I’m posting an email i sent to Tuft’s University regarding a study they published regarding exercise’s benefits (even overweight people) in respect to decreasing the chance of developing long term disease.
The purpose of my writing the email and posting it to the blog is because I want to clarify the reason that those who remain overweight can still make a long-term impact on their health simply by getting more active. Millions of overweight people have uncontrolled Metabolism B. Met B’s root problem is the over-release of the fat-gain hormone; insulin. It is the decrease in insulin release that occurs during and even after exercise that helps decrease endogenous fat deposits (LDL, triglycerides, blood sugar, blood pressure) in those with Met B. Hope this article is helpful in understanding the relationship between “moving your butt” and staying healthy for the long term!
I read with interest the article on physical fitness and its help with reducing the risk of chronic disease and I am very interested in speaking with you or whomever you deem the correct person at Tufts regarding my findings on this topic.
I’m Diane Kress, RD CDE, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with 30 years of experience specializing in weight reduction, metabolic syndrome, the prevention/management of type 2 diabetes. I am the author of the New York Times Bestselling book: The Metabolism Miracle, a revolutionary diet/lifestyle program written specifically for those with the predisposition to metabolic syndrome (midline adiposity, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, blood sugar aberrations).
The book has reached #1 in the US, UK, South Africa and is also a bestseller in Canada, Spain, Ireland. The Metabolism Miracle is not a “cookie cutter’ diet book…it is a major dietary contribution that is changing the way millions of people lose weight permanently and stop the progress of the metabolic syndrome train. It is a must read for anyone or any agency working with the obesity, diabetes epidemics.
The reason for this email:
The article speaks to the fact that even in participants who remained overweight, there was decreased risk of long-term chronic disease if they became more physically fit. For years, it has been preached that “calories in/calories out” was the way to lose weight. Following this formula, increasing exercise should cause automatic weight loss, correct? The fact is that over 50% of overweight people have the genetic predisposition to metabolic syndrome (In the Metabolism Miracle, I coined the term Metabolism B (Met B) for ease of use among the reading public).
Anyone with Met B will tell you that despite decreasing their calories and increasing their activity, they do not lose appreciable weight and are not able to sustain any loss….weight yo yo’s right back. The same is true for their lipid panel, blood pressure, midline circumference, and blood sugar….long term benefits seem to be beyond their reach as they tend to lose and regain without rhyme or reason. Decreasing calories in while increasing calories out does not have the same effect on their body as it does for those with textbook metabolism (Metabolism A).
There is a reason! The millions of people with uncontrolled Met B have one common factor…they produce excess insulin. Insulin is a fat- gain hormone. Excess insulin will cause fat gain both in the body (high LDL cholesterol, high triglycerides) and on the body (exogenous fat deposits). The only way for those with Met B to get healthy is to cause a decrease in their insulin release….and the only way to do this is for the long term is to rest the pancreas/liver and then reprogram this team to work in tandem. There has to be dietary manipulation to control the carbohydrates coming in and the hepatic glycogen release…both of which translate into blood sugar. There also has to be the increase in physical activity to help “burn” blood sugar through the muscles.
The Metabolism Miracle is the first diet/lifestyle program that covers both bases: It has 2 main steps that rest the overwrought pancreas/liver team and then reprograms them to work normally. By managing the amount of carbohydrate and decreasing the hepatic release of glycogen, the blood sugar is rendered smooth (without spikes and peaks) and insulin release is markedly decreased. Less insulin (less fat gain hormone)–> lower cholesterol/triglycerides and body fat. Not a calorie in/calorie out involved!
In regard to physical activity: Those with textbook metabolism (Metabolism A) can use exercise to burn calories. The reason exercise is so vitally important to the millions with Met B is that energized muscle cells will preferentially uptake glucose from the blood stream BEFORE insulin needs to be released. So….every day that a person with Met B “moves his body”, blood sugar is being burned by his muscles and normalized blood sugar will call for less insulin. By programming his carbohydrate intake, minimizing glycogen release, and moving his muscles to uptake blood sugar, he will decrease the release of insulin, lose midline fat, decrease LDL, triglycerides, blood pressure and blood sugar.
Please see the program’s website: http://www.themetabolismmiracle.com. My private practice’s website: http://www.nutritioncenterofmorristown.com. Facebook: Diane Kress, I am the administrator for both Metabolism Miracle groups on Facebook, and follow me on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dianekress and linkedin: diane kress
I would very much appreciate speaking with someone from Tuft’s regarding this program and how it relates to the longterm health and well-being of millions.
Diane Kress, RD CDE
The Nutrition Center of Morristown
55 Madison Ave
Morristown, NJ 07960