Obesity leading to Cancer

Obesity to kill more women than smoking

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Sky News UK report –  obesity is set to overtake smoking as the leading cause of preventable cancer in UK women.

If trends continue, obesity-related cancers could account for 23,000 cases by 2035, compared to 25,000 caused by smoking in the same year, said the report by Cancer Research UK.

By 2043 obesity is likely to cause more cancer cases than smoking.

Sky News goes on to say

just as there is still more to do to support people to quit smoking, we also need to act now to halt the tide of weight-related cancers

It is not surprising that our diet and our weight have a huge impact on our long term health prospects. For me this just highlights that our national nutrition guidelines are not working.

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Alzheimer is on the increase

Alzheimer Disease Burden to Double by 2060

Carnivore Keto LCHF MyFatLifestyle Paleo Vegan MeatHeals Health Weightloss Fitness Obese Obesity Diabetes Autoimmune Ketones Ketogenic AlzheimerJudy George reporting for Medpage Today

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, which was 1.6% of the U.S. population in 2014, is projected to double to 3.3% by 2060

And

as the U.S. population increases, the number of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias will rise, especially among minority populations

Finally

Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth leading cause of death of Americans age 65 and older

The question I have is what is driving this increase? A number of medical professionals are now referring to Alzheimer as Type 3 Diabetes. We have to ask the question what role is our diet and nutrition playing in the increase in Alzheimers.

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September – Monthly progress update

As I outlined in my first blog here on My Fat Lifestyle, one of the topics I will be covering regularly is my progress.

At this stage I have the very poorly defined goal of “Finding a Healthier Me”. I will write a post shortly about what my measurable goals are (once I actually set them).

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Currently my primary goal within Finding a Healthier Me is to loose fat. I have been obese for way to long and its time for the fat to be given its marching orders.

The secondary goal is to continue to build my strength. I enjoy pushing heavy weights around the gym.

As the fat is sent packing, I want to increase the weight of my main lifts.

What am I measuring?

On a weekly basis I am recording what my weight is, the measurement around my waist and blood pressure.

On the last Friday of each month I am also recording the following measurements.

Biceps (L & R), Shoulders, Chest, Hips, Thighs (L & R) and Calf (L & R).

Unfortunately I did not start keeping these records in June when I made the decision to start on this Journey. I have been keeping records since July and will use those for my regular checkin.

On the weight lifting side, I am tracking all of my training. However I am interested in improving 4 main lifts.

Bench press, Squat, Deadlift and Overhead Press.

The Results – Fat Loss

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I have lost 8.4 kg (18 pounds) in the last 2 months and 12.4 kg (27 pounds ) since I started this journey.

However weight loss by itself doesn’t tell me if I am loosing fat. The circumference of my waist is down 10.5 cm (4.1 in) in the last 2 months.

As the graph above shows it hasn’t been smooth sailing but the trend is down 😀.

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While there hasn’t been anything startling with my blood pressure. I have never suffered from high blood pressure except for one period of my life, but that is a separate blog.

What is amazing from the above table is the 52cm (20.5 in) which I have lost from my arms, legs and body.

When I combine the weight loss with the cm’s lost, it is clearly showing that the fat is going.

The Results – Weight Training

With my weight training I am following the Wendler 5/3/1 training methodology. Each week has a slightly different programming and target weight. For the purposes of my measurements I will just be looking at the maximum effort week each month.

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As you can see from the above table I had a bit of drop off in my strength between July and August. I am putting this down to my body just getting used to the changes it is going through.

In September I increased all of my lifts except the Overhead Press higher than my July totals.

In particular I had significant increases in my Squat and Deadlift totals. I will be interested to see how my strength progresses as the fat is lost from my body.

I would love to hear how you are progressing in your Journeys. Either leave a comment below or tag me in a tweet showing your progress.

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Healthy Heart – Eat Meat

Want a healthy heart? Eat a steak

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I’m a cardiologist — and I encourage patients to eat red meat.

This advice defies conventional wisdom. For decades, nutritionists and physicians have urged people to limit consumption of red meat and other fatty foods, which were thought to cause heart disease.

But new studies debunk this conventional wisdom. Indeed, it now looks like low-quality carbohydrates — not saturated fats — are driving America’s heart disease epidemic. It’s time to stop demonizing steak.

Bret goes on to say

2014 analysis that examined 72 different observational and clinical trials involving more than 650,000 people, the lead researcher concluded that “It’s not saturated fat that we should worry about.”

And

Consider how the American diet has evolved. The most recent government data reveals that from 1970 to 2014, the availability of red meat fell 28 percent. Whole milk availability declined 79 percent. And animal fats — like butter and lard — dropped 27 percent.

If saturated fats were truly unhealthy, then obesity, diabetes and heart disease rates should have plummeted alongside this drop in saturated fat consumption.

Concluding

newer, better research indicates that red meat and saturated fats aren’t harmful when combined with a lower carbohydrate diet.

So if you’re looking to safeguard your heart, fire up the grill and cook that burger — but skip the bun and the pasta salad

I started questioning the previous nutritional advice after reading articles like Bret’s.  One concern that I have, given my weight, do I still have a Healthy Heart?

If you are interested in understanding just how divergent what we are told about nutrition compared to the science and medical research into nutrition. I highly recommend you pick up the book “The Big Fat Surprise” by Nina Teicholz

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Obesity – Everything we knew was wrong

Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong

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Michael Hobbes writing for Huffington Posts Highline

For decades, the medical community has ignored mountains of evidence to wage a cruel and futile war on fat people, poisoning public perception and ruining millions of lives.

It is so easy to discriminate against people. It is no different because of race, sex or how fat someone is…

40 years ago, Americans started getting much larger. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 80 percent of adults and about one-third of children now meet the clinical definition of overweight or obese. More Americans live with “extreme obesity“ than with breast cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and HIV put together.

Have you ever been blamed for being fat?

I personally have lost count the number of times that someone has told me I am fat because…… Like many in my situation we have tried on numerous occasions to loose weight but fail….

And when we fail it’s our fault for not following the diet… Doing the exercises… Taking the magic pill….

the medical community’s primary response to this shift has been to blame fat people for being fat. Obesity, we are told, is a personal failing

What if it is not about if us failing to follow the instructions, but what if the instructions are wrong to start with….

The terrible irony is that for 60 years, we’ve approached the obesity epidemic like a fad dieter: If we just try the exact same thing one more time, we’ll get a different result.

Michael goes on in the article to describe the treatment of people who are overweight, saying

I have never written a story where so many of my sources cried during interviews, where they shook with anger describing their interactions with doctors and strangers and their own families.

Personally I think that the discrimination against fat, overweight or obese people is just another symptom of the growing problem. Just like the increase in diabetes, hart attacks, autoimmune disorders and alzheimer are also symptoms of a larger problem.

If you follow the nutritional guidelines, the message is that you will loose weight and be healthy. But what if it is the guidelines which are part of the underlying problem.

Obesity – discrimination is the symptom not the cause.

We should never tolerate discrimination in any form. But when we are all told that to follow the nutritional guidelines you will be achieve a healthy weight. Doctors, family and strangers assume that by being fat we have failed to follow the nutritional guidelines.

If we truely want to change the way people are treated, the first step is to ensure that we have nutritional guidelines which when they are followed will give the desired outcome.

We don’t have that at the moment, and as a result blaming the fat person for not loosing weight just adds to the problem.

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My Fat Lifestyle

Hi my name is Brendan and my doctor has told me that I am overweight. I am starting My Fat Lifestyle as a way to document my journey to regain control of my weight. Carnivore Keto LCHF My Fat Lifestyle Paleo Vegan MeatHeals Health Weightloss Fitness Obese Obesity Diabetes Autoimmune Ketones Ketogenic

Before My Fat Lifestyle…

First let me tell you a little about myself.  I am 46 years old, husband, father and a person who has struggled with his weight for the last 30 years.

I have tried so many different diets, seen dieticians, worked with personal trainers, joined gyms and had doctors prescribe medication.

Nothing to date has worked, I will loose weight for a while… start seeing progress, but over time the weight slowly comes back on.

I found with most “diets” I would start getting hungrier and hungrier the longer I followed the diet.

No matter how much will power I applied something would happen and I would find myself eating food I know I should not be eating.

What has changed. Why do I think the changes that I have made over the last couple of months will have a lasting affect.

What changed with my Lifestyle?

Well it all started in late June when I was at a conference. I was broadly following a low carbohydrate low fat diet that my last dietician had put me on. While talking with one of the other attendees over lunch and she suggested that I have a look at the KETO or Ketogenic diet.

I had heard reference to KETO before but had never looked into it. As an aside, I love to do research…. Ready set off I went, I read a number of books about Ketogenic or similar Diets, bought recipe books, watched YouTube videos and found a number of podcasts to listen to.Carnivore Keto LCHF My Fat Lifestyle Paleo Vegan MeatHeals Health Weightloss Fitness Obese Obesity Diabetes Autoimmune Ketones Ketogenic

What I quickly found was that I didn’t necessarily have to follow a Ketogenic diet, but I should be following a Low Carbohydrate Healthy Fat (LCHF) lifestyle. LCHF lifestyles can cover a number of different diets, ranging from Paleo to Keto to Carnivore.

What I had learnt in my initial research was that a lot of the nutritional information we have been provided over the last 30 or 40 years was suspect. I read some great work the likes of Prof Tim Noakes, Dr Garry Fettke, Dr Caryn Zinn and Nina Teicholz have done in recent years.

I learnt that grains and cereals were not needed in my diet. That sugar was my enemy and dreaded saturated fats were actually good for me.

The mental shift I had to do was huge, the message about nutrition is loud and it is repeated often, eat grains and cereals, make sure you are getting enough fibre, fruit and vegetables are essential for vital nutrients, limit the amount of red meat you eat and avoid at all costs saturated fats.

What about Nutrition?

What if the message about nutrition, the message I have been hearing since childhood is wrong.

So in 3 months since changing the type of food I eat, what have I noticed. Besides loosing 12 kilograms (26 pounds) and 10 cm (4 inches) off my waist, I have finally realised what hungry feels like.

I have realised that what I thought was hunger pains, was in fact sugar cravings. It explains why I could be eating unhealthy food and I would feel bloated as if I couldn’t fit anything else in, but would still be hungry as if I hadn’t had anything to eat.Carnivore Keto LCHF MyFatLifestyle Paleo Vegan MeatHeals Health Weightloss Fitness Obese Obesity Diabetes Autoimmune Ketones Ketogenic

To not have that period after lunch where I had no energy and couldn’t focus. I have learn’t that this was just a side effect of my body processing carbohydrates.

It has now been 4 weeks since I had anything sweet. It was rough at first, but I came out the overside and the sugar cravings are gone.

What is My Fat Lifestyle blog about?

Like any change you make in your life, the best way to make sure it sticks is set up some accountability. This website and blog is going to be my accountability.

So what am I going to write about

  • What my goals are both weight and training
    • Weekly / Monthly Checkin on how I am progressing
    • Reviews about books or other resources on LCHF
    • Sharing tidbits I learn on this journey
    • Highlighting other people or places where you can get more information.

The My Fat Lifestyle site is going to be a journal about my journey. I am not a doctor, dietician, personal trainer or nutrition expert. What I am going to write about is what works and doesn’t work for me.

My hope and goal is that by sharing my journey, is to inspire other people who are in a similar position. Helping them make the appropriate changes to their lifestyle.  To find their healthier selfs.

Thank you for joining me on My Fat Lifestyle journey. Connect with me on Instagram or Twitter and let me know what your goals are.

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