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Welcome To Sane Weight Loss

Slow Carb Writer

Hi… I’m Meredith

 

WELCOME to the website for all of us who have gained weight, particularly post-age-50, and just can’t seem to get rid of it. To acquaint yourself with what is offered here, it would be good scroll down and read the articles below first, and then go to the  News page and browse through some of the reports that are linked on that page.

And if you’ve gotten hooked on donuts, bear claws (my particular favorite), cookies, and other sweet or refined carb foods, do read the article linked below — this really can be an addiction.  We are not crazy!

LINK — Carbohydrates are Addictive.

This site will continue to post the most recent news and reports on how we get fat and what we can do to lose the fat and get fit and healthy. The “eat less and exercise more” thing we’ve been told doesn’t work for many of us. If that’s you, come back often and feel free to comment. I check comments every day and will respond. Let’s get a conversation going here that will support all of us as we deal with this once and for all.

NEW INFORMATION — FEBRUARY, 2014

I have just discovered and read two books that are REALLY a  must before we even try to begin a weight loss plan. I honestly can’t recommend these enough!

Why Quantum Physicists Don’t Get Fat by Greg Kuhn and Jumpstart Your Metabolism by Pam Grout.

These books are so helpful in getting our head in the right place — and we all know that if your head is not in this game, it’s simply not going to work. 

 

CLICK ON THIS NEWS LINK for more full reports!

Scroll down and look at the left-hand column for a listing of all the pages on this site — especially if you’re looking for something specific.

In what ways would you like your life to be different a year from now …… and how is YOUR WEIGHT holding you back? Click Here for more.

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Slow Carb, Low Carb History

Slow Carb -- 1800's Style

Slow Carb -- 1800's Style

Slow Carb has a history? Let’s see, how boring can I make this?  Before you click out and go to another site, leave a comment below and let me know at which point I lost you…

As far back as 1825 (you read that right) medical professionals and others concerned with excess weight gain had discovered that eating fat is not what makes humans fat.  There were the “Atkins” look-alikes of the day and publications written to spread this information to help people lose weight.  First published in 1825, The Physiology of Taste by Brillat-Savarin, was republished in the United States in 1865 and re-named The Handbook of Dining, or Corpulence and Leanness Scientifically Considered. This publication, along with a pamphlet published in 1863 by William Banting (a former fatty) Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public, extolled the value of eating a low carbohydrate diet to lose excess weight and to regain health.

Through the intervening years there were many more publications and reports that verified that it was carbohydrates and sugars that caused overweight — fat was not the culprit. Even Dr. Spock, who taught parents of the mid 20th century how to raise their kids, cautioned against giving your child too much carbohydrate and sweet food in order to avoid excess weight gain. If you’re interested in more details about all of this, they can be found in Gary Taubes book, Good Calories, Bad Calories,  published in 2007. ( And please note that when I say “carbohydrates” I am not referring to vegetables — a most vegetables are Slow Carbs!))

And then the shift:

Then, in an amazing shift,   public health officials, the AMA and the American Heart Association,  realizing that patients with heart disease had clogged arteries,  pronounced that fat in the diet was associated with heart disease,  and so, applying “common sense” and not research, it was decided that fat was the enemy and all these important organizations came out in favor of “low fat” diets.  And so that became Common Knowledge for all of us as we lived our lives.

Corporations jumped on this and began creating “food” for us that was low in fat and, therefore, had a larger percentage of carbohydrates.  We gobbled it up. We watched our fat intake. We were diligent. And the incidence of heart disease and morbid obesity in the United States rose dramatically over the ensuing years.

During this time, many people came out FOR higher fat, high protein eating  — most of us are probably familiar with Robert Atkins and Michael and MaryDan Eades, for instance.  And there were others. But the big guys, the AMA, AHA, and  the big public health associations warned us in no uncertain terms that these diets would be very bad for us. They were labeled “fad diets” and dangerous.  And we continued to be fat, or get fat, and suffer from heart disease, diabetes, and all the other problems associated with obesity.

There is a movement afoot now to get the correct information out — that Slow Carb, Low Carb, and fat and protein will help us get to a normal weight and stay healthy.

 

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