This is a place we will feature articles on bariatric health, healthy eating, the obesity industry, and many other articles we feel are worth reading. These articles support our mission. These articles light us up and inspire us. These articles magnify our voices and inform our decisions. We will seek to highlight articles that are fact-based and not click bait. We think this gives all of us a sense of safety that we are on the right track. If you are someone who likes to delve into the actual studies we have a page for that too! Go to the Studies page for links to the studies we believe are important to know.
Everything We Know About Obesity is Wrong
As I sat at my desk reading this article I vacillated between crying, shaking my fist and yelling “YES” at my computer screen and feeling so relieved that this article was even written let alone getting national attention. When you hear experts say 80% of Americans are overweight and 40% are obese you realize how many people are affected by this. So whether the news outlet had intended for this to go viral or not, just the sheer number of people who can relate makes this newsworthy.
The Key to Weight Loss Is Diet Quality, Not Quantity, a New Study Finds
Finally! A published study showing that it’s not how much you eat it’s what you eat. Low carb + high-fat diet, high carb + low-fat diet, it doesn’t make a difference for most people. The study showed the key was eating meals cooked at home from real ingredients. So. Truly. Simple.
The Full Fat Paradox: Whole Milk May Keep Us Lean
I talk a lot about full-fat dairy in the video on whole, real foods. It just makes common sense. Nature doesn’t make mistakes. When you remove the fat from dairy you are left with all the lactose which is sugar. When you remove the fat you consume more dairy because it is lighter and/or you are not satisfied because it is now un-natural. So you consume even more sugar. You need the fat in dairy to slow down the absorption of the sugar so your body can burn it as energy and not store the sugar as fat. Fat doesn’t make you fat. Sugar makes you fat. Love that science is catching up with the hippie logic!
How To Stop Eating Sugar
After you stop eating processed and fast foods, cutting sugar out of your diet is the single most important thing you can do for your health. Sometimes this will feel easy and other times it will feel very very hard. Most Americans taste buds are so primed for super sweet flavors after eating it for years. The good news is you can retrain your taste buds. You can get used to unsweetened beverages. You just have to start. This is a great article with actionable advice on how to cut the sugar out of your daily diet.
How Your Body Knows The Difference Between 100 Calories Of Kale vs. Junk Food
“A [100-calorie] bowl of kale with an egg is going to give you high-quality protein, fiber and a big variety of vitamins and minerals like vitamins, A, C, K, folate, etc,” Hogan said. “A [100-calorie bowl of] cereal that is high in sugar is not going to give you the same quality nutrients. And what’s more, the fact that it is low in protein and fiber but high in sugar can set you up for a blood sugar spike and crash, bringing on more cravings for sweets or refined starches throughout the day.”
Expert advice for reducing obesity: Take the blame out of it
Harvard Medical School’s Fatima Cody Stanford notes complex forces behind weight gain
“We don’t blame people for developing cancer. But when they develop diabetes, high blood pressure, or any of a number of other health issues related to obesity, we tend to view the underlying cause — excess weight — as a moral failing. That approach, says Fatima Cody Stanford, an instructor in medicine and pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, is not only counterproductive, it can also aggravate weight issues and their associated health risks.”
Culinary Skills Improve Bariatric Success
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“It saddens me we don’t teach our children to cook anymore. It has fallen away from our society’s desire for convenience and speed,” says Rose Archer, chef, and owner of True You Food. “I have this belief that everyone wants to be happy, fundamentally. You cannot be happy if your health is terrible. Study after study shows your diet is a direct correlation to your health.” Archer is on a mission to get people, specifically bariatric patients, to eat healthier by learning how to cook whole foods. Late last year, Archer launched True You Food, an online learning program with over 110 videos to help bariatric patients learn how to cook delicious, whole foods that are safe for them to eat.