Updated 16 December 2016,Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â by Marc Woodard
Doctorâ€™s and Dieticians tell us to limit bad fats â€œsaturated (animal products, meat, eggs, etc.) including Trans fats, which also correlates with bad LDL cholesterol and plaque buildup in the arteries.â€Â Both of these fats are associated with risk for cardiovascular heart disease.Â Also diabetics are at great risk for heart attack or stroke.
However, too little saturated fat in the diet replaced by carbohydrates is causing an epidemic of obesity and many secondary health issues.Â Â The more saturated fat in a diet, the less likely men will have an incident of stroke and heart disease in post menstrual women.Â There is a balanceÂ of dietary fatsÂ necessary in the diet to maintain good health for men and women.
It appears saturated fats are necessary in the dietÂ becauseÂ when animal products are consumed this increasesÂ HDLâ€™s (the good cholesterol)Â when metabolized and Â also lowers triglycerides.
High carbohydrate intake appears to be a big part of theÂ health risk issue when out of balance in the diet.Â It appears the body chemistry requires a certain amount of saturated fats (not manmade Tranâ€™s fats).Â And complete avoidance of animal fats does not seem to be a good ideal as far as the body chemistry is concerned.Â Science can not accurately tell us the perfect diet.Â But it is overwhelmingly apparent you are better off with a â€œlow carbohydrate diet as opposed fromÂ animal product avoidance all together.
One big common denominator we did not have when I was a kid was obesity run amok.Â Â Nor do I rememberÂ manyÂ fast foodÂ chains.Â We certainly didn’t have energy and diet drinks likeÂ we have today.Â TheÂ fast and convenient foods of the 70’sÂ IÂ recall was McDonaldâ€™s, Dairy Queen and KFC.Â There was oneÂ artificial sweetener I recall [saccharine], and a fewÂ artificial flavorings and preservatives in products.
Everything else seemedÂ pretty natural.Â Even the Swanson TV dinners, meat pot piesÂ tasted pretty goodÂ back then.Â And the other thing I remember as a kid, most of the dinner meals consisted mostly of meat, chicken, fish, potatoes and vegetables and a lot ofÂ casseroles made out the sameÂ staples.Â Â And almost everyone around us had gardens and canned fruits and vegetables.
In todayâ€™s marketplaceÂ everything has changed to quicker, cheaper, convenientÂ processed foods with lots of chemical ingredientsÂ in them.Â Be sure to read â€œRestaurant FoodsÂ Healthy?â€Â If you havenâ€™t read this article, you really need to.Â Many restaurant chains serve processed everything. Â â€œThatâ€™s why you can’t quit eating at these food placesÂ youâ€™re addicted to the food chemicals!â€
Also back thenÂ we rarely heard about heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, etc., compared to today.Â And to see an obese kid back thenÂ was really rare.Â Today, I see kids while Iâ€™m on my daily walks that appear to have body fat typical to those inÂ of my age (25-45%).Â The kids Iâ€™m talking about appear to be around 25-60%.Â Â I fear our children will experience an epidemic of illness/disease pain and suffering not seen in of our generation when they reach our age.
Now when I look at food and blood chemical science; including my consumption exercise lifestyle today I note the following.Â My habits have not changed much from when I was a kid.Â For example, I exercise daily through various activity and still consume mostly a meat, potato, chicken, fish and vegetable diet.Â However, I do consume the occasional fast food, or additional carbohydrates when pastaâ€™s, breads, chips, soda craving strikes, but not often.Â I also did notÂ consume a lot of deserts as a kid.Â I guess thatâ€™s why I donâ€™t really crave them.Â But when I do eat deserts, I do enjoy them.Â Of course, when processed foods are so abundant in ourÂ marketplaceÂ a little bit is going to get incorporated intoÂ the diet.Â And this requires awareness, especially if one is experiencing weight loss difficulties.
I attribute my good blood chemistry results to my childhood eating habits.Â I eat more organic protein type food sources than carbohydrates.Â My blood chemistry reflects a High HDL count (good cholesterol), Low LDL count (bad cholesterol) and low triglycerides (readÂ “Why you should be concerned about triglycerides“).Â My eating habits are still predominately high intake of proteins (40-50%), carbohydrates (20-30%) and fats (~25%).
I know if I cut the carbohydrates in half and increased the proteins my blood chemistry would support loweringÂ my body fat weight over a long period of time.Â â€œI would lose weight slow and safe, not fast like extreme dieting.â€Â I know this because Iâ€™ve experimented with blood chemistry lab results and body weightÂ [used as a baseline] and compared those results later.
Iâ€™ve changed my fuel mix and exercise habits based on these results to lose and maintain stable weight.Â I also use a weight scale every other day and base my weight lossÂ success on how my clothes fit.Â If youâ€™re eating and exercising correctly youâ€™ll lean out safely while losing body fat without breaking your metabolisms regulatory mechanisms.
Exercise is an important component to a successful weight loss.Â Regardless of age, this is a fact.Â The human body is designed to walk in order to accomplish all tasks necessary in life.Â And to quit walkingÂ and become a couch potato is the worst habit youÂ could get yourself into.Â If I didnâ€™t participate in daily exercise activity it would be more challengingÂ to maintainÂ ideal bodyÂ weight no matter how I balanced my diet because of age, lifestyle habitsÂ and slower metabolism.Â Balanced consumption and exercise activity go hand in hand.
Author: Â Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.Â 2010 Copyright.Â All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @: www.mirrorathlete.org,Â Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.