May 9, 2016
Sugar is bad, fat is good. Eat sugar to get fat. Eat fat to get thin.
With real fat (not processed), the body quickly gets the “full” signal, and that’s probably what holds the key to its success in weight reduction. One is unlikely to get that sensation with sugar.
Human body is designed to burn fat, not to live off a ready-made fuel (sugar).
So, eating fat – and cutting out almost all sugar – would (a) help the body reach satiation quickly, (b) force the body to burn fat in order to operate.
Fat is also critically necessary for skin cells and almost all enzymes.
I’m becoming increasingly convinced that ghee/ lard were good things, not bad. Bad science persuaded us that traditional foods (which never made anyone obese) were bad for us.
Instead, they ignored the massive surge in the supply of sugar and processed carbohydrates (which are similar to sugar in their effect) in the modern human diet.
In this case, correlation (increase in sugar/ processed carbos correlated with obsesity) is causation.
Sugar basically **stopped** us from burning fat. No wonder everyone became fatter and fatter. It led to a vicious cycle.
The only way out is to get into a virtuous cycle: eat fat so you feel satiated quickly, then let the body burn stored fat.
Indians are the world’s BIGGEST consumer of sugar. Indian sweets are laden with sugar. Nothing else comes even remotely close. This explains the alarmingly high rate of death from heart attacks among Indians.
“India has become the world’s biggest sugar consumer today, consuming one-third more sugar than the entire E.U. and 60 per cent more than China!” [Source]
Now, the question is finding fat. Butter/ ghee are obvious sources; but also animal fat.
A wide range of animal fats available here. Animal fat is really expensive – around 20 times the price of vegetable fat.
Further, there is an Allowrie brand.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE DANGERS OF SUGAR (AND HARMLESSNESS OF FAT)
THE BIG FIGHT AMONG HEALTH PRACTITIONERS IS NOW ON. I THINK FAT HAS WON THE DAY. SUGAR HAS LOST.
“My patients don’t lose weight or improve their health by cutting fats or calories. “The proof being that obesity levels are higher than they have ever been and show no chance of reducing. “A new approach is needed – a return to 18th century values, drawn up before modern interference with basic principles occurred.” [Source]
John S. Yudkin’s book, published 40 years ago, has been found to be correct: “Pure, White and Deadly: The new facts about the sugar you eat as a cause of heart disease, diabetes and other killers”. [Download]
I had mysteriously put on weight over the years, despite eating very little fatty foods (definitely no butter, very few eggs, almost no oil, and slicing away all animal fat before cooking).
However, I didn’t make a fetish of my low fat preference and so it did not destroy my metabolism. I have continued to have normal blood pressure and no diabetes.
A couple of weeks ago, persuaded by the **logic** of physiology, that fat is good (in moderation, of course) and sugar/ carbohydrate is bad (again, only in excess), I’ve slightly increased the fat and protein ratio in my food (a bit of butter, one more slice of bacon each week – buying only fatty bacon; more lentils, e.g. rajma – which have both carbohydrates and proteins), cut down carbohydrate share (cut down almost all ice cream and dessert and rice/roti), and increased the share of vegetables and fruits.
The switch is very small and modest. I’m not dieting (I never diet, by which I mean cutting down overall food intake) but I’m beginning to experience a tiny bit of weight reduction already.
I’m persuaded that carbohydrates should be minimised. Vegetarians should consume pure ghee. Parathas are bad not because of the ghee/oil, but because of the wheat. Replacing rotis/ naans/ parathas with lentils (cooked in a lot of pure ghee) will be a great way to keep weight in check, even as the body is able to build new muscle and cell walls.