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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Hormonally Correct Eating - Q and A

One of my Sunrider clients and I were talking on the phone the other day. I told her about the Hormonally Correct Eating program I was now following and trying out. We talked about what people consider "eating good" or "eating clean" because people will tell me by email that they're "eating clean" or "I eat well". I still don't know what "eating clean" means to people.

To a Vegetarian: Eating Clean might mean eating no animal products, but would include rice cakes for example. Rice cakes might be clean, but it's most certainly not "Eating Well". Rice cakes are one of the worst things you could put in your body. If you have any in your cupboards, throw them out.

To a Bodybuilder: Eating Clean would most probably mean low starchy carbohydrates, higher protein and fat meals, no pizza, no beer.

To the Average Joe: Eating Clean might mean that they don't eat red meat, but do eat Chicken. It might mean "don't drink Soda Pop" but "do drink beer". It might mean they've cut the fat out of their diet to at or below 15%. Also, not clean. Fat is your friend, not your enemy. Fat helps you burn fat and it was the introduction of "low fat" foods that actually increased obesity in the US and around the world. Eat Fat, but eat good fat, and only when you know you're in fat burning mode, never in sugar burning mode.

We talked about how different people have different values and when they say "I eat clean", it may or may not be what YOU mean.

Then I got an email from her, based on the discussion we had about this Natural Hormone Enhancement program by Rob Faigin. A short discussion followed and I've decided to post it here for others to gain knowledge from. Or at least my opinion, knowledge or not.

Q: What happens when you go back to "normal" eating....does the introduction of carbs every day make you gain more rapidly? I know its not Atkins, but cutting carbs can be scary so I'm afraid that although I'll lose initially because it isn't a permanent eating plan, what happens after?

A: If it works, and I get results, why would I want to add carbs back in?

read the book and you'll understand why it's healthier to eat this way in the long run. eating this way extends life, reduces aging and is healthier. Why would I want to go back to eating a way that adds fat, lowers my energy and reduces my life expectancy?

[Continued..] Oh, never thought of it as permanent......I think I'll give it a try....when my computer is up (not my work one) and I can read your weight loss blog.

A: It is a permanent eating plan. It's the way to eat for life to improve hormones, anti-aging, lower cholesterol, blood pressure, improve skin, mood etc.

The side effect is fat loss and muscle gain.

It's a program to eat for the rest of you life.

it works, it's easy... it allows for freedom.

Q: I guess my question still is....I know its forever...but what if it wasn't? Then what would happen? The Atkins effect? fat fat fat. Why can't we (I) just eat right, and regular and go to the gym? wouldn't that be healthier in the long run than 3, 4, 3 , 4 [Carbohydrate Cycling] ???? I dunno.....I really want to try it, just don't know.......You're comfortable with this forever?

I know, I'll check the book out. I'm not saying you would want to stop...I'm just saying, over time (months, years) you may gradually eat more carbs on low carb days....lots of discipline to make it forever, no?

A: How do you figure? if you feel better eating this new way and then start to add carbs back in (for what reason I still don't know) and then begin to feel shitty and put on weight, why would you continue on the old way of eating?

Then she asked the question again but worded it a bit differently, so I answered the previous email with a little more detail:

[Continued..] I guess if it's a drastic change in mood, fat etc. it would be easier. I think I get the concept just seems hard , at least for me, to fathom forever.....but like you said, eating pizza and other fun stuff makes it seem no so diet-ee....will check it out more for sure......

ok, I'm up and on line and reading your blog.

Q: I guess my question still is....I know its forever...but what if it wasn't? Then what would happen? The Atkins effect? fat fat fat.

A: What would happen? well, your body would switch back from being a fat burner to a sugar burner and your body would stop burning fat for energy and switch back to using carbs instead. Burning carbs (sugar), you would crave more and more carbs again to keep the energy supply up. Fat would cease to be burned as you're now using carbs for energy. If you ate too many carbs, you would begin to gain fat again if the energy in was larger than the energy out. Eating the Carbohydrates would increase the insulin levels in your blood and would stop your body from burning fat.

Q: Why can't we (I) just eat right, and regular and go to the gym? wouldn't that be healthier in the long run than 3, 4, 3 , 4 [Carbohydrate Cycle] ????

A: I think we talked about this on the phone. What is "eating right". Wouldn't that be healthier in the long run? Yes.. eating right is healthier in the long run. What if eating protein, fat and veggies "IS Eating Right"? who's to say it isn't except by trying it.

It may be the answer you're looking for. I know it is for me. It just seems to resonate with me from everything I've read and tried regarding Hormonally Correct Eating.

Q: I dunno.....I really want to try it, just don't know.......You're comfortable with this forever?

A: If it works and I feel better and get younger and get more muscular, and my cholesterol drops and my blood pressure drops then yep, I'm good with it for the rest of my life. It's actually easier than what I've been doing. I don't have to weigh anything, I don't have to count calories, I can eat as much as I want, I can eat pizza if I want.. so ya... it's working for me.

Proof is in the pudding though. Time will tell

Will it still work with Sunrider? Yes, of course. Sunrider is whole foods too. Am I going to eat this way for the rest of my life? Time will tell. Right now, it's what I'm following. Most likely, I will eat this way for the rest of my life, but as I say.. Time will tell. I used Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle for years and this is just a little different version of it. So far I'm finding it to be quite easy and it allows for so much freedom on the foods I choose (not that Burn the Fat doesn't). It's easy to follow when I'm out or with friends and I don't have to consider preparing my food ahead of time if I'm going to be traveling or working outside my office.

Diet's don’t work

The generally accepted definition of a diet is "to cut calories to lose weight". At least I believe that is the generally accepted term. Most people think of "diet" as "pain and suffering". A long time friend used to say "Diet is just Die with a T".

Wikipedia defines Diet as "the sum of the food consumed by an organism or group." While has this as the definition of Dieting: "the deliberate selection of food to control body weight or nutrient intake."

I'm ok with both of the Wikipedia definitions. To me Diet means "what I eat on a day to day basis to fuel my body" . The Wiki term for Diet is as close to that as I've ever seen on the internet.

When I am on "My Program", it's the food I eat on a daily basis to fuel my body and improve how I feel. Dieting, or cutting calories drastically just does not work. It will backfire and most likely the dieter will gain fat back plus a few extra for good measure (to be ready for the next calorie restriction you know!).

When I choose a "Program" to follow, I do it with the intention of sticking with it for life. It's not a fad. Rob Faigin's Natural Hormone Enhancement Program is about improving every aspect of your health through eating in a manor based on human history before the advent of the "grain movement" and the industrial revolution. Our bodies have been conditioned over many thousands or tens of thousands of years to incorporate food and manage it's ongoing systems through the use of Hormones. Why would we think that the introduction of grains and processed foods would not have an effect on our bodies and our health.

Rob's book is thoroughly researched and backed up with many scientific studies and notations. Brian Plowman, Certified US Olympic Weightlifting Coach says:

"Natural Hormone Enhancement is the bible of health and fitness."

Rich Hughes, MFS, ND, Former Mr New Zealand and author of Fat Attack says

"A superbly written and researched overview of the coming hormonal revolution... a must read for everyone interested in super health and optimal performance"

Dr Richard J Marsh, MD, MA.. and many more says

"Natural Hormone Enhancement is a masterpiece of research combined with honest, intelligent thought. I believe it will be seen as a landmark in health and fitness literature"

It's a way of eating for life.


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Rob Coopers Fat burning tips In 1990 Rob weighed 475 pounds and was able to burn almost 300 lbs of fat in just two and a half years. Rob does weight management coaching from his office in Edmonton Alberta Canada. Rob's diet is based on a "System Specific Organic Whole Food" line of foods along with various fat burning, muscle building tips from Tom Venuto. Tom's Philosophy is very similar to Rob's and he's happy to recommend them

Rob is currently using the Seven Minute Muscle Workout program.


At 10:56 AM, Anonymous Clinical Electrodes said...

Fantastic post. My wife is always picking up rice cakes as a "healthy snack". I had no idea that they had such poor nutritional value.

At 2:22 PM, Anonymous Former Fat Guy said...

The thing with Rice Cakes is that they were introduced during the "low fat" movement about 20 years ago. Being Low Fat, they're High Carb and have little fiber. They are converted to sugar quite quickly which then stops fat burning and adds to the possibility of diabetes and other blood sugar disorders. Low Fat usually means high carb and added sugar. There is rarely added sugar in rice cakes, but it really doesn't matter as they're turned to sugar. Having no fat to slow down the digestion of them, blood sugar spikes, then does insulin. This is the topic of an entire post. I'll do that later. Thanks for the comment though. Good luck convincing her.. my suggestion? Do more research. Just have her be aware that there is evidence to the contrary to her belief and have her challenge her belief on it with more research.


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