So, let’s fast forward to 2010. It has been over 40 years since the advent of the low fat, low calorie switch….We should be a country of svelte, heart healthy people but instead we are heavier and sicker than ever. The White House is focusing on the need to address the obesity problem, starting with children. Childhood obesity….wow.
I meet with patients every day in my private practice (medical nutrition therapy) who are at the end of their rope after spending years struggling and failing on low calorie, low fat, low cholesterol diets. I actually have a box of tissues on my desk, close to my patient, because many people cry as the tell of their frustration trying to lose weight, keep it off, get healthy, stay healthy….and yet find themselves at the heaviest and sickest they have ever been.
It is hard to change a deeply embedded “belief.” The years between 1970 and 2010 heralded the advent of mass media that perpetuated the ideal of being impossibly thin and diets based on the “calories in/calories out” myth. Even though the television host herself publically struggles with yo yo dieting…having lost and regained so many pounds even as she was surrounded by “experts” to help with diet, exercise, shopping, cooking, etc…she continues to promote “calories in/calories out.” It’s as if we are afraid to admit that it might be the diet that is the problem, not us!
When I explain The Metabolism Miracle to my patient, I can see the moment it registers that someone finally understands their conundrum. That’s when the tears flow again, but these are tears of relief. People with uncontrolled Met B can follow a calorie based, low fat diet and exercise regularly, and actually gain weight! Those with uncontrolled Met B find themselves gaining weight when they are stressed (unlike Met A’s who “can’t eat a thing when they are upset). Met B will cause us to gain weight when we are sick, have an infection, or experience a bout with pain. If Met B is not controlled, a person can gain 5 pounds over a weekend! Up until the advent of The Metabolism Miracle, no one believed these patients. They were told or it was insinuated that they were closet eaters, sneaking snacks, eating in the middle of the night, might even be “sleep eating.”
When I see a patient 8 weeks after beginning The Metabolism Miracle, I see a very different person. They are visually leaner, pounds lighter, so much more energetic, have improved self esteem, optimized health, and most have decreased medications. Interestingly, they can’t stop talking about how easy it was for them to succeed…..no more counting calories, hunger pangs, cravings….and for the first time….the.results that they deserve.
And so, it is important for the White House and medical community to recognize that over the past 40 years research has proven that there is not “one size fits all” diet to stop and reverse the obesity/diabetes epidemics. If we intend to spend the time and money to educate our children on how to become healthy and fit and stay healthy and fit for their lifetimes, we better make sure we are promoting the right path.
It’s time to admit there is a fork in the road when choosing a weight reduction, health promoting plan…..one path (Met A) requires a calories in/calories out, low fat/low cholesterol approach and the other path (Met B) requires an insulin balancing program, “The Metabolism Miracle”. It’s as easy as knowing the program that matches your body. The first step….educate the country about Met A and Met B….and we’ll take it from there! Diane