I have always had an interest in the connection between diet, nutrition and health. As someone who has struggled with weight control and other less easily defined health issues for many years, I have long had a vested interest in becoming knowledgeable on the subject. Over the years, I have built up a vast library of information, and there always seems to be a pile of new books, papers and articles calling for my attention.
One important thing that I have come to realize is that there are two types of information as far as the connection between nutrition, diet and health is concerned. The first is information that ignores the latest scientific understanding of diet and nutrition. This type of information is sadly often found in newspapers, magazines, diet books and even official healthy eating advice. These myths continue to be repeated because they are the widely accepted truth, even when new scientific evidence shows them to be based on flimsy science at best.
The second type of information is found in books and papers in medical journals written by doctors, nutritionists, biochemists, researchers and other professionals who have taken a special interest in learning the truth about how the body handles food and its present-day environment. Often sidelined or even ridiculed by the mainstream medical profession on account of their new ideas, they have documented their research discoveries and their successes in treating their patients in new ways in the hope that one day soon we would understand and embrace their way of thinking. It is this second type of information that I have sought out in my research.
The subject of weight control has been particularly poorly served by the medical profession up until now. If we doubt this, we only need to look at the huge percentage of the population that is on the standard low calorie/low fat doctor-recommended weight loss diet at any one time and the continuing meteoric rise in obesity on the other hand. Clearly there must be something wrong with or missing from the current healthy eating and weight loss advice.
Losing some weight in the first instance isn't generally the problem. The problem comes when weight loss stops before the goal weight is reached or when the weight keeps coming back, necessitating another diet and so on – the so-called yo-yo diet.
We are now starting to understand more about how the body's survival mechanisms and the metabolic and hormonal systems that serve them cause this to happen. In the more enlightened weight loss circles it is now recognised that reducing carbohydrates is more effective for losing weight than reducing calories or fat, because more carbs means more insulin, and insulin is the hormone that tells the body to store energy rather than burn it.
However, this isn't the end of the story. We are still learning just how intricate our body fat regulation systems are. Now we have a new diet, the HCG Diet, which tackles other aspects of these extraordinarily complex systems that have not been tapped yet for their weight loss potential. Based on a very low calorie diet in short bursts together with the fat-mobilising properties of human chorionic gonadotropin within an otherwise low carb regime, the HCG Diet is proving extremely effective for many people, even those who find losing weight particularly difficult for reasons such as hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). I myself can attest to this.
The HCG Diet has promise to become another very important weight loss tool. The problem is that very little of the information about it can be found in one place, and much of what is available is incorrect. My "Easy Guide to the HCG Diet" attempts to remedy this so that as many people as possible can have the same chance to benefit from the incredibly effective weight loss on the HCG Diet that I did.
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