People have been known to do some outrageous and more importantly dangerous things to ensure they maintain their figure. The Daily Mail has highlighted a recent craze that is particularly popular with University students, that has seen them nearly starving themselves during the day in order to binge drink in the evening.
And University students are supposed to be intelligent.
A team of researchers have been out questioning students and have found that 16% of those students admitted to restricting the calories they consume during the day to save them for drinking. Let’s be honest the figure is probably much higher than that, but it would be safe to assume that many of the students asked would have been too embarrassed to come clean.
This pressure on young people to get heavily drunk, yet remain in shape is causing them to have an unhealthy relationship with both alcohol and food.
Drunkorexia is particularly dangerous for women as their bodies metabolise alcohol differently from that of men. The effect of the calories consumed through alcohol is also exaggerated by not consuming enough calories from food and can make them susceptible to vital organ damage.
Are the end-of-night takeaways factored in to these students daily calorie intake? Indeed, do they even remember eating them?
Perversely some women admitted to not only saving calories in the day to restrict the effect of their binge on alcohol later that evening on their waistline, but also to ensure they are drunk quicker and save money over the course of the night.
The problem is prominent in America but appears to be growing in regularity in Britain as women feel the social pressure of having to drink heavily, but also remain slim. We can’t blame individuals, the problem stems from a society and culture that commends reaching incomprehensible inebriation levels.
An article in the Telegraph has been published online today which explains that ‘Eat Less-Move More’ and processed low-fat foods are not aiding our battle with obesity. It also does little more than over-simplify a complicated argument, and diminish the complex relationship the human body has with food.
We like where this is going already.
Food nutrition over recent years has been largely negative. By this it is meant that foods were categorized as being ‘good’ if they were zero fat, zero calories or no sugar. You can see why this isn’t a positive approach to diet and nutrition. This sort of thinking has been championed by low calorie and very low calorie dieters.
However over recent years the old ‘enemies’ fat & protein are being welcomed back as healthy, and cheap refined carbs are now being seen as the root cause of the problem. Fats and proteins are being recognised as natural, wholesome and most importantly healthy, as they have been a part of our entire evolutionary history, of which we have only recently had to battle obesity.
The article is careful to stress that calories in/out, cannot provide the answer for unhealthy weight levels. As has been previously reported, not all calories are equal, and they do not provide you with the same satiety levels. It is obvious that 400 calories of salmon is going to keep you full for a longer period of time than 400 calories of low-fat sliced white bread. It is also clear that these 400 calories of salmon are going to be of greater nutritional worth than those in the bread.
The Natural Ketosis Company follow this line of thinking, by providing only natural high protein food that will keep you fuller for longer and also provide you with all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. By cutting out carbs, the Natural Ketosis Company is able to restrict the amount of sugar in your diet and afford you fast, sustainable weight loss. Combining these two elements mean that the weight loss provided is much healthier and far more sustainable than any VLCD can provide.
A really important point made in the article that we would like to stress is that you can be overstuffed and undernourished at the same time. A study in 2009 found that obesity worldwide can be linked through a lack of vitamins and minerals. The research showed that obese people were likely to be deficient in Vitamins D, C, E, A and zinc.
Robert Lustig was referenced by the article as someone that has spoken out in America about the damaging effect sugar is having on us. Much of the excess sugar in our diet is from low-fat processed food, which has a detrimental effect on the hormone that is responsible for regulating our hunger levels.
People who gorge on sugary foods are not being greedy, because their sugary diet is failing to satisfy them and keep them full. We need a completely different approach to food and nutrition, one that recognises the complex needs of the human body and the damaging effect sugar has.
A recent study published by The John Hopkins University of Medicine, and covered in an article on the examiner.com has explained how low carbohydrate diets have a greater chance of reducing the risk of heart disease than the low fat alternatives.
It appears that the evidence is beginning to stack up in favour of the low carb ethos.
Initially, the article states that low carb diets are superior to low fat diets at reducing systematic inflammation in the body. So much so in fact that on average the low carb dieters lost 10 lbs. more than the low fat group over the 6 month duration of the study.
The group of dieters following a low carb regime lost on average 14.3 lbs. of abdominal fat and the dieters on the low fat alternative only lost on average 8.4 lbs. of fat from around the stomach.
Both study groups would have seen beneficial effects from their diet on their risk of heart disease, but low carb diets would still give you the most beneficial effects as the key factor was the amount of fat lost, especially belly fat. And low carb diets were far more effective at achieving this task.
The article was very clever in stressing that low carb dieters involve small changes to your lifestyle that does not affect your overall life. Also they are excellent for getting weight off, and crucially keeping it off.
A recent article that we covered on the blog stressed the importance of looking for long term lifestyle changes, rather than specific weight loss goals in an allotted time. This idea is echoed in this article as they understand that to achieve lifelong weight loss, you can’t return to how you have previously been eating, as this has led you to the place you are now.
Slowly but surely, the fantastic weight loss and health benefits of a low carb diet are becoming more publicly accessible and backed up by sound scientific research.
It is well known that women will compare their bodies with one another and will often critically compare themselves to their closest female friends. But now there is some research that suggests women may take it one step further, and actually internalise their friend’s complexes and adopt them as their own.
Is what you are talking about with your friends affecting your body image? It may well be.
The research came back and showed that regardless of a woman’s shape, size or weight, more women felt under pressure about their body thanks to conversations with friends that would often linger on the subject. If the conversation topic of exercise was often spoken about between female friends, it is likely that they will have a poor self-body image, especially when compared to those that rarely discuss exercise.
75 pairs of women were used for the study, and when they compared their own body image issues with that of their friends, they found that their body image issues mirrored each other’s. It is quite likely then that if your friend has a body complex- whether it is grounded in truth or not, you will start to judge your own body upon the same grounds.
The truly harmful problem arises when this sort of focused conversation will cause someone that is extremely fit and healthy, to question their health. And then cause them to form false negative self-body images. For example if a female friend has a skinny waist yet often speaks about having a flabby waist, her friends that have more curvaceous waistlines (yet crucially still healthy) will start to think “if her waist is too curvy, imagine what mine is”.
It may be the case that your natural healthy body shape is larger than that of your skinnier friends and the real battle is becoming comfortable with that. It is likely that if your friends have self-confidence about how they look and their body shape, especially if it differs from the perceived ‘ideal’ shape for the modern woman, you will also feel confident about yourself, and your own natural body shape.
At The Natural Ketosis Company we provide a Programme that will help you achieve your optimum weight for you. We ensure that your Programme is bespoke, as we understand everyone is different and we all have different goals from our weight loss. We also place a stronger emphasis on inch loss rather than weight loss, as maintaining muscle mass and a healthy size sustainable size is key to long term weight loss.
We are taking a break from degrading some of the more obscene fad diets today, in exchange for a fantastic article that discusses the psychological outlook that would aid weight loss.
In particular what is your aim? If it is anything but changing your habits for life, it won’t work. You have to aim to lose the weight and keep it off.
The article by Dr. Ahnaimugan first addresses the idea that diet and exercise is simply enough to afford weight loss. He goes on to mention that this exercise fallacy can be particularly pertinent for women as they get older, as exercise will become increasingly ineffective at helping weight loss. This may be a difficult concept to come to terms with as it is contrary to a lot of popular advice. So what does Dr. Ahnaimugan suggest to do if not exercise?
Well, he suggests that you must adopt lifelong changes to your daily habits. Instead of creating a short term solution in order to lose weight, if you change your habits, you change what you do every day. Dr. Ahnaimugan writes that you become a different person when you change your habits; you become someone that manages their weight naturally.
Dr. Ahnaimugan had a piece of wisdom that was along the lines of; when failing to alter your habits, you can’t succeed. When you alter your habits, you can’t fail.
The good Doctor went on to stress the importance of something that we are very keen on.
Carefully consider if the changes you want to implement will last forever. This means that every change you make to your habits must fit into your normal lifestyle and importantly allow you to have a fun and sociable life. As many of you will know due to your time with The Natural Ketosis Company, being able to dine with friends at restaurants and have a glass of wine with friends that are not low-carbing is crucial to the success of your lifestyle changes.
It is key to remember what has brought you to the point of wanting to diet. And that you do not want to lose weight for a few weeks or months and then be back at square one. Make changes that will benefit you for the rest of your life.
This is a great article that is fantastically written that we strongly recommend to everyone, especially if you have just started your Programme. It really is a good article to get you in the right frame of mind.
Welcome to The Natural Ketosis Company’s blog. We are fed up with the abundance of weight loss myths and miracle solutions that constantly appear in the press. Therefore, we have decided to expose the ridiculous claims that are prevalent in the diet industry and, hopefully in a humorous way, give you our honest opinion about them. We love to hear your opinions so please do not be afraid to comment!