANE and inSANE for children and adults. No, in that SANE eating is more important for children because: Children require more nutrition than adults. Children are more susceptible to food-related behavior problems. Fat cells never go away. The habits children form affect them for the […]

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Exercising More Does Not Cause Long-Term Fat Loss

  “My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven today and we don’t know where the hell she is.” – Ellen DeGeneres In the same way that people drink more fluids when they exercise more, they also eat more when they exercise more. Researcher Hugo R. Rony found: […]

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Exercising Less Does Not Cause Long-Term Fat Gain

  “It is reasonable to assume that persons with relatively high daily energy expenditures would be less likely to gain weight over time compared with those who have low energy expenditures. So far, datato support this hypothesis are not particularly compelling.” – American Heart Association The idea that we have an obesity epidemic because people […]

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eat less, weigh more…for 118,801 folks, at least

Half of going SANE is about eating more, smarter (the other half is exercising less, smarter). This seems odd since we’ve all been told the more we eat the more we weigh. However, a quick stroll through the studies shows “more food = more fat” is a myth. For example, Harvard researchers looked at a […]

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Want to Improve Your Cholesterol? Don’t Lower It. There’s a Smarter Approach.

  “There is a wealth of…evidence that increasing the concentration of HDL cholesterol through diet will lower the risk of coronary artery disease.” –R.P. Mensink, Maastricht University In the last post we showed how Eating Fat Does Not Hurt Cholesterol & It’s Not About Lowering Cholesterol Anyway. Here’s where the confusion about cholesterol comes from […]

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Four Reasons a Calorie Is Not a Calorie

  “Attacking the obesity epidemic will involve giving up many old ideas that have not been productive. ‘A calorie is a calorie’ might be a good place to start.” – R.D. Feinman, State University of New York Beyond battling our basic biology, calorie balancing is bound to fail us because a calorie is not a […]

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Calories Aren’t All That Matter…Ask Anyone Taking Insulin

  “Insulin has profound metabolic effects in the determination of body weight…” – B. Dokken, University of Arizona The critical effect hormones have on body fat has been well known in scientific circles for a long time. Especially the hormone insulin. Three quick examples: A study in the journal Diabetic Medicine found that giving patients […]

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Studies Show It’s InSANE To Claim “A Calorie Is A Calorie”

A few posts ago we covered the four factors that prove a calorie isn’t a calorie when it comes to how much they help us burn fat and boost our health:Satiety, Aggression, Nutrition, and Efficiency.  Satiety is how quickly calories fill us up. Aggression is how likely calories are to be stored as body fat. […]

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Is obesity a disease? My 2 cents…would love to hear yours.

Recently recorded a wonderful bonus podcast with the lovely Carole Carson (http://www.fromfat2fit.com) who asked for my two cents on the recent debate about calling obesity a disease. Given the timeliness of this, wanted to share the clip now, and be sure to stay tuned for the delightful entire show with Carole in the coming months. […]

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Q&A: What about alcohol?

Calories provided by the vast majority of alcoholic beverages are inSANE. That doesn’t mean we must avoid all alcoholic beverages. It means that given our goal of minimizing inSANE calories, the best alcoholic beverages are those with the least calories.

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Calorie Quality Factor 2: Aggression (The “A” in SANE)

“The crucial factor is not how much is eaten…or how much is expended, but how…those calories are utilized and made available when needed.” – Gary Taubes, in Good Calories, Bad Calories A calorie is not a calorie when it comes to how likely it is to be stored as body fat. We can think about […]

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Calorie Quality Factor 3: Nutrition Part 1 (The “N” in SANE)

“Low energy density [high Nutrition] is not an inevitable characteristic of low-fat diets; as many of the low-fat foods presently being promoted in our commercial food supply are based on sugar or highly refined carbohydrates.” – W.C. Willett, Harvard University Two hundred and fifty calories of Twinkies are not the same as 250 calories of […]

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So Many Veggies and Protein That You Are Too Full for Starches and Sweets

  This part one of a multi-part series started here. If it is a non-starchy vegetable, overeat it. I am talking ten or more servings of non-starchy vegetables per day. “Cutting back on carbohydrates and replacing those calories with protein lowers the levels of triglycerides that increase the risk of heart disease and also boosts […]

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Calorie Quality Factor 3: Nutrition (Part 2)

Looking at Nutrition per calorie (see previous post) is important because: It gives us a more accurate view of which foods are nutritious. It helps us burn body fat instead of slowing down or burning muscle. Like Satiety and Aggression, a food’s Nutrition depends on water, fiber, and protein. Water and fiber have no calories, […]